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Habitat dedication will salute six local businesses

Contributed photo Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County recently completed its 26th home in the area. A dedication will take place Monday at 903 Oak Street.

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) has accomplished what they set out to do months ago - build a home with a family in urgent need of one.

The public is invited to the dedication of the newest Habitat for Humanity home.

This dedication will be the first of its kind, in that it will take place in the company of local business sponsors.

Six businesses combined efforts to sponsor the 26th HFHDC home: Alexandria Extrusion, Bremer Bank, Douglas Machine, Pro-Tainer, Quick Attach and Tastefully Simple donated funds totaling nearly $40,000.

Habitat will also recognize the businesses that provided in-kind donations.

On August 30 at 5 p.m., volunteers, donors, Habitat for Humanity representatives, and the partner family will gather at 903 Oak Street in Alexandria to celebrate the hard work, financial backing and community support that made this home possible. A brief program is planned with refreshments to follow.

The home-buyer, Karen Hildebrandt, and her family are more than a little eager to move into their new home. They have completed 200 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build the home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity.

They will repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity's objective to give families a "hand up" rather than a "hand out."

"We are honored to have our business sponsors participate in the home dedication," said Lori Anderson, executive director of HFHDC. "The generosity of local businesses made our 26th Habitat home a reality."