Builders earn national award for Issaquah’s Compassion House

August 23, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 23, 2011

Constructing the Julia L. Pritt House for homeless families earned the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties a national award for community service.

The association joined Issaquah nonprofit organization Compassion House to build the downtown residences last year. Compassion House offers housing to families transitioning from homelessness.

The namesake philanthropist donated land for the house. Teams then built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a Master Builders Care Foundation program.

The effort earned the Master Builders Association and the foundation the honor for Best Community Service Project from the National Association of Home Builders, a trade organization.

The local association also earned awards for Best Print Publication, Best HBA Partnership/Coalition and Best Service to Members.

The house highlighted in the community service award opened to families last year.

Pritt died in April 2010 at age 77. In addition to supporting Compassion House, she donated money to enable the city to purchase downtown Cybil-Madeline Park. The open space along Issaquah Creek is named for Pritt’s granddaughters.

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