Billy and Kristy Wiles are on the verge of having a home of their own - some assembly required.

The couple is doing what they can to help Habitat for Humanity build them a home, which is in turn leading the couple through the process.

The Whiles and Habitat President Laura Kamperman say the organization is looking for help from the community.

During a Friday morning reception at the building site on Broadway Street, the group put out the word that Habitat for Humanity could use a few volunteers to help with construction. Whether individuals or groups, Kamperman said they can contact Habitat through their email ( or find out more through their website (

Billy Wiles said the new home means everything to him and his family - Kristy and their seven children.

"It's someplace for the kids," he said. "It's not really for us [the parents]. It's for the kids."

"We're very happy and thankful, and we can't wait," Kristy said.

Their current two-bedroom apartment has limited space. Their new digs will be a five-bedroom home with more than 1,600 square feet.

It's being constructed next door to another Habitat for Humanity home, built for Bonnie Whitis.

She's been living in her house for a year, and says she loves it.

Before owning the home, Whitis said she had rented all of her life. Having her own home means she is better off financially.

"It can boost your self-confidence to know you helped build this," she said.

All of Habitat's home owners have to help out in the building process. In this, Billy Wiles seems right at home, describing the process in which his the house's foundation is being laid, describing how the crew added drain lines last week and are currently working on the sub flooring.

He said he learned about construction from his father when he was younger.

The building's director of construction is Glenn Proudfoot, who is also the founder of the Pulaski County affiliate of Habitat and a former president. He pointed out that the aim of the program is to find people "who want to help themselves but don't have the financial ability to do it."

Each of three houses built so far in this round by the Pulaski affiliate have been funded 100 percent through donations. Kamperman said it takes one to two years to raise that money.

Once inside their homes, families have a low-interest, 30-year mortgage to pay for it. Kamperman said once several homes have been built, the mortgage payments from those will be used to fund the construction of future houses.

She said that it will likely be next spring before the organization will begin taking applications for new potential homeowners, and suggested those interested watch for more information on their website or the Pulaski, Ky., Habitat for Humanity Facebook Page.

She also invited anyone who is interested to participate in the group's Lake Cumberland Half-Marathon, taking place on September 8.

More information can be found on the "Lake Cumberland Half" Facebook page.