Supporters and volunteers are acknowledged
PLAINFIELD, September 15, 2013 — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County celebrates the completion of its 35th home at a Home Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM at 1205 West Fourth Street in Plainfield.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony as another family receives keys to a new Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex home. After the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. An Open House is scheduled at 3:00 PM for an opportunity to meet the newest Habitat homeowner and to tour the home. A Dedication Ceremony at 4:00 PM will celebrate the construction success, and a participatory litany will thank God and all those who worked so hard to reach this goal.
Greater Plainfield’s President, Monica Townsend, will present the family with the keys to their new home and a Bible. At the end of the ceremony, the family will cut the ribbon that will hang across the doorway and invite supporters inside for a continued tour of the home.
The new homeowners will be present to thank all those who worked so hard to help them reach this goal. To purchase this home, the family performed 400 sweat equity hours building their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners. They will purchase the home with Habitat’s zero‐percent mortgage and no cash down‐payment opportunity. Their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses in the Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County area.
Nearly 500 different volunteers have been involved with the construction of this home, representing schools, churches, and community groups from every town in Union County and Greater Plainfield.
This home was built from the fundraising efforts of two local students. Billy Babis and Ian Johnston, as seniors at Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School, decided to devote their senior year to giving back. Now as Sophomores together at Boston College, they both have found great interest in Habitat for Humanity and continue to contribute as much as they can to assist the organization.
“Our goal was to show our gratitude by giving a ‘hand-up’ to low-income families, struggling to purchase a new home,” comments Billy Babis. “We received massive support from our family and friends, as we attempted to make a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors.”
“This Dedication showcases the power of passion for a cause,” said Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, executive director of Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex. “It also demonstrates the ability of our youth today to make a difference. Most adults scoff at raising $50,000 for a Habitat house, and these two students and our committed volunteers masterfully met the challenge head on.”
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County
Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is committed to improving the lives of low-income families by helping them build and buy their own simple, decent homes. Habitat offers families a hand up, not a hand out. Every partner family devotes at least 200 hours per adult of sweat equity to help build their home or a neighbor’s home and secures a 0% mortgage provided by Habitat. Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex supports partner families with training in budgeting, home and landscape maintenance and how to be a good neighbor. To date, thirty‐five homes have been built totally by volunteer labor using donations of money and materials from the community.
Plans are also progressing for its largest project to-date, a five-home development on West Seventh Street in Plainfield, which began in Fall 2012. To volunteer, donate, or own a Habitat home, visit www.gphabitat.org.