Port Colborne community supports Habitat renovation
Photo submitted- The team from ServiceMaster of Niagara.
Habitat for Humanity Niagara continues to seek support from the community to help renovate a two-storey house on Bell Street for a hardworking, low-income Niagara family. Local churches, businesses and tradespeople have stepped up to donate gifts of cash, product and services to begin the transformation of the house.
Photo submitted- Alastair Davis, Chief Executive Officer Habitat for Humanity Niagara, ChristineHarper, Tim Hortons, Shawn Petlichkov, of Tim Hortons.
During Canal Days this past summer, Tim Hortons raised funds through their ‘coffee trucks for communities’ program and donated proceeds to the Habitat Niagara renovation project. “All three Port Colborne locations participated,” said Christine Harper (Main Street East location, owner). “We are thankful to the community for their support and to be able to give back to the community through this program.”
In November, ServiceMaster of Niagara Restore donated a team of specialists to gut the entire interior of the house and which included the removal of the lathe, plaster, attic and all insulation – right down to the bare studs – and used a waste bin donated by F.A.Y. Farms to collect all of the old materials. Once the new wall frames are put up, all new electrical, plumbing and heating will be installed to bring the house up to 2016 standards.
Photo submitted- Central United Church stepped up to the plate with a donation towards the renovation build.
Thanks to Bethel United Church and Central United Church for fundraising through roast beef dinners, special collections and having their congregations raise money through Habitat House Banks. “Central United Church is quite involved in mission projects, both globally and with local outreach,” said Heather Filson, Designated Lay Minister. “One of the local outreach groups we are involved with is Habitat for Humanity. This contribution was our special Thanksgiving offering project this year. We are very pleased that our donation will enable a family to call a house their home.”
South Coast Garage Doors recently donated and installed a brand new door on the garage at the Port Colborne location. “l understand family in hard times, we try to help out as much as we can in our community and we are proud to be able to help out a family for Habitat for Humanity,” said Brian Henderson, owner of South Coast Garage Doors.
Other local Port Colborne businesses have also supported the project such as Bell Marine & Mill Supply and Grabell Contracting.
Businesses and community groups are also encouraged to participate in helping to renovate the house through Habitat Niagara’s Adopt a Build Day sponsorship program. The program allows 6 – 8 volunteers the opportunity to work on the build site for a day as a fun and interactive way to give back. A combination of volunteer hours and financial contributions double the group’s impact. Whether or not individuals have ever swung a hammer or are already skilled in the construction field, they can all be part of Habitat’s Adopt-A-Day program. Please visit: www.habitatniagara.ca for more details.