One Habitat home to be dedicated, another started, in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — One family will get a home, while construction will begin on another during Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County ceremonies Friday.

At 2 p.m., a new home for Holly Varah and her two daughters will be dedicated in the 400 block of Woodland Avenue, which is in the RoseWind Co-Housing development.

At 3:30 p.m., the group will move to 21st Street off Sheridan Street to break ground for its fourth project this year, a home for Francisca deLanphear and her six children.

“The community has really stepped up in these challenging times,” said Jamie Maciejewski, executive director.

“We expect to finish two more homes in September and work through the winter to house our fourth family by spring.”

The deLanphear home will be the 19th Habitat home built in East Jefferson County.

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County builds houses in partnership with people in need.

Participants put in 400 to 500 “sweat equity” hours each as down payment on their homes and pay for the cost of materials through a 20- to 30-year, no-interest mortgage.

Building professionals and nonprofessionals contribute labor on the projects.

To volunteer, phone 360-379-2827.

The agency is funded by donations and by the volunteer-operated Furniture and More Store, 2001 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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