Making a home

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County breaks ground on newest project

ROCHELLE – Nonprofit housing organization Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future location of its latest house build.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Saturday, June 13 at 122 S. 9th St. in Rochelle. The ceremony included the executive director and board members from Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows and Rochelle United Methodist Church Pastor Rob Hamilton who lead a prayer to bless the family and lot.

Also in attendance was Dan Roberts from the construction company helping on the build, as well as the Vega family who will be receiving the home.  While the ceremony signified the beginning of the house build, it also recognized both the organization and the family receiving it.

“Habitat for Humanity is in the business of changing lives,” said Vanessa White-Broome, Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County executive director. “We are very excited to help this family in its journey through home ownership.”

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is part of the global nonprofit housing organization Habitat for Humanity. The organization works in local communities across all 50 states and approximately 70 countries worldwide. Its vision is a world where everybody has a decent place to live and it works toward that vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance.

Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County has completed many projects from building a handicap ramp, preserving the exterior of a resident’s house and both building and donating a home to a local family in 2017. It is now celebrating the beginning of its second home build and the mayor of Rochelle attended to show his support for the organization.

“We as a city feel very blessed to have Habitat for Humanity in our community,” Bearrows said.” Thank you to the organization and all it does for our community and the people in it.”

Last fall, Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County held a series of meetings where local families could fill out an application to be considered for the home. Following the meetings, the Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee met and chose one family based on three criteria.

First, Families must have a need for the home, have a willingness to partner and put in 200 hours of work at the construction site and lastly, meet the income guidelines. The Vega family was chosen to receive this home and it cannot express how grateful it is for this life changing donation.

“This donation means so much to our family and we are very appreciative of it,” said Tanya and Felix Vega. “This will be our first home and the first place we live that we can call our own.”

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is still finalizing details with the construction companies, but has plans to first dig the basement and then lay the concrete for the foundation. After the foundation has been laid, workers including members from the Vega family will begin building the home itself. There is no set completion date due to unforeseen variables, but the organization is trying to have the family move in by Christmas.




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