As 2011, we’re very thankful for the past 20 years of building simple, decent and affordable homes in our community. And we’re extremely grateful for the hundreds of volunteers and donors who have made it all possible. So as we look ahead to building homes in 2012, let’s also take a look back at our progress from 2011.
On June 1st, crews began working on a single-family home at 605 10th Avenue SE in Barnesville. Not only was this the first build of the 2011 season, but it was also the first home we’ve ever built in Barnesville. We received great support for this build, and the Barnesville community was wonderful to work with. The Fronning family moved into the home in August.
Soon after starting the Barnesville home, Habitat started work on the Women Build on June 15th. This house is located at 326 6th Avenue W in West Fargo. Like always, our women volunteers came out in strong numbers, bringing with them a desire to help a family in need and to learn more about home construction. The Hamilton family moved into the home in October and was able to welcome trick-or-treaters in their new home.
Next, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans was gracious enough to sponsor another build in 2011 as part of the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program. The organization helped provide funding and engaged Lutheran volunteers for the Habitat home at 1205 2nd Avenue S in Fargo. Construction on this home began on July 27th and the Bichler family was able to celebrate their first Christmas in their new home.
The final build of the year was a duplex located at 407 Morrison Street in West Fargo. The duplex design allowed us to serve the needs of two families, while keeping costs to a minimum. This project began on September 6th, and we’re currently in the process of finishing up the home. The Brackins and Melvin families look forward to a home dedication early 2012.
Thanks again to all who helped make 2011 a success. We look forward to working with you again in the New Year!