Nick and Karla Claycomb will soon call a home south of downtown their own. The family of seven says they've gone through some hard times but are grateful to have Habitat For Humanity to help make their dreams a reality.
"These people give up all their time to come down and help anyone that's in need and they've surely been helpful with us," stated Nick.
The Claycomb family says the five bedroom, two bath home is everything they've dreamed of and still can't believe it's happening.
This project, like others isn't complete without help from volunteers. What's so special about the Claycomb volunteers is that the home is being built by women.
The women are volunteering their time as a part of National Women Build Week.
"Our ladies from Bayer Healthcare are out here building this home in their community and we're very proud of that," said Lauren Dorsch, senior communications representative for Bayer HealthCare. Women from the company will spend several days working on the home.
The idea behind the program is to have women devote time to build a home to help stop poverty. In exchange, Lowe's donates money for the home and offers how-to clinics for the volunteers. For the Claycomb home, $5,000 was donated.
"From a woman's perspective, it's pretty awesome to think of a national construction company, where you don't always think of women in construction, is willing to sponsor something and focus on that fact," said Melissa Koch, executive director at St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity.
"Today, we have all these lovely women here helping us and some of them know more than I do and I think that's great," added Claycomb.
Koch says she can't think of a family more deserving and in need of the home than the Claycomb's. She says they've worked so hard to support their family and even made sacrifices.
"They have been unable to find a place to live that has been quality where they can help raise some of their grandchildren and raise some of their own children. When they came to us, it was just a perfect opportunity to provide a home for a true huge family and huge is the key," added Koch.
Claycomb says even after his home is complete, he will continue to volunteer for Habitat For Humanity and serve his community.
"It gives you hope for the future and you can return that hope to other people by someone giving you that hope," added Nick.
The home is expected to be completed this fall. Habitat for Humanity says this is the largest home they've built in the area in ten years. To learn more about the program or if you're interested in becoming a volunteer, contact (816) 279-2552.
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