Habitat for Humanity’s latest partners are ready for a permanent trip to the “Beech.”
Habitat broke ground for its 14th house in 18 years, Thursday, and will soon provide shelter for Marisol Vargas and her three sons at 1106 E. Beech St.
Vargas has been an employee of Bank of America for five years and will receive an associates degree in business administration from ENMU-R this May.
“I’m really excited because I never thought I was going to be able to be a homeowner,” Vargas said. “I’m just grateful that Habitat is able to do this for people in the community.”
Vargas, who currently resides in her grandmother’s house, said she is excited to start building a home for her three sons Jordan, 9, Jaylon, 6, and Javien, 1.
“What it means to us is freedom to have our own space, and for my kids to have their own home,” Vargas said. “It’s just a big deal for us. Here, they’d be able to have their own rooms, their own backyard, everything.”
Vargas, who will put in 250 hours of sweat equity, said she looks forward to the whole process of construction. “I’m excited — I’ve never built anything in my life! But I look forward to it, just to learn new things and be able to have hands-on experience. And I think I’ll appreciate it that much more.”
Mike Puckett, Habitat board president, said the majority of the work will be done on Saturday mornings, all the way through the end of summer. He said Habitat hopes to get the Vargas family into their new home by early fall.
“Come on over, bring your work shoes and pants and have fun with us,” Puckett said. “This is all volunteer labor, and we sure would like to have your help as we start.”
Puckett said Habitat strives to build energy efficient, affordable, clean housing for families. He said Habitat uses airtight insulation in the walls and insulates the underside of the roof decks “to make it a tight envelope that will not cost a lot” to heat and cool the house. Habitat also uses high grade windows, stucco exterior and refrigerated air conditioning, all of which helps to makes the home easier to care for, Puckett said.
Volunteers will soon cut trenches for the foundation and the plumbing. After the concrete is poured, Habitat will set a date for its volunteers to begin framing the house.