Habitat raises $136,000 to finish building four homes

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Ellsworth Springs — Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Raising the Roof” fundraising breakfast on Sept. 19 raised $136,410. The money will be used to build the remaining four homes in the McKibbin Commons subdivision, which will go to low-income families. The benefit featured short videos showing interviews with two local families, one who just moved into their Habitat home and another who is in the process of building their home. Two Habitat families took the stage to share their stories. The organization also handed out some awards during the breakfast. Denny Eller was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Rich Helmke received the Ray Johnson award and Churches in Partnership (East Woods Presbyterian, Columbia Presbyterian, St. John’s Presbyterian, Cascade Presbyterian and First Presbyterian) received the Faith in Action award.