Community building home for EKY family in 3 days


BROWNS FORK, Ky. (WYMT) One Eastern Kentucky family will soon have a brand new home, and it’s being built by people right from the community they live in.

It looks like your typical construction site with 2 x 4’s, hammers and nails, but this sight is different.

“Nothing has been my way, but I’ve always been able to help someone else. But like they say, goodness comes back to you in the long run,” volunteer Christopher Ross said.

It’s all part of the Housing Development Alliance’s Community House Raising event.

The people are all volunteers from Perry County, here to build this house in just three days.

“The community comes out and then they can come back through here in two years from now and say, I build that house,” Housing Development Alliance Community Coordinator Jane Rose Britton.

The home is for Jonathan Barnett, his wife Amanda and their two young kids. They’re also helping to build the home with their own two hands.

“I messed up a nail, bad. I hit it and it just folded over into the wood. And I thought, ehhh, that’s mine. I can look at it later and remember, I’m the one that did that,” Barnett said.

The home is slated to be done by the end of Tuesday. But organizers say they are actually running ahead of schedule.

Barnett says he plans on helping to pay it forward by volunteering his time with other Community House Raises in the future.


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