Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area completes first ‘Faith Build Home’

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area recently completed its 55th home, and neighbors and community members were able to tour the house Thursday and welcome the new homeowner.

Habitat for Humanity faced supply chain issues that slowed its timeline, but a record number of volunteers built the house in record time.

Soon, Libby Olson and her two boys will move into La Crosse’s first “Faith Build Home.”

“I’m gonna have a steady place for me and my kids, so they can stay in the same school district and just grow together, be a family, and have a great home,” Olson said.

After years of jumping around, the Olsons will finally have a place to stay for a long time.

“I moved around a lot when I was a kid,” Olson said. “And that was kind of my biggest thing like I wanted to get into a school district that we liked and stay there for my kids, but we just (had) two-bedroom apartments (with) just small living areas. The kids are getting big now. They need more room.”

“Habitat for Humanity partnered with Thrivent Financial,” said Kahya Fox, executive director of Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area. “Thrivent provided 50% of the cost of the construction of this home. Their motivation to us was to bring together people within the faith community to raise the other 50%.”

Ten area churches helped raise the money to build the house.

During the construction process, the volunteers wrote blessings and prayers on the framework to make the home even more special.

“Because this was our first ever Faith Build Home, we really just wanted to wrap the entire home in those love and prayers,” said Fox.

A faith-based home that will bring plenty of joy to the Olson family.

“Just having a set place to be and grow with the house and do my own thing in the yard. It’s just going to be amazing,” Olson said.

Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area isn’t taking any breaks.

Volunteers are working on five projects and will break ground on their first home in Trempealeau County after the  snow melts.

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