From Harford Habitat for Humanity:
FRIDAY September 17, 2010 at 10 a.m.
Contact: Joann Blewett, Harford Habitat for Humanity / 410-638-4434 / firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Dedication of the 50th house built by Harford Habitat for Humanity, as HHH celebrates the conclusion of a one-week blitz build of two Habitat homes built for Ola Mae Espey, a senior citizen who has been living in sub-standard housing, and Danielle Tinsley and her disabled daughter.
These homes were made possible through the generous support of Richmond American Homes, who provided supplies and volunteers for the blitz build to raise these houses.
When & Where: Friday, September 17, 2010, 10 a.m. 612 & 614 Third Street, Aberdeen, MD.
NOTE: The Blitz Build starts on Monday, September 13th on the site; photos welcome.
Background: Richmond American Homes and Harford Habitat for Humanity (HHH) have teamed up for a blitz build. For five days from September 13 – 17, 2010, volunteers will gather to build two homes for deserving families in just one week. On Friday, September 17th, the families will get the keys to their new homes, and their new lives.
Danielle Tinsley and her disabled daughter will enjoy one of the homes. Senior Ola Mae Espey will live in the other. In addition to working on the house, Danielle spent nine months preparing financially for home ownership. She is being mentored by Nicole Keys, another successful HHH home owner. Danielle saved a significant portion of her earnings during those months and learned about budgeting and planning to ensure that she not only earns her home, but is able to stay in it securely.
Ola Mae Espey will live in her home until she is no longer able, at which point the home will be awarded to another HHH family. Ola Mae has been living in a sub-standard mobile home on property she owned; she has donated that property to HHH and in 2011 two more HHH homes will be built on the site.
“Both of these families are great examples of new ways we’re helping to create stable home owners,” says Joann Blewett, Executive Director of HHH. “Danielle was asked to do a nine month preparation program to ensure she was ready for home ownership, and she completed that brilliantly. Ola Mae has provided a new option for helping others and managing to safely enjoy later life. We hope other people will consider her example and donate land or houses that need improvements or renovation so that they, and other families, can enjoy a safe, secure home.”
About Harford Habitat for Humanity: Harford Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Projects are made possible through volunteer labor, donated materials and monetary donations from private sources. Since 1994 Harford Habitat for Humanity has completed 48 homes in the county including one rehab in the new builds program and 52 repairs and ramps for the FIXIT UP repair program for deserving families. Through partnerships with local businesses, schools, churches and individuals, and with the efforts of thousands of volunteers, our partner families have homes to call their own. Harford Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported by government, community and private funding
Visit www.harfordhabitat.org or call 410-638-4434 to learn more.