Habitat's Helpers

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Before the house found a home in the Wausau neighborhood, it was built in the parking lot of the Mosinee High School by the juniors and seniors who take classes there.

It was a hands-on experience that gave the class expertise that can't be experienced reading out of a book.

"Through building this house here, just gained how to build anything with your hands," said Matt Gorski, Mosinee student builder. "It's a lot better being out here, than being in class."

The kids are pioneers, of sorts.

Mosinee is the first high school in the Midwest to build a home with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that uses volunteer labor to build homes, so that they can be sold at less than half of the market value.

It’s a very important program that gets many underprivileged families into a badly needed house.

"We'll have situations where the parents have one or two infants sleeping in bed with them and then the children sleeping on the floor," said John Prange, Habitat for Humanity.

While the Mosinee students are the first in the area to work with Habitat for Humanity. They certainly won't be the last.

Habitat's officials say both D.C. Everest and Wausau East will be joining Mosinee in the program next year.