Pictured at the groundbreaking: Lisa Wilbur, Judy Hatch, Justin Nason , Steve Gourley, Eric, Thomas and Catalina Nason (our partner family), Diane Hooper, Charlie Edwards, Morgan Moody, Francy Allgrove, and Tom Dube in the excavator. (Photo by Mellisa Seamans) (click for larger version)
April 25, 2019WAKEFIELD — Ossipee Mountains Habitat for Humanity just handed over the keys to their last build a few weeks ago, but is wasting no time starting on a new project.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 18 on Wakefield Road in Sanbornville. The site will be the future home of the Eric and Catalina Nason family, the organization's newest partner family.
Habitat volunteers Tom Dube and Charlie Edwards started to dig the foundation on April 18 and returned on Easter to finish digging the area for the cellar. According to Director Lisa Wilbur, volunteers have signed up to help through framing the home, the thirteenth one in the Southern Carroll County area.
The Ossipee Mountains Habitat chapter was established in 1993. They have built 12 homes and provided home repairs to many families. Their programs are tailored to help the families that are in the 30 to 80 percent median income level of the southern Carroll County area. The goal is to provide safe, affordable housing to families that usually don't qualify for a traditional mortgage. Their slogan is to offer "a hand up, not a hand out." The partner families get an interest-free mortgage, plus they have to volunteer a minimum of 250 "sweat equity" hours on their home.
Wilbur said that for each new home, Habitat has to raise about $90,000 for construction costs. The organization is powered by many volunteers and local businesses donating time and money. A lot of the materials are donated, she said, and some grants are available but there is a lot of annual fundraising to be done.
The organization will have a booth at the annual Wakefield Pride Day May 19, selling t-shirts and hats. On June 3, they are hosting a golf tournament at Indian Mound Golf Course in Ossipee. There are still a few sponsorship slots available for the tournament. For more information or to secure a spot, contact Francy Allgrove by email at email@example.com or download the information on the local chapter's Web site, www.ossipeehabitat.org.
"This build makes a huge different in the life of one family," said Wilbur, "but it goes beyond that. Many lives will be blessed by building this home."
Habitat is also working on building more partnerships with local programs to help with critical home repairs. Homeowners around the area are voicing concerns about needing home repairs, such as a furnace or small exterior repairs taken care of before their homes get in disarray and they are forced to move out, said Wilbur.
Anyone skilled in a trade who would like to be added to the Ossipee Habitat on-call list as a potential repair project volunteer, call 569-5664.