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Dedication planned for Habitat home

By The Columbian
Published: August 10, 2016, 6:03am

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its first home constructed through YouthBuild Vancouver.

The YouthBuild Vancouver program helps at-risk youth obtain high school diplomas or GEDs and learn construction and work skills through academic trainings, on-site work and community service, the nonprofit group said in a news release. Youth in the program spent the last six months building a house for Melinda Patterson and her two boys, Connor and Tristan.

“I can’t wait to have a place of our own, to start a new life and have a place where we can make memories and not be afraid of where we are going to live next,” Melinda Patterson said.

The home will be dedicated 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at 909 Winchell Ave. in Vancouver. Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, the local arm of the national nonprofit, sells homes at no profit through mortgages with zero-percent interest rates after families complete sweat equity hours.