The home of Michael Ramirez and his family is taking shape on Dunlap Street.

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County spent time Saturday with hammers and nails attaching the walls to the slab.

“Last week, we put up the walls of the garage and about more than half of the walls of the house. As you can see, we are putting up trusses on the garage and we will finish the walls on the house. When we get the outside walls done we will start on the interior walls,” Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County secretary Suzie Timmerman said.

“We started last Saturday with the actual raising of the walls,” she said. “The slab was already there a week or so before. We work every Saturday from about 7 a.m.-noon. Because it is so warm we are cutting it off at noon. When the weather cools off we might work until 2 p.m.”

Timmerman said the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is expected to take about six months to complete.

The process to become a homeowner through the Habitat program first involves making application. A potential homeowner has to work on other homebuilding projects and put in 150 sweat-equity hours before work begins on his or her home. With the exception of the foundation, construction is done Saturdays by volunteers.

Seeing the home take shape on the slab “is good because it means everything is coming together,” Ramirez said. Working alongside the volunteers, Ramirez spent time Saturday putting up the remaining portion of the outside wall and bracing it.

Volunteers are the key to any project Habitat undertakes and are needed once again. Residents or businesses that want to help in the construction process or make a donation can call Habitat at 972-939-2797. For additional information, go to the website at or email

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