Home 43 is Complete!
This year, the build had approximately 60 volunteers that worked directly on the build site providing over 3000 hours of volunteer hours. This is incredible in so many ways, not to mention the year of the COVID-19 Pandemic!
The Marvin Family
Doug Marvin tells his story
It was amazing and almost unbelievable when we received the Habitat Home Ownership acceptance letter. When our Church discovered that we had been accepted, they helped raise an amazing amount of money to secure a Northern Door lot so the building could begin the summer of 2020.
We soon began picking out flooring, countertops, siding, and other options. When Covid-19 hit hard in March, everything shut down. We knew that there would be some sort of delay.
Then, we got word we would be starting the beginning of July. A month or so later than usual, but that was completely understandable given concerns about the welfare of all the volunteers.
Our first official day was staking out the house in the woods with Chuck. It was very exciting. We walked around the forest floor where each room would be.
We weren't quite sure what to expect as we walked up to the worksite on the first day of construction. I wasn't sure what my sons could do. Well, we were put right to work. The volunteers couldn't have been nicer.
You could tell many had done this before. Everyone was so kind. They would stop working to show us how to do things. We were able to jump right in. My boys still love to go over and help out. I hope to continue to volunteer on future builds.
My parents came up to Door County in middle August and helped on the building as well. They had helped us move for the second time in 5 months. In the last 4 years, two rental houses were sold forcing us to move multiple times. This home is truly a blessing in so many ways.
The approval process is quite involved. Everything is laid out for you with help along the way. So you take it step by step. There are courses to help, and one to get extra funding for the home purchase. The actual construction labor is the easy part.
When our house is finally finished, I will have to say it feel strange and even melancholy. While I'm ready to come home to this wonderful place every day.... it's kind of like Christmas. The real fun is in the activities and anticipation. Then suddenly - it's over. I know in my heart, I will miss the kindness and camaraderie of all the volunteers.
When I was 13, my family began construction on a new home. Now it's come full circle. I have the pleasure of building a new and permanent home with my sons.
Creating these memories, working together with my sons and the volunteers is my favorite aspect of this whole experience. We will always share these memories.
We are truly grateful and blessed.
– Doug Marvin, Future Homeowner