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Building homes, changing lives: Habitat for Humanity reaches major milestone

The family from Burma thanks the crowd for their support at the 100th home dedication for Habitat for Humanity.

PASCO, Wash. – The Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity dedicated their 100th home Saturday in the Tri-Cities. Leaders said they’re grateful to meet this major milestone.

"The fact that we have completed 100 homes, it’s really an amazing accomplishment for the Habitat affiliate," Executive Director Lisa Godwin said.

Saturday was a celebration not only for the family, Godwin said, but for the supportive community members, donors and volunteers who've made it all possible.

"This represents the volunteers over the past 22 years that have stepped up to the plate and said: ‘I'm going to make a difference in the community, I’m going to eliminate poverty and substandard living.’"

Habitat for Humanity works to empower families by helping them achieve home ownership.

"And that's really the key word, home ownership,” Godwin stressed. “They work to own their own home and pay their own mortgage."

In addition to a rigorous qualification process, Godwin said families are required to invest 500 hours of sweat equity, nearly 9 months, helping build their house.

The Habitat program teaches families life skills like finances and home maintenance, setting them up for a life of stability and independence.

"This is what America is all about right? Getting together and building a home for somebody's future," Washington State Senator Sharon Brown said.

Brown attended the Tri-County Partners 100th home dedication and she is a strong supporter of the Habitat for Humanity in the Tri-Cities.

"I love the motto for Habitat for Humanity, it’s really all about a hand up, not a hand out,” Brown said. “And as a result of that everyone has skin in the game, and there hasn’t been a single foreclosure, how wonderful is that?"

And for the family from Burma who accepted the keys to their home on Saturday, they said they thank everyone who made this chance at life possible from the bottom of their hearts.

Habitat for Humanity is always in need of volunteers.

Tri-Tech students donated their time to help build the house that was dedicated on Saturday.

If your business or organization is interested in getting involved, leaders said it is a great team building project. To learn more, visit them online at www.habitatbuilds.com or connect with them on Facebook.

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