AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Habitat for Humanity is known for helping people help themselves to build their own home. Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity in Amherst helped with another success story Sunday.
Lesley Pinero and her children moved into a new home built by volunteers using donated materials. The Pinero family wasn't idle during the construction. Lesley worked side by side with the small army of volunteers. It's called "sweat equity" in the home. 250 hours of sweat equity are required. Habitat for Humanity said she put in many more than the required number of hours.
Lesley told 22News how much owning this home means to her and her family.
"They had started building in August and I've been working with the guys for about a year and it's been amazing," said Pinero. "An amazing experience building your own home yourself, putting up walls, and doors, and floors, everything. It's been really amazing."
Since its formation in 1989, the Pioneer Valley chapter has helped nearly three dozen families build and own a home in Hampshire and Franklin Counties. Spokesperson Jean Savarese described Habitat for Humanity's mission as eliminating homelessness and sub-standard housing.