Family Receives Keys to New Habitat for Humanity Home
Saturday, September 7, 2013 • 10:22am
PLAINFIELD — Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity celebrates the completion of its 35th home at a Home Dedication Ceremony at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at 1205 W. Fourth St.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony as another family receives keys to a new Plainfield Habitat home. After the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. An open house is scheduled at 3 p.m. for an opportunity to meet the newest Habitat homeowner and to tour the home. A dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. will celebrate the construction success, and a participatory litany will thank God and all those who worked so hard to reach this goal.
Greater Plainfield’s President, Monica Townsend, will present the family with the keys to their new home and a Bible. At the end of the ceremony, the family will cut the ribbon that will hang across the doorway and invite supporters inside for a continued tour of the home.
The new homeowners have not been publicly announced because they intend to surprise their family and friends during the ceremony. To purchase this home, the family performed 400 sweat equity hours building their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners. They will purchase the home with Habitat’s zero-percent mortgage and no cash down-payment opportunity. Their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat houses in the Greater Plainfield area.
Nearly 500 different volunteers have been involved with the construction of this home, representing schools, churches and community groups from every town in Union County and Greater Plainfield.
This home was built from the fundraising efforts of two local students. Billy Babis and Ian Johnston, as seniors at Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School, decided to devote their senior year to giving back. Now as sophomores together at Boston College, they both have found great interest in Habitat for Humanity and continue to contribute as much as they can to assist the organization.
“Our goal was to show our gratitude by giving a ‘hand-up’ to low-income families, struggling to purchase a new home,” Babis said. “We received massive support from our family and friends, as we attempted to make a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors.”
“This dedication showcases the power of passion for a cause,” said the Rev. Jeremy Montgomery, executive director of Plainfield Habitat. “It also demonstrates the ability of our youth today to make a difference. Most adults scoff at raising $50,000 for a Habitat house, and these two students and our committed volunteers masterfully met the challenge head on.”