By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
A house becomes a home, and it's a labor of love for those donating their time, building a house from the ground up in a week.
Power tools slice and sand. What was a vacant lot a few days ago, is now a home. And not just any home, but a place for April Mora and her kids, built in less than five days.
"It's amazing," she said. "You watch a house become a home. You start to get these finishing touches like trim and doors and counters, you can picture yourself standing at the cabinet doing dishes and it being your home."
Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country are building hundreds of homes in a week, including this one in Grand Island.
Cardinal Construction brought a good size crew to do the finish work.
"Cabinetry, trim work, closets, anything to get the house done," Mike Hollister said.
And many of these contractors are doing it at their own expense.
Hollister said, "Business partner Chuck Koch has always been the type of person that likes to give back and tried to teach me that over the years, take that in stride and enjoy giving back to the community."
Habitat's project manager Amos Anson said, "Just imagine the man-hours that are being donated right now. A lot of these big guys are paying for their guys to be here, it's a substantial investment they're making."
Saws whir on all four sides of the house as siding goes up outside, and trim on the inside.
"Build a house in four, five days takes a lot of organization and a lot of people doing the right thing," Hollister said.
April Mora has already put in more than 500 hours of sweat equity, and has helped build her neighbor's house.
But April is the lone amateur on this build, surrounded by pros.
"If it's a labor, it's a labor of love," she said.
April says they prayed the storms would stay away, and they did. All that's left is to install appliances and carpet, and the family can move in.