Habitat Niagara homeowners displaced by fire

File Photo – The Pablo family have been displaced by a fire Saturday Sept. 2/2017. They had just taken ownership of the home in July of this year under the Habitat for Humanity program. The organization has set up a donation page for them through their website: www.habitatniagara.ca

Donations being accepted through Habitat Niagara website

On Saturday, September 2/2017, new Habitat homeowners Juan and Luz, alongside their three children, watched their two-month old dream Habitat home go up in flames. A garage fire started at the neighbour’s house and quickly spread to their home, destroying their dreams and everything they owned.

Juan and Luz had just moved into their new Habitat home in Welland at the beginning of July and instead of spending this past Labour Day weekend with their children, anxiously awaiting their first day of school, the family had to watch their new dream home destroyed by a fire that started through no fault of their own.

“It has been a devastating event for the family,” explains Alastair Davis, Habitat Niagara CEO. “We are very thankful that they escaped without injury. Community service groups responded to the family’s aid as did our Habitat Niagara staff, as well as the entire Niagara community in the days following the fire. Juan, Luz and their children are part of our Habitat family and we will continue to support them in any way we can.”

Six fire trucks and more than 30 firefighters and volunteer firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately though, the house is no longer liveable and the family has lost everything they own. While the family did own their home as part of Habitat’s affordable home ownership program, and has insurance on the house, they will likely not be able to recoup everything they have lost.

A donation page has been set up by Habitat for Humanity Niagara to support the family’s immediate needs such as food, clothing, school supplies and day-to-day expenses as they remain displaced from their home. While the family and Habitat is grateful for all forms of support, at this current time, monetary donations would be most helpful as the family is staying in a hotel and they do not have the ability to store donations of furniture and household goods.

If you are interested in providing a donation, please visit www.habitatniagara.ca – 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the family’s immediate needs during this tragic time. Donations to the family are unfortunately not eligible for tax receipts.

Source – Habitat for Humanity Niagara press release

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