SUMMIT, NJ - “If you believe in the invisible then the impossible is possible,” said Atiya Turkvat, one of 39 Morris Avenue's new tenants, giving thanks for her new residence at a groundbreaking ceremony held on Sunday for six new Energy Star certified condominium units, held by the City of Summit, Summit Affordable Housing Corp, and Morris Habitat for Humanity.
The building of these condominium units is truly an act of faith, as 18 congregations from the area have been involved, raising $300,000 for this project of good will. In his invocation Reverend Denison D. Harrield Jr. remarked, “Our neighbors may be of a different income level, race, creed, color, gender, age, or religion who seek to live together in a welcoming community that values diversity in education employment and housing.” He continued, “Dear God, bless these six families that are blessed to share in the American dream of home ownership.”
Summit Mayor Jordan Glatt said “I can't help thinking the volunteers will think of this project as being one their proudest moments in their volunteer careers.”
Glatt also said, “we are building a home where families can call their own, a home where they can care for each other and share life's celebrations, and yes even life's disappointments. A home in a community where they can feel safe and welcome.”
Specifically addressing the six families, the Mayor said “today, you are officially from Summit.”
Rabbi Avi Friedman said, “Those of us that have lived here know what a blessing it is to live in Summit, and now we are able to extend that blessing to six more families.” Referencing the Old Testament, Friedman continued, “on behalf of the people of Summit, we wish that you will have blessed tents and dwelling places here in Summit for many long years.”
Executive Director of Morris Habitat for Humanity, Blair Schleicher Bravo, commented, “we have come together using the power of the hammer to bridge theological differences to put our love into action. Everyone can use the hammer to manifest God's love.”
Bravo also issued a call for volunteers, informing the attendees where they could go to sign up and work with Habitat for Humanity.
Turkvat explained after the ceremony that her mother informed her of the application process the day it was due. She scrambled to collect all her documents, paid $22 to overnight them, and prayed over it, as they left in the mail.
For Atiya Turkvat, her prayers were answered on Sunday.