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G.I. Go Fund Honors Habitat for Humanity Newark for its Commitment to Veterans Housing in Newark


The G.I. Go Fund has presented Habitat for Humanity Newark with an award for its ongoing commitment to constructing homes in Newark for veterans and their families.

During the fund’s annual Veterans Day gala last night, a team of Habitat Newark staff and supporters were lauded for the ongoing campaign to build veterans housing. The award was presented to Jeffrey J. Farrell, CEO of Habitat Newark, from Isaac Ezirim, a veteran who was recently handed the keys to a Habitat home on South Ninth Avenue in the Central Ward.

“Habitat Newark is a truly special organization that has changed by life and is changing the lives of others,” said Ezirim, who had lost most of his valuables in Superstorm Sandy when the waters flooded his storage facility in the Ironbound. He will be living in what he describes as “the home of my dreams” with his wife, Roseline, and their son, Isaac, Jr.

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The home was built as part of Habitat Newark’s “Veterans Initiative” program, in which it is aggressively constructing homes throughout Newark to serve returning veterans.

Habitat Newark accepts an award for its commitment to veterans. From left to right: Brian Champeau, development director for Habitat Newark; Isaac Ezirim, Habitat Newark homeowner, Jeffrey J. Farrell, CEO of Habitat Newark; Jonathan Jaffe, Member of Habitat Newark Advisory Board, and Jack Fanous, Director of the G.I. Go Fund.

“Through the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers, our Veterans Initiative has evolved into a landmark program that we hope will be an example of our entire international organization,” Farrell said. “It is truly a collaborative effort, with the support and guidance of the G.I. Go Fund, to directly address a serious problem in the Newark community.”

Jack Fanous, founder and director of the G.I. Go Fund, said Habitat Newark has evolved into a close, working partner with his national non-profit organization, which works directly with veterans to ensure they receive all the services and supports of which they are entitled.

“We are proud to work with Habitat Newark, and are pleased to see the evolution of its Veterans Initiative,” Fanous said. “We look forward to attending many ribbon-cutting events in the future, as we work together to address the critical lack of quality housing for veterans living in the Newark area.”

Volunteers, donors and potential partner families can call HabitatNewark at 973-624-3330 or visit them online at to learn more.


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