October 25, 2018
Yakima, WA – October 26, 2018 – With fall in full swing and a new school year beginning, one particular class of graduates heads into the workforce having accomplished something great for our community—building a home for a deserving family.
Last year, Habitat for Humanity approached Perry Tech about the partnership. Since the groundbreaking in November of 2017, Perry Tech students from the Construction, Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration programs worked together to make the 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house a reality.
“Habitat is blessed and fortunate to partner with Perry Technical Institute and we look forward to building many more houses that will turn into homes,” said Isabel Garcia, Executive Director at Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity. “Perry Tech’s generosity and hard work saved on labor, staff time, volunteer recruitment, and materials. The students’ enthusiasm, energy, and involvement was contagious. In spite of their own hardships and barriers, they helped us improve the lives of families and children in our community.”
Inspired by the project, the Central Washington Home Builders’ Association asked Perry Tech to be a special feature in their annual “Tour of Homes” event in September. The Tour of Homes featured 20 distinctive and trend setting homes on the self-guided tour across Yakima and Kittitas Counties. By choosing the Habitat and Perry Tech collaboration, the CWHBA said they wanted to feature a build that is making a difference.
Over the past year, you could find Perry Tech students traveling from the school’s campus to the construction site five minutes away. From framing to the final touches, this Habitat build not only gave Perry Tech students a great project to apply their skills, but also a way to use their trade to help the local community.
The 1,216 square foot home meant a lot to all those involved including Darin Peters, head of the Perry Tech Construction program. “The Habitat build was the ultimate hands-on training experience that the construction students could receive for this field," said Peters, “building the Habitat home was very rewarding for the students as well as myself.”
Perry Tech staff and faculty also volunteered at the Habitat build—putting up siding, painting, cleaning and beautifying the home by putting in a fence and landscaping. Fundraisers were held by staff and faculty to raise the money to donate various appliances. Those donations purchased a washing machine, dryer, and an over-the-range microwave.
Habitat for Humanity held a special event at the home prior to the Tour of Homes to thank the students for their contribution. Habitat Director Isabel Garcia praised Perry Tech students for their commitment to making a difference. “Their willingness to help us build a home for a family in need is their love put into action,” said Garcia. “Their helping hands will forever impact this family, providing stability and a safe place to call home.”
A Construction grad recent;y shared how the collaboration to build the Habitat for Humanity home impacted him personally. Read more about his story by clicking here.
Watch for more information on Perry Tech’s custom home build in West Valley. The Construction program is currently moving forward with plans to break ground November 1st.