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08/09/2018 Crowd Enjoys Open House and Dedication for Farmworker and Senior Housing Units

Bishop Joseph Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima and the Rev. Francisco Gutierrez of Prosser’s Sacred Heart were on hand for the blessing and dedication during Catholic Charities Housing Services’ Open House and Dedication for two properties in Prosser, WA. Rio de Vida (River of Life) is a 51-unit development that houses farmworkers and workforce housing. The development will provide decent, safe and affordable housing to approximately 200 people who are in need. Fabric artist Deborah Ann also unveiled her custom piece of textile art that will be displayed in the Rio de Vida gathering hall.

In February, the newly constructed senior housing development, Saint Anthony Terrace, became fully occupied. The 61-unit development houses seniors 55 years of age and older and provides affordable housing to approximately 125 people.

Presenters included Rick Evans from Senator Cantwell’s office; Eric Seibens from the USDA/RD; Emily Grossman, Senior Policy Advisor for Housing and Community Services, Washington State Department of Commerce; Steve Zetz, Planning and Economic Development Director, City of Prosser; and Marty Miller Executive Director, Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing. A delicious lunch was provided by Bon Vino's restaurant in Sunnyside.

Holly Anderson, Catholic Charities, Development & Asset Manager unveils the art that will be housed in Rio de Vida as local fabric artist Deborah Ann, talks about the piece.