Habitat for Humanity ready to build seventh home

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor

Habitat for Humanity of Eastern New Mexico is ready to begin work on its seventh home with a work day Saturday.

According to Executive Director Joyce Davis volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. Saturday at the home site at 313 E. Kaywood in Portales to remove trees and prepare the site for foundation work. Davis said a project normally takes about six months.

“It’s something we’ve dreamed about,” said Habitat office manager Amanda Johnson. “We’re happy to be able to build again.”

The future homeowner selected for the project is single mother Wendy Turner of Portales.

The homeowner and their family must put in at least 500 hours of work on the house and when it’s completed they pay for their home with a no-interest mortgage that is normally lower than the price of rent.

Davis said the organization is making a transition with this home. She said retired Portales contractor Gene Collins will be taking on the role of project manager.

“He’s going to be giving us directions and showing us what to do,” Davis said.