After having to postpone construction on the newest Mountain Spirit Habitat for Humanity home build due to the increased cost of building materials and COVID-19-related restrictions, a Cody family …
After having to postpone construction on the newest Mountain Spirit Habitat for Humanity home build due to the increased cost of building materials and COVID-19-related restrictions, a Cody family finally got to see some progress last month, with the groundbreaking ceremony for their new home.
“The groundbreaking ceremony is a really big event for us at Habitat for Humanity. It is the beginning of a home build and the beginning of a journey for our partner families,” Mountain Spirit Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator Erica Kelble said. “It symbolizes hope and all that we are as Habitat, building safe and affordable housing with the help of the community.”
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian organization that works to build “simple, decent, and affordable housing” for families in need. Each new family is chosen by the organization’s board of directors based on three main criteria: applicant’s level of need, willingness to partner with Habitat and ability to repay mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
The 2021 Mountain Spirit family is the Giffords — made up of Nathan, Shianne and their newest member, 7-month-old Helias. Their home will be built by Feels Like Home LLC, Aagard Builders and volunteers in Cody on an area of land specifically set aside for Mountain Spirit home builds. Feels Like Home is a modular home dealer which will arrange for the Gifford’s home to be built in Nebraska and then shipped to Cody once the foundation is laid.
Kelble explained that by partnering with Feels Like Home, Mountain Spirit is able to build an affordable house for the Giffords despite COVID restrictions.
Construction on the home will begin this summer. Although the home will be built and shipped from Nebraska, volunteers are still “greatly needed” to help complete the build in Cody, Kelble said. That work will include painting and landscaping.
“Volunteers are extremely important in Habitat’s ability to complete its mission,” she said. “Through the support of our volunteers, we are able to keep the cost of our home builds low for our partner families. I have volunteered at home builds for several years now and it is always fun and rewarding.”
If people are interested in volunteering for Mountain Spirit, they can go onto the website at mshfh.org/volunteer or they can visit one of Mountain Spirit’s stores in Powell or Cody and ask for Kelble.