South Hill gets first Habitat for Humanity home

By Mickey Djuric, Moose Jaw Times Herald, Oct 31,2014

Sawyer Korbo, 2, ran around her future front yard while her mother Krista looked at their house being built with tears in her eyes. At this point Krista is used to shedding some tears. She cried the first day Habitat for Humanity told her she was chosen as the future homeowner of Moose Jaw's fifth Habitat for Humanity home.

And on Friday afternoon, she cried again, as members of the community gathered to congratulate each other on the progress of the house.

"To me and Sawyer this means stability. It means a home," said Korbu. "This is something I've been working toward. I've been saving for a home for years and this jumps that.

"I don't have to put in as much money, but I can put in the time and energy to build our home."

Both mother and daughter are the recipients of the bi-level home located at 517 Home St. W. It's three bedrooms, and will be South Hill's first Habitat for Humanity home.

"Having a home that is safe and affordable can be a challenge," said Greg Lawrence, MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow. "This home is being helped to meet that need."

The Government of Saskatchewan provided $65,000 in funding to the project through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, bringing the government's commitment to Habitat for Humanity to a total of $7.85 million since 2009.

The funding has supported builds in 12 communities across the province including Duck Lake, Fort Qu'Appelle, Humboldt, Lloydminster, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon and Yorkton.

"Our vision is that everyone deserves a safe decent place to live…we're really proud of the work we've done here [in Moose Jaw]," said Rob Gartner, director of operations for Habitat for Humanity Regina.

As for Korbu, she knows the tears aren't over yet, and is excited to get her keys in July.

"This will change my life dramatically," said Korbu. "When this is built I'm looking forward to resting, settling and decorating.

"I'm thankful for my friends, family and volunteers. Nobody knows me but still everybody helps. We're very lucky and fortunate that we were chosen."

Link to Story