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May 21, 2014 08:30 AM

Habitat for Humanity Building Homes This Summer

Sioux Falls, SD

The weather is getting nicer and Habitat for Humanity is getting ready for a busy summer building.

Wednesday crews will break ground on another home in an eastern Sioux Falls cul de sac where three other Habitat homes will be built. Habitat says if it wasn't for volunteers, none of the houses built would be complete.

A group of retired men volunteer for Habitat for Humanity a few times each week to lend a hand to others.

"That's really what it's all about, helping people who otherwise wouldn't have to opportunity to have a house like this," volunteer Roger Leistra said.

"It's just one of the most basic things, to helping your neighbor build a house is what it comes down to," volunteer John Homstad said.

Volunteers are given tasks to complete to finish each home when the group works together they can get a home done in nearly no time.

"The reward and satisfaction comes with what we do," Homstad said. 

The Habitat for Humanity Sioux Falls Executive Director Sue Olsen says it is volunteers that keep the main focus of the organization.

"We believe that the volunteers that come forward are expressing that sort of Christian commitment to caring, and it's just powerful stuff," Olsen said.

But these volunteers say, they get as much satisfaction out of working on these homes as the families get when they get to move in.

"The best thing is at the dedication, the looks on people's faces and the joy that they have in being able to live in a house that many of them thought they'd never be able to live in," Leistra said.

Habitat for Humanity says it is always in need of more volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact Habitat at 605-332-5962.

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