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Habitat house blessing Oct. 30

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[October 17, 2011]  This month Habitat for Humanity of Logan County is celebrating the completion and blessing of its 16th home in Lincoln, while Habitat for Humanity International is celebrating the dedication of the organization's 500,000th Habitat home in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. Logan County's 16 Habitat homes are a part of those half-million Habitat for Humanity International homes that are providing safe and adequate housing all over the world.

Lincoln's latest Habitat home, which was just a dream five months ago, now awaits its new family. Eric and Teresa Baker and their children will have a special Thanksgiving this year as they give thanks for this home and for those who helped make their dream a reality.

Not only have the Bakers spent many hours working to construct this home with Habitat for Humanity, but they have been aided by numerous Habitat volunteers and donors.

Their home was made possible through the generosity of Robert J. Woods and Joan Jarrett Woods through the Woods Foundation. The lot was donated by William R. and Dianna L. Bishop. Other donors of materials or services were R.P. Lumber, Nelson Drywall, Collins Roofing, Global Tech, Volle Plumbing and Goodman Excavating. In addition, many others donated numerous hours helping construct this home and providing food for the workers. A Habitat home is truly a community effort.

According to Mike Irwin, president of Habitat for Humanity of Logan County, a Habitat home also gives back to the community. Whether a Habitat home is a rehab or a home that is built on an empty lot, both improve the neighborhood. In addition, the property taxes paid by the new owners provide additional revenue to the community.

The Baker home at 1419 N. McLean St. in Lincoln will be dedicated by Habitat for Humanity on Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

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Keith Snyder, mayor of Lincoln, and Irwin, the Habitat president, will give the welcome and opening remarks. Other speakers will be Steve Schreiner and Allen Shew, co-foremen of the house build. Larry Martincic, mentor of the Baker family, will present them with a Habitat book, and the Rev. Father Laible will present them with a Bible and bless the home. A statement from the Woods Foundation will be read by Irwin, and the key to the home will be presented to the Bakers by Schreiner. The dedication will close with the singing of "Bless This House," accompanied by John Sutton on his guitar.

Following the dedication, the Bakers invite the community to tour their home and enjoy refreshments provided by the Bakers' church family at Holy Family Church.

[Text from file received from Habitat for Humanity of Logan County]

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