After thousands of hours of hard work, Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country turned over the keys to a newly renovated home on Saturday. Holly Reed and her family were the recipients of the home and were clearly thankful for the opportunity to become homeowners.
The Reed family qualified for the home based on Habitat for Humanity criteria. As part of the qualifications, the Reed family had to contribute a minimum of 250 work hours on the project. Holly alone spent 933 hours working on renovations while her children and family members contributed 371 hours.
The home was donated to Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country by Gus Kayne and Sylvia Fazzio. Crews worked to disassemble and relocate the home to its current location in Wellington. From here, volunteers and local Habitat for Humanity board members began work on the Reed home.
Board member Carl Potter devoted over 1,140 hours to the project, which spanned over the course of approximately three years. In total, over 4,000 hours were spent on the home with more to come this spring once the ground thaws and landscaping can begin.
“During each project, we have someone who becomes an angel of sorts for the home,” explained board president Irene Everett. “Carl (Potter) became our angel for this home. He has spent many hours working on the project and donated out of his own pocket to make this possible. None of this would be possible without him.”
The Reed family agreed and thanked Potter, all the volunteers and Habitat for Humanity for making their dream of owning a home a reality.
Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country is a non-profit, Christian ministry founded on the basis that everyone should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Since the local Habitat for Humanity chapter was founded in 1989, the organization has built seven homes, four in Carbon County and three in Emery County.
To qualify for a home through Habitat for Humanity, a family must agree to partner with the organization for the life of their mortgage, promote the local chapter and work 250 hours per adult on their own home or another habitat project.
Families also repay the full price of the home, which is financed from Habitat for Humanity with a no-interest loan. Income from the mortgage then goes towards building other projects sponsored by the local habitat chapter.
Because the local organization is ran by a non-paid staff, donations are always accepted and appreciated. Donations can be made both monetarily and through time and work on any given project. However, it is important to note that contributions made to Habitat for Humanity do not stay local unless specified.
To donate or for further information regarding Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country, call (435) 637-9701 or visit www.hfhcc.tumblr.com.