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Habitat for Humanity Expanding in east Idaho

By By Jessica Crandall
Published On: Oct 01 2012 10:18:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 01 2012 10:32:14 PM CDT

Habitat for Humanity Expanding in east Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -

Habitat for Humanity is expanding in eastern Idaho.

Ashton and St. Anthony are now on the program's radar following a generous local donation.

Those living in Ashton will get a chance to improve their homes while helping each other.

Habitat for Humanity had a hostage situation Monday, but it was all in good humor.

The soon-to-be owners of a new home sat in "jail" on top of the Idaho Falls Restore building for several hours while they asked for donations from everyone passing by.

"This organization holds a special place for me," said recipient Crysten Jensen. That's why it wasn't a big sacrifice for her to make.

Jensen said Habitat is completely changing life for her and her three young boys.

"No words can express it," said Jensen.

Jensen and her parents decided to give back Monday, along with the mayors of Ashton and Ammon.

Executive Director Karen Lansing said Habitat doesn't only build new homes for people like Jensen.

Since the economy began slumping, they refurbish them too.

"We're recognizing that new construction takes care of a certain part of the population, but what about the senior citizens who have been in their homes for 20, 30 or 40 years and are on a fixed income?" said Lansing.

Lansing believes towns like St. Anthony and Ashton have a lot of potential, because neighbors are willing to pitch in for each other.

"We're really excited to be moving up there. We're talking to a lot of people. A lot of people are stepping up and wanting to partner with us on this project," said Lansing.

They're stepping up to give better homes for people like Jensen.

"It's just really overwhelming. It's great," said Jensen.

It's not easy to qualify for a Habitat house. Lansing said they look for hardworking families who can't afford to buy a home any other way.

If you would like to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, visit this link.

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