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Family gets forever home in Mastic thanks to Habitat for Humanity, community volunteers

Brand new structure should be ready in 6 to 12 months

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A big wish comes true for one Suffolk County family.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, Islip High School students, corporate sponsors and volunteers, they'll soon be settling into their dream home.

Eleazar Lamarche, and his wife Katherine have been struggling to find a place to call “home.”

For years, they've been living with family members or in small basement apartments with their two daughters, Brianna and Elizabeth, as well as their dog Simba.

However, they are embarking on a new beginning.

They've been selected to receive a brand new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County.

Katherine says it all began when her sister suggested reaching out to the organization.

"It's a lot of paperwork and everything but they approved us. We worked on some things that needed to get worked on, but thankfully we got in," Katherine explained.

And as a part of the Islip High School "student build" program, teenagers lent a helping hand to fulfill the family's dreams.

These planks of wood will set the stage for the family's forever home in Mastic as crews begin to raise the first walls.

The family says the house should be complete in 6 months to a year.

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