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The community is invited to celebrate with Melissa Bartone (third from the right) at the dedication of her Habitat for Humanity home on Wednesday, June 19 at noon at Castle Lane Southeast in Alexandria. (Contributed photo)

Bartone habitat home to be dedicated

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Challenges are nothing new to Melissa Bartone, mother of two young children and a Habitat partner family. But now, Bartone and her children will be able to move into a home of their own.

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The community is invited to take part in the dedication of the Bartone home on Wednesday, June 19 at noon at 1643 Castle Lane Southeast in Alexandria.

Bartone spent the winter working with Habitat to rehab a safe and affordable home for her family. During that time, she and her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son rented a home that provided little more than a roof over their heads.

They had been faced with the challenge of finding affordable housing, and they had to move frequently, even during the time they were working on their Habitat home.

Bartone looks forward to providing a safe home for her family. She was encouraged to apply for partnership with Habitat through work, where she cares for the elderly. She described herself as "shocked" and "excited" upon finding out she was approved as a Habitat partner family.

Wasting no time, Bartone began her sweat equity hours the day after she learned of her acceptance. She said that she really enjoyed working with the volunteers, staff and especially her mentor, Jo Undem.

"It is always a special day when we dedicate a home," said Lori Anderson, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County's executive director. "To see the joy and pride in the family's face and to have the volunteers, donors and larger community show support for them as they take this step is truly amazing."

Bartone's home will be the 36th home Habitat has built or rehabbed in Douglas County since 1997.

In addition, Habitat has completed two critical home repair projects, is building a home and performing a large scale critical home repair in Alexandria, and is building a second home in Brandon this summer.

For more information on the dedication or to find out how to become involved in building homes in Douglas County, visit www.hfhdouglascounty.org or call the Habitat office at (320) 762-4255.

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