The dream finally came true for Juan, Luz and their three children as they opened the door to their brand new home on July 6 during Habitat Niagara’s Home Dedication Ceremony.
Built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership, this is the second modular home the students built on campus at the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College. This past spring, the house was transported in pieces to its permanent site on Sauer Avenue with the help of Empire Transportation and Modern Crane and assembled onsite by the professional framers from Dave Wiens Construction.
“The construction of this home is a testament to what our students can achieve when they are equipped with the tools that a NC applied learning experience provides, in the classroom and beyond,” said Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College dean of Media, Trades and Technology. “We take tremendous pride in the fact that the skills they gained through this project will not only help lead them to career success, but demonstrate the values of hard work and commitment to community that we hope they will carry with them long after they graduate.”
As part of Habitat’s home ownership program, families are required to commit 500 hours of ‘sweat-equity’ helping build their homes alongside Build Day participants who fundraise to be on the build site. Juan and Luz completed their required hours in April and continued to volunteer until the house was finished in early July.
“Having a combination of students and community participants build this house really makes an impact and brings a sense of pride to individuals,” said Alastair Davis, Habitat Niagara’s CEO. “They were all part of something bigger than themselves. They built a solid house for this family to flourish and become self-reliant, while learning unique hands-on training of what it’s like to build a house.”
“Enriching lives and fulfilling dreams’ is our vision at Niagara College and our involvement with Habitat Niagara enables us to do just that –for our students and for the local community,” said Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College dean of Media, Trades and Technology.
Habitat doesn’t give its houses to families. Qualified families purchase their Habitat home with an affordable, no-down payment, 0% interest mortgage for 15 years. Homeowners also pay property taxes on their home, contributing to the local economy.
Habitat would like to thank their other home sponsors and partners for their generous support and contributions to this build: The City of Welland; Niagara Region; Niagara Regional Housing; Niagara Association of Realtors; Ontario Power Generation; Genworth Canada; Cotton Inc; Dave Wiens Construction and the Niagara Volunteer Framing Crew, Wine Rack; Alectra; Niagara Casinos; Giant Tiger; Cabico; Niagara College; Empire Transportation; Modern Crane; and Pollard Windows and Doors.
About Habitat for Humanity Niagara
Habitat Niagara builds decent, and affordable houses and provides no-down-payment, interest-free mortgages to qualifying families who would otherwise not be able to purchase their own homes. Habitat is not a giveaway program –we provide “a hand up not a hand out”. Established locally in 1993, Habitat Niagara will be constructing its 57thhome in Niagara later this year. Habitat for Humanity Niagara also operates a retail outlet –the ReStore –selling donated new and used building materials, hardware, appliances, and home supplies. Revenue from the ReStore supports our overhead costs ensuring that every donated dollar goes directly to building affordable homes for families. The Niagara ReStores are located at 150 Bunting Road, St. Catharines and 2499 Hwy 20 E, Fonthill, with a third store opening soon at 185South Service Road in Grimsby.
Media inquiries, please contact:
From Habitat for Humanity Niagara:
Dawn Marie Cavasin
Manager, Development & Communications Office:
905-685-7395 x204Cell: 289-990-2556
From Niagara College:
905-641-2252 x 4330