Habitat For Humanity

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

"From foundation to finishing touches, dozens of students with the TMCC fire academy are helping to build a house for, who they call, one of their own.

Steve Stegmeir is one of the site coordinators for Habitat For Humanity.
He says he loves what he gets to do, and knows other volunteers feel the same.
"They need to know it's important because somebody real is actually moving into this thing. You can build all day long, but unless you see the family that's going to be in there and the kids: all they want is grass in the backyard. That's the important part for the volunteers."

That's exactly the sentiment among these volunteers with the Truckee Meadows Community College Firefighter Academy who are building a home for one of their peers in the program and whose father is a paramedic with REMSA.
One of the homes is for Rob Love, his wife and five children.
"In my job, we work with them and stuff. It's kind of we're doing the same type of teamwork where we're working together, but we're working on something else."

TMCC fire academy student, Nick Zuccarini, says working together to build a home for the Love family is an amazing accomplishment.
"It's great. It's a good opportunity, especially for a guy that helps our REMSA. He helps his own community, and especially helping saving lives. It's a good opportunity to help him out."

A total of 13 habitat homes are being built in Stead, six are started, and one is already occupied.
Stegmeir says they're pleased to see the progress on each home, from start to finish, knowing one day it will be filled with a family.
"We have one crew putting the roof on and one crew putting forms together. On another home, we have to get ready to pull concrete. We've got another crew two houses down that are pulling the rough electrical on the home to get it ready for final inspection. Just different scopes of work as you go on down the line."

Habitat homes are possible because of volunteers.
The non-profit organization does not give houses away, instead providing interest-free loans to those willing to put in some work of their own.

Love says he and his family understand the committment, and are still excited about doing it themselves.
"It's not a hand-out. You have to put so many hours of my personal time into building the house. And, my friends and family have to put time into building the house for a total of about 500 hours. It's called, sweat equity."

If you are interested in volunteering with Habitat For Humanity, you can call the local office at: (775) 323-5511.
You can also go to its website at: http://www.habitat.org/script/link.asp?url=tmhh%2Eorg


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