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Habitat for Humanity Builds Home for Thurmont Family

"There are a lot of folks out there that don't have the opportunity for affordable homeownership, and we give that to them."
THURMONT, Md. - Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, Maryland is sawing, drilling and hammering away at their newest home in Thurmont.

Kasondra Bradshaw and her husband Devin live in her parent's home, but the family of five will soon have a home of their own thanks to Habitat.

"Right now, we're in two bedrooms, so it'll be nice to actually have the extra space and in our own room and the kids having their own rooms," Bradshaw said.

The Bradshaw family must put 500 hours of their own work into their new home. About 300 volunteers also work on the site, building a place to make memories for the life-long Thurmont residents.

"Habitat is a hand up, not a handout. It's important for us to do that for the community. There are a lot of folks out there that don't have the opportunity for affordable homeownership, and we give that to them," said Ken Gardner, construction project manager for Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County.

The volunteers are busy with the beginning of the 1,200 square foot home, complete with three bedrooms, one bathroom and a basement.

"Our primary purpose here, as the owner of a small remodeling company, is to demonstrate the american spirit, where people can work together to accomplish a goal in support of our community," said Anthony Owens, owner of Anthony Owens Remodeling and Repair.

Devin Bradshaw serves the community as a football coach. The Bradshaws will have a mortgage, but it will be a lot more affordable since volunteers are building much of the home.

"The feeling is great, and it's especially great to be able to meet the families, know the family that's getting the house, and actually work with them side by side," said Jairo Gracia, a volunteer.

The community is coming together and building a home for the Bradshaws and their three children so they finally have a place to to call home.

"It's nice to see that there's a lot of people that come out and help," Bradshaw said. "We've actually had a really good turnout of a lot of volunteers to come out and help us."

Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County is looking for volunteers to help build the Bradshaw's home. For information on how you can help out, click here.
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