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A military veteran father and a single mother will celebrate becoming Habitat for Humanity-Spokane homeowners with help from local credit union volunteers and a partnership with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NRMCA) Build with Strength Coalition.

[SPOKANE, WA] — On Friday, April 21, at noon, two families will accept the keys and celebrate purchasing their new homes in East Central Spokane with Habitat for Humanity-Spokane. Community members, volunteers, local leaders, and media are invited to this special Home Dedication event at 6th Ave and Magnolia St, 99202, to cheer on the families as they become homeowners and thank the many people and partners who have helped bring these homes to life.

Habitat for Humanity-Spokane partnered with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NRMCA) Build with Strength Coalition to build these two unique and affordable homes in Spokane’s diverse East Central neighborhood. The project represents the first Habitat-Spokane homes to utilize insulated concrete forms (ICF). This sustainable, noncombustible concrete building system will reduce upfront expenses and on-site construction time while maximizing the structure’s durability and energy performance. Several NRMCA members donated and/or discounted materials for this build, including CRH America Materials Northwest, SuperForm, Central Pre-Mix, and the American Concrete Pumpers Association.

“Having built 60+ homes in the East Central neighborhood, Habitat knows that strong and stable housing builds strong and stable communities. With a solid foundation, everyone has the potential to achieve independence, fulfill their dreams, and thrive,” says Michelle Girardot, CEO of Habitat-Spokane.

To take deliberate steps to address the housing crisis, hundreds of volunteers from 19 different credit unions also worked together to make this project possible. Debie Keesee helped organize the project last October as a member of the International Credit Union Day committee.

“The chance to do a project that involves up to 600 volunteer opportunities really drives home the credit union philosophy of people helping people,” said Keesee, president and CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union. “All 19 credit unions came together cooperatively and enabled two deserving families to meet Habitat for Humanity’s vision that everyone needs a decent place to live.” 

Nathan and Jessica Thomas will move into one of the homes with their children. Nathan, a military veteran, needs a home that is ADA-accessible. The Thomas family never thought owning a home would be possible.

“Becoming homeowners has been a dream of ours since we got married almost 12 years ago,” said Jessica. “This home for us will be a new beginning. Where Nate can safely be more independent. Where our kids can have their own rooms. This house will change our family dynamic forever and for the better!”

Kelsey McCarthy, a single mother with three children that currently reside in the East Central neighborhood, will move into the second home.

“This opportunity is truly life-changing for my three children and myself,” said Kelsey, “We have learned hard work and financial responsibility, and made new friends along the way. Our family will be forever grateful to the community. Home is the starting place of love, hope, and dreams.”

All are invited to join in at this special Home Dedication!

Friday, April 21, 2023

12:00 pm

6th & Magnolia, East Central, Spokane

PLEASE RSVP FOR FULL DETAILS: https://habitat-spokane.org/dedications/


Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane continues to provide unique opportunities for homeownership for low- to moderate-income households. We are driven by our mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope. For 35 years, Habitat continues to be the leader in affordable homeownership programming and new construction in Spokane County; completing over 390 units of new and rehabbed construction housing. Now more than ever, Habitat-Spokane is committed to making safe, decent, and affordable homeownership our top priority with promoting economic mobility and communities of opportunity for qualified low- to moderate-income buyers.

Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat-spokane.org and follow @HFHSpokane on Twitter and @HabitatSpokane on Facebook.