ST. GEORGE – Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah held a ceremony celebrating the completion of Patty Christensen’s new home Thursday evening. The house is located on West 300 South in historic downtown St. George, and took close to a year and a half to plan and build. Thousands of hours of fundraising and volunteering went into the creation of the home and was built with donated materials and labor.
Having been through many hardships in life, Christensen was overjoyed with emotion as friends gathered to welcome her to her newly finished home. Habitat for Humanity worked in partnership with the City of St. George to build the house, which now stands on a lot that once held a condemned house.
The construction manager Mark Hatch was pivotal in the building process, Habitat’s Southwest Utah Board President Sommer Bowler said. The two bedroom, one bath home is built to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards, so Christensen can accommodate her mother and other members of her family.
Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah began it’s affiliation with Habitat for Humanity International in 1998 and Christensen’s home is the 21st home the organization has provided. All 21 homeowners make a small down payment and an interest-free mortgage. All mortgage funds go towards future builds for other deserving families.
“We are not a giveaway program,” said Bowler. “We’re a hand-up, not a hand-out.”
The typical value for homes the program builds ranges between $119,000 and $145,000, taking into account donations, volunteer hours, labor and material.
Before Thursday’s short dedication ceremony began Thursday, Habitat Southwest Utah’s Executive Director Stacey Maziarz was full of joy for Christensen.
“We’re excited that the home was finished before Christmas,” Maziarz said, “and that for the first time in her life she will be able to be a homeowner. She made a lot of sacrifices and a lot of changes to get to this point.”
St. George News videographer Leanna Bergeron contributed the videocast for this report.
- Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah | Telephone 435-674-7669 | Website | Volunteers and donations welcome
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