Somerset, NJ, May 17, 2019– Fourteen students from Habitat Youth service clubs at Hillsborough, North Hunterdon, Somerville, Voorhees and Watchung Hills Regional high schools worked together alongside the Wadie family and two members of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, Dottie and Joanne, to create a beautiful garden and lawn for the Wadie’s home on Saturday, May 11. 

The students completely transformed the front and back yards.  They moved soil, planted a garden with the direction of the Master Gardeners and put down grass seed and fertilizer.  Partner homeowner, Nema Wadie, said, “My family is so grateful to all of the students, the Master Gardeners and the staff who came out on Saturday to build us a beautiful front and back yard.  We’re so excited to be able to spend time outside together.”

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Nema and Ashraf Wadie and their four children moved into their brand new Habitat home at the end of February.   With warmer weather approaching, the students were excited to beautify the home and give the family a yard in which they can make memories in for years to come.  “It means a lot to all of us that we gave a family a beautiful yard for their kids to play in,” said Will Gonzalez, a Senior from Somerville High School. 

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. In the past 28 years, the organization has built strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing for 52 families. Raritan Valley Habitat’s vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. To learn more visit www.rvhabitat.org or email info@rvhabitat.org or call 908-704-0016.