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Refugee family settles into the house that beer built

On a residential street in Buffalo's Bailey-Clinton neighborhood, a refugee family of eight is settling into the house that beer built.

The new home on Manitoba Street was built by Habitat for Humanity Buffalo in partnership with several local breweries, distilleries, bars and the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association.

"Habitat is a great organization to help people get a hand up, not a hand out," Tim Herzog, general manager of Flying Bison Brewing, said in a statement.

Unveiled at a news conference Saturday, the new house was built with money raised at several beer-related special events and with the help of volunteer workers from Community Beer Works, 12 Gates Brewing, Big Ditch and other breweries.

The new house will be home to Manasse Nsabiyuma and Nechode Ndayishimiye and their six children. The couple met in Tanzania before coming to the Buffalo area more than a decade ago.

As part of the Habitat program, they contributed 500 hours of "sweat equity" in order to buy their home.

 

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