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AbbVie Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Lake County Build Low-Income Housing


November 16, 2018

AbbVie Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Lake County built a house at 1706 Kennedy Drive, North Chicago this year. On Saturday, AbbVie volunteers, Habitat for Humanity, North Chicago officials and Sadika Kneeland, future homeowner, celebrated the Dedication of the home. Immediately following, the Groundbreaking of AbbVie's second house took place at 1902 Morrow Avenue in North Chicago.

In June, over 125 AbbVie volunteers spent one week building with Habitat during AbbVie's 5th annual Week of Possibilities. On Monday, the volunteers raised the first walls and by Wednesday, they installed trusses. In the meantime, they installed insulation to the exterior walls to the house. Additional volunteers attached siding to the garage, while another group installed the rear patio.

Future homeowner Sadika Kneeland is excited about her home, "I feel blessed to be a part of the Habitat program, and I am really excited about our new journey. My family and I can't wait to walk into our new home feeling safe and secure. As we celebrate a lifelong dream, we will share good times and our joy with friends and family once again."

"The AbbVie Foundation is an exceptional partner," said Julie Donovan, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Lake County. "You can see the tangible impact of their volunteering and the difference we collectively make in our communities, not only in the Habitat houses, but in the playground and schools they serve. We are grateful they invited us to partner this year."

Since AbbVie was established as a company five years ago, The AbbVie Foundation has pursued building strong communities as a key area of focus.

"Our employees' spirit for volunteerism drives forward our commitment to strengthening communities, especially for families who live in North Chicago, where our company is headquartered," said Melissa Walsh, vice president, AbbVie Foundation. "Through a strong partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we are able to help create meaningful impact for the Kneeland family and look forward to starting construction for our next local home."

-A Zion-Benton Times Special Report


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