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U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson recently paid a visit to help work on the first Habitat for Humanity home being built in Napa County. Thompson, D-St. Helena, was joined by his district representative, Maira Ayala, as well as staff representatives, board members, and local volunteers from Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity.

Thompson and Ayala were given hard hats and T-shirts and assigned a project by construction managers Jamie Calderwood and Joe Grunditz. Thompson used a table saw to cut siding and climbed the scaffolding to install it on the second story of the home.

Future homeowners Roberto Hernandez and Viviana Trejo also took Thompson on a tour of their soon-to-be home and shared with the congressman how excited their children are to have a place of their own where they can finally have a pet dog.

The three-bedroom home is being built on a plot of land on Saratoga Drive in east Napa. The home is expected to be complete near the end of the year, and will soon provide a home for Roberto and Viviana, their children, Jayden, 9 and Allyson, 5, and Roberto’s mother Evangelina.

In addition to their jobs, the couple has put in well over 450 hours of sweat equity in the home, including participation in build days, volunteer projects, and more.

Thompson presented Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity board members Craig Paterson and Jack Batchelor with a certificate of special congressional recognition. At the end of the work day, Executive Director Andrew Killeen of Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity asked Thompson to sign a 2-by-4 stud, a tradition for all VIPs who visit the work site.

“So proud of the work that staff and volunteers are doing at Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity in Napa,” said Thompson in a Facebook post. “They will be completing their first home soon!”

Since the project’s ground-breaking, many individuals, organizations and businesses have teamed up to volunteer on the Napa home. Building is still underway, and spots are still open this fall to participate in volunteering or contributing to the project.

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Small groups can also take part in a Team Habitat Experience, allowing businesses and organizations to team build, while raising funds for Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity.

For more information on the Napa home project, Team Habitat Experiences, sponsorship and donation opportunities, or to volunteer, call the office at (707) 422-1948 or visit SolanoNapaHabitat.org.

The Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International founded in Americus, Georgia in 1976. The Solano affiliate was founded in 1991 by a grassroots group of Solano County residents as a charity organization, dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing in their community. In 2002, Napa County was added to the affiliate’s service area.

In its 26 years of existence, Solano-Napa Habitat has built 15 new homes and repaired dozens in Solano and Napa counties. The organization’s mission is to bring people together to build decent, affordable homes and make critical repairs to existing homes.

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Natasha Biasell works for Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity as a marketing consultant.

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