Cloudy skies and a little rain did not dampen the smiles on the faces of four families at Habitat For Humanity Durham’s CentreTown site, July 14, as volunteers, partners and community members joined to dedicate the houses they will soon call home.
The Home Dedication Day is part of the week-long national celebrations of the Jimmy Carter Work Project. Mayor John Henry, MP Dr. Colin Carrie and MPP Jennifer French together with local and regional councillors joined Habitat for Humanity staff, volunteers and friends at the joyful celebration where each family was presented with a ceremonial key and a Bible to cement their tenancy of their new homes.
The dedication ceremony had a party flavour with complimentary ice creams provided by the Enniskillen General Store. Oshawa MP Dr. Colin Carrie said he felt so blessed to be the representative for this community,
“Some of the themes of Habitat for Humanity is homes, community and hope and how proud should we be when we come out in the community and see the fruits of our labour. About community groups who have put the time in and the effort in to put somebody’s dream in front of them,” said Carrie. “I want to thank all those at Habitat for Humanity for putting so much heart and soul into these projects, but also allowing us to put our hearts and soul into our neighbours to make things better for our community.”
Habitat for Humanity empowers low-income families to build a hopeful future by breaking the cycle of poverty through affordable home ownership. Habitat makes this possible by building homes using volunteers, donated and discounted materials and support from businesses, organizations and members of the community.
The four families come from a variety of situations, but the new home means they will be able to live more independent lives in a home they worked and sweated on to become well-deserved homeowners.