Holly Reed and her family accept the keys to their new home from Habitat for Humanity. The Reed family worked on the house for over 1,000 hours prior to moving in to the Wellington residence this past Saturday. The family has been working on the structure since late 2011.
Wellington home "angel" Karl Potter and H for H President Irene Everett.
More than a thousand hours of sweat equity showed its worth Saturday, as a Carbon County mother moved her three children into a new home in Wellington.
The house which was originally donated to Habitat for Humanity by Gus and Sylvia Fassio, was handed over to Holly Reed of Price during a community celebration this weekend.
"I will never be able to express what this means to me," said Reed just prior to receiving the keys to her new home. "I learned the true meaning of family and coming together because of this project and Habitat for Humanity."
Reed and her family took over the extensive project of rebuilding the structure in late 2011, after a previous family's income level changed too much to allow them to keep the home.
She had applied for assistance through the organization and was chosen based upon her willingness to partner, lower income level and living conditions at the time of application.
"Our board was impressed with Holly's willingness to work from the very beginning," said current Habitat for Humanity President Irene Everett. "And she continued to impress us as the project moved forward."
Those chosen by the organization to receive a home must agree to put in 250 hours of "sweat equity" per adult. Going above and beyond the organization's requirements, Holly worked 933 hours on her own. Her family totaled a staggering 1,304 hours of work between October 2011 and December 2013.
"One benefit of doing so much of the work myself is that I know this house inside and out," said Reed. "I have been a part of every piece of the project, so when something breaks, I should know how to fix it."
Those involved with habitat swear that every house has an angel who comes with it and Holly's was no different. Holly's angel was Karl Potter.
Starting in early 2012, Potter donated 1,139 hours to the home's construction. He was at the Wellington residence until after 3 a.m. the morning before the dedication, making sure the home's carpets were finished.
"I have learned through this experience that material things don't matter." said Potter. "Family is what matters."