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Habitat for Humanity builds two Harford homes in four days

At the recent Habitat Blitz Build ribbon cutting in Aberdeen are, from left, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna Executive Director Karen Blandford, Adrienne Brooks' sister Laua Lynch, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna new homeowner Adrienne Brooks and Lennar representative Dusty Mclain.
At the recent Habitat Blitz Build ribbon cutting in Aberdeen are, from left, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna Executive Director Karen Blandford, Adrienne Brooks' sister Laua Lynch, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna new homeowner Adrienne Brooks and Lennar representative Dusty Mclain. (Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna partnered with Lennar, one of the nation's leading home builders, to construct two new homes in Aberdeen in just four days from June 2-6 for two first-time homeowners.

The partnership was part of the nationwide Home Builders Blitz 2014, in which Habitat for Humanity partners with builders across the country to construct 300 new homes in just one work week.

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Lennar and their trade partners donated their time and material, working from dawn until dusk to build two new homes on a parcel in the 500 block of First Street in Aberdeen.

In addition to donated labor, Lennar Maryland and their trade partners donated all of the building materials, a total value of about $150,000.

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The Aberdeen Home Builders Blitz resulted in a new duplex that will serve as homes for two deserving families: The Brooks family, which includes Adrienne and her 18-year-old son, who attends Harford Community College, and the Chavez-Morales family, which includes a mother, father and their three children, who attend Aberdeen Middle and High schools.

The two families were presented with keys to their new homes in a dedication ceremony June 6 attended by the volunteers from Habitat and Lennar, as well as Harford County Councilman Richard C. Slutzky and Tiffany P. Robinson, Harford County's administrator of community development.

"I'm thrilled that these families now have a place to call home" Karen Blandford, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, said in a statement. "Constructing two homes in one week was a huge undertaking. It would not have been possible without the dedication of our friends at Lennar Maryland and their trade partners, as well as many other members of the community. Allow me to join with the Brooks and Chavez-Morales families to express my sincere thanks for their unbelievable contribution."

"Lennar will build 800 homes in the Maryland area by the end of 2014 and these two are the most important," Rod Hart, president of Lennar's Maryland Division, said. "It was a privilege for Lennar Homes to partner with Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna and use our collective skills and expertise to make a lasting, positive impact in the lives of two families, as well as the greater Aberdeen community."

For more information on the Home Builders Blitz, including information for building industry contractors, partners and suppliers interested in helping with future builds, contact Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna via email at CAdolph@habitatsusq.org.

For pictures of the completed homes and a time-lapse video of the build, follow Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna on Facebook or visit http://www.habitatsusq.org.

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