COVID-19 has changed a lot in your daily life. More work is being done from home, six-feet apart is the new normal, and time with others is limited.
Although it looks different this year, MCL’s commitment to our community has not changed. Over the next few months, MCL volunteers will be building a brand-new, 2,300 square foot, five-bedroom, two-bath home for a local, deserving family.
It is one of six homes that will be built through this year’s Habitat for Humanity Pro Build. Out of respect for safety regulations and compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, the Pro Build is a socially distant version of the annual Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build. The Blitz was a one-week super build where hundreds of contractors and volunteers partnered to build a block of homes in a short timeline.
This year, each home is spaced out, Pro Builders are constructing the homes rather than community volunteers, and there is a longer timeline on the project.
This is MCL’s 9th year participating in the build and despite changes, it’s a project we look forward to each year. Led by MCL Project Engineers Sam Howe, Jack Nelson, and Nate Hogberg, we plan to have our home finished by October and ready for a new family to turn our work into their home.
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This is the sixth straight year MCL Construction has participated in the program. The home is being sold to Nyayop. She is a native of South Sudan and has lived in Omaha since 1999. Nyayop has six children. Before she could purchase the Habitat for Humanity home, she was required to contribute up to 350 hours of sweat equity on Habitat for Humanity construction sites. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha only requires a $500 down payment to close on one of their affordable loans.
"Handing over the keys and seeing the excitement and appreciation in the eyes of the family makes all of the hard work, stress, and long hours worth it," said Howe, who directed his first Builders Blitz for MCL Construction. "It is a humbling experience and one that I am honored to have been a part of."
This year's Builders Blitz is the start of a transformation for the Adams Park neighborhood. More than 20 new homes will be constructed on adjacent streets in the next two years.