BILLINGS – Volunteers celebrated a key part of the process of helping a family become homeowners on Saturday.
Mid-Yellowstone Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Woolyhand gave a prayer before a wall raising for organization’s 83rd home.
Family and friends helped raise the wall First Interstate Bank volunteers also worked on the home.
This will be a home for the Orozco family, which has put in “sweat equity” as part of the becoming a homeowner.
Dawnelle Orozco along with her children Miguel, Edgar and Nathaly will live in the home.
The wall raising marks an important point in the four-month construction.
“It’s very emotional,” Orozco said. “You don’t realize how much love and support you have until everybody’s out here. We can’t stop counting our blessings. Just very grateful.”
“Something just a little bit special about coming together and having a row of people to be able to lift one of those heavy walls and put it up,” said Emily Nantz, Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator and media coordinator. “This shows a home buyer that this is happening. It really kind of becomes a tangible thing for them.”
The Orozcos hope to move into their home in May or June.
Mid-Yellowstone Valley Habitat for Humanity started in 1992.