Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County celebrated the completion of its 37th home in Plainfield at a private Housewarming Reception on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 on West Third Street.
The joyous gathering was attended by the new homebuyer, Vearon Poyser-Smith, and by those closest to the project including organizational staff, weekly construction volunteers, and Board members. As Habitat for Humanity is a Christian non-sectarian organization, this gathering incorporated a prayer of blessing and time of thanks.
Executive Director, Rev. Jeremy Montgomery presented the family with the keys to their new home, a Bible, and tool box to celebrate a new beginning. Special acknowledgements were given to the weekly construction volunteers, referred to as the “Core Crew”, who worked hard to make this home a reality.
To purchase this house, the family performed 200 hours of “sweat equity” building their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners. The homebuyer will purchase the home with Habitat’s zero‐percent mortgage and no cash down‐payment opportunity. Monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses in Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County.
Nearly 200 different volunteers have been involved with the construction of this home, representing schools, churches, and community groups from all over Union County and Greater Plainfield.
This home was built as a part of the 2014 Builders Blitz initiative in which Habitat for Humanity engaged local professional builders to complete a house in just one week. Builders Blitz is a national program of Habitat for Humanity International which offers professional builders the opportunity to use their skills and talents to address the growing need for low-income housing in communities nationwide.
“Often times we are focused on the ‘Habitat’ aspect of our work, but it’s moments like these, gathered together, where we are reminded of just how central is the ‘Humanity’ of our mission,” commented Executive Director, Jeremy Montgomery, before presenting the keys to the family.