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Habitat For Humanity celebrates 85th home in Billings area

Posted at 11:01 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 16:20:41-05

Habitat for Humanity plans on building 21 homes in its new subdivision in the Billings heights.

It dedicated the first home in the new neighborhood on Thursday night.

"It's my honor and privilege to present you with the keys to your very own home," Habitat executive director Jim Woolyhand said to Lee Hoblitzell, now a owner of a home on North Ping Circle in the Heights.

The home was the 85th for Mid-Yellowstone Valley Habitat for Humanity and was sponsored by the Jurovich family, which owns Juro's Pharmacy.

This is the second Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant home in Billings built by Habitat volunteers.

Hoblitzell is a parapalegic and will move in within a week.

"It's heartwarming," Hoblitzell said. "I'm beyond blessed to have been a part of it. I plan on continuing to be a part of it. It just helps tie in our community and just unites us all that much more and we need that now more than ever right now."

"It's really great and exciting to see neighbors helping neighbors and being a part of something so awesome here in our community that helps so many people," Woolyhand said.

The new subdivision is called Founders Park in memory Margaret Ping and Shirley Wells, who started the Mid-Yellowstone Valley Habitat for Humanity in1992.

The streets are called North and South Ping Circle.