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For Kyle and Amber Crum, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” has taken on a very special meaning.

The Crums are celebrating their first Christmas in their new home at the corner of Gruber and Berner streets, constructed over the summer by a cadre of Habitat for Humanity volunteers with help from the Thrivent Builds program.

All Habitat homes, and the families who purchase them, are special but the Crum’s story provides a bit of extra holiday cheer. Kyle and Amber are barely out of the newlywed stage and, because he is largely confined to a wheelchair and handicapped accessible apartments are rare, they had been living with his parents since their marriage in February, 2012.

“It’s the best gift we could ever ask for,” Amber, who is employed at a rural group home in Gleason, says. “It’s been just wonderful.”

“This is the first time we’ve ever been able to have a home alone,” Kyle adds. “It’s been nice just being by ourselves.”

The home is entirely handicapped accessible and constructed out of super-strong, energy-efficient concrete able to withstand any storm. That’s another plus, since Kyle would be unable to take shelter in a basement in the event of severe weather.

“It’s just complete freedom as far as being in the house,” Kyle says. “I have no restrictions. They did a great job putting it together for us.”

Built over the summer months, the house features unique construction techniques that provided volunteers skills that will translate to future projects.

The Crums first night at home was on Halloween, and they spent it playing cards with family and friends.

“It was so nice being able to have everyone over and just spend time together with our families and friends,” Amber says.

For Christmas, they plan more of the same, celebrating the season with family and friends on Christmas Day in their own home. It will be a potluck affair and Amber has been busy getting ready.

“Every spare minute I have been wrapping presents or making cookies,” she says.

“I just try to stay out of her way and not consume everything,” Kyle adds.

The Crums have been welcomed warmly by their neighbors, and their postal carrier even took the time to knock on the door and introduce himself .

“We’re trying to build personal relationships with everyone,” Amber says, adding the couple is learning to be homeowners for the first time.

The Crums says Christmas, 2013 will always hold a special place in their hearts.

“We owe a huge thanks to Habitat and all the volunteers,” Amber says. “Their work is allowing us to have the best Christmas as a couple we’ve ever experienced.”

Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County is a locally-run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor—"sweat equity"—into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that is used to build more houses.


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Kyle and Amber Crum are celebrating Christmas in their first home.
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