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Local church members help build home

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Members of the Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church recently saw their work come to fruition at a Habitat for Humanity home in Nevada City.

Working with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Habitat for Humanity, Peace Lutheran and Grace Lutheran churches of Grass Valley, Truckee church members helped fund and build a home for a low-income family. The home was dedicated on Feb. 18.

“It was super exciting to see the houses go from groundbreaking this fall to dedication a week ago last Sunday,” said President of the local Thrivent Chapter, Edie Lott.

This was the church’s first involvement with Habitat for Humanity, although the church has done other forms of community outreach, she said.

“We often don’t get to see the fruits of labor, so it’s nice to be able to drive by the house we helped build,” Lott said.

The church may try to expand its relationship with Habitat for Humanity both in the foothills, and potentially up here, she said.

“We hope to continue our involvement,” Lott said. “We’re trying to form a relationship to get Habitat for Humanity up here too.”

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a financial services organization, paid 70 percent of the project’s cost, with the rest coming from Habitat for Humanity and the involved churches, Lott said.

About 10 members of the church also took part in the construction, she said.

“I was amazed, the contractor was a volunteer, and he was teaching us things I didn’t think we would be able to do,” Lott said.

Jan Rogers, another member of the church, sewed six quilts for the recipient family.

“My husband and I live up here in the winter, so I did my part with quilts,” Rogers said. “Generally they give one quilt with a Habitat house like this, but I had the material.”

Habitat for Humanity required the recipient family to put in 500 hours of work into the home as well, and the family will have to pay the mortgage on the home, Lott said.

“The family took on a big obligation,” Rogers said.