First Story Gives Homes to Bend Family


Bend, OR – June 17, 2011– First Story, the Northwest’s non-profit focused on providing affordable housing opportunities for qualified low income families, announced that it will join Habitat for Humanity in dedicating a home built for Dulce and Will Pelayo on Friday, June 24 at 11:30 am. The home location is 63136 Lancaster Street.

First Story is proud to be dedicating its third home built through a unique partnership with Bend Area Habitat for Humanity. Shon Rae, First Story Executive Director said, “Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity is incredibly beneficial and allows us to continue building for families in need right here Central Oregon. Dulce and Will are a young family and they have a very special story. They have overcome a lot and we are proud to be able to help them get into a brand new home.”

A new house means a new start and a reason to rejoice after years of struggling for the Pelayo family. Dulce is a former resident of Grandma’s House, a faith-based home located in Bend that provides safe shelter to homeless and/or abused pregnant and parenting girls. Dulce chose to go to Grandma’s House to provide a safe environment during her first pregnancy while she and Will worked hard to find a way to keep their family together.

“The dream of homeownership is in peril for so many deserving families. Even in this tough economy, we will be building and granting six homes this year in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. First Story makes owning a home possible through a zero down payment and zero interest 30-year home loan”, stated Hayden Watson, First Story Founder.

DATE: Friday, June 24, 2011

TIME: 11:30am to 1:00pm (celebration with lunch to follow)

LOCATION: 63136 Lancaster St, Bend, OR 97701

ADDITIONAL: Photo opportunities will be available on site

First Story is a 501(c)3 public non-profit organization. Our mission is to create partnerships that provide opportunities for qualified low income families in need of affordable housing. We also invest in the communities our families live in by supporting underfunded programs and persons in need. For more information please visit our website at


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