Phase II of Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North’s 11-unit construction project on 477 Hilchey Road in Campbell River has kicked off, and the two latest future homeowner families are already hard at work.
Carlye and her daughter Stella, plus Megan and her daughter Anneli, will be neighbours in the upcoming duplex expected to reach completion by October 31st. Carlye and Megan have both begun working their ‘sweat equity’ hours—500 hours of volunteer work for Habitat—in the ReStore, but they look forward to lending a hand on the construction site as well.
By helping to build, and then being able to buy her own home, Carlye will be realizing an ambition she has held since childhood.
“I have dreamed of owning my own home since I was a child. I grew up in co-operative housing with my mom and brother. My mom struggled for years trying to keep a roof over our heads,” explained Carlye. “I wanted to have something tangible to show my daughter that hard work really can pay off.”
Megan and Anneli currently live in a temporary rental. For Megan, homeownership means stability for her daughter’s future. She looks forward to being able to unpack all of their boxes without anticipating yet another move. While Anneli is too young to help on the construction site, she is excited to help her mom bake treats for the volunteers.
“The first thing I want to do when we move into our new home is unpack,” said Megan, “but Anneli has other plans. She thinks we should turn some music on and dance!”
Habitat homeowners receive financial education, help to build their homes, and pay a mortgage based on their household income. A decent place to live and an affordable mortgage create a situation where homeowners can save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity and have more financial stability.
With construction of two duplexes now underway, we are in need of more volunteers to ensure that Carlye and Megan are able to move into their homes by the end of the year. There are volunteer positions on the build site and at the prefabrication shop for site hosts, food prep, construction help, site clean-up, and more. Register as a build volunteer online, or contact BuildCR@habitatnorthisland.com or call Terri at 1-250-218-4952.
Volunteers are also needed at Habitat’s Campbell River ReStore. The ReStore is the social enterprise that helps fund build operations, ensuring that all donations to Habitat go directly into building homes. Anyone interested in helping at the ReStore should contact Donna-Marie Lamb at ReStoreCR@habitatnorthisland.com or call 250-830-1493 ext. 225.