Vietnam Veteran receiving renovated home from Habitat of Sangamon Co.

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SPRINGFIELD – Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County will be dedicating a home to its 98th family, which includes a Vietnam veteran, on Thursday, April 7.

Veteran Marshall Brown currently lives in a rented house that is plagued with mold and is making it difficult to breathe with his existing health problems. Brown told Habitat for Humanity that it is a place he does not want his grandchildren to visit because of the potential health risks.

The 66-year-old Vietnam Veteran will soon have a newly renovated home to call his own thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat partnered with local businesses, unions, churches and volunteers in order for this move to become a reality.

The renovation was supported financially by Wells Fargo Mortgage, Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, Kumler United Methodist Church and Chatham Presbyterian Church. Habitat Helpers led volunteer groups from Blackburn College, Illinois College, Oakton Community College, University of Illinois Springfield, Kumler United Methodist Church and Rolling Prairie Baptist Church on the project.

Habitat officials say this house also marks the beginning of a new partnership with Central Illinois Foodbank. Brown will be receiving a week’s worth of supplies from the Foodbank to get him settled into his new home.

The dedication will take place on April 7 at 5 PM at 2716 South Whittier in Springfield.

Those interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County either through volunteering or receiving a home can find that information on its website or call 217-523-2710.

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