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The final three New Hope houses will be dedicated tomorrow. - Rachel Brant/file photo
The final three New Hope houses will be dedicated tomorrow.
— image credit: Rachel Brant/file photo

Habitat for Humanity to dedicate final homes in New Hope tomorrow.

The last three families will move into their new digs at New Hope tomorrow.

Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County is dedicating the final three houses in the West Bremerton development at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a community barbecue at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The dedication will mark the completion of New Hope as 18 families now call the neighborhood home.

“All 18 of the families plan to be out there at the dedication and barbecue, so it’s a great opportunity to meet the community,” Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County Executive Director Lori Oberlander said.

Habitat bought the West Bremerton property in 2003 and started building houses in 2007.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Oberlander said.

About 1,000 volunteers helped create New Hope and the development could not have been completed without them, she added.

“I’m just so grateful for all of the volunteers who have helped with this project,” she said. “It’s just such a huge community effort to make this happen. It’s just been an awesome experience.”

Oberlander also said the city of Bremerton was vital to the completion of New Hope.

“We get a lot of support from the Community Development Block Grant for the roads and infrastructure,” she said.

Tomorrow’s dedication marks another milestone for Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County. One of the New Hope houses also is the 50th home Habitat has built in its 17-year history.

Habitat for Humanity started building homes through the North Kitsap affiliate in 1992. In 1994, the South Kitsap affiliate was started and by 1999, the two joined together to form Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County.

“It makes me dizzy,” Oberlander laughed. “It’s fabulous. The growth of our affiliate has been at such a dizzying pace.”

Even after the 50th, 51st and 52nd homes are dedicated tomorrow, Habitat isn’t done yet.

Oberlander said Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County is already working on an 11-unit development off of Sylvan Way in East Bremerton. She said the foundations for three of the homes are already in place.

The 11-unit development is named Cornerstone Place and Oberlander said she hopes the name will mean a lot to the development’s future residents.

“Generally when we name it we want it to be meaningful to the families,” she said. “Christ is the cornerstone of the ministry.”

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