LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - After years of planning and construction, the first La Crosse Promise home is now complete and ready for move-in day.
The organization held an open house for the new home Wednesday.
As part of the "Promise," homeowners agree to build or renovate a home in La Crosse's Powell-Poage-Hamilton or Washburn neighborhoods in exchange for receiving up to $50,000 in college scholarships for their kids.
Homeowner Lissa Carlson says now that construction is done, she has high hopes for what's ahead.
"I feel very hopeful about the future, building memories in our new house and also just the future for the boys with the educational scholarships."
While the completion of the first home is a cause for celebration, it was also a bittersweet day for those with the La Crosse Promise.
Former executive director Jerilyn Dinsmoor passed away suddenly last month. La Crosse Promise Board Vice President Denise Vujnovich says she wishes Dinsmoor was able to see her hard work become reality.
"I'm sad that she's not here today to see this, because it is a culmination of her work, and she was very dedicated to La Crosse Promise," said Vujnovich. "It's a big day and I'm (both) smiling and sad for her."
Dinsmoor's vision will continue to live on with a second "Promise" home scheduled to be completed by December and two others under construction.
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