PLAINFIELD, NJ – For Nikeisa Johnson, a New Year has brought more than the turning of a page in the calendar. On Monday January 4th, Ms. Johnson and her four children of
ficially became the newest partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County. The Johnson’s future Habitat home, a project designated for a family in need of a barrier-free home, will be built in conjunction with New Jersey Connect, which is a Westfield based nonprofit founded in 1994 to address the housing needs of individuals with physical disabilities.
Nikeisa’s 2-year-old son, born 3 months premature, has a condition that requires 24-hour medical attention and has impeded him from living at home since birth. Nikeisa must demonstrate to the medical facility that her home can accommodate his medical needs before he can be brought home.
“This opportunity means a lot to me because this will allow my son to come home for the first time in his life and allow for healthy growth.” Nikeisa continues gleefully, “I have never had my own home so I am thankful for this partnership.”
Nikeisa’s home will be built on East 5th Street, next to another Habitat home built in 2010. To meet the medical needs of her son, her home will be designed as barrier-free and accessible, in conjunction with the Johnsons and their hospital social worker.
“We are very excited, moved emotionally, and inspired to partner with Nikeisa and her family,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, CEO and President of the local Habitat chapter. “We look to move forward in finalizing our house design with her and the hospital to ensure accommodations for her son’s medical devices and accessibility needs.”
In addition to funding from New Jersey Connect, the Rutgers University Habitat Campus Chapter has committed to this project as a Half House Sponsor to provide $50,000. Rutgers University’s Habitat Campus Chapter and its student members has been collaborating with Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex for five years and recently completed their first $100,000 sponsorship.
“We are so excited to begin this new project and are continually inspired by Habitat’s mission and determination to build more homes for more families in New Jersey,” commented Andrew Spano, Rutgers student and current President of Rutgers University Habitat Campus Chapter.
A lifetime resident of Plainfield, Johnson is excited to keep her family in Plainfield, to soon have a home of their own, and most of all, to bring her son home for the first time in his life.
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