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Habitat for Humanity: New home for the holidays


There’s just something so right about gathering together around the dinner table during the holiday season. It’s truly a time for slowing down, helping out and talking face to face and there’s no better place to do that than at home. That’s why ‘home for the holidays’ is so popular, right? But what if your home was neither structurally sound nor secure and it was getting too expensive to live there? That was the situation for Julie Rathe and her son, Marshall, last year. But things are going to be very different this holiday season. julie

That’s because Julie and Marshall are getting the keys this week to move into their new home in Howard. Their home is the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity’s 10th completed build of the year and its 88th since the affiliate started in 1987. Julie gets the keys after more than a year of hard work. The process started back in August 2014 when the family applied for and was approved to be part of the Habitat program. It’s the perfect way to start the holiday season for the Rathes.


“We are so excited to begin our journey to becoming home owners,” Julie Rathe said. “After three very difficult years, I am looking forward to something positive in my future and having the stability this will provide for me and my son. I look forward to our new adventure, all the hard work, and meeting all the wonderful people who helped make this happen!”

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Julie officially got her keys during a ceremony at the home this week. She came into a home that has a kitchen stocked with food from Festival Foods. And with plenty of food in the house, the holidays are officially here for the Rathes.


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