For the First Time Morris Habitat Burns Mortgages


Randolph, NJ:  It’s a huge milestone for Morris Habitat for Humanity, holding a special event that included the first burning of the mortgages for the four (4) families who have paid off their mortgages in full after much hard work.   These happy families are Willie and Octavia Chavis, Jose and Francileny Rivera, Angel and Thelma Rosa, and Jaime and Luz Mary Bedoya, all of Morristown.  They were the first Morris Habitat homeowners who had 20 year mortgages and all now own their homes outright! 

Shown above are two of the homeowner families who were able to attend the event. (left to right)The Rivera family, Carolyn Haraksin who is Morris Habitat’s Director of Homeowner Relations, and the Chavez Family who were excited to see their mortgages go up in flames. Octavia Chavez spoke to the gathering, “Thank you everyone.  We raised our three boys in this home.  Now we have 7 grandchildren and the oldest one is in college. God bless Habitat”.  Now that Octavia is retired she wants to start to volunteer for Morris Habitat herself.  For further information about Morris Habitat visit: or call the office at 973-891-1934.

About Morris Habitat for Humanity

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Morris Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing agency dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families in Morris County and the surrounding New Jersey area.  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses in partnership with families in need.  Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 267 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. For more information about Morris Habitat call 973-891-1934 or visit

About Morris Habitat ReStore

Operated by Morris Habitat for Humanity, the ReStore sells donated building supplies and furnishings at huge savings off normal retail costs. Proceeds from the store have funded the construction of 8 houses since 2007 and kept more than 3,000 tons of material out of landfills. Information on donating, volunteering, or any other aspect of the ReStore can be found on its website at or by calling (973) 366-3358.

Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph, NJ 07869, the ReStore is open Tuesday - noon-8pm, Wednesday to Friday 10am-6pm , Saturday 10am – 5pm, closed Sunday and Monday

Cash, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Donation drop offs can be made during store hours, or for larger items call 973-366-3358 to schedule a pick-up. Donations are tax-deductible. 

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