Sometimes it takes a combination of hearts, hands and shovels to build a dream.
On Saturday morning, an excited crowd of 85 people showed up at 805 E. Frontier Street for the groundbreaking of the newest Payson Area Habitat for Humanity home.
And while the ceremony included plenty of shovels and churning dirt, no one seemed to mind that workers already had a head start on the construction site. "It was a matter of necessity for us," said PAHH Construction Committee Chairman Randy Kaufman. "As of this time, we're a week ahead of schedule."
The Jacquez family, Adam, Thea and their four children: Ashley, 6; L.A., 4; Alexez, 3; and Angel, 8 months, stood under the shade of a tree in a place that would be their own yard. With shovels in hand, they listened to Rev. John Roy, senior pastor of the First Assembly of God Church, talk about the importance of owning your own home.
For the Jacquez family, it would be a four-bedroom, 1,280 square-foot home on a tree-shaded street near a school.
"There's something about the pride of ownership that's really special," Roy said. "Each one of these kids are going to have their own bedroom -- it's a place to grow up in."
The five other families that PAHH has partnered with to build homes -- the Farrells, the Johnsons, the Skeens, the Silvas and the McNeils -- also attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Jacquez home is being built with money from a $7,500 Bank One sponsorship, a $2,000 donation from the Rim Country Chapter of United Way, a $5,000 grant from Lanoga Corporation/Lumberman's Building Centers, money from local clubs, organizations and private citizens, and labor and materials from businesses and individuals around the community, and, of course, an army of PAHH volunteers.
Judy Berger, of PAHH, said the Jacquez family should be in their new home by mid-September.