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Build: September 11th – October 26th | Home Dedication: November 9th, 2018

This fall, Delta Air Lines is once again partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a new home for a Veteran’s family. Over 400 Delta employees will join Habitat to build this home in just 7 weeks! The build takes place in Habitat’s housing community for Veterans, Megan’s Meadow. This is the 6th Habitat house Delta has built in King County and marks the 262nd home built by Delta worldwide! Habitat greatly appreciates the generous support of donors like Delta Air Lines, who make this first-ever Veterans housing community possible. Thank you, Delta.

Meet Our Habitat Family

The Kayembe Family

Jean-Jacques and Albertine Kayembe are immigrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Due to the ongoing violence in the DRC, Jean-Jacques came to the United States in 2013. After serving in the U.S. Army for over four years, the military medically discharged him due to an injury incurred while serving on active duty. During his time in the Army, he served as a power generation equipment repairperson. Jean-Jacques currently works as a nursing assistant and medical interpreter but before immigrating to the states, he was a physician working as an OB/GYN. 

As a disabled person, it was difficult to keep and secure a permanent job and with a big family, it was challenging to find an affordable house that could accommodate his wife and six children who were able to join him in 2016. Their family’s monthly budget was so tight that they stayed in a two-bedroom apartment. Their children, Moise, Enodi, Emeraude, Jean-Michael, Marie-Jose and Jeannot range in age from 2 to 18.  This age span requires a variety of needs that only a family community can provide. They applied for several housing programs for low-income families in King and Pierce County, but they were never selected due to the income and family size requirements.

After learning about Habitat for Humanity from a colleague, Jean-Jacques applied and was approved for a home in our Veterans community in Pacific.

Habitat Delta Build 2018 Family photo

“A home of our own seemed out of reach, and an impossible dream in our current situation.”

Build: September 11th – October 26th | Home Dedication: November 9th, 2018

Construction Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 – Check-in, distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and light breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 – Habitat introduction, safety orientation, and selection of work assignments

9:15 – Noon – Work under the instruction of Habitat site staff

Noon – 12:45 – Lunch will be provided. HabiCHAT and daily raffle

12:45 – 3:45 – Work under the instruction of Habitat site staff

3:45 – 4:00 – Clean-up and sign out

Work Task List

Check out the daily work tasks planned for each week of Delta Build. PLEASE NOTE: Tasks are subject to change based on volunteer staffing levels, weather conditions, etc.

Week #1 (9/11-15):
Tuesday – 09/11/18 Kickoff ceremony, frame exterior
Wednesday – 09/12/18 Framing
Thursday – 09/13/18
Friday – 09/14/18
Saturday – 09/15/18
Week #2 (9/18-21):
Tuesday – 09/18/18 Framing (including shed) & fencing
Wednesday – 09/19/18
Thursday – 09/20/18
Friday – 09/21/18
Week #3 (9/25-28):
Tuesday – 09/25/18 Install foam board insulation and house wrap

Install windows & exterior doors

Wednesday – 09/26/18
Thursday – 09/27/18
Friday – 09/28/18
Saturday – 09/29/18
Week #4 (10/2-5):
Tuesday – 10/02/18 Install siding & trim

Paint exterior

Complete shed & fence

Wednesday – 10/03/18
Thursday – 10/04/18
Friday – 10/05/18
Week #5 (10/9-12):
Tuesday – 10/09/18 Outside painting (fence & shed)

Install walkways & parking pad

Wednesday – 10/10/18
Thursday – 10/11/18
Friday – 10/12/18
Week #6 (10/16-19):
Tuesday – 10/16/18 Walkways/Parking pad finishing

Landscape Prep and Sod

Wednesday – 10/17/18
Thursday – 10/18/18
Friday – 10/19/18
Week #7 (10/23-26):
Tuesday – 10/23/18 Landscaping
Wednesday – 10/24/17
Thursday – 10/25/17
Friday – 10/26/17

Build: September 11th – October 26th | Home Dedication: November 9th

Parking & Directions to Site

  • Click HERE to download the site information and parking map
  • On-site Habitat Contact: Brett Vanslyke – (206) 391-5984 or email Joe – joseph.leavitt@habitatskc.org

Suggested Items to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • **Light breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided**

What to Wear

  • Sturdy shoes that are closed-toed, preferably boots (hiking or work boots)
  • Long pants and shirts that cover shoulders
  • Layers for all weather possibilities, rain jacket
  • **Work gloves are provided by Habitat**
  • **Hard hats and safety goggles are required and provided by Habitat**
  • **Volunteers will get Delta T-shirts upon arrival on the build site**

Non-Negotiable

For the safety of everyone on site, anyone wearing any of the following items will not be allowed on the active build site until they are able to change.

NO open toed shoes

Pants below ankles required

NO sleeveless shirts

Our Local Habitat

Permanent homes help low-income families lead healthier, safer lives. Affordable homeownership helps families escape poverty. Partners like Delta have made these life transformations possible through Habitat homes over 30 years. Habitat for Humanity Seattle – King County (SKC) offers homes sold at 30% of family income, bringing more stability, school success, and adult earnings to 995 King County children and counting. Families put in 250+ hours of “sweat equity” alongside 2,900 volunteers each year – to build, rehab, and make critical repairs on homes that transform families and communities for generations.

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Media Coverage - Delta Build 2017

credit: Auburn Reporter
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Employees of Delta Air Lines recently dedicated a second home in Pacific’s all-Habitat for Humanity development designed specifically for military veterans and their families. Read More >>