On a warm Wednesday afternoon, two Columbia Falls families got a new start and took their first steps on the road to home ownership.
After a brief welcome, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Patti Gregerson introduced the newest Habitat for Humanity families, a few board members, donors and volunteers and then the fun began. Construction Manager Skip Beardsley performed the “Passing of the Shovels”, giving ceremonial – yet functional – shovels to Nate Wehrman and Missy Sweeney, who then took turns turning over the first, albeit ceremonial, shovels of earth as they marked the beginning of construction on their homes.
Both homes have foundations poured and are ready for construction. Volunteer construction experts and wanna-be’s alike are welcome on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
You might teach, you might learn, but everyone will have fun for a great family-friendly cause.
Missy Sweeney and her daughters (below) turn over the first shovelful of earth on their new home.
Nate Wehrman (below) poses for photographers and family members in front of the foundation of his family’s new home.