The 16th home in Fremont County to be constructed by Habitat for Humanity is being built on the site of the former hospital in Riverton. (File photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Habitat for Humanity, Wind River Country recently received a donation of $500 from Devon Energy.  The donation will go toward the purchase of construction material for the home currently underway in Riverton on the former site of the Riverton Hospital.

Habitat constructs homes with donations, grant funds and hundreds of donated work hours from volunteers, local businesses and contractors. Homeowners are required to provide 500 hours of labor known as “Sweat Equity” and can enlist the assistance of family and friends to achieve these hours.   “Sweat equity hours give the new home owner an opportunity to see just how much work goes into building their house and the efforts put forth by the volunteers,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Erin Shirley.  The 1,200 square foot, highly energy efficient home has a target completion date of fall 2014 and will be the 16th home constructed by Habitat since the program was established locally in 1997.

This project represents the first house produced as a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Riverton Career Center “Geometry in Construction” curriculum, which started in August 2013.  The Geometry in Construction program offers students an opportunity to apply classroom geometry and construction principles to an actual building project.

Habitat for Humanity, an international Christian ministry, serves low-income families seeking home ownership opportunities but don’t qualify for traditional lending.  New homeowners have no down payment cost, a 0% interest rate and the mortgage is carried by Habitat.  Habitat homes are primarily built for families with young children with 80% of all homes being built for single parent families.

For information about Habitat for Humanity, volunteering or the affordable home ownership program for low-income families, stop by the ReStore at 305 E. Main in Riverton or call 857-2997.

Devon logoDevon Energy is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas in the United States and Canada. In Wyoming, Devon has approximately 160 employees and operates primarily in four areas: The Powder River Basin, Wind River Basin, Big Horn Basin and Washakie Basin. One of the state’s largest producers, Devon is committed to strong citizenship by investing in emergency response services, youth and education, the environment and civic causes, the company said. For more information, visit www.devonenergy.com.

–Habitat For Humanity, Wind River Country