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Raising the roof with Habitat

Habitat For Humanity Pinellas volunteer Xiomara Valdes, 34, St. Petersburg, center, helps raise roof trusses with fellow volunteers, Friday, January 16, 2015 at 4526 19th Street North, St. Petersburg. Valdes who was homeless 2.5 years ago, and the mother of two children, will accept the keys to the home on February 14, 2015 during a dedication ceremony. "It's a dream come true for us," said Valdes. It' just surreal." Habitat volunteers are erecting two homes side by side at 4526 and 4520 19th Street North as part of the "Strength in Service," campaign. 25 volunteers were on site Friday. Habitat is hosting a series of five "Strength in Service," volunteer weekends to build the two homes. The money raised from the $30 participation fee will go toward building a special "30-Anniversary Commemorative House," for a family this fall. A total of 400 volunteers are participating.
Published Jan. 17, 2015

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas volunteer Xiomara Valdes, 34, helps fellow volunteers lift roof trusses on Friday at 4526 19th St. N in St. Petersburg. Valdes, a mother of two who was homeless 2 1/2 years ago, will accept the keys to the home on Feb. 14 during a dedication ceremony. "It's a dream come true for us," said Valdes. Volunteers are building two homes side by side, this one and one at 4520, as part of the "Strength in Service" campaign. Habitat is hosting five volunteer "blitz" weekends to build the homes.

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