Habitat for Humanity Bucks County and Thrivent Financial teamed up Saturday morning to build a home for a family in need.
More than 100 volunteers gave their time to help build walls for the home in the Woodside Church parking lot in Yardley. On Jun. 29, these walls will be transported from the parking lot to Morrisville, where the family will be living. Then, work begins on the building the rest of the home.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers are building the home for Damian, Joanne and their two young sons. The family lives in a two bedroom apartment in Northeast Philadelphia. Along with the volunteers, Damian and Joanne were also helping to build their future home.
The couple explained their story to this news organization amidst the grand undertaking.
“Our neighbors used to smoke downstairs and all of the smoke started to come upstairs so our kids had to sleep with us. The apartment was always cold especially in the winter and our bills were very high.”
Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers. Habitat Bucks Executive Director Florence Kawoczka said “70% of volunteers contribute to build these homes.”
Florence also added that this event is special because the volunteers were from different houses of faith in the community. The family repeatedly expressed how grateful they were for each and every volunteer.
“People we do not even know are coming out giving it their all on a Saturday morning.”
The volunteers varied from children to adults and they all had one goal in mind, to start building the future home for Damian, Joanne and their two sons.
WBCB’s Kayla Santiago contributed to this post.