Habitat for Humanity of Dane County volunteers have been busy this spring with new housing developments in the City of Fitchburg.

On April 18, about 15 volunteers from the Navy Recruiting District Chicago worked on houses at 2504, 2508 and 2514 Equity Lane to help “build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter for families,” according to a news release.

On May 5, Steve Stricker and more than 150 employees and volunteers from American Family Insurance and The Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation framed two Habitat homes, one of which will be located on Unity Lane in Fitchburg, with future homeowners Mario and Brook and one of their children, Yoana.

“There are two younger children in the Habitat family that were too young to help out. They are so excited about moving to Renaissance on the Park in Fitchburg,” Habitat communications manager Jenny Ballweg said in an email to the Star.

Then on May 6, employees with a Fitchburg electrical engineering consulting business, Realtime Utility Engineers, donated their time and money to Habitat by helping with the 2504 Equity Lane site.

In connection with their Love Madison event on May 7, more than 40 members of Blackhawk Church in Middleton also built a frame for a house that will be located on Unity Lane in Fitchburg.

And on May 11, Habitat held a home dedication at 2898 Rimrock Road in Fitchburg. The homeowners are Dhonpa and his two children, Dadhul and Phurbu, who moved to Madison from Tibet due to political and religious oppression, according to a news release.

“My son loves to play soccer and is so excited that we’ll have a backyard for soccer. He is a very avid animal lover also and hopes for a dog or cat. My daughter has already been daydreaming about having a home,” Dhonpa said in the release.

At the home dedication, the family was also presented with artwork made by a Madison West High School student through the Undergraduate Public Humanities Exchange, which will partner with Habitat for the next few years to give an original piece of art to each new family, according to the release.

“Today we are really proud to make this huge dream come true with help of Habitat,” Dhonpa wrote. “A ‘home, sweet home’ is coming for us.”

– Samantha Christian