For Immediate ReleaseFor more information:
October 4, 2012Rev. Jeremy Montgomery
Plainfield Habitat Builds in Sri Lanka
[PLAINFIELD, NJ] — The Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the start of five more homes in Plainfield called Habitat Village @ West Seventh with a Groundbreaking Ceremony. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10 at the project site located at 908 West Seventh Street in Plainfield.
Bringing together regular volunteers who will work hand in hand, as well as Plainfield Habitat’s supporters and invited guests, the public is also invited to attend. A short litany led by local clergy will be provided for the public and others to participate.
“This ceremony is a testament to the generous spirit of Plainfield Habitat members and our friends in the Greater Plainfield community, who freely give their time and resources to eliminate poverty housing,” says Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, Executive Director of Plainfield Habitat. “Even though the beginning of these homes are the result of months of hard work in planning, it is remarkable that the end result from the commitment of our volunteers will have a life-changing impact on more families in our community.”
People from across the Greater Plainfield area continue to address one of our most challenging needs – the lack of decent and affordable homes, particularly for first-time homebuyers. Habitat Village @ West Seventh Street is Plainfield Habitat’s largest effort yet: to construct a five-home condominium development.
This project is funded by The Union County Home Investment Partnership Program through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A key sponsor of this project also includes the Rutgers University Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, contributing at least $100,000. Students from this club will volunteer to build these homes on three of every four Saturdays throughout the next two school years.
According to Rev. Montgomery, this local Habitat has completed 34 homes in the 23 years since the affiliate was established. In order to accomplish these results, it takes the tireless efforts of many volunteers doing a wide variety of jobs. Regular work crews of 12-15 people meet twice a week to do “hands on” building. They are supported each week by small work groups from area corporations, organizations, and faith-based groups and congregations, plus the partner families who contribute hours of their own to building their future homes.
Behind the scenes, dozens of additional volunteers are involved in various activities such as property acquisition, finances and fundraising, office management, work crew coordination, family selection, public relations and communications, and faith relations to engage local congregations in the work of Plainfield Habitat. And no project could ever be completed without the faithful support of area businesses and professional people from architects to plumbers who donate materials and services so generously.
Anyone interested in helping to build these new homes for five deserving families is invited to attend the ceremony and to join the roster of current volunteers for a most rewarding experience. There is always something each person can do, whether experienced or not, from pounding nails to painting, hanging doors to installing appliances. Qualified construction staff are available to train and guide all volunteers.
Anyone interested in volunteering or offering donations is encouraged to call (908) 769-5292 or visit their Web site at www.gphabitat.org.
2 Randolph Road • Plainfield NJ 07060
(908) 769-5292 • www.gphabitat.org