(Riverton, Wyo.) – The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate for Fremont County held a workday on Saturday, Nov. 23. Braving the early morning cold temperatures, local volunteers joined faculty and students from Riverton Career Center to install trusses on the house.
Local Wells Fargo employees stepped up to provide about ten volunteers for Saturday’s effort. Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, a strong supporter of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, awarded a grant to Habitat for $15,000 earlier this year.
The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation supports local neighborhood revitalization initiatives by partnering with local nonprofits, such as the Habitat for Humanity affiliate for Fremont County, to construct, repair and rehabilitate affordable housing. The foundation, which is one of the nation’s largest suppliers of volunteers to Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, celebrated its 5,000th volunteer home build this year as well as its 20th anniversary.
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.
Len Abernathy and Beau Sheets, both teachers at RHS, supervised about ten students and local Wells Fargo employees while leading the building effort on Saturday. Abernathy also handled the lunch menu providing smoked pork for the entire construction crew.
Habitat for Humanity, an international Christian ministry, serves low-income families seeking home ownership opportunities but who 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.
–Habitat for Humanity