Compassion House dedicates housing for homeless to late philanthropist Thursday

July 27, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. July 27, 2010

Compassion House — a nonprofit provider of housing for homeless people — plans to name a new downtown duplex after a longtime philanthropist instrumental to the construction.

Dignitaries will gather Thursday to dedicate the Julia L. Pritt House. The namesake philanthropist donated land for the housing units.

Join Mayor Ava Frisinger, Compassion House leaders and volunteers builders at the duplex, 260 S.E. Andrews St. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

Volunteers built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a program of the Master Builders Care Foundation. The group also refurbished a home donated to Compassion House.

The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the largest homebuilding group in the nation.

The duplex will provide housing for two homeless families. Compassion House volunteers will work with the families to help them become self-sufficient.

Pritt died April 3 at age 77. In addition to the Compassion House donation, she laid the foundation for a downtown park.

The philanthropist and then-husband Frank Pritt amassed a fortune at software-company Attachmate Corp.

Pritt left a lasting legacy in downtown Issaquah through land donations for much-anticipated park and the Compassion House duplex.

The city purchased the Beebe property — known as Cybil-Madeline Park after Pritt’s granddaughters — in August 1995 with a $500,000 donation from Pritt. The city has worked for more than a decade to assemble parcels near the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork to form the “crown jewel” of the municipal park system.

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