Jerry Casesa is a builder in Newburgh, N.Y., who volunteered-–for the second time--to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz, constructing two houses in one week with his community’s Habitat affiliate. “Five days ago, I arrived on the site and was concerned that we could really have these two houses completed,” Casesa admitted at the end of the week. “The fact that the homes are completed and ready for occupancy is nothing short of a miracle.”
It’s a miracle that was aided by the work of more than 1,000 building industry professionals working at 110 Habitat affiliate work sites throughout the United States. The 263 partner families involved in Home Builders Blitz (HBB) have now become part of the more than 1 million people who have been found decent, affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity and its partners.
One of the final dedication ceremonies took place Sat., June 7, in Suffolk, Va., where Habitat staffers congratulated their local builders on finishing the largest HBB project of the week-–16 homes--completed in just five days. Projects such as Suffolk’s demonstrate why Habitat values its partnership with professional home builders. Since HBB’s inception, including local and national campaigns, the home building industry has supported Habitat’s mission by building more than 780 homes.
“Bringing professional home builders into Habitat’s work is a natural project for a housing ministry,” said Kevin Campbell, director of Home Builders Blitz. “The builders augment the excellent work done every day by Habitat volunteers around the world, and that helps Habitat serve even more families in need.”
BUILDER and Habitat teamed up to report the blitz’s progress on a daily basis. Six building professionals wrote for Habitat's online Builder's Notebook, providing a first-hand perspective of the work being done on their site. Kevin Campbell also posted reports as he traveled across the country visiting various sites. You can access each day’s posts here at BuilderOnline.com.
Be sure to check out the final wrap-up and photo slideshow on Home Builders Blitz 2008 at Habitat for Humanity’s HBB Web site. You can also learn more about the HBB model and how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity.