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State Farm donates $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity

May 16, 2013 - From staff reports

Habitat for Humanity, Wind River Country, recently received a grant award of $5,000 from the State Farm Foundation. The grant money will help fund the upcoming construction project that will be built in combination with the Riverton High School "geometry in construction" curriculum starting in August 2013.

"State Farm is committed to building safer, stronger and better-educated communities," said State Farm agent Mike Yowell. "We are proud to present this award to Habitat with the ultimate goal of connecting youth to their community."

Habitat has partnered with the school to offer hands-on construction experience for students in the class as they apply classroom instruction to an actual construction site.

The high school students will have the opportunity to experience construction as they build one modular home per year for the Habitat affiliate serving Fremont County. The program is patterned after a similar program in Loveland, Colo., between the high school and the Habitat for Humanity affiliate serving that community.

Habitat started the application period for applicants in the middle of April. The home will be built by the students at the high school location, and that home will be moved to a prepared construction site in May 2014. The home will be set at the old Riverton hospital site next to the home that was completed in February.

Habitat for Humanity, an international Christian housing ministry, serves low income families seeking home ownership opportunities but don't qualify for traditional lending.

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