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‘Teen People’ to feature Missouri Habitat family

‘Teen People’ magazine to feature St. Charles Habitat for Humanity family

St. Charles, Mo. (Jan. 3, 2005) — Hitting newsstands on Jan. 7, “Teen People” magazine’s February issue will feature St. Charles County teenager Peggy Schramm and her father, Charles, who are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a new home.

In the February issue and in following issues, Teen People is inviting its readership – including an audience of 7.6 million 12- to 19-year-old readers – to donate money for the Habitat home.

“We write about ordinary teens facing and overcoming extraordinary obstacles, and Peggy’s story is something that will touch our readers and encourage them to help make a difference in this young girl’s life,” says Angela Burt-Murray, executive editor of Teen People. “We selected Peggy because of her family’s inspirational story and in the hopes that our readers would also get involved with Habitat for Humanity in any way they are able.”

Charles Schramm was paralyzed a few years ago after falling off a ladder while pruning a tree. The accident left him unable to work full time and he and Peggy have been living with his mother in an overcrowded, single-bedroom home. With little space, the family has had to use the dining and laundry rooms as bedrooms. When completed, the two-bedroom Habitat home will be handicap accessible and provide the father and daughter with a home of their own.

“We are grateful for the help from Teen People readers and staff by helping Habitat for Humanity further its mission to provide families with simple, decent homes,” says Arlene Hogue, executive director for Habitat for Humanity St. Charles County.

Construction in Portage Des Sioux will begin in February with completion expected in May.

About Teen People
Teen People, a National Magazine Award winner for General Excellence, is the definitive voice of youth culture. Launched in January 1998, Teen People became the first pop culture magazine for teens that focuses on stars, style and substance. With an editorial mix covering celebrities and entertainment, fashion and beauty, real teens and their accomplishments, Teen People keeps its readers clued in to what’s now, what’s next and what matters. Published 10 times a year with two newsstand special editions, Teen People’s guaranteed circulation is 1.45 million.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org