Carpentry students get real on the job-site experience.
Friday was another busy day at 180 Dalton Road in Campbell River, the site of the latest Habitat For Humanity build where two new homes are beginning to take shape.
“What we’re building here is a duplex. It’s about 1150 square feet on each side, there’s two families moving in” said Project Manager Peter Sanderson.
Benny Mcgrath is one of the new owners who considers himself, his wife and three children fortunate to be getting a new start.
“They took a look at the place we were living in at the time and there were some issues with the place. It wasn’t right or healthy for our family and our ability to get out of that situation was really limited so that was all contributing factors in being chosen.” McGrath told CHEK News.
He and the other owner must contribute 500 hours of sweat equity each in place of a down payment.
Some of the hours are spent volunteering at the Restore in Campbell River while the rest are helping to build their new home.
“Most of the time when I’m here I’m just helping out with the odd jobs. Peter is the main man he knows what’s going on and I’m doing really whatever he tells me” joked McGrath.
For the first time, first-year carpentry students from North Island College are helping out as they get real job site experience.
“This is the real deal and yeah, years from now they can say I worked on that” said NIC carpentry instructor Tom Klatt.
Student Krystal Casey said it is not just about hammering nails or cutting wood. She sees her work as actually helping someone.
“It’s nice to help someone create roots in the community because I’m a mom and I’m a student and you know it’s really hard nowadays to be able to have a home of you own” said Casey.
“By the end of the day they know they worked hard, you know they put in some good honest labour and this is the fruits of their labours” added Klatt.
And Habitat for Humanity is happy to have the help.
“We’re hoping that we can build a long term relationship where they can use our construction as a teaching school for them so yes it’s win win on both sides” said Sanderson.
The duplex will be ready for dedication June 25th.