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Why trusses matter to Habitat's Pat McIlwain

Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County's Pat McIlwain shares why the day the roof trusses go up is so special to her.

Recently, the trusses went up on our 50th affordable home in Cheyenne. This home- (and our first ever Faith Build), will be the future home of the Stephenson Family.

Dad, Jamie has already begun contributing his sweat equity hours. He'll contribute 400 or more hours towards the construction of his home, alongside our construction team and volunteers.

Jamie says he's most looking forward to his kids growing up in a home they can graduate high school from. 13 year old Bradley is looking forward to making friends in the neighborhood, knowing he won't have to move again, leaving his pals behind.

The strength, stability, and self-reliance we build with every affordable home we complete has an impact on a family that lasts for generations.

And the best part is when the home is complete and Jamie starts making his mortgage payments- those payments will help us build the next affordable home for another family, and then another after that for the life of his mortgage.

Its a hand-up, not a hand-out model that builds stronger families and communities, and its the heart of what we do.

Your gift towards a Habitat build is a long term investment in families like the Stephensons, and the partner families we'll serve in the future.

And if you're like our dear Pat, and love the sight of trusses going up- here is a video of the action on our build site!

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