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      New Skills Center open

      Teaching Family Homes in Marquette has a new addition to their campus.

      The non-profit had a ribbon cutting Wednesday, with a number of community leaders in attendance, to officially open their new Skills Center.

      The new building is designed to provide optimum opportunities for job skills development. Programs in the center will include an auto repair workshop, woodworking, small engine repair, and landscaping and design.

      "The good news is, it's completed! We still have to equip it with power tools, etc., so the work is never done. But this is really just our first phase of a three-phase project that we're doing called 'our expanding experiences program'. And our next step is building a ropes course!" said Rich Rossway, Fund Development Director for Teaching Family Homes.

      Funding was provided by numerous cash donations from local businesses and service organizations.

      The Skills Center is still in need of these items: hand saws, hand planes, chisels, squares, nail sets, calipers, clamps, Miter saw with safety guards, safety guards for Craftsman table saw and band saw, belt sander, sand paper, extra blades for all saws, extra blades for jointer and planer, glues, screws and nails.

      If you would like to donate any of these items or make a monetary donation, call Teaching Family Homes at (906) 249-1459.