Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity build­ing for fu­ture

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­tri­cia Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity is gain­ing mo­men­tum and it ap­pears it has passed the mid­way point in their cap­i­tal cam­paign.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity is poised to break­ing ground on a du­plex devel­op­ment in North Drumheller in about a year. It has the am­bi­tious goal to raise about $200,000 in do­na­tions to make the project pos­si­ble.

Chris Cur­tis, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Drumheller and District com­mit­tee chair, is en­cour­aged by the cam­paign.

“We are be­tween half and two-thirds of the way there,’ said Cur­tis.

Get­ting to this point they have taken on some unique fundrais­ing en­deav­ours in­clud­ing the Climb the Di­nosaur cam­paign last sum­mer, and ear­lier this year hosted a “pop-up” din­ner to cel­e­brate Valen­tine’s Day.

Look­ing for­ward, they are plan­ning a Mex­i­can fiesta on Cinco de Mayo.

The in­volve­ment is also from stu­dents. Grade 8 Stu­dent at St. An­thony’s School Tyler Merkowsky, took it upon him­self to or­ga­nize a book sale at his school and raised $325. Prin­ci­pal JoAnne Aker­boom is proud of Tyler’s ef­forts.

Cur­tis said with this progress, they are not far off from be­gin­ning to search for fam­i­lies to pur­chase the homes.

“We will be start­ing that process prob­a­bly within a month or two,” said Cur­tis. “We go through the process of iden­ti­fy­ing and pre­qual­i­fy­ing fam­i­lies, and then the fi­nal de­ci­sion is made in con­junc­tion with our head of­fice in Cal­gary.”

He said they have a strong and grow­ing board of vol­un­teers, how­ever, they are look­ing for those with trade skills when it comes to con­struc­tion.

“One thing we have had to come to grips with is, it is more dif­fi­cult for vol­un­teers to work on the house than we had first thought. Be­cause we want to build a qual­ity house, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity is mak­ing a de­ci­sion to get vol­un­teers in­volved, but not for some of the crit­i­cal com­po­nents.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the project go to the Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, Drumheller and District Face­book page.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Drumheller and District chair Chris Cur­tis, left, ac­cepts a cheque for $325 from Tyler Merkowsky. The Grade 8 stu­dent raised the funds through a book sale at St. An­thony’s school for the lo­cal Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity project.

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