Newberry Habitat Breaks Ground For New Home In La Pine
By T. Myers
At a groundbreaking ceremony at Terry Park in La Pine on Tuesday the 9th, 5:30 PM., Newberry Habitat for humanity broke Ground for the next Habitat Home in La Pine. It is the beginning of a new life for habitat recipients, Kelly and Kyle Butler as they begin their journey to home ownership.
Young Kelly Butler and her son Kyle were on the shovel accompanied by Habitat Executive Director, Dwane Krumme, Steve Krebs from Exact Construction, Mayor Ken Mulenex, and Rod Juranek. Housing coordinator, each taking a scoop for good luck!
With a few words from each participant, Ms. Butler told the gathering that she is overwhelmed by the opportunity she has been given and is ready for the hard work that is coming her way.
New home owners spend hundreds of hours working with the volunteers and builder to build their homes. They also go through extensive training that prepares them to be homeowners including budgeting and financial classes, food prep and household maintenance.
Ms. Butler applied with the simple two page form available to all interested parties and began her process of becoming a home owner. “I never dreamed something like this could be possible,” Kelly explained at a recent kick-off event. “I applied and began to learn about what it would take and what I would commit to and all of a sudden, my dream became a reality. Now my son and I are working together as a team to make our new life in our own home.”
Mayor Mulenex reminded the supporters that La Pine is thrilled to have the homes built here and the families as part of our community. He also sits on the board and is part of the planning for Newberry Habitat’s future in the area. “It is exciting to think that if we raise the money to pay off the mortgage at the ReStore, we will be able to fund one new home each year,” Mulenex explained.
Steve Krebs added the upcoming schedule. “We will start on Friday to build the subfloor and go to the walls, then the wiring and plumbing rough-ins. From there it is dependent on the volunteers and the permit approvals.” Krebs works as the General Contractor for Habitat, while he does his own work for Exact Construction in the Central Oregon area. Steve brings solid leadership to the Newberry Habitat Projects and Krebs looks forward to continuing to build the new Habitat homes in the future.
After introducing other Habitat board members, volunteers and community dignitaries, Dwane Krumme closed the ceremony with a prayer that brought in all of the elements for a successful endeavor.
The site is located in Terry Park off of Mitts Way and you can be involved as a volunteer for the build project or a volunteer to help at the ReStore by contacting Rolando Alonzo at the ReStore or stopping by the main office in the Sunriver Business Park by Three Rivers School or call 541-593-5005 to sign up today. Donations for the capital campaign and the build project are always welcome. Cash and resale items are needed now.