FRUITLAND — Canyon County Habitat for Humanity's Veteran's Build project is in full swing, and volunteers are coming out in force to help a Fruitland veteran build his new home.
The nonprofit is helping Jim Klassen, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
"I've been living in a trailer for almost 20 years now,” Klassen said. “And haven't lived in a house since 1992."
Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with local companies, like Double S Tiny Homes, to finish the home.
"We have removed the tresses and the interior walls and we're going to replace all of the interior walls with the new design,” said Judy Ahrens, executive director of Canyon County Habitat for Humanity.
“It's supposed to be an old cowboy house,” Klassen said. “But it's way fancier than a cowboy house."
Donning a hardhat and getting his hands dirty, Klassen is taking an active role in the construction of his new home.
"It's a hand up, not a hand out,” she said. “To be able to do this veteran’s build has just been phenomenal. To see his joy at having his first home built has been amazing for us."
Many of the volunteers started with the intent of just helping the nonprofit. But after meeting Klassen, they keep coming back.
“He's so passionate about everything,” volunteer Dallas Croft said. “That just makes [me] even more wanting to come out here every day and seeing how Jim's doing today."
For Klassen, the experience is overwhelming, but it's something he cherishes.
"A dream come true,” he said. “But that I can also be a blessing to them."
You can find more information on the build and how to get involved here.