Habitat for Humanity and Granger high school partner up to build five new homes

    Habitat for Humanity and Granger high school partner up to build five new homes.

    GRANGER, Wash.- With it already going below freezing at night, many in the valley will have to turn up the heater and bring out the blankets.

    But it's not that easy for Judi Montes and her three girls in the trailer they live in.

    Montes said she can't put insulation in the thin walls. Which makes it tough for her family to stay warm when temps drop during winter.

    “It's not enough. We have portable heaters, but sometimes it gets really expensive with the light bill,” she said.

    But there's hope on the horizon for the Montes family.

    They were selected to move into a new home built by Habitat for Humanity.

    Montes said this new space will give her family a chance to have enough room for everyone in the home.

    “We have no space. We have to have the dryer in one of the bedrooms,” she said.

    A set of drums from the Granger high school marching band signaled the ground breaking for the home to be built.

    Habitat partnered with the nearby high school to get students involved with the process.

    Teens who are part of the construction class have helped teachers build things in the past, but now are going to help assemble a house from the ground up.

    “We thought we were just going to come out here and build houses just for anybody who wanted them. But once we found out it's for people who actually need them. It's a good experience to have,” Granger freshman Priscila Ramos said.

    90 percent of the build is going to be done by volunteers. So, the non-profit says the students will be crucial for its completion.

    “It's one day a week, but it's times 19 or 20 students. So, it will definitely improve the process and the make the build a lot faster,” Habitat Executive Director Isabel Garcia said.

    Montes and her family will have to do their fair share as well.

    Families moving into the home are required to put in 500 hours of work before they can move in.

    The home is expected to be built in four to six months. So, they'll have to get through another cold winter this year.

    But Montes said her family is excited to be ready for next year.

    “They said, 'Finally my own room!' having a home of your own. It's just like a dream come true,” she said.

    This home is the first of five to be built. So, the city block will end up becoming a habitat neighborhood.

    For volunteer information: Email Mike Morrisette (Mmorrisette@yakimahabitat.org) or call 509-453-8077

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