YouthBuild home dedicated in Madras
The sixth and final home of the YouthBuild "Casa Sonada," or Dream Home project in Madras was dedicated on Dec. 12.
The home on Southwest Lincoln Court is one of the six built in a cul-de-sac by Heart of Oregon YouthBuild workers.
In the program, at-risk students learn construction skills, while completing school requirements.
"This is the last of six houses in Madras built by youths from Warm Springs, Madras, Sisters, Prineville, Redmond, and Culver. They did nine months of work on this house," said Kara Johnson, Heart of Oregon Corps program director.
Local youths, who worked on house No. 6, included: Dahlana Antunez, Elysebeth Scott-Boise, Chance Stwyer, Devon Suppah, Ulyssa Suppah, Trinite Tail, Nakota Gray and Tyrone Medrano, all from Warm Springs, and Charlie Felix, of Madras.
Heart of Oregon construction manager James Collins spoke, saying, "We started (the six- home project) in 2015, and have had 150 student workers during that time. This group has completed two houses in this cul-de-sac, while getting their GED, diploma and AmeriCorps certification."
"There have been a lot of wonderful students," he said, recalling a few. "Cameron said he hated construction, but for the last two years has been working in construction. Roger lives in Warm Springs and it took him 2 1/2 hours to get to the program. For his effort he received the 'Spirit of Service Award.'"
YouthBuild crew member Dahlana Antunez spoke about her experience. She completed her GED and is three classes from earning a high school diploma.
While in the program, Antunez learned she was pregnant, but didn't let that stop her.
"I was eight months pregnant, but kept building because I loved what I did. I learn, and have so much fun while doing it. I met new people, and what I needed to prepare for the future," she said, adding, "I hope the family loves this house as much as I do."
Following a ribbon-cutting, students gave tours of the home and a lunch was served to the crowd.