Well-wishers gathered on Sunday 10 in Rock Creek for a Habitat for Humanity dedication of a new home.
The home, which broke ground on April 8, is being built for the Winn family, who lost their home in the Rock Creek fire of last summer. J.D. and Dale Winn are parents to four boys: Chris, Dylan, Colton and Dakota.
J.D. said the process of working with Habitat for Humanity has been positive since the project began last fall.
“Meeting with Bob [Huff], finalizing everything, having Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) come on board. It’s all been positive, through everything and seeing it come through to this,” he said.
Huff, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Southeast BC, said the organization usually reserves their help for low-income families.
But, Huff said, the fire was so devastating Habitat decided to step in.
“This is very outside the box for Habitat, because what we do is build homes for low-income families. This was an exception,” Huff said. “Because so many homes were destroyed, we felt like we needed to respond. We needed to have a way to help a family.”
The local chapter of Mennonite Disaster Services as well as community partners are participating in the project. Huff said they welcomed the help of outside organizations to offset the cost of the home to the family.
The project should be complete before the end of the summer, with the family moving in as soon as an occupancy permit is obtained, Huff said.
Winn said that after everything, the family is looking forward to spending time together in their new home. “Just being at home and starting over,” he said.