Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00
On Aug. 6, Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County took a giant step in the construction of a home for a Habitat family, which had been selected after a rigorous application process to become first-time homeowners. Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County (HFHNC), an affiliate of HFH International, partnered with Unified New Cassel Community Revitalization Corporation (UNCCRC) to build the home.
A Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant and a Community Development block grant awarded to Habitat through Nassau County provided some of the funding needed for the project and significant financial contributions from Travelers Insurance, State Farm, Roslyn Savings Bank (a division of New York Community Bank, New York Community Bank Foundation, Strobe Promotions, Inc., Long Island Board of Realtors, Grace Episcopal Church and Christ Episcopal Church assisted greatly in making Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing for hardworking Nassau County residents a reality.
Present at the event were representatives of UNCCRC, Nassau County Office of Community Development who provided one grant through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the Town of North Hempstead and the major financial contributors. Family and friends of the Robinsons, Habitat’s partner family for this home and the loyal supporters of Habitat were also present.
After a moment of reflection, a traditional part of each Habitat event, and acknowledgements and expressions of gratitude were exchanged, the employees of our above named major sponsors, who had worked from 8 a.m. alongside Habitat’s regular group of volunteers to frame the walls, took their assigned places and when Tom Baccarella, Habitat’s Director of Operations gave the signal they walked the walls into place as onlookers applauded and cheered them on.
“This will be the affiliate’s thirteenth Habitat home. It will be our second to achieve LEEDS certification. By utilizing energy efficient building methods, we will conserve precious resources and generate future cost savings for the homeowner.
“Our partner family, the Robinsons, has been avidly participating in ‘sweat equity’ by helping to build their new home alongside the hundreds of Habitat volunteers,” said Baccarella.
Volunteers will continue to build two days a week, one weekday and Saturday, until the house is completed. A dedication ceremony will be held prior to the family’s taking up residence. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County, please visit the website www.hfhnc.org.