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Habitat for Humanity Builds 46th Missoula Home

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Habitat for Humanity employees are building the organization's 46th house in Missoula this summer.

Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homes for families in need, and their current Missoula project will develop into a home for a young couple with two kids.

Employees said the three-bedroom home wouldn't be feasible without help from donations and volunteers from NorthWestern Energy.

Habitat officials said building affordable homes helps eliminate poverty housing in the Missoula community.

"The need is there, it's a, you know, it's not a giveaway program," said Mike Sehorn, Habitat Construction Supervisor.

Sehorn said families who receive the housing opportunity must meet financial need qualifications, and put in a certain number of volunteer hours. This year, the newest project on 7th St. is getting extra volunteer help from a 10-person crew from NorthWestern Energy.

Sehorn said, "So, without these guys with their help, their work days and their financial help, this wouldn't happen."

NorthWestern Energy officials said they've donated more than $12,000 dollars over the past 10 years to Habitat for Humanity's cause.

"We're a big part of our community, we live and work here and we want to give back, it's a huge part of our organization," said Vicki Judd, NorthWestern Energy Community Relations Manager.

Judd said the company works with a different nonprofit every year, and they seek organizations that allow employees to physically help out in some way.

"Everyone's doing great, they were out here at this morning and they just go tell me what to do, and they jump right in and do it, and they're all happy, having a great time," Judd said.

Judd said NorthWestern employees are on site at nine different Habitat for Humanity projects throughout the state this summer.

She added, "It's a great way to be with fellow employees, without begin at the work site, it's a whole different opportunity."

Sehorn said they hope to complete construction on the energy-efficient home by October.

"Everybody wants to help, and it's great, so we've always got a good work force, a lot of people come out at least once a week, every week of the summer," Sehorn said.

Habitat for Humanity Missoula will begin construction on a two-bedroom home on a second lot on 7th St. next year.

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