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Volunteers build home for local couple facing hardship

About 65 volunteers from Great Escape and the area Habitat for Humanity chapter work together Friday rehabilitating a home on Birch Avenue in Lake George. The house is to be sold at a discount to a local couple that’s for years been living in a garage.

About 65 volunteers from Great Escape and the area Habitat for Humanity chapter work together Friday rehabilitating a home on Birch Avenue in Lake George. The house is to be sold at a discount to a local couple that’s for years been living in a garage. Photo by Thom Randall.

— For the 50 or so Great Escape employees at work on the project Friday, their effort was their third annual “Project 6 Day of Service,” conducted this year in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and United Way.

Prior projects included working at Double-H Home in the Woods Ranch in Lake Luzerne and a project for the Salvation Army, Rebecca Close of Great Escape said.

“We have a lot of employees with advanced skills, and this puts them to work to benefit a family that really needs it,” she said.

Erik Voelker of Lake George paused from hanging drywall, as dozens of people worked around him.

“It’s an honor to help out, and really make a lasting impact on someone’s life,” he said.

Fred Griffen of Pottersville added his thoughts.

“What can I say — they need help, so we’re here helping out,” he said. “I know what it’s like — my wife and I had to live in a shack for a year and a half.”

Ethel Beaty said she was impressed when the group showed up to tackle the work.

“I was breathless when I saw this huge crew arrive,” she said with tears in her eyes. “I thank them all from the deepest part of my heart and soul.”

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