Compassion House units named for philanthropist

July 27, 2010

By Staff

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 July 29 to dedicate the Julia L. Pritt House. The namesake philanthropist donated land for the housing units.

Join Mayor Ava Frisinger, Compassion House leaders and volunteer 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 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 donated money to help the city form downtown Cybil-Madeline Park.

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One Response to “Compassion House units named for philanthropist”

  1. pete delaunay on July 28th, 2010 9:12 am

    The new duplex named the Julia L. Pritt House in honor of Mrs. Pritt, who donated the land. A second lot donated by Mrs. Pritt has a home donated to Compassion House by the City of Issaquah. It was refurbished by the Master Builders Care Foundation in 2008.

    HomeAid builder captain and project manager John Day of John Day Homes, Inc. spearheaded construction of the Julia L. Pritt House duplex, Tracy Cromwell, Master Builders Care Foundation president, says the new duplex is a great example of the way in which partnerships between the homebuilding industry and nonprofit groups like Compassion House can make a positive difference in our communities.

    The Compassion House duplex is the fourth HomeAid project started in the last two years and the twelfth overall by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. To date some 900 companies have contributed more than $8 million in building expertise, labor and materials to create housing for the temporarily homeless.

    HomeAid Master Builders Care is one of 20 chapters in 16 states that facilitates the construction or renovation of facilities for charitable organizations whose purpose is to provide housing and assistance for the temporarily homeless.

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