CEDAR RAPIDS - The sound of hammers, saws and nail guns could be heard all along G Street NW in Cedar Rapids Monday. Construction workers are building homes as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz. Three homes are being constructed for families to realize the American Dream of homeownership.
Gary Laetare has lived in Cedar Rapids for 60 years and will be receiving the keys to a home. “I live in a mobile right now, it needs a lot of work so I’d rather have a home that doesn’t go anywhere,” Laetare says. “I love it.”
The homes being constructed are in a part of the city where the 2008 flood destroyed some homes and damaged many others. Jim Sattler of Jim Sattler Custom Homes says his company is committed to helping the community through Habitat for Humanity. “We are trying to rebuild some and in this case put new homes in place in areas where homes were removed.”
Wayne Martin of Lins Heating and Air Conditioning is working on his first Habitat for Humanity jobsite. He’s one of the many contractors that are building the homes which will be finished on Friday, June 13. “I always like to do something good,” Martin says. “I always feel like I’m helping people out when I do my job.”
“It’s not a handout, it’s a handup,” explains Laetare on owning a Habitat built home. “It’s going to be just like a regular house payment so it’s about thirty years. We’re going to be here for awhile.”
Sattler says his workers enjoy building homes for Habitat, “Our people are excited to be working here and contribute and help these families accomplish the American Dream of getting their homeownership.”
“Thank you from the bottom on my heart,” an emotional Laetare expresses. “My wife and my kids both we’ve really been appreciated.”