Family of three starts building their new home

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WASHINGTON, Ill.– Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria Area partnered with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to build a Habitat for Humanity home for a mother of two.

Volunteers and the family participated in Saturday’s wall raising.

“I am pretty happy about this. It’s such a wonderful experience and I feel like I am blessed to be able to participate in this,” Brittney Chalk of Peoria said. “It’s great to experience being brought up in your own home. And now they (her children) have a home they can live in for the rest of their life and its their own.”

Chalk is a mother of twin girls and she is a proud, “Habitat Baby.” She said she developed an appreciation and respect for Habitat early in her life, having grown up in a habitat home herself.

 Chalk works for both CityLift and Peoria Public School, she has been doing so for seven years. She said her long-term goal is become a school teacher.

“I am very excited. My girls are happy they get to have their own rooms,” she said.

Chalk has to put in 250 “sweat equity hours.” The hours will be completed over the course of the home build and through classes that are required to become a homeowner.

“I just want to thank St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Washington for donating $50,000 dollars,” Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Lea Anne said. “The church is sponsoring the home finically as well as volunteering to build the home with the family.”

Schmidgall said volunteers and monetary donations are still encouraged by the community. To get involved, visit  Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria’s website.

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