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Habitat for Humanity in partnership with Okanagan College

Habitat for Humanity Kelowna’s next build project will be in partnership with Okanagan College.

Students from Okanagan College’s residential framing program will spend four months, beginning in April, building a duplex in West Kelowna.

The duplex will then be sold to two low-income working families with children as part of Habitat for Humanity’s partner family program. The families will also help to build the houses.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the college,” said Brian Wrightson, board member and chair of HFH Kelowna’s building committee.

“This is a real win-win situation—the students will have hands-on experience building a house from foundation to lock-up, and we’ll help two more families who might not otherwise own their home.

“Through our Home for Learning projects, Okanagan College and our partners have provided hundreds of students the chance to contribute to the development of a host of communities in the Okanagan, Shuswap-Revelstoke and South Okanagan-Similkameen,” explained John Haller, Okanagan College’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship.

“Blending teaching, learning, and community partnerships is a great way of living up to our mission of transforming lives and communities.”

Founded in 1992, Habitat for Humanity Kelowna is a non-profit organization with a mission to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

The volunteer organization has provided 22 families with safe, decent and affordable housing in the Central Okanagan.

 

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