The sound of hammers and construction noises heard emanating from HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 12 was not Sharks GM Doug Wilson tinkering away on the Sharks roster for the 2006-07 season.
Instead, about 40 volunteers, including members from the Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity, San Jose Sharks, Rotary Club of Cupertino, St. Jude’s Episcopal Church of Cupertino and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church of Mountain View, were on site helping the Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity (SVHfH), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, to build a “Home in a Box” in the HP Pavilion parking lot.
Upon arrival, volunteers were treated
to a light breakfast before the event got underway with a greeting from SVHfH Executive Director Robert Freiri. Shortly thereafter, the volunteers listened to safety talk, went through a brief orientation and were formally recognized by supporters. By 9 a.m., hammers were in full swing.
S.J. Sharkie was also on hand, greeting volunteers, participating in the safety talk and acting as honorary site foreman, in addition to rolling up his sleeves and working up a sweat.
Prior to the event, several groups had volunteered time to cut, measure and mark the wood for the actual build. That valuable work allowed the volunteers on site to make the walls and frame the house rather quickly.
The home was built by mid-day, and after the construction staff inspected the unit for accuracy and stability, it was disassembled and bundled it for shipping to Biloxi, Miss., one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.
“This is our first ‘Home in a Box’ project,” added Freiri. “While we have several ongoing projects in the San Jose area, we are happy to be involved in Habitat’s efforts for the Gulf Region.”
“Operation Home Delivery” is a project of Habitat for Humanity International which was activated shortly after the devastating hurricanes in the Gulf Coast. “Operation Home Delivery” and the “Home in the Box” Program have been making great progress over the last several months with 230 homes under construction and nearly another 100 completed along the Gulf Coast.
Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity (SVHfH), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, was formed in July 1986. SVHfH’s first development of 10 homes began in Alviso in 1990. To date, Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 27 homes in Santa Clara County. They are currently in a dramatic organizational growth spurt as in the next three years, they will be building 29 homes, 17 of which will be in San Jose. SVHfH’s mission is to work with the community to provide families with low incomes the opportunity to build and own their own home. Their vision is to work in partnership with affordable housing providers and advocates to eliminate substandard living conditions in Santa Clara County.
The SVHfH office is located at 513 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035. Phone: (408) 942-6444, fax (408) 942-6446, www.habitatsanjose.org