Master Builder

Winter 2021

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O n the sunny afternoon of August 18, MBAKS staff put on safety gear, picked up paintbrushes and tools, and went to work on a team build for Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County (Habitat SKC). This followed on the heels of a team build carried out by MBAKS' board of directors and leadership on July 29 at the same site. After a catered lunch, the MBAKS team— under the watchful guidance of Habitat SKC—invested four busy hours painting, insulating, and nailing together three housing units at Habitat's La Fortuna site COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT All in a Day's Work MBAKS Joins Forces With Habitat for Humanity to Build Much-Needed Housing ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY in Renton. Employees had fun working, chatting, and joking their way through the day. Four teams took on different tasks, completing much-needed work to help keep the homes warm, waterproof, and sturdy enough to endure everything the Pacific Northwest's climate can muster. While the work was hard, both MBAKS and Habitat staff were smiling at a job well done when the day was over. With 12 units, La Fortuna adds much-needed affordable family housing stock to South King County. Described as "some of the only new, permanent, single- family housing" for low-income families close to high-quality schools and amenities, La Fortuna joins other affordable Habitat developments in Seattle, South Park, Burien, and North Bend. MBAKS has supported Habitat SKC's mission for two decades with team builds and donations, and both organizations have worked together closely on housing issues. As MBAKS Director of Programs and Products Aaron Adelstein put it, "We work well together because they realize that 20 master BUILDER | WINTER 2021 COMMUNITY

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