Gillette, WY July 26, 2021 – Campbell County’s local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Energy Capital Habitat for Humanity (ECHFH), is pleased to announce they have selected the next family to partner with the affiliate for a new stick-built home in Gillette.
The Miles family was chosen by the ECHFH Board of Directors from a pool of local applicants in 2021. Applicants had to demonstrate a need for affordable housing, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage, and a willingness to partner with Habitat to build and purchase a new home, the three criteria necessary to form a Habitat partnership.
Heather is a single mother of two who moved back home to Gillette in 2018. She has spent several years getting back on her feet and establishing her own business. After the two-month application process, she is very excited to be partnering with ECHFH.
“Two bible verses came to my mind when I received the news. The first was Philippians 4:19 ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’ The second was, Deuteronomy 31:8 ‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’ Thank you God for such a blessing as this and thank you to all who have and may contribute to put in your time and money to help make this happen. It means so much for my kids and I.”
ECHFH has been raising funds for the home build through their “Campbell County Builds” campaign. Donors have the option of choosing what construction materials they’d like to purchase with their contribution. Through Campbell County Builds, the community is investing in more than just building supplies, they are investing in the homeowner and the impact a safe, affordable home will have on their lives.
“We are excited about the possibilities that will open up for Heather once her family hash a place to call their own,” says Brenda Kirk, ECHFH Executive Director. “Habitat homeowners have shown they are able to build stability in their lives with an affordable mortgage, and that enables them to get more involved with their community and improves the entire family’s overall health and wellbeing.”
Once a Habitat home is completed, the purchase of the house and property by a partner family will enable the next home to be built. The cycle will continue as long as the community is invested in the vision of Habitat: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Volunteers are sought not only to help build the next Habitat home, but to help recruit donations for the build and bring awareness to the nonprofit.
“We are a volunteer-run organization, and we wouldn’t be able to build our next home without the help of our community,” says Kirk. “Even those with no construction experience can give back in a huge way just by spreading the word about Habitat in Gillette.”
More details about Campbell County Builds, and how to donate or volunteer, are available at gillettehabitat.org.