On Sunday, October 10, Nevada County Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its 42nd home.

The home is the fourth and final house of Habitat’s Park Place neighborhood which is located at Stennett and Kendall Streets in Grass Valley.

The happy home buyer, Shawna C., and three of her children were in attendance along with her Homeowner Partner, Ellen Hagan.

“This is so exciting,” Shawna said. “To be out here on the build site, taking in the environment and the neighborhood – I didn’t realize how beautiful it is! Who would have thought that this is where my home would be built?”

Shawna has already been on-site rolling up her sleeves to meet her sweat equity commitment. She and her Partner, Ellen, have been doing touch-up paint on her new neighbor’s home, which is close to being completed. “My kids are so proud. They’re telling their friends and teachers that their mom builds houses now!”

The event, kept small in deference to ongoing Covid-19 safety measures, was hosted by Nevada County Habitat Executive Director, Lorraine Larson, and included brief presentations by Board President, Rick Ballantyne and Construction Supervisor, Frank Sobrero.

“It is always exciting when we begin a new house,” says Larson. “It’s the Habitat mission in action. So many people make this moment possible – our donors, volunteers, vendors, and especially our homeowners like Shawna. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for her and her family.”

“Being out here provides a valuable lesson for my children that there are people in the world that care about them. We haven’t always experienced that. I’m proud to be with all of these people who care so much. I am inspired.”


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