Habitat for Humanity celebrates 30 years, ‘Builders Blitz’

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Three homes will be built and another will be completely rehabbed to support families in Lafayette for the Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz.

“Every chapter challenges local organizations in their community to build a house in a day or a few days, in a very short period of time,” board president Tim Scott said.

Majestic homes co-owner Jim Kiracofe took on the challenge to build one of the homes.

“We found out somebody in Louisiana did it in 18 hours, so our goal was to beat that 18 hours,” Kiracofe said. “That was kind of the motivation, plus it’s just for a good cause.”

Hundreds of volunteers built the home in just 12 hours.

“It was actually easy for us because we organize houses by the day, so basically with the sub-contractors we just had to change that in and go by the half hour,” Kiracofe said.

The blitz celebrations span across two days. Construction on two other homes is underway and a group of all women builders broke ground on another home. Special guest Steve Thomas of the TV show “This Old House” also stopped by the new home.

Tim Scott said the blitz falls on the 30th anniversary of the organization in Lafayette.

“Habitat for Humanity has been in Lafayette now since 1984, and we’ve been a part of the community,” Scott said. “The community has been supporting us now for a long time, and together we’ve built now about 260 homes.”

Scott said when people move into the homes built by Habitat for Humanity they are helping others in need.

“It’s a low-cost mortgage home, and that money that they’re paying back into the mortgage goes to help build future homes, and that’s a part of the process that keeps paying it forward,” Scott said.

The blitz is about celebrating the mission Kiracofe said he’s glad to be involved with.

“This is the first time we’ve done it. I think we’ll do it again,” Kiracofe said. “I don’t know if we’ll do it every year, but we’ll do it again. It was a great time. It was fun to do it, and it was for a good cause.”

A cause that is helping families and the community.

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