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Habitat for Humanity builds home for Smith family

Community members joined Habitat volunteers and staff in blessing the home being built for Drew and Kirstian Smith and their daughter Kayleigh by signing well-wishes on the 2x4 and 2x6 boards framing the home. (Contributed photo)1 / 2
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County is in the process of building a home for Drew, Kirstian and Kayleigh Smith. (Contributed photo)2 / 2

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) volunteers have been busy building a home for Drew and Kirstian Smith and their daughter Kayleigh across from Grace Lutheran Church in Brandon.

Preparation for the build began just before the Fourth of July holiday, with construction beginning July 10.

To date, all exterior work is complete. The Smiths have been working alongside volunteers during the construction of their home and are looking forward to realizing their dream of homeownership.

Upon being approved for partnership with HFHDC, the Smiths shared their desire to build in Brandon. HFHDC started inquiring about potential lots, identifying a spot on 3rd Street.

Brandon Manor Homes Inc., a non-profit corporation that was established to provide low-cost housing to the Brandon area, heard about HFHDC's plans to build and was interested in helping to make it happen.

The board voted unanimously to donate $25,000 to HFHDC, with the stipulation that the funds be applied to the construction costs of a new home to be built in Brandon.

Repair project partners are selected using the same criteria as home partners, and also perform sweat equity and make payments as part of their partnership.

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, it is HFHDC's goal to provide decent, affordable housing for families.

Since 1997, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has built or renovated 36 houses throughout Douglas County and has performed two critical home repair projects.

In addition to the Smith home in Brandon, HFHDC is completing construction on a home in Alexandria and is performing a large scale critical home repair project with the Streich family in Alexandria.

Currently, HFHDC is accepting applications for homes to be built in 2014 and beyond. Applicants need to have lived or worked in Douglas County for at least one year prior to their application.

For more information on homeownership or how to get involved with Habitat as a volunteer or donor, contact HFHDC at (320) 762-4255 or visit