Published on November 22nd, 2013 | by The Kitsap Scene0
Wall raising ceremony kicks off first Habitat for Humanity home in Belfair
A wall raising ceremony Nov. 16 kicked off a new Habitat for Humanity project in Belfair.
A group of ProBuild volunteers erected the wall, which is the future home of their fellow employee Craig Burdick and his three daughters, according to a press release from Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers and staff from the Shelton ProBuild constructed, raised and anchored the last interior wall of the future house. The family, alongside friends, Habitat board members and other community members, celebrated the start of construction on their new home.
Burdick and his daughters — Marissa, 15, Rachell, 13 and Bella, 6 — learned they were the recipients of the home just four days earlier. They were presented with a bird house at the wall raising — a Habitat tradition, according to the release.
“This home means everything,” Bella Burdick said.
“This is astronomical,” Craig Burdick said. “As a Vet and a single dad this is a stepping stone for me and my family to call this home our own. This is very emotional and humbling experience, I do not have enough words to say thank you.”
The three-bedroom, one bath home is being built by volunteers and friends and family of the Burdicks at 41 E. Skipper Court, Belfair, in the Beards Cove community. The home is being built and certified to EnergyStar efficiency and Built Green standards, as are other Habitat homes. The land was donated in 2012 by the Ewings family, according to the release.
Tammey Newton, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, said in the release the home is the first Habitat will have built in north Mason County. Applicants chosen must contribute 400 hours of volunteer service time, attend homeowner and financial classes and demonstrate the ability to pay on an interest-free mortgage.
According to the release, the Burdicks look forward to putting time in toward the completion of their future home.
The Burdick family looks forward to putting in their hours towards the completion of their home. The house is expected to be completed in April 2014.
“A house means starting over and feeling secure,” said Rachel Burdick.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Mason County go to www.habitatmasonwa.org or call 360-426-8134.