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Dedication of Fisher Cottage for young women

In early February, six young women moved into a new house at Nazareth Child & Family Connection, a place where staff members hope the girls’ dreams will become realities.

The new Fisher Cottage for young women was dedicated January 21 at a private gathering for donors and supporters.

The new cottage, dedicated in memory of Dr. Ray Richard Fisher and wife C. Ruth Lyerly Fisher, is the first new residence built at the children’s home since 2005, president and CEO Vernon Walters said. Girls currently living in the Ketner House for young women will move into the new facility, while the Ketner house will be renovated to help the children’s home provide other services.

The project had taken two years from conception to completion, with a budget of about $500,000 to construct the dormitory-style residence and equip and furnish it. “That’s twice the amount of time it would typically take to complete a project like this”, said Josh Regan, Nazareth’s Director of Development. “We had the capital raised, but commercial bids came in ranging from $775,000-$1,000,000.

Thankfully, our supporters understood and showed great patience with us as we worked to find a contractor with dual licensing and experience”, Regan said.

The contractor chosen for the new home was Hedrick Creative Builders of Lexington. In 2009, Hedrick Creative Builders was chosen to build a custom home in one week for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Emmy-award winning hit TV show on ABC Television. “I was very aware of the good work Nazareth has been doing for so many years”, said owner, Jason Hedrick. “My family and my church have been lifelong contributors to the home and I knew both Vernon and Josh, so I got excited about the challenge and the opportunity when they called me. I’m just happy that it all worked out,” Hedrick said.

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Walters said the new Fisher Cottage was designed to be “very homelike, not institutional.” The cottage will house up to six young women and two staff members.

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