Habitat PEH, Loyalist sign partnershipBelleville, Ontario September 11, 2014
Maureen Piercy, President of Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. and Bob Clute, Chairman of Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings sign a new-build partnership for the construction of a new Trenton home by Construction Renovation Technician students at Loyalist, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. - JEROME LESSARD/THE INTELLIGENCER/QMI AGENCY
BELLEVILLE - Habitat for Humanity and Loyalist College are about to build what they hope could become a long-term partnership for families in need and students.
Bob Clute, Chairman of Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings, and Maureen Piercy, President of Loyalist College, made it official Thursday when the pair signed a new building agreement that will involve Construction Renovation Technician students in a home construction project on Sidney Street in Trenton.
"It’s absolutely vital that our kids, many of them are adults, get involved,” said Clute.
"We build homes for people who’ve never believed they could afford a single-family home. We don’t build them for adults, we look for the children. There has to be children in the family. We give them hope.”
The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity was formed in 1994 and built its first home four years later.
The not-for-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing has, along with community partners, built up to 15 homes since 1998.
Clute handed out the keys of the latest build to Connie Matthews, a single mother of two, at 7 York St. in Picton on Aug. 29.
The building process for the new build is already underway, said Tom Falcao, Co-ordinator of the Construction Renovation Techniques program at Loyalist.
The home builders of tomorrow at Loyalist College are expected to start erecting the new Trenton home sometime next week or the following week.
"We’ve started the building process already by applying for the building permit,” said Falcao.
Len Kennedy, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings, said the family who will be presented with the new home will be introduced to the public in about two to three weeks.
For further information about Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings visit www.habitatpeh.org.
Picton Habitat for Humanity build is complete!
Belleville, Ontario August 29, 2014
Single mother of two, Connie Matthews received the keys to her new home on Friday. After months of hard work Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings completed the construction of its 15th home, August 29, 2014
After months of hard work Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Hastings (PEH) and its large team of volunteers has completed the construction of its 15th home in Picton.
Single mom of two, Connie Matthews, was presented the keys to her new home at 7 York St. in Picton on Friday during the dedication ceremony.
"A single mom with two kids who have been living in less than satisfactory accommodation and they are moving into a brand new home today,” said the chair of Habitat for Humanity PEH Bob Clute. "Their life will be changed forever. The kids will excel at school and they have a place to bring their friends after school. They build social skills and they break the stigma of poverty forever.”
Also celebrating this special occasion was the COO of Habitat Canada, Mike Rodgers, along with other board members, staff, volunteers and the next home-owners for the Belleville build.
Built entirely by volunteers, the construction for this particular home began in April of 2014 reaching the completion goal by August 2014, just in time for Hannah and Cole Matthews to return to school from summer break.
"It has an amazing effect on the family and thats whats important to me,” said Clute.
The Prince Edward Hastings County branch of Habitat for Humanity built their first home in 1998 and plans to continue making a difference in the lives of families in need.