Home improvement

Published on Thu, Mar 27, 2003
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Home improvement

Habitat for Humanity to build area home
For most of us, we spend the spring time renovating our own homes. But this is also the time of year when the community bands together to build a home for a family that doesn�t have one.

Whatcom County�s Habitat for Humanity chapter is coming to Blaine. Director Terry Mattson recently led a meeting informing people of upcoming events and how Blaine will be the next Habitat community.

�We�re getting an excellent turnout from the city and people of Blaine,� he said. �They�re just wonderful, helpful people opening up their arms to help us at Habitat to help another family in need. We are really well-received.�

County-wide, the organization has built 12 homes, however none of which have been built in the Blaine and Birch Bay area. �This will be the first home in the area that Habitat will build,� he said. �We�re very excited.�

Habitat will choose a Blaine location within the next month, and they are still in the process of selecting the family which will call the home, home.

�The deadline is soon for families in need,� he said. �What I want to clear up is that Habitat is not a hand-out, you have to work for your home.� Families that will be considered for a home must meet economic criteria and be able to work on the home.

Volunteers are needed at the site, and donations are welcome. �Any materials for building that people can donate are appreciated,� he said.

�The whole community is gathering together to help a family within the community,� he said. �It�s really a great thing.�

Habitat is scheduled to hold an auction and dinner at Resort Semiahmoo on May 10. For more information about volunteering or upcoming events, call 715-9170 or visit www.hfhwhatcom.org.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, nonprofit housing organization. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 125,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including 45,000 U.S. homes.