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Winter 2019

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N ot every family can afford a home to call their own or gain the independence, security, and equity that comes with homeownership Habitat for Humanity has worked to change that, bringing people together to create strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter Over the past 30 years, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County has built, repaired, or renovated more than 500 homes sheltering 1,808 people So far in 2019 alone, 188 volunteer groups have contributed 26,000 hours of work building and repairing homes Their work has positively impacted households across the region That's why MBAKS decided to do their 2019 team build at one of Habitat for Humanity's latest projects, a small development of three new four-bedroom homes in Pacific, a city in south King County near Tacoma The build was an opportunity to put MBAKS' belief that everyone should have access to housing into action, and staff had an absolute blast in the process The team kicked off the bright summer day with a quick "thank you" from MBAKS Executive Director Kat Sims and a brief introduction from Habitat For Humanity's site manager Alex Kaul With hardhats and tools in hand, MBAKS staff went to work assembling seven sections—more than 1,000 pounds—of scaffolding With scaffolding in place, the team completed sheathing for the exterior walls of one of the houses, hammering in over 700 nails by hand (Habitat for Humanity does not allow nail guns on site) The team also cut out openings for doors and windows to be installed Throughout the day, MBAKS staff worked diligently in high spirits, exchanging friendly banter with each other and Habitat staff Their work enabled Habitat's crew to stand the second-floor walls and build three additional layers of scaffolding on the foundation MBAKS staff created Kaul said of the project, "The MBAKS team was incredibly hardworking, energetic, and played an enormous role in moving our Pacific II project to its next phase!" A project that will ultimately help a family build savings, equity, and, most importantly, a new life All in all, a day well spent Learn more about MBAKS' nonprofit partners and how you can help us give back at mbaks.com/partners Building One Family's Future BY JAMES SLONE CONTENT SPECIALIST MBAKS On August 28, MBAKS came together with Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County to help build a new home for a family in need. 22 master builder WINTER 2019 community

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