NAPLES, Fla. — While some enjoyed a relaxing Saturday, local veterans and volunteers worked on building homes for families in Naples.
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County is in the process of constructing their latest neighborhood, "Dockside". There will be 44 homes for families to move into when it's complete. They asked local veterans and organizations to help out.
One local veteran was there to build her own home in the neighborhood. Summer Galvan served in the U.S. Army for 5 years and is anticipating moving into her new house.
“When they accepted us I was punching myself, I was like, ‘is this really happening?’ Yes, we’re very happy very excited," Galvan said.
Several other veterans were there to help out. Cid Fernandez says it's important to play an active role in his community.
“I found that I haven’t given enough to my brothers and sisters who have fought for the freedoms that I get to enjoy every single day. I knew where my heart needed to be,” Fernandez said.
Other local organizations including the Collier County Veterans Council and Trinity By-The-Cove Episcopal church had volunteers come out for the day.
“It feels great. I mean look at what they did for us? How can we return that? It’s perfect," said Paul Bernhardy, with Trinity By-The-Cove Episcopal Church.
Habitat for Humanity says the goal is to finish the neighborhood by this summer. In the meantime, Summer is helping others build their homes while she waits to move into hers.
“The support is great because without us helping each other, I mean this would not be possible," Galvan said.