Building a home requires approximately $25,000-$30,000 of materials and 1200+ hours of labor. Families from the states donate or raise needed funds and, working alongside the prospective homeowners, provide the labor to construct each home. Thirty plus volunteers spend five days working full-time constructing each home during their Christmas holiday. Volunteers are involved from start to finish with tasks ranging from laying cinderblock and framing walls, to applying roofing materials.
The final details of each home are completed in the months following the initial holiday work period. Most homes are completed and ready for the families to move in by Memorial Day weekend.
Families are Changed
FHF volunteers report that their sacrifice of time and money is worth every minute and every dollar given. By nature, the service rendered is satisfying: to give a life of independence to families who couldn’t possibly attain it on their own. FHF volunteers not only experience the satisfactions of giving in a tangible way, but also benefit from creating lasting friendships and experiencing the true meaning of the holiday season.
Rick Finnlayson summed it up best, after supervising the construction of one of the homes: ”I have been reflecting on the experience my family had working with (FHF) in Mexico this past Christmas for quite some time. We have decided to make this a family tradition. This past Christmas was the most memorable on so many fronts. The great feelings of service and gratitude felt for the abilities we have been give to help those in need along with new friendships developed with so many wonderful people. Thank you for including us and affording us such a wonderful experience.”
Get involved and make a difference that will forever influence the lives of not just one family, but of generations. For those participating in the Christmas building project, we suggest a donation of either $1000 as an individual or $3000 per family. However, any donation of time, money or accomodations, is greatly appreciated, even if you are unable to physically join us in Puerto Penasco.