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Building A Family A Future

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A home is a place for families to create memories, but not all can afford to build a house. Habitat for humanity helps those who need a place to call their own. And that's what one family is getting, and it's the first of it's kind home here in the Valley.

Saturday the Salinas family is seeing the first wall of their new home being put up, and they say it comes with a bag full of emotions.

"appreciation with everyone that's coming together and helping a family make a dream come true that seems so far out of reach for to even accomplish on our own." Angela Salinas says standing next to her husband Carlos.  The two have 5 children, who will soon have their own home and rooms.

But Habitat for Humanity didn't just build this family a home, they also thought about their future and how they can help them cut costs. This home is a LEED home.

"LEED is a rating system, it stands for leadership in energy environmental design, and the driving force behind LEED is it gives a rating system that gives a person as energy efficient  as they can afford, but a home that's going to be performing at a higher level than your typical home." explains Jenn Whitney who volunteers on the project.

Crews from as close as a few neighborhoods away to as far as Texas, all lent their hand to help build the Salinas family their home.

"It makes us very proud and exciting that we can help, it's what we do." Scott Swanson says who is from Texas, but travels around the U.S. helping families.

"It's very heart warming to feel everybody come together and help build a house for a family and you don't know them but they come together and help make somebody's dream come true." Angela says.

A dream to have their 5 children living and playing together in their new home.

"Finally our own home, it's great." Carlos says wiping a tear away.

"You know that's where they're going to spend the rest of their lives and build a lot of memories here." Angela adds.

The home will have six bedrooms for the family of seven, and it should be finished being built by this fall. Habitat for humanity is also building another home in Moorhead for a different family of seven, that construction started in May.

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