North Boulevard Home, City of Shasta Lake
Habitat volunteers recently completed an affordable home on North Boulevard in the City of Shasta Lake. The high-quality, three-bedroom home was designed by architect Terry Topolski and included many energy-efficient features.
Groups work together to build house for Shasta Lake family
By Joe Szydlowski
SHASTA LAKE — Great things may come in small packages, but for Candice Lane, one great thing this Christmas is coming in at 1,200 square feet — her new house, built by Lane and volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.
Candice Lane and family in front of their new home.
"It's like the best Christmas present ever," the 29-year-old said. "It means everything to me and my family."
Nearly 100 people have given their time since June to construct the two-story home for Lane and her three children in Shasta Lake. As part of the contract, she helps build the home, which she purchases with a zero-interest loan from Habitat for Humanity.
The project, a partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity, has created a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home for the family, Andrew Freiberg, a volunteer and financial planner for Thrivent, said. Thrivent put up about 80 percent of the $125,000 in costs and much of the labor.
Lane first heard from a co-worker about Habitat for Humanity in early June.She applied and, Freiberg said, was first in line because she's a single mom who works full time and has never owned a home before.
On Saturday, about 10 volunteers were cleaning up the floors and finishing caulking and other small tasks to prepare the home for the final steps.
Lane said she's put in 247 hours so far on the house, just shy of the 250 required by Habitat for Humanity. Among those hours, she's helped put up walls, caulk and put trimming on the windows.
"Luckily, I didn't have to paint," she said. "I'm not a big fan of painting."
Lane has enjoyed spending time with the other volunteers. She said each wall has memories etched into it from her time with them — some literally.
Volunteers scrawled messages of hope and love onto the drywall before the painting began.
"(People wrote) 'Bless this home,' 'Congratulations,'" she said. "My son wrote a message on the wall, 'I love this house.'"
Nick Webb, 36, said he's happy to volunteer his time. A co-worker of Freiberg's, he said he walks away each time with a feeling of working hard for a good cause.
Freiberg, who's been on the crew almost every Saturday since June, said Lane has been a "joy to work with." Because Lane is afraid of heights, putting the trimming on the upstairs windows was "scary" — even though she was on the inside. She was worried the man on the outside would fall.
Putting up the stairwell wall was nerve-racking too as she held one of the poles to balance the wall.
"I was really scared. I didn't know if I would be able to hold it up, a big wall," she said. "I'm such a small thing."
The family is set to move in after the Dec. 23 ribbon-cutting, Freiberg said.
"What a great Christmas present for this family," he said.
Lane said she's looking forward to being able to cook her children a big traditional Christmas dinner to celebrate their new home.