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FUSION'S newest remodeled apartment gives single mother a boost

By ANDY HOBBS

The Mirror

A batch of local volunteers recently renovated a Federal Way apartment to serve homeless women and children in need.

Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy (FUSION) opened its ninth transitional housing unit earlier this month. A single mother with a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son will occupy the two-bedroom apartment located off South 320th Street near Twin Lakes Elementary. The exact location is kept confidential in order to maintain privacy for clients.

About 12 volunteers contributed more than 1,200 hours over two and a half months to complete the project.

The apartment received new paint, carpet, light fixtures and a refrigerator along with repairs to its doors, cabinets and bathroom. FUSION furnished the apartment and found toys for the children through various community donors. Volunteers also stocked the kitchen with a week’s supply of food.

“We just want to give the family a good start and help put their lives back together,” said volunteer Mary Pete, who helped renovate the unit. “We’re proud of it.”

Suzanne Novak, a FUSION volunteer and co-manager of the remodeled unit, lauds the group of hard-working women who got the job done. Novak also credited her husband, Tony, as well as several other men who stepped up to help — whether with their muscles, trucks or both.

“We had people who came and helped us when we got stuck,” she said.

FUSION will continue to expand its reach in the Federal Way area.

This recently remodeled apartment unit is a typical example of the housing FUSION offers clients.

“We’re looking to purchase our 10th housing unit this summer,” said FUSION president Peggy LaPorte.

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