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Batavia mom receives early birthday present

Bataviresident Renee Fortuny center admires new kitchen cabinets her Fox Valley Habitfor Humanity home Aurora. Al Green Montgomery left volunteers

Batavia resident Renee Fortuny, center, admires new kitchen cabinets in her Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity home in Aurora. Al Green of Montgomery, left, volunteers supervisor for Habitat for Humanity, and Ron Kelso of Naperville, Habitat vice president, join her in inspecting the rehabbed frame ranch home. | Submitted photo

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Updated: February 17, 2013 6:28AM

A Batavia single mother will get an early birthday present for her family — keys to a rehabbed home.

Renee Fortuny and her children — Kayla Walker, 8; Charlie Walker, 7; and Maya Walker, 5—will receive keys to a 1,250-square-foot frame ranch home at 355 Michigan Ave. in Aurora as Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 50th home at 2 p.m. Jan. 26.

The public is invited to attend the celebration. Prayer, remarks and refreshments are planned.

Fortuny, who will turn 37 Feb. 4, said she expects to move in her new residence Feb. 2.

Rev. Jeff Barrett, Habitat executive director and pastor of Genesis Community Church in Montgomery, said the Fortuny family will receive a family Bible along with keys to the three-bedroom home.

Habitat volunteers have been working on rehabbing the townhouse since September 2012. The house was donated to Habitat for Humanity under the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

According to Fortuny, members of First Baptist Church in Geneva have donated furniture and decorations for the children’s rooms and bathroom supplies and decorations.

Others who donated materials include Lumber Liquidators, Aquatech Plumbing, Assured Heating and Appliance, Whirlpool, Yale Locks and Sherwin Williams.

Volunteer groups working on the home included Trader Joe’s of Batavia, First Hmong Alliance Church of Aurora, H.B. Fuller Co., Schneider Electric and Wrigley, Inc.

Founded in 1989 in Aurora, this is the 50th house provided by Fox Valley Habitat. The organization dedicated its 49th house in December in North Aurora. That rehabbed townhome was Fox Valley Habitat’s first project outside Aurora and Montgomery.

Habitat sells houses to qualified families at no profit. Partnering families contribute up to 500 hours of sweat equity and repay a zero-interest mortgage. Loan payments are used to build more houses.

For information on Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, call 630-859-3333 or visit

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