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Ground broken for new Habitat home in Oregon

A new home will start taking shape soon in Oregon following a ceremonial ground breaking last week.

Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County is helping future homeowner Jennifer Larson and her son Vincenzo build a house at 210 S. Sixth Street.

"We are here to dedicate our next build," said Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County President Bob Van Stedum on May 3. "We would not be here if it were not for the generosity of the Marie Black family."

The lot at the corner of Sixth and Monroe Streets was donated by the Black family.

An old house was torn down to make room for the Habitat home.

"We are very excited," said Larson. "It was touching to have the support."

Larson said she expects her family and friends to support her throughout the build.

Oregon Mayor Tom Stone said Larson's family will enjoy living in Oregon.

"I want to welcome you and I am sure you will be a wonderful addition to our community," he said.

Pastor Brion Brooks offered a blessing for the project before Habitat board members, the buildings, and family did the ground breaking.

Wagner Construction and Plum Electric will offer their services during the construction.

This is the ninth home build in Ogle County.

The construction of the home is expected to be completed by September. In addition to the help of volunteers, the family will provide a minimum of 200 hours of “sweat equity.”

Habitat for Humanity empowers low-income families in need by partnering with them to build decent, affordable housing.

Habitat works to give families a hand up, not a hand out, by providing the family with a no-profit, no-interest mortgage loan.

Families are chosen based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County or to learn how to apply, go to  

Anyone interested in volunteering with this year’s build should call 815-732-6588.  

Individuals who would like to become a member of the Builders Club to support this build and future builds, may send a $50 donation to join.  

Donations of any amount may be sent to: Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, P.O. Box 628, Oregon, IL 61061.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry with more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world.  

Since 1976, they have helped to build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than 4 million people worldwide.

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