Family moves in to Habitat home, but group still seeks donations

Jeff Puhlmann-Becker, left, hands a check for $5,000 from the Ripon Area United Way to representatives of Habitat for Humanity-Fond du Lac Chapter, from left, recipient family Michelle Finley, Alan and Emmit Huar; and construction manager Bill Boesch.

Christmas came early for Alan Huar, Michelle Finley and their son, Emmit, last week Thursday.

They officially closed on their Habitat For Humanity house and began moving in their possessions.

“As expected, closing went absolutely fantastic,” said Paul Osterholm, executive director of the Fond du Lac County chapter of Habitat For Humanity. “They were anxious and excited to sign that last signature, the last piece of paper and get back to Ripon and start moving, which they did.”

The closing did not lack its fair share of emotions, though none of the tears smeared the signatures.

“Both Alan and Michelle were holding each other with excitement,” Osterholm said. “... It is a “Christmas Story.” It is “A Wonderful Life.” This is a young family that is going to really make a difference in the community and the world and their gratitude and their attitude is a shining example of our ministry of housing in that next step out of poverty: to establish and give families a home ownership to contribute to their community. It is powerful.”

While the physical part of the Habitat For Humanity build — Ripon’s first since 2002 — is complete and the family has moved in, the financial aspect still has a way to go.

Osterholm noted that Habitat For Humanity is still well short of its original, $50,000 goal.

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