The memories of 2017 will always be gazed upon fondly by the Estevan chapter of Habitat for Humanity. It was a milestone year, where the fundraising work was finally completed, and the house built for a very grateful tenant.
"The fundraising was sort of what started our year off as a continuation from the 2016 efforts that we'd started. The highlight there would have been the donation of the mobile home by Grant and Elaine Walkom, which allowed us to get the total funds that we needed to purchase the lot, and then from there to go on and get a building permit and start construction at the end of July," shared Doug Barnstable, the Chairman of the project's Steering Committee.
"From there, it was a pretty busy time on the construction side to get things in place, closed up and operational before winter set in. We managed to do that with a lot of help from volunteers and cooperation with the weather. The contractors and suppliers were all a big help to us as well."
"We've had widespread contribution from throughout the community, and it's been encouraging to have the support that we've received. Without it, we wouldn't have been able to see the completion," he added.
Now the group can sit back and revel in the feat that they have accomplished. At least, that's what would be expected after all the work put in. However, Barnstable has a different plan. Already they have started efforts to raise funds to do it all over again, and they plan to ramp things up in the new year with construction slated for 2019.