Local builders help Habitat affiliate build two homes in five daysOn Monday, June 4 at 7 a.m., local builders came together with Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) to complete two homes in five days as part of a National Home Builders Blitz.
On Monday, June 4 at 7 a.m., local builders came together with Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) to complete two homes in five days as part of a National Home Builders Blitz. They began with two concrete slabs, and by the afternoon of Friday, June 8, they locked the doors on two completed homes.
Local contractors Larry Puls and Brian Johnson each took the lead on one of the homes. They worked together with crews of other contractors and subcontractors in completing the homes.
“This week we weren’t competitors,” said Puls. “It was exhausting, a lot of hard work, and the contractors were putting aside their own personal interests in support of these families and the community. Everyone walked away tired but positive and excited to be a part of this.”
Johnson agreed. “I’ve been on the receiving end of this [support and care from the] community,” he said. “You never know when you or your family or a loved one will need this kind of support. It was a great opportunity for me to help pay it forward. We are so very blessed to live in a community like this.”
Other builders, volunteers and observers shared these thoughts.
When planning began last fall, the challenge was large. “It was very moving to be a part of this experience,” stated Lori Anderson, HFHDC executive director. “To see everyone come together to make something like this a reality and to uplift two families is incredible. Not only will the lives of the families who will purchase these homes be forever changed, but everyone who took part – from builders to those who provided meals and materials – were changed for the better as well.”
Community members were able to watch the action live via a webcam that streamed on the affiliate’s website.
HFHDC has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1997 and has built 31 homes for sale to partner families throughout Douglas County, providing housing for 127 people.
For more information, visit www.hfhdouglascounty.org or call (320) 762-4255.