It Takes A Village

Cape Cod Life  /  November/December 2022 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner

For the fifth time, local homebuilding professionals have come together to build a home for a special family in only one week. Erin Cox from KAM Appliance keeps the volunteers fed and productive. Many are familiar with the popular television show, Extreme Home Makeover—led by an enthusiastic host, Ty Pennington, contractors, designers and home furnishing vendors magically transform a home in just a few days for a well-deserving family. But that’s Hollywood. Here on the Cape, we don’t live on a television set, nor do we have the benefit of editing or fast-forward filming. Yet, the remarkable, local building professionals here on the Cape are seemingly able to perform the same miracle—without the film crew’s tricks—ONE HOME, FOR ONE FAMILY, IN ONE WEEK. Sponsored by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HB&RACC) and managed under Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod’s Affordable Homeownership Program, this biennial process is known as Blitz Build Cape Cod. The first thing to understand is that this miracle takes much longer than just a week. Every other year for a week in September a tightly organized team of homebuilding volunteers starts with a capped foundation on Monday morning and hands the keys over to the homeowners at the end of the day on Friday for a move-in ready home. Yet that could never happen without the two years of preparation the HB&RACC Blitz Committee diligently applies to the process. One hundred percent of the labor is volunteer—requiring networking and requests to the building community to supply that labor, and ultimately a well-organized schedule for the week of the build.  Materials are also largely donated, again as the committee members leverage their long-standing relationships with their vendors to gather everything needed to build a home. Critical and valuable items such as lumber, windows,…

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Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.