Habitat for Humanity celebrates two decades of service in Ky.

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Habitat for Humanity is marking a major milestone in Kentucky. The organization has been building homes and rebuilding lives in the Commonwealth for 20 years.

Every year across Kentuckiana, homes built by volunteers for Habitat for Humanity are going up to help families get a new start. On Tuesday the organization was celebrated in Frankfort.

Kentucky Habitat for Humanity is 20-years-old, but the Louisville chapter is actually 27-years-old. There are signs of how far the organization has come are everywhere in Smoketown.

"We think about how that one home can be leveraged to build stronger communities, " Rob Locke with Habitat for Humanity Metro Louisville said.

In years past the organization would just focus on building one home and now they are looking at building an entire block. They are doing just that in the Smoketown neighborhood.

It's not just about providing a home but giving families stability to build a life. For example many Habitat homeowners' children are the first in their family to go to college

"One of our homeowners has a son at UK law school, another homeowner whose daughter graduated from Kent School, " Locke said.

A block of Smoketown will be complete by the weekend and another is already being targeted. The next big project underway by Habitat is in the Portland neighborhood.
 

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