Two homes being built by Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity are nearing completion in Granite Shoals. Dozens of volunteers have been working since spring to complete the homes using discounted and donated materials from local businesses. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey
Two homes being built by Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity in Granite Shoals are nearing completion. One home should be ready by Thanksgiving, the other around Christmas. But one thing is needed to fuel volunteers: lunch.
Volunteers and the families receiving the homes handle the vast majority of the labor, but building materials, equipment, and food are necessary to get the job done.
“One thing we have been a little short on for these houses is getting lunches,” said chapter materials coordinator David Waldo. “We’ve had a couple of different restaurants donate, and Subway gave a break on prices, but that’s it.”
Donated or delivered lunches would help streamline the process and keep hammers swinging on work days, Waldo said. Volunteers typically spend Wednesdays and Saturdays at work. On Oct. 26, eight volunteers were present on the job site, working to complete the two homes for the holidays.
“I think these are really worthwhile projects. You’re not giving anybody anything. People that get these houses, they pay for the house,” Waldo explained. “Labor is donated, but the homeowners still pay for materials through a no-interest loan through Habitat for Humanity.”
Those awarded homes through Habitat for Humanity must contribute 150 hours of labor to their own home’s construction and 150 hours of labor to another project. The family then pays down a 20-year, no-interest loan.
Jose Quintanilla and Leticia Lopez and daughters Jolissa and Lailani Quintanilla will move into one home. Tonya and Jose Villalobos and sons Jess, Mark, and Jacob will get the other.
Waldo commended the more than 20 local businesses that contributed materials and labor to the projects. Some of the companies, notably GAF, Starr Roofing, and Delineations Building Design & Printing, gave 100 percent of their labor and materials.
If you are interested in volunteering for or contributing to Highland Lakes Habitat for Humanity projects, contact David Waldo at email@example.com or 713-325-3074.