Habitat For Humanity "Blitz Build" Crews Build Home In One Week

By KBJR News 1

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM CDT

GRAND RAPIDS, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--A three bedroom home in Grand Rapids is being built in less than one week.

Crews began working onsite the 2012 Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build at 6 a.m., Monday.

Tracie Hollom and her four children will be able to move out of their apartment and into their new home near the end of June.

"This house means stability," Hollom said. "A place for my kids to grow up."

About 150 local contracting professionals and volunteers will come together throughout the week to build the house.

"It's a local thing, it's local people," Jon Miller of Hawk Construction said. "At least I know that everything is within the community. That's important to me, you know, not giving to something that maybe, who knows where it goes to."

Planning for the blitz has been underway since last October and organizers say they have day to day plans scheduled down to each half hour.

"What we've done is we've set up the rest of our work week to be a four, 10-hour day so that they can all get their time in and still have a full check and participate here," Doug Hanson of Hawk Construction said.

A normal habitat build would usually take about four to six months.

But aside from outside painting and landscaping, the house is expected to be finished by Saturday afternoon.

"Our homeowner Tracie will have an opportunity to choose her cabinets, the color of her counter-tops, her trim color and her flooring colors," Shannon Benolken, Executive Director of Itasca County Habitat For Humanity said.

"I can't tell you how grateful I am," Hollom said. "For everyone to step up and help me to get this home, it means a lot."

A house dedication ceremony will be held in May.

Hollom has already completed her 300 hours of sweat equity to Habitat For Humanity.

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