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Florence, Massachusetts - On Saturday, June 1st, people gathered to celebrate the newly built Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity home located at 1 Garfield Avenue in Florence to learn more about Dennis Reish, the homeowner and part of the project team, and how this is the first small home to be built as part of Pioneer Valley Habitat’s Big Enough Initiative project.

Dennis' story – from his first years in a Russian orphanage through growing up in his loving adoptive family to his steady current employment with a Valley tea purveyor – is one of working hard and keeping after personal goals. “I want to get out in the world on my own, learn new things, start a new chapter in the book, and see how life can be,” said Dennis.

Barbara Yanke had the great pleasure of taking part in financing the project. Great work to Barbara and her team, and congratulations to Dennis and everyone from Habitat who made this dream home come to life!

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