Community rallies around family through Habitat for Humanity

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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Community members in Bangor rallied around one family, opening the 18th Habitat for Humanity home in the city.

The group, made up of volunteers from the parish and Habitat for Humanity, held a dedication and open house for the new home on Ohio Street.

It is a project that's been ongoing for four months thanks to the generous volunteer efforts and contributions from St. Paul the Apostle Parish.

Together, they raised more than $140,000 and donated the land for the home.

The home's new owner worked beside volunteers every step of the way.

"For me, it's amazing that people are so selfless to give up their time," Michelle Kessler said. "Some of those volunteers, all of them are awesome, but some of them came out every single Saturday."

"The ones that got the special pins gave most of their time," she said. "It's just incredible, to me, that they would do that, give that much time to someone else."

Kessler will now be able to pay an affordable mortgage and have a safe and healthy place for her and her daughter to live just in time for the holiday season.

Copyright 2016 WLBZ


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