Local Habitat working with Mohawks

Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:20:01 EDT PM

Intelligencer file photo Bob Clute, executive director of Habitat for Humanity PEH, says a new partnership with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte means two new homes will be built in the community.

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward – Hastings has built a brand new partnership with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

This is the first time that Habitat for Humanity PEH has partnered with the local Mohawk community in a common goal to provide safe, affordable housing to those in need. For this build, the families selected are of Indigenous descent, with long-standing ties to the community and they are Band Members. Importantly, each family has children that will benefit from a new and stable place they can call ‘home’. They can expect to experience better health outcomes; they will excel in school and their community and social skills will stay with them forever.

“The partnership developed when the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council assigned the parcel of land on which Habitat would initially build two homes. The selected families, with the assistance of volunteers and community organizations, will greatly benefit from this partnership” stated R. Donald Maracle, Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

“Through the affordable means provided by HFH-PEH two of our families are able to nurture their children within our own community,” he added. “We are very appreciative of HFH-PEH and the future opportunities this partnership may hold.”

Bob Clute, executive director of Habitat for Humanity PEH, said the new partnership will mean a lot for the families and the community.

“This allocation of land goes much further than just building a house,” stated Clute. “It is the culmination of our plan to extend our work to build affordable home ownership to all peoples in our community. Our partnership with the Mohawks of The Bay of Quinte clearly identifies our hope that the two homes that we are building will be the cornerstone of a long term partnership.”

With the shovel now in the ground, Habitat is looking for volunteers, community groups and businesses to help with its builds. When required, local trades people will be on site. However, the community’s assistance is needed. Whether it is providing a lunch or coming out for the day to hammer some nails or making a tax deductible financial donation, Habitat relies on support from the community.