Habitat for Humanity volunteers build a house at Kern County Fair in Bakersfield

Previous home recipient pays it forward by helping

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - For the first time in four years, Habitat for Humanity volunteers have gathered at the Kern County fair in Bakersfield to build a house. For one volunteer, this opportunity struck close to home.

John Ryan and his family received a home from Habitat for Humanity a little over 10 years ago. Ever since then, he has volunteered every chance he has gotten, adjust to doing it with only one leg. 

His tasks range, and he tries to do "whatever they ask me to do, and whatever, you know, I can do."

On Sunday, other Habitat for Humanity volunteers focused on the roof. But in just a couple of days, the whole house will be finished. Then it "will be moved after the fair to a lot in southwest Bakersfield," according to Dennis Wallace, who is an executive director of Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire.  

As having previously been in other recipients shoes, Ryan encourages others to pay it forward.

"That's one of the greatest things about Habitat. It gives it the opportunity to give back, and somehow it gives you a desire too. It starts to burn in your heart and you want to give back and it is a beautiful thing," he described. 

No family has been picked to own this house yet. Wallace encourages anyone to apply at http://www.habitatbakersfield.org/  . 

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