On a chilly Saturday morning, Gerry and Sharon Trantina along with their family and church, Chapel by the Sea, braved the cold to raise the walls of the Trantina’s third sponsored Habitat home. Excitement radiated through the jobsite as Gerry and Sharon, the volunteers, and Habitat staff worked alongside one another to raise the exterior and interior walls of the home, transforming the jobsite from a concrete slab to the framework of a home in just one day.
“Wall raisings are so unique. It is a wonderful feeling to see all the volunteers begin with just a blank slab, and by the end of the day you can already see what the house will look like. You meet the future homeowners and realize it’s not just a house, but a home that leads to a better life”, Gerry said.
Gerry had dedicated the past 15 years to volunteering with Habitat. He and Chapel by the Sea volunteers have met weekly to install the vinyl siding on homes. “There is a great sense of accomplishment when the vinyl siding goes up. The exterior of the home begins to look complete,” said Gerry.
This is the third Habitat home that Gerry and Sharon have generously sponsored. The three bedroom, two bath home will provide a family of four with a safe and decent place to call home. Partnering with volunteers like Gerry and Sharon Trantina, Habitat can continue building strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing in Lee and Hendry counties.