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Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity build homes in Benson Hill

Habitat for Humanity Director Kami Bratten, AT&T Digital Life Manager Shelley Hansen, Renton City Council President Don Persson and AT&T West Region President Fred Devereux share a laugh at event announcing a donation supporting the construction of a 9-unit multi-unit building in Renton. - Submitted
Habitat for Humanity Director Kami Bratten, AT&T Digital Life Manager Shelley Hansen, Renton City Council President Don Persson and AT&T West Region President Fred Devereux share a laugh at event announcing a donation supporting the construction of a 9-unit multi-unit building in Renton.
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AT&T Digital Life and Habitat for Humanity worked together in July to build a house in Renton for families in need of a home. City Council President Don Persson was also on hand for the event.

This is the third home build for the collaboration, with future build events planned in Dallas and Los Angeles thanks to a $150,000 donation from Digital Life to Habitat for Humanity.

AT&T volunteers helped with construction on a nine-unit multi-family home at Habitat’s La Fortuna. La Fortuna is located in Renton’s Benson Heights neighborhood, off Petrovitsky Road in an area zoned for residential multifamily buildings.

The property is vacant land within an area of residential homes built from approximately 1960 to 1970. It will provide 41 very-low-income families with both an affordable home and an affordable mortgage in a new housing development in Renton.

“AT&T Digital Life collaborating with Habitat for Humanity is an opportunity for us to help those who need the security and peace of mind that owning a home can provide,” Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of Digital Life, Inc., said in a press release. “We are committed to giving back through home builds across the country and especially in communities like Seattle.”

“We are so proud that Habitat is here,” Persson said in a press release. “Thank you for coming to Renton. Thank you to everyone of you for putting in your time because it is so valuable. It’s really, really, important that we all work together and give back to our community. I want to offer my own personal thank you, the mayor’s thank you and the city’s thank you.”

Digital Life will work with Habitat for Humanity to strengthen their goals and mission to help bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Through this collaboration, Digital Life will donate $10,000 toward the construction of a new home in each of the five locations and will recruit more than 100 AT&T volunteers to participate in the builds.

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