Army veteran Matt Dickerson

Jun 25, 2016 4:16 PM

NH1 volunteers help build Habitat house in Rochester for Army veteran

ROCHESTER - Habitat for Humanity and NH1 News teamed up Saturday to help build a veteran’s home in Rochester.

As part of its “Veteran’s Build” program, the Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity is building its first home for a local Army veteran, using volunteer labor and donated materials.

Matt Nickerson was one of the first to respond after the September 11 attacks at the Pentagon. He will be living in the two-family house with his wife, Rachel, and their four children. Their youngest, 5-year-old Levi, was diagnosed with cancer when he was only 8 months old.

“I never realized there are so many people in the world that really actually cared,” said Nickerson.

Employees from NH1 News donated their time to help put up siding and build a retaining wall.

“People are going to look at this house and what’s being done here and the goodwill is going to spread through the neighborhood,” said Celine McArthur, an anchor and reporter for NH1 News.

The Rochester house is slated for completion at the end of August. Hundreds of volunteers from different corporations and civic groups have put in thousands of hours to help build the house on Glen Street.

The next Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity project will be building a house in Middleton. Construction Manager Doug Gregory says they will start on that single-family house as soon as the one Rochester is completed. If you would like more information about volunteering, please go to:

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