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Break ground for new Habitat house
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Jason and Crystal Moore broke ground for their new home Tuesday, flanked by volunteers and associates of Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County.

“It’s amazing,” Moore said. “It’s neat to know you are part of doing something you will be living in for the rest of your life.”

The Moores and their two daughters, Mackenzie, 10, and Daisy, six, were selected as this year’s Habitat family and will purchase the home, located at 1136 Lincoln St., interest-free from Habitat. They will also provide a great deal of “sweat equity,” helping the volunteers who will fill the site on work days.

“We hope to have them in their home for Christmas,” Paul Grinde, chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County, said.

The home is being financed in part through a $60,000 donation from Thrivent Builds, a program of Thrivent Financial. Since 2007, Thrivent has donated $286,600 to assist the local Habitat organization in constructing homes for deserving families

“We would not be able to accomplish what we have done in the community without Thrivent,” Grinde said.

“We’re looking forward to another great build,” Gary Kieper, Thrivent Builds specialist, added.

This year’s project also has a new component, assistance from young people involved in Americorps VISTA organization. Rachel Davis of VISTA will serve as volunteer coordinator for the build and will be involved in Habitat for the next year. Adam Waldvogel of VISTA will serve as an on-site coordinator through the summer.

The house will be a conventional, stick-built one-story dwelling with three bedrooms and handicapped accessibility.

Grinde said volunteers are vital to making the hopes of having it done by Christmas a reality.

“We need a good supply of volunteers,” he said. “Individuals, groups, businesses are all encouraged to come out and help.”

Volunteers work Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Davis at 507 993-0139 or e-mail her at rachel.davis572@gmail.com. Volunteers may also visit the website at hfh-wi-lang.huterra.com.


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Jason and Crystal Moore, and their daughters, Mackenzie and Daisy, are joined by board members and volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, VISTA and Thrivent Builds at Thursday’s ground-breaking.
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