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Work begins on two Skagit Habitat for Humanity homes

January 21, 2019
TOP: Jessalynn Lewis (in glasses), 7, whose family broke ground Saturday for one of two Habitat for Humanity homes on Batey Road in Sedro-Woolley, hugs her friend Sadie Castillo, 8, who lives next door to the project. ABOVE: Two families break ground Saturday for their Habitat For Humanity homes on Batey Road in Sedro-Woolley.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — In a matter of months, Chris and Jackie Lewis and their three daughters will move out of a 27-foot trailer and into a home of their own.

“I can’t wait to start this journey,” Chris Lewis said Saturday at the groundbreaking ceremony of his family’s Skagit Habitat for Humanity home. “I’m ready to have something to call my own.”

On a brisk winter day, nearly 80 people crowded around the Batey Road plots that will soon be occupied by two brand new houses — one for the Lewis family and another for Ampelia Vargas and her family.

Among the crowd were educators and students in Sedro-Woolley High School’s Career and Technical Education program, which started a partnership with Skagit Habitat for Humanity in 2017 to make the homes a reality.

As construction gets underway, students in the Geometry and Construction Program will continue their work by building alongside Skagit Habitat staff, volunteers and the future homeowners. The homes are expected to be completed by this fall.

Students studying marketing, woodworking and culinary arts have also contributed to the project, which will eventually bring four new homes to the Batey Road plot.

Jackie Lewis said the partnership between the high school and Habitat is particularly meaningful to her, as both she and her husband are graduates of Sedro-Woolley High School.

Prior to living in the trailer, Jackie Lewis said her family of five spent four years in a two-bedroom duplex that had a broken heater and mold.

“Then our landlord said our rent was going up at the same time he said he was going to sell the property,” she said. “We’ve been in the trailer since July.”

Surrounded by loved ones, Chris and Jackie Lewis spoke of how amazing it will be to have a place of their own for their girls to grow up.

“My oldest left a note today saying, ‘Happy groundbreaking day mommy,’” Jackie Lewis said. “She said she’s going to do all the chores when we move in. She’s so excited.”

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