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Dow Chemical celebrates 50,000 home with Habitat for Humanity

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The Dow Chemical Company celebrating as it marks its 50,000 worldwide house built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Dow has provided insulation and volunteers for home-builds across the country.

In Freeland Susan Knuth and Douglas Anderson now have a new home thanks to the volunteers.

“It’s better than Christmas,” Knuth said.

Knuth was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 25-years-old, and she has been wheelchair bound for 28-years.

Making the custom built home, set to unveil on Sept. 9, truly a gift.

“We want to thank everybody, we have no idea how much collaboration went into this, and we certainly appreciate everybody’s help,” Anderson said.

A collaboration that’s built on changing lives.

“It's a great thing. I think a lot of time Dow employees come out and think, wow I can really help a family. And what ends up happening, not only is that family's life changed, but really so is the Dow employee’s life because they get to come out and be a big change in the community,” Rob Vallentine with the Dow Chemical Company said.

The homes are sold to low-income families who invest what Habitat calls “sweat equity”.

That means the new homeowner will put in hours of work to build their home.

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