The Ramos family of Clovis can literally say nearly 240 pairs of hands have touched their home on North Thornton Street.
Volunteers from Curry and Roosevelt counties as well as Cannon Air Force Base donated their time and skills to build the house for Roman and Erica Ramos and their two children through Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds affordable homes for low-income families in the area and thrives through community volunteers and financial donations.
The dedication ceremony for the home took place Saturday.
Here is what a few people who worked on the home had to say about their experience:
• Kendra Peloquin, a Cannon spouse and teacher, said working on the home was a family effort.
"I really believe in giving the right mindset to our future generations and teaching them to give to the community," Peloquin said about encouraging her two children to participate.
Peloquin said she and her husband worked on the wall raising as well as putting in the flooring, and her children did the tiling for the floor. The Ramos' home was their third home they've worked on with Habitat in this area.
"It's a lot of fun," Peloquin said. "We make a lot of friends and connections. It's the community feeling of being with people."
Peloquin said constructing homes has taught her new skills and how to use equipment, one of her favorites being a circular saw.
"It's just really fun to learn all those skills," Peloquin said. "It gives you a real sense of accomplishment."
She added that the life long friendships she's made through working on the Ramos' home on Saturdays are so meaningful.
• Kathy Salter or Portales has given seven years of volunteering to Habitat, working with them since she retired from being a math professor.
She considers herself a regular on Habitat projects and enjoys using a miter saw and painting, but for this particular home she did a lot of busy but necessary work, including cleanup and paperwork.
"It's such a good thing to do, getting houses for people who couldn't afford them otherwise," Salter said. "I absolutely enjoy meeting all the families going into the houses. It's such a good cause."
• Charles Tosh, another habitat regular of Clovis, says he'll work on just about anything except the roof of a home. He's been retired for 27 years, but even at 82, he still wants to give his time to Habitat.
"It's a great cause," Tosh said. "If we can help get people into a house, let's go for it. It's well worth the time."
Tosh helped build the walls of the Ramos' home. He also worked on the home's foundation and framework.
"You name it, I'll do it," Tosh said. "It doesn't make any difference to me, I'm old enough now where I won't get on roofs, but I'll do just about anything else."
Here's a look into a few numbers that went into the making of this home and opportunity for this family:
• 237: Volunteers.
• 2,108: Volunteer hours worked.
• 0: The rate of interest on the mortgage for the home.
• 105: The man hours donated to shingle the roof of the home.