PLAINFIELD, NJ - With keys, a Bible and a tool box, a family launched a new chapter in their lives in a new home in Plainfield.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County recently celebrated the completion of its 37th home in Plainfield at a private Housewarming Reception on West Third Street.
The gathering was attended by the new homebuyer, Vearon Poyser-Smith, and by those closest to the project including organizational staff, weekly construction volunteers, and board members. As Habitat for Humanity is a Christian non-sectarian organization, the gathering incorporated a prayer of blessing and time of thanks.
Executive Director Rev. Jeremy Montgomery presented the family with the keys to their new home, a Bible, and tool box. Special acknowledgements were given to the weekly construction volunteers who worked to make the home a reality.
To purchase this house, the family performed 200 hours of "sweat equity," building their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners.
This home was built as a part of the 2014 Builders Blitz initiative in which Habitat for Humanity engaged local professional builders to complete a house in just one week. A national program of Habitat for Humanity International, Builders Blitz offers professional builders the opportunity to use their skills and talents to address the growing need for low-income housing in communities nationwide.
"Often times we are focused on the ‘Habitat’ aspect of our work, but it’s moments like these, gathered together, where we are reminded of just how central the ‘Humanity’ is to our mission," Montgomery said.