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Marion family thankful for new home


A Marion family has one more thing they'll be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity handed the Irakoze family keys to their new home. 

The Irakozes are originally from Burundi, in Eastern Africa.

The family of five became refugees and moved to the United States in 1998 during the civil war in Burundi.

Pascal Irakoze says getting this new home, came at the perfect time. 

"When we do the prayer, we're going to say what we're thankful for is this new house," said Irakoze. "Thank you to the wonderful people who helped us to put this house together and the volunteers who helped build it."

Irakoze says since this is the week of Thanksgiving, he's thankful to officially call their home their new place of comfort. 

The family received many gifts and donations from area churches, businesses and families in the Marion and surrounding communities.

"Our families are thankful for the opportunity," said Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Jeff Capps. "They're not given anything aside from an opportunity, and they're taking advantage of it. So I know they're so thankful for the opportunity, but we're so thankful for the community members that have come together to make it happen."

The family's new home broke ground back in June and with the help of several organizations and churches, the home is almost ready for the Irakozes to live in.

The family consists of Pascal and his wife Shukurani, their 4-year old son,  Baraka, their 10-month old girl, Sofia and Shukurani's  brother Jacob.

"Very thankful this Thanksgiving as we see this family come home," said Capps

The family will officially move into their new home in December. 

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