NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - After thousands of hours of work and nearly two years of manual labor, a home on 5th street in North Platte is now finished.
Sonia Gonzales and her son, Joshua, stand outside their newly finished Habitat for Humanity Home. (Source: Holly Barraclough, KNOP TV)
The Habitat For Humanity house is now move-in ready for a family of three.
Thursday afternoon there was a dedication ceremony held at the home for the new homeowner, Sonia Gonzales.
Gonzales has two kids and said shes very appreciative for the home.
"I'm very grateful," said Gonzalez, "They're good people for selecting somebody like us. Just very blessed to have good-hearted people out there to see the struggle of people. They acknowledge what you really go through and they take the time to look at a situation to help."
Gonzales was selected out of over 60 applicants by the Habitat for Humanity to be awarded the home. As part of receiving the house, she had to log hundreds of 'sweat hours' where she did a lot of the labor.
In addition to working on the structure since 2017, Gonzales worked in the ICU doing 12 hours shifts, is going to school for nursing, as well as raising her two kids, Joshua (6) and Aracely (16).
At the dedication, several individuals and organizations provided gifts including:
-A gift card from the Do It Center
-Beef from the Lincoln County Cattlemen
-A bible from Bible Supply
-Three quilts from the Presbyterian Church
-Cleaning supplies from the First United Methodist Church
-An anonymous cooler of meat
Gonzales wanted to thank all the volunteers for their time and donations to her new home and said between building the home, going to school and working, the first thing she is going to do in the new home is take a nap.