Habitat seeks support from Fort Erie community

Habitat for Humanity Niagara logoFORT ERIE, ON – Habitat for Humanity Niagara is seeking support from the Fort Erie community to build on Crescent Road. The land was gifted to Habitat last year and a local volunteer Fort Erie Steering Committee is tasked with raising the funds to build two Habitat homes on the site.

“The Fort Erie community has a rich history of helping one another,” says Tom Valiquette of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium and Chair of the Steering Committee. “Myself and all those associated with the race track are proud to assist Habitat for Humanity in its 2016 Fort Erie build. Since I have been involved with this initiative I have become more impressed with both Habitat Niagara and how they can greatly improve the lives of so many deserving families. The positive results of a successful build help to strengthen our community as a whole, when we all work together for a common goal.”

In addition to the donated land, the Habitat builds are also being supported by the Town of Fort Erie, Niagara Region, Canadian Niagara Power, Niagara Regional Housing, Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Circle P Paving, the staff of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, Cotton Inc., Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, Rich Products, and the local McDonald’s restaurant is providing all of the lunches for the build volunteers.

Families are transformed by the process of owning a Habitat home and so is the community of partners and donors. Peter Patterson, owner of McDonald’s on Garrison Road speaks of the importance for families to have a safe and decent place to live, especially the children, “I couldn’t resist the opportunity of helping provide a child with their own bedroom.”

“As a Council champion for the strategic priority of “strong customer service, relationships and communications”, the Habitat for Humanity Fort Erie build is extremely exciting as it speaks to a number of our targeted initiatives to improve communications and relationships within the community,” said Kim Zanko, Councillor of the Town of Fort Erie and Committee member. “Working beside our community partners and volunteers will help strengthen those ties while at the same time creating a warm and inviting home for a deserving family.”

With the land already donated, it will take $110,000 to build one Habitat home in Fort Erie. While there have been a number of organizations who have committed funds toward the build Habitat is about halfway toward funding the first home, however there is still a need for cash donations to begin construction.

“There is not a greater way as a business to serve as an ambassador to your community, than by assisting those less fortunate, those vulnerable, and those in need of a chance,” explains Rick Phibbs of Circle C Paving and Steering Committee member. “When you work collaboratively with an organization like Habitat for Humanity to positively affect people’s lives by providing an opportunity that by any other circumstance might not exist, you create real change. The result – an entire community becomes the benefactor.”

Habitat for Humanity Niagara is co-hosting a Greater Fort Erie Chamber Business After Five at the Fort Erie Town Hall on Thursday, January 21st from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and invites members of the community to learn more about the Habitat plans in Fort Erie and how they can help.

Source – Habitat for Humanity Niagara Press Release.



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