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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on nine homes in Paso Robles 

From left to right: Precision Services CEO Karl Vaillancourt, Habitat for Humanity SLO County Project Manager Emily Baranek, Habitat for Humanity SLO County CEO Nick Rasmussen, Paso Robles Chief of Fire and Emergency Services Jonathan Stornetta, Paso Robles City Planner Darren Nash, USDA Program Director Stephen Nnodin, Legislative Assistant to District 1 Supervisor John Peschong Vicky Janssen, Ten Over Studio President and Habitat for Humanity SLO Board Chair Jim Duffy, Paso Robles Planning Commissioner Mark Koegler, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce CEO Gina Fitzpatrick, GEO Solutions Principal and Habitat for Humanity SLO Board Member Kraig Crozier.

Over 70 people attend ‘golden shovel’ ceremony

– Habitat for Humanity SLO County held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of nine homes in Paso Robles on Thursday. Over 70 people attended including SLO County officials, Paso Robles city officials, Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce board members and staff, Habitat for Humanity board members and staff, and USDA Program Director for California Stephen Nnodin.

Nicholas Rasmussen, Habitat for Humanity SLO County CEO, opened the ceremony. “I am extremely grateful for the continued support to address affordable housing needs for families in our community,” he said, “This project is only possible because of continued collaboration at the city, county, state and federal levels.”

Emily Baranek, Vine Street Build Project Manager, has been a part of this project for over a decade, first as a volunteer. “We are so proud and thankful to be breaking ground on this project. Many people, businesses and organizations have been working for years to make this a reality. Together with our 9 partner families, Habitat is looking forward to building a strong community around this project and I think today was a great start,” said Baranek.

Sponsors and partners include the USDA, the City of Paso Robles, the County of San Luis Obispo, Precision Construction Services, Pacific Premier Bank, Mechanics Bank, A&T Arborists, Above Grade Engineering, Althouse & Meade, Ashley & Vance Engineering, Earth Systems Pacific, GEO Solutions, Greg Wilhelm Architects, Jim Burrows Landscape Architect, Will Ruoff Architect & 4 Creeks, Vintage Wine Estates, and Zurn Industries.

Precision Construction Services is managing the nine-home Vine Street build. “I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community than to support Habitat’s mission of helping hard-working families achieve the American dream of homeownership,” said CEO Karl Vaillancourt, “We at Precision are humbled and honored to play a part in delivering for the organization, the community, and these deserving families.”

“Today’s groundbreaking marks a significant milestone for our organization,” said Jim Duffy, president of Ten Over Studio and Habitat SLO County Board president, “We are so grateful for the countless hours of dedicated volunteers in our community and the financial support we have received from a wide variety of sources to bring this project to life. We’re honored to be serving our community by building housing for our neighbors.”

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