Homeless project earns national award for North Bend builder John Day

North Bend's John Day Homes was honored by the building industry for its service to the community, helping build a nearby house to serve the homeless.

A Gold Nugget for Community Spirit was presented to the local homebuilder, along with the Care Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, on June 23.

The two groups partnered with Compassion House, an Issaquah nonprofit provider of housing for homeless families to build the Julia L. Pritt House.

John Day, his staff and more than 40 trades from the homebuilding industry combined to contribute more than $244,000 to build a duplex near downtown Issaquah, which now provides housing for two families.

Gold Nuggets are presented annually for creative achievements.  Specifically, they recognize excellence and innovation in addressing complex issues.  Entries come from 14 western states and a number of foreign countries.

John Day Homes, Inc., has been recognized by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties as Builder of the Year. Day is past president of the Master Builders Association and Master Builders Care Foundation.

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