After two long years of work to build the new house, a local family can begin moving into their new Habitat for Humanity home that debuted at an open house for community members to see Saturday morning.
New home-owner Sarita Castillo watched her new home come up, but also got in on the process herself. As part of the process to receive a home, recipients are required to put in 300 hours of work on the home either by themselves or with the help of friends.
Most of the building materials were donated by companies and made possible by the volunteers, and Castillo said she is thankful for all the work they did.
“I really thank them a lot. Not only did they help me, they helped my kids,” Castillo said. “They will always have a forever home and we’ll always have a place to stay.
Castillo and her children should be moved in by the end of the month.
“It’s been a really fun journey. There’s a lot of volunteers that I’ve met, and a lot of people that I’ve met that helped us on the house that helped us with my boys,” Castillo said. “I’ll always have a home for them. I’ll get to pass this house down to them eventually.”
The building of the house was made possible by volunteers and help from the community, and Habitat for Humanity Board President Tom Backus said projects like this connect the community together.
“A lot of the materials come from builders, they come from donations from different sources,” Backus said. “Even habitat international, we participate in a program where they hare various materials with us that we can use. You take all of these donations together, plus the financial donations, the money donations that people give, and we are able to put together a program for affordable housing.”
Through this process, Backus said seeing people walk into their new home never gets old.
“It’s just total excitement. I don’t know if you have ever been in a new home, if you haven’t there will be that day when you do,” Backus said. “There is not anything like it. The pride of ownership. Excitement of having a new place. Then to be able to start anew with your life.”
Castillo is thankful for all those helped start her life anew.
“I couldn’t believe it. It’s unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it was mine,” she said. “I really thank them a lot. Not only did they help me, they helped my kids. They will always have a forever home and we’ll always have a place to stay.”
Castillo and her children expect to move in by the end of the month, and just down the street habitat for humanity has already started on the next house.