The Adreons - Melissa and Wayne and their six children - will be making the Dodge Center Habitat for Humanity house at 801 Fifth Avenue their home - and they can hardly wait.
Their family was chosen from eight finalists by the Housing Selection Committee. The announcement was made last Sunday afternoon.
The Adreons were flooded out of their home on the banks of the Zumbro River in Zumbro Falls during the September 2010 flood.
"The river came up faster than anyone predicted," Missy said. "Our house was ruined. We were able to salvage our clothing because it was a two-story house, but we lost everything downstairs. There is only one house left in the neighborhood. I'm not ever going to live by water again. It was a pretty place and we liked it."
They stayed with friends in Mazeppa for three months.
"They were great friends and we were lucky to have such generous friends," Missy said. "We moved to 595th Street between West Concord and Highway 56, but it wasn't home. It was temporary. Now - now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are so excited. It's a dream coming true. Our new house will have five bedrooms. The kids are excited."
Their children are Destany, 16; Dustin, 15; Domenic, 14; Javin, 9; Austan, 7 and Kaiden, 19 months.
Wayne and Missy will each be expected to put in 200 hours of sweat equity.
"Everybody in our family who can hold a hammer will pound, though," she said.
Friends and family of theirs in addition to members of the community are invited to volunteer with the building. Peter Martin is in charge of organizing volunteers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We wanted to stay in the Triton School District," Missy said. "It's where all our older five go to school. There are lots of nice teachers."
She heard about the Humanity project from a friend at Faith Lutheran Church and they got emails about it from the school. She went to the first informational meeting.
"We will be happy to have a house of our own," Wayne said. "The uncertainty has been tough."
He works for BCM out of Faribault. She works for Daniel's in Kasson. She is studying at the Minnesota School of Business and will graduate very soon with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She would like to be a probation officer.
Groundbreaking will take place "as soon as possible, maybe as soon as the end of March, depending upon the weather," Kevin Worden, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, said. "We expect to have the house ready for the Adreons to move in by early winter."
He explained that two summer VISTA workers will run the job site during June and July.
"This is going to be a great project and we look forward to welcoming the Adreons into their new home," he said.
The volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
"I'm delighted with how well people are responding to this project - and anxious to get going," Carin Minelli, chair of the Family Selection Committee, said. "As a first time Habitat volunteer, I've been impressed by the process. I am excited for this family."