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Community Effort Creates Accessible Homes
October 2, 2006

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN--Monday's Green Bay Press-Gazette reported on how a community is coming together to build a series of barrier-free homes to help local people with physical disabilities to be more independent.

Fifty-two partners have joined forces to build the accessible homes, including a church, a construction firm, architects, the city of Green Bay, a community foundation, and dozens of donors.

"They've given me back my independence," said Debbie Ostrowski, who has muscular dystrophy and will be moving with her son into a home that will be completed in December.

"Project builds homes with wheelchair users in mind" (Green Bay Press-Gazette)


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