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Cedar Valley Habitat breaks ground on 'Pope Francis House'

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) broke ground Tuesday on a new construction project honoring Pope Francis. 

The groundbreaking ceremony took place May 26 at 404 8th Avenue SW, a flood-impacted lot that CVHFH has secured through the City of Cedar Rapids' ROOTs program. 

Representatives from local Catholic churches joined Archbishop Michael Jackels to celebrate the start of the build with Habitat's selected partner family.

The Pope Francis House is Habitat's 21st home to be built on a core, flood-impacted lot since 2011. 

The CVHFH Pope Francis House is one of many such homes being built around the country.

“We feel truly blessed by this unique opportunity to recognize an exceptional spiritual leader and humanitarian in Pope Francis, while honoring God by serving a family in need,” said Jeff Capps, executive director of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity. 

“It is further proof to us that, when people come together through humble and selfless actions, miraculous things can happen. We are so thankful for the gifts that have made this project possible, and we can't wait to begin our work this afternoon!”

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry who helps to build and rehabilitate simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families in need in Linn and Benton counties. 

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