Great Falls couple celebrates their new home after partnering with NeighborWorks

Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 23:05:00-04

GREAT FALLS – It’s been over a year since Tamarjo and Maleena Schliep began construction on their home after partnering with Neighborworks Great Falls.

Construction is nearly complete and the couple has been making finishing touches and looking toward the future.

Tamarjo says they’ve been hard at work since August 2017 and in that time have built their house from the ground up.

The couple says they’re most looking forward to completing construction so their family of four can settle in and start making memories. They’re also excited to start hosting get-togethers and dinners with friends and family.

The family’s beliefs and values are ingrained into its very structure, which they say really makes the house a home.

“When it was just the sticks, the frame, we went around and we did Scripture verses on two-by-fours and window sills and rafters and stuff so that behind that wall is a Scripture verse, because faith is something that is important to us, so we kind of wanted to incorporate that into our house,” said Tamarjo.

The Schlieps say they’ve been able to build both their home and relationships over the year.

They credit their home’s progress to the efforts of volunteers who they’ve come to know as good friends.

People interested in meeting more homeowners like the Schlieps or are interested in Neighborworks Great Falls programs will be able to find more information at the Dream Street Open House, which takes place on Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 pm at 37 39th Ave. NE.

Eight families will be celebrating completing their owner-built homes; there will be a short program at 5:15 p.m. with tours throughout the night. The event is free to attend, refreshments will also be provided.

More information can be found on the Neighborworks Great Falls website and their Facebook page.

Reporting by Keeley Van Middendorp for MTN News