Latest Habitat for Humanity home to be dedicated

ST. GEORGE – The Habitat for Humanity home built by volunteers and the Hirschi family will be dedicated on Dec. 21.

Ownership of a newly renovated home will be transferred to the Hirschi family in an official ceremony Wednesday evening. In attendance will be City Counselor Jon Pike and various officials of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah.

“It’s basically a celebration of the family,” said Mike Gbursky, the executive director of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Gbursky said Hirschi family was very deserving of the home they had helped renovate.

Like all Habitat homes, candidate families are required to put in 250 hours of what Gbursky called “sweat equity.” In the case of the Hirschi family, 125 hours were put into the renovation, with remaining hours to be served after the family moves into the home.

Tracy Sahleen, the manager of ReStore, and thrift store connected to Habitat for Humanity, said the renovation of the Hirschi home was the fasted she had ever seen.

“It was the shortest time from home-builder to home-owner ever,” Sahleen said.

The home, which Gbursky described as having a gorgeous climbing tree in the front yard, will not be handed over to the Hirschi family for free. In addition to the sweat equity hours expected for the adult family members, a mortgage will also be attached to the home as well

According to the Habitat for Humanity website, candidate homes typically sport 15 to 30-year no-interest, no-profit mortgages. The standard home cost is estimated at $130,000.

“We are so excited for the Hirschi Family,” Sahleen said. “They are a wonderful family with three beautiful children. We are thrilled to have them in their home to celebrate Christmas”

The dedication will be this Wednesday, Dec. 2,1 at 5:30 p.m., at 1048 E Loblolly Circle in St George.

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