At-Risk Youth Raise Walls on New Home for Family in Need in Redmond


A low-income family will be able move into an affordable home in Redmond and local youths will gain valuable skills, thanks to the nonprofit groups First Story and Heart of Oregon YouthBuild.

First Story, a Northwest non-profit focused on providing affordable housing opportunities for qualified low income families, will join at-risk youth in raising the walls on a home being built for a local Redmond family on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:30am.

“Our partnership with YouthBuild allows us to strengthen neighborhoods and communities while helping to transform the lives of young adults who have struggled and become disconnected from our community,” said Shon Rae, executive director of First Story. “The trainees gain a valuable education, job training and leadership skills while helping us build a home for a family in need.”

A qualified, educated and deserving low-income family will move into the home. First Story is providing it a zero down payment and a zero interest 30-year home loan.

“We have a simple vision,” said First Story Founder Hayden Watson: “To change lives. Our experience with the families at First Story is that a home still means a lot, and is a lifelong dream which most believe impossible to achieve.”

DATE: Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

TIME: 11:30am to 1:00pm

LOCATION: 3267 Peridot Ave, Redmond, OR 97756

First Story is a 501(c)3 public non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote giving and inspire communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support. For more information visit

Heart of Oregon Corps (HOC) is dedicated to operating a youth employment training program that reduces poverty, stimulates economic growth, and maintains the natural environment. HOC was founded in 2000 to provide “work, learn, and earn” opportunities for low-income, at-risk juveniles and young adults of all ethnic backgrounds living in Central Oregon.


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