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Remodel nears completion on Lazarus transitional home

Project a collaboration among Fusion Development, HomeAid, YouthBuild
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Nine young adults spent Thursday morning putting up sheetrock and priming walls as part of a home-remodel project in Roseville.

But this isn't just any house. This is a transitional home run by the Lazarus Project where homeless men and women can live for up to two years while they get back on their feet. The nonprofit organization has four of these residences in the Roseville area.

"It's good to give," said Stan Samiec, a principal at Fusion Development Group, Inc.

His company collaborated with HomeAid, the charitable arm of the National Association of Home Builders, to make this renovation project possible. The group solicited labor and material donations for the $32,000 project, and a grant helped reduce the cost to $8,000.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom are being constructed, and new windows were installed on the house, which was built in 1961. Project organizers expect the work to be done by the end of July.

Those working on the house are students of YouthBuild, a program for low-income people ages 16 to 24 who contribute fulltime to affordable housing projects. They get paid, learn job skills and earn their GED or high school diploma.

"It's great," said Project Coordinator Cary Cunningham. "They get a job when they come out of here."

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.