24 August 2010

Groundbreaking ceremony for the McIntosh’s new home

CORNWALL– The groundbreaking for Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley’s latest housing build took place Saturday, August 20 at 711 St. Antoine Street in the city’s north end. Karen McIntosh, whose family was chosen to partner in the project, was on hand to turn over the sod. She was accompanied by her daughter Meagan, as well as Habitat Chair Dick Aubry and Exit Realty Seaway Valley, Broker, Judi Auger. Exit Realty International has generously donated $100, 000 to the project. Meagan is holding a picture of her brother Matthew.

Karen expressed her gratitude for the help and support she and her family have received from Habitat. Her son Matthew is autistic, and needs a safe and protected environment. The build will include a fenced yard. Karen has been busy completing the 250 volunteer hours that will serve as a down payment on the house. The family is hoping to move into the completed home by Christmas.

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide initiative that envisions a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. It helps individuals and families in financially vulnerable situations build and buy quality affordable homes by reducing barriers to homeownership. These barriers are reduced by selling Habitat for Humanity homes with no down payment, no-interest mortgages, payments are set at 25% of gross income (principal and taxes) and homeowner training and support services.

Building for Karen’s house begins on September 1, 2010 and volunteers are needed. Please contact Ed Turpin at 613-534-2607 for more details.

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