Ready to break ground for Habitat home

The construction of a Siouxland Habitat for Humanity home in Hull is becoming a reality. Land has been secured. Various local contractors have committed to help with labor or material support. And now, a family has been selected.

Brandon and Karla Van Lo have been selected as the partner family. They currently live in Hull and have four children, ages 6 and younger.

“Brandon and Karla are very excited about this opportunity to work on building their own home and improve their family’s well-being,” shared Kurt Franje, Habitat’s Sioux County director.

“We had a number of families apply for this opportunity to achieve their own home,” said Franje. “We appreciate everyone that applied. We require applicants to fill out a lengthy application and gather a lot of additional information, so the family selection committee can best assess their situation.”

The family selection committee then interviewed eligible applicants and made a home visit to assess the family’s need for better housing.

Siouxland Habitat plans to have a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at the site, 1713 Sixth St. in Hull.

“This truly is a community project, so we invite everyone to join us, to meet the Van Los and celebrate with us,” said Franje.

Volunteers will be needed throughout this project. “We welcome anyone to volunteer with us, whether you have building skills or not. You do need to be 16 or older due to liability reasons,” noted Franje. “As much as possible, we hope volunteers can work alongside the partner family and together build this home. We will mostly work during the weekdays, but will do evenings and Saturdays if there are groups of willing volunteers.”

To volunteer time, donate in-kind or monetarily, or have questions, contact Franje, 476-2804 or kfranje@siouxlandhabitat.org. Financial donations may be mailed to Siouxland Habitat for Humanity, 1335 Valley Drive, Rock Valley, IA 51247. (Information provided by Kurt Franje, Habitat for Humanity, Sioux County director.)

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