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'It is phenomenal': Habitat for Humanity homeowner says at wall raising

*Feature photo: Future Habitat homeowner Kathy Baker hugs her daughter at the ceremonial wall raising this morning, center. Left, Shelley Borm of Thrivent Financial. / Pitchengine Communities* (Sheridan, Wyo.) — Despite the chill, a solid group of volunteers is out on Willow Trail, working on the new Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns house for Kathy Baker and her three kids. "This has come about so fast—this whole thing has been so surreal," Kathy said at the ceremonial wall raising this morning at 9 a.m. "It is phenomenal." Kathy's family started arriving before the ceremony—"Run and say hi to Grandpa!" Kathy told her kids. Kathy has three children: 13-year-old twins and an 11 year old. One of her twins is severely disabled, she said, and in a wheelchair. The house will be built to be completely ADA accessible. "Everyone has been so fantastic," she said. "Very warm, receiving and wonderful." She and her family are required to put in a number of hours building the house, and she said she has been working hard to meet them. Alongside the volunteers, crews will be working on the house all day today. Volunteers are welcome—and needed. Christine Christopherson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns, said that this house was made possible with a $50,000 grant from Thrivent Financial. In total, Shelley Borm of Thrivent said that her organization has given $450,000 to the Sheridan community for Habitat homes. "I couldn't think of a better family to partner with," Borm said. Sheridan Wesleyan Church Pastor Darrell White reminded the crowd that a house may be made of beams but a home is made of dreams before giving a moving prayer at the ceremony this morning. [image: Inline image 1] *Shelley Borm of Thrivent Financial, right, and Christine Christopherson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns, at a wall raising ceremony this morning. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 2] *The frames are going up at the future home of Kathy Baker on Willow Trail. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 3] *Christine Christopherson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns, tells the crowd they will warm up soon—once they start working—at a wall raising ceremony this morning. / Pitchengine Communities* *[image: Inline image 4]\* *Kathy Baker's family, far right, at the wall raising ceremony this