RANDOLPH, NJ- In early December Morris Habitat for Humanity once again honored its “Habitat Faithful” volunteers at a special breakfast.  Known for their devotion and hard work, the Habitat Faithful regularly give their time and talents, ensuring that Morris Habitat can achieve its aggressive goals of building or repairing affordable homes for purchase by local families in need.

Blair Bravo, Morris Habitat’s CEO, stated that Habitat “will soon be closing on our 68th home since 1985.  Additionally, 200 homes are in the pipeline to be built over the next 4 years.  These include 60 newly built homes, 40 home repair projects, and 100 international builds.  These are aggressive but achievable goals; especially with the devoted commitment made by volunteers like our Habitat Faithful.”

This year the group was especially proud that their work has exceeded the Energy Star efficiency specifications that Morris Habitat has committed to build to.   The Strickland Avenue, Madison homes were recently tested and it was discovered that they will use 50% less energy than comparable market value homes!  

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Habitat Faithful volunteers really get to know each other well, with the hours they spend together at the various build sites.  It’s a wonderful group that is always welcoming to new members.  At this year’s breakfast, members were awarded certificates, t-shirts and other items of appreciation based on the hours they had donated. 

Donating 50 hours were: Richard Cooke- Springfield, Brian McCrone- Morris Plains, Craig Reinman- Summit, Larry Thomas- Somerset, Jerry Friant- Morristown, Don Kaplan- Basking Ridge, George Washburn- Boonton, Penny Nelson- Mt. Tabor, and Mark Bippes- Lake Hopatcong.

Donating 100-400 hours were: Bill Hulstrunk- Millburn, Ron Ruiz- Chatham. Rich Genese-Summit, Mary Ellen Yeager- Green Village, Steve Anderson- Bronxville, Al Moors- Towaco,

Bill Hughes- Randolph, Gordon Lorig- Morristown, Warren Mauzy- Florham Park, Jim Moore- Califon, George Solovay- Florham Park, Bill Eberly- Landing, Rainer Mimberg- Mountain Lakes, Betsy Monaghan- Chester, Rob Oliyinik- Succasunna, Richard Larsen- Livingston.

Barry Wolfensohn- Florham Park, Steve Beck- New City, and Eileen Davis- W.O.

Donating 500 hours were: Russ Moran- Randolph, Gerry Karg- Riverdale, Donna Ricca- Summit, Ralph Patella, Morris Plains, Bob Newman- Cedar Knolls, Kent Stevens- Chatham, and Ron Ruiz- Chatham.

Astonishingly, three volunteers, Yoram Meyer, Barry Scollon and John Stromberg each gave over 1,000 hours this past year. This has been a very special commitment by three exceptional Faithful members.

Doug Wright, who oversees the build project and works very closely with the Habitat Faithful detailed the fact that in 2014 five homes were closed on and added, “eight  families with home repairs were completed and 10 new homes from Perth Amboy to Carlton Avenue in Morris Township were started.  The Habitat Faithful make a world of difference.  They not only help build, but also help manage other volunteers on the build sites.

Morris Habitat thanks all the Habitat Faithful volunteers and all those who help at its construction sites. They make a world of difference and you can, too!

Morris Habitat builds year round and has warming stations and hot coffee at construction sites to help keep away the chill of the winter. Several sites are already working on inside construction. To learn more about Morris Habitat and how you can help on construction and non-construction projects, please go to www.MorrisHabitat.org or call 973-891-1934.

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About Morris Habitat for Humanity

Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles by building homes, communities and hope. Morris Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; advocating for fair and just housing policies; and providing training and access to resources to help families improve their living conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Morris Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.  

Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 280 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. In addition, proceeds from the ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 11 homes and diverted almost 4,000 tons of useable material out of landfills.  Located at 274 South Salem Street, Randolph. Store hours: Tues 12 - 8 p.m., Wed & Fri 10  - 6 p.m., Thur 10 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 - 5 p.m.