A local family is looking forward to the construction of their new home. The Kenora branch of Habitat for Humanity broke ground on their new build next to the Ukranian Hall last week, to support the Thurston family.
“It’s a mind-blowing experience. It doesn’t seem real,” said Mat Thurston. “I’m excited to get a new house, new bathrooms and all of that stuff,” said daughter Aaliyah. “I want a pink bedroom and some toys!” said the youngest daughter, Hailey.
The Thurston’s found out that they would be receiving the home last August, as Mat and Amelia were celebrating their first anniversary together.
“This family has been amazing. They’ve been working on doing their sweat-equity hours, they’ve almost completed their 500 hours through community service already. It’s not a hand-out,” said Joan Schelske, the co-director of Habitat for Humanity Kenora.
This is Kenora’s third build for Habitat for Humanity. Ashley Neniska and her family were chosen for the first build, then Cathy Patzel and her family for the second.
“We have volunteers who have already signed up, but we’re always looking for more. We’re always fund-raising and we could always use more as well,” added Schelske.
The program helps families with limited incomes build an affordable home.