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Montgomery-based Habitat dedicates 64th home, third Faith Build

Fox Valley Habitat homeowner Rubi Mata (left) presents a ceremonial house key to new Habitat homeowner Andrea Wood at dedication of her home at 1530 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora on Saturday, Dec. 7. In the background is Barbara Zegiel, Habitat homeowner and staff member.
Fox Valley Habitat homeowner Rubi Mata (left) presents a ceremonial house key to new Habitat homeowner Andrea Wood at dedication of her home at 1530 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora on Saturday, Dec. 7. In the background is Barbara Zegiel, Habitat homeowner and staff member.

Christmas came early for a Montgomery family Saturday, Dec. 7.

Montgomery-based Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 64th Fox Valley home and a third annual Faith Build, a partnership of area faith communities at 1530 Solfisburg Ave. in Aurora.

Andrea Wood and sons Nicholas and Christopher of Montgomery are expected to move in next week.

According to Ron Kelso of Yorkville, Habitat board chairman, the dedication celebration culminated work by 649 volunteers who contributed 2,703 hours of labor. Ground was broken for the frame ranch March 23. 

Kelso added the Wood home is the eighth Habitat house to be built on Solfisburg Avenue.

Mark Knox of Naperville, a Habitat board member, emceed the program. Included were gift presentations, a dedication litany, scripture reading, prayer and message by Rev. Lou Quetel of Rejoice Lutheran Church of Geneva.

Matt Hutchison, a Habitat board member at large and representative of Thrivent Financial’s Oswego office, said Thrivent has donated $255,000 to past Faith Builds. Kimberly Burbank, Thrivent financial adviser, announced the firm will match up to $105,000 for the 2020 Faith Build. A groundbreaking for the Connie Estrada home is set for 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at 423 Parker Ave. in Aurora. 

Wood said, “The boys and I would like to take this time to thank Thrivent and all the churches. You have been so generous in not only giving your time to build the house, but also everything that was donated for our home. 

“We would like to thank Rick and Brentley Loufek [construction coordinators] for all the time and effort they put into getting our home started. I would also like to thank all the staff at Habitat for all your support. It is because of you that this house was built.

“Lastly, I want to thank my family for being there every step of the way. I would not be where I am today if not for all of you. The boys and I are excited to move into our home and could not think of a better Christmas present.”

Faith Build partners are:

Aurora: Advent Christian Church, First Baptist, Flowing Forth United Methodist, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic, Rush Copley Medical Center, St. John United Church of Christ, St. Mark’s Lutheran and Westminster Presbyterian.

Batavia: Bethany Lutheran, Congregational Church and Sanctuary Church.

Geneva: Rejoice Lutheran Church

Montgomery: Genesis Community

Naperville: Community United Methodist, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Grace UMC, River Glen Presbyterian, Trinity Church of the Nazarene and Wesley UMC.

Oswego: Oswego Presbyterian, Thrivent Financial

Sugar Grove: St. Katharine Drexel Catholic, Sugar Grove UMC

Yorkville: Au Sable Grove Presbyterian, Trinity UMC, Cross Lutheran and Yorkville Congregational. 

Volunteers and donations of funds and materials are needed to continue the ministry. For information, call 630-859-3355.

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