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Habitat for Humanity helps build a fresh start

Habitat for Humanity of Butte County began building homes for two families Saturday morning. The McHugh and Meza-Lopez families are two low-income families who were selected for homes during the summer.

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 8:48 PM

Chico, Calif. -- Habitat for Humanity of Butte County began building homes for two families Saturday morning. The McHugh and Meza-Lopez families are two low-income families who were selected for homes during the summer.

The wall-raising ceremony signifies the beginning of the building process and a promise of a more stable and secure future.

Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Nicole Bateman, said this is a life-changing opportunity that allows families to better invest in their children and their community.

Issac Meza is one of the recipients. He builds luxury homes for a living, but he hasn't been able to afford a home for himself and his family until now.

"I always wish I could have one of those homes for me. This home is not luxury, but it's going to be mine. I always wanted a home for my family to live in and this is it," said Meza.

The non-profit has helped build 32 homes for 31 families. In total, 54 adults and 86 children have been helped in Butte County. 

This is truly about building a fresh start from the ground up. 

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