Over $7,000 in donations have recently been sent to Ravalli County Habitat for Humanity. Jessica Burson said the grants included $5,000 from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, $1,000 from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation, $500 from Sterling Savings Bank and $750 from Northwestern Energy. Northwestern had already provided $16,000 worth of solar panels for the new home in Hamilton.
The home should be completed this summer and joins other successful "builds" in Corvallis, Darby and Hamilton for the Habitat group.
The homes are not given away, but the partner families are chosen on the basis of need and ability to repay a no-interest mortgage. The families are also expected to contribute 500 hours of "sweat equity" in building the house.
Burson said, " (These) homes would not be possible without this gifts. We are incredibly thankful that these organizations have chosen to help bring hope through housing to local families."
The current home will be for the Travis and Venessa Sanderson family. They have three kids. Burson said additional grants and items such as finishing and landscaping materials are still needed to help Habitat for Humanity finish the job by the end of June.