It takes a Habitat village: Families get to work on new homes

Mark Strate takes a look at the blueprints for the Habitat for Humanity housing project that broke ground Thursday afternoon off Joyce Drive in Grass Valley. The project will be constructed in the lot behind him.

On Thursday, single parents Angel Garcia and Angela Edie picked up “golden shovels” and broke ground on their new, four-bedroom homes.

In a ground-breaking ceremony in sweltering heat at the edge of a rocky field on Joyce Drive in Grass Valley, Garcia, Edie and their children were introduced to a small gathering of Nevada County Habitat for Humanity supporters.

It takes a Habitat village: Families get to work on new homes

Habitat homeowner-builder Angel Garcia stands with his daughter Victoria in the field that will soon become part of their home neighborhood.

It takes a Habitat village: Families get to work on new homes

Thursday’s Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking ceremony brought out the golden shovels and helmets.

It takes a Habitat village: Families get to work on new homes

People gathered Thursday afternoon at the site of future Habitat for Humanity homes.

It takes a Habitat village: Families get to work on new homes

Thursday’s golden shovel groundbreaking ceremony for Habitat for Humanity in Grass Valley.