For Antigo Times
Paul Grinde, President of Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County, welcomed guests to the Habitat for Humanity Open House on Saturday, November 14 by saying “This is a time to celebrate.”
Nearly 900 hours of work by friends, family, and Habitat volunteers completed the home for David, Theresa, and Casey Ferrel on Lincoln Street in Antigo. But it’s a lot more than that. The group continues to build community.
This year, they have completed two Brush with Kindness (BWK) projects – existing homes are repaired to make them safe and sound for their occupants. Several more BWK projects are on the drawing board. In addition, assisted has been provided to a number of families to access other community services.
This is the 9th home Habitat has built in the area. They provide a warm, safe place for over 20 children.
These homes will generate over $20,000.00 in real estate taxes. Ten subcontractors and several local suppliers were involved in this build.
The family does not receive the home for free. The family members and their friends must join in on the construction of the home. In addition, they need to participate in a number of educational exercises. They get a very affordable down payment and an interest free loan. They also have to pay the taxes and insurance, along with the principal.
Grinde then recognized Warren Wagner, construction lead, and Pete Higgins from the construction committee for their leadership and skills in the build.
Gary Kieper of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a major sponsor, thanked the many volunteers for participating in the build.
David and Theresa Ferrel thanked Habitat, the volunteers and reflected on how blessed their family is to have the opportunity for this home.
The family’s pastor, Shane Wheeler of Upper Room Family Church, also thanked Habitat and its volunteers for providing this opportunity for the family, and then led the house blessing.
Lunch was provided by Gary Kieper of Thrivent following the dedication.