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HABITAT FINISHES 2ND UTAH COUNTY HOME

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After a year of volunteer labor, Habitat for Humanity has completed its second home in Utah County.

Dedication of the home at 690 N. 550 East was scheduled for Thursday.It's considered a significant step for Habitat because the home, which will be owned by Caroline Myrick, a single mother of five, is the first completed by local volunteers. Community members from a variety of backgrounds and religious affiliations collaborated in building the three-bedroom home.

Funds for construction materials were donated by WordPerfect Corp. and United Way. Orem City donated the land for the project.

Myrick, who works with Sears Tele-catalog service in Provo, was chosen last year to receive the home because she was in need of affordable housing, could pay the low-interest mortage payments and was willing to volunteer time to Habitat, said Ester Koontz, chair of Habitat's family selection committee.

WordPerfect will also give Habitat a check to help with the construction of the third home in west Provo.

Habitat for Humanity is geared toward building adequate housing for those in need who are deserving, said Charles Irwin, Habitat's public relations director.

"It's not a handout but a hand up," he said. "They can get on their feet and be contributing members of society."