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Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Appoints New Board Members

From left to right: Nuno Barboza; Jan Holmstrup, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity executive director, and Neil Fant. Barboza and Fant are newly-appointed board members. Credits: Courtesy Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable homeownership opportunities and builds homes in partnership with families and communities has appointed Nuno Barboza of Far Hills and Neil Fant of Flemington to its Board of Director.

RVHFH puta God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope in Hunterdon and Somerset counties. Together, with the community they build strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter. The vision of the organization is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The organization has built 50 affordable homes in Hunterdon and Somerset counties since its founding 25 years ago; three houses are currently under construction.

“The need for affordable housing in our area has never been greater. Homeownership lifts up the whole family, and as a result, the whole community. When we have strong board members to help drive the vision of the organization, we all benefit,” said Jan Holmstrup, executive director.

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Barboza is  an executive at Johnson & Johnson and has an extensive background in leading IT groups across Europe and the USA. Coming from Portugal to the United States a little more than a year ago, Barboza is keenly aware of the challenges of establishing oneself in a new community.

“My family had to start a completely new life on this side of the ocean: start a new job, get a new home, and deal with many basic things that most people take for granted. I can relate to many of the partner homeowner families we help," he said.

"Part of Johnson & Johnson’s Credo is that we have a responsibility to care for the communities in which we live and work. I share those values, not only as a J&J employee, but also as an individual. When the opportunity came to join the board, I didn’t think twice,” Barboza added.

Mr. Barboza has hit the ground running helping RVHFH secure resources to update their website and improve their technological capabilities. With an eye to the future, Barboza is clear on his hopes for the organization.

“I want to help Raritan Valley Habitat grow and be able to positively impact even more families around us. I want us to be able to claim in the foreseeable future that in our community everyone has a decent place to live,” he said.

Although Fant is new to the Board, he is no stranger to RVHFH, having served on the Family Selection Committee for over two years, helping to select partner homeowners through a very structured and thorough process.

“One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had is meeting the people that apply for a Habitat home and hearing their stories and their hope for a brighter future for themselves and their children,” he shared. “I’m extremely proud to be part of an organization that is doing good world-wide in a financially conservative way that consistently pays it forward—every homeowner pays their mortgage, every mortgage payment goes towards the building of a new home for a new family.”

A retired executive of AT&T and Solix Inc., Fant is supporting efforts that will broaden and strengthen revenue sources to provide financial stability for the future.

“We have the opportunity to increase the good that we do given more resources both monetary and human. I want to be part of making that happen,” Fant said.

For more information go to www.rvhabitat.org or call 908-704-0016.

 

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