Dow Chemicals employees recently volunteered at Habitat for Humanity's Blackfalds project. The federal government announced Wednesday that it is also supporting the affordable housing project. Photo contributed

Habitat for Humanity Red Deer to give keys to new homeowners

Four central Alberta families are set to become first-time homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity Red Deer.

The charitable organization will host a home dedication ceremony on Aug. 10, when the families will move into their new homes, as Habitat Red Deer completes construction on two duplexes in the Aspen Lakes West neighbourhood of Blackfalds.

This is the first ever Habitat build project in the town of Blackfalds and marks the 42nd homes built throughout the central Alberta region.

“We are extremely fortunate to benefit from such a generous and giving spirit of helping others here in central Alberta,” said Karen Vavrek.

“Families, businesses, and individuals have all sacrificed and struggled through the last 16 months of the pandemic. But despite personal hardships, people still came out to volunteer or made a donation to help us and these four families realize the dream of homeownership.

“It is indeed humbling but not surprising to witness so many central Albertans coming together in such a powerful way to serve others in need. That’s just who we are.”

Dawn Lundqvist, one of the new homeowners, said she was “overwhelmed with gratitude” the first time she stepped on her house’s porch.

“I could not help but continually tear up,” said Lundqvist.

“I just cannot believe this is going to be my forever home for my children and I to create beautiful memories in. I am beyond grateful and am so blessed to have been chosen. I cannot thank Habitat Red Deer enough for this opportunity.”

Habitat for Humanity Red Deer said several businesses, organizations and individuals supported the project through cash donations, gifts of build materials and services, and volunteer hours.

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