After a virtual dedication on Facebook, about 25 organizers and volunteers were on-site for the real live one, as families were nearly speechless over the magnitude of this life-changing event that they themselves also worked to make happen.

The two four-bedroom, two-bath, energy-efficient homes are the product of hundreds of hours of sweat equity from the two families, as well as the power of giving in the Berkshires.

The Barto/O'Keefe home is one of two completed, identical houses dedicated as part of the Gordon-Deming Village, where construction of four units next door is underway on this remediated former gas works site donated by Berkshire Gas Co. 10 years ago.

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