Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod celebrated their 29th Anniversary of building affordable homes on Cape Cod at their Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, held on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The event was held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in South Yarmouth and was sponsored by Shepley Wood Products and over 200 Habitat volunteers, supporters and homeowner’s attended.
Habitat honored several local businesses, organizations, and individuals for their exceptional contributions. The Truro Housing Authority and Highland Affordable Housing share the “Community Partner Award” and J. Brown Landscaping was given the “Golden Hammer Business Award”.
Individual honorees include Nat Goddard, of North Eastham, who received the “Everett Stoyle Spirt of Service Volunteer Award”, Barry and Iris Clickstein, of Mashpee, who were given the “Don Dickinson Legacy Award”, and Hank and Karen Henderson of Dennis who received the Habitat ReStore Volunteer in Excellence Award.
Habitat Cape Cod also honored the longtime service of local volunteers, Barry Clickstein, Joan Bassett, Father Joe Towle, Laurie Leitner, Mike DiRuzza, Jake Ketchum, Kathy Low, Jody Mines, DJ Sullivan, Bob Harding , Fred Dempsey, Dick Roberts, Jonathan Ahnquist, Joan Caputo and Dave King, who have been with the organization for ten, fifteen and twenty years.
The meeting also welcomed incoming Board Members Debra Anderson, Assistant Vice President of Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Steve Jenney, CEO and President of Oceanside, Inc. and Sue Partridge, Director of Human Resources at Convention Data.
Latoya Green of Mashpee was the event’s featured speaker. Ms. Green moved into her Habitat Home in the spring of 2017 after spending the previous year building her home with 100 volunteers. “For what felt like much too long before this beautiful home, all I could worry about was tomorrow, or next week. Thinking further ahead seemed dangerous if not downright disheartening. Who knew where we would be? Too many factors kept us house hopping and struggling to make ends meet as my children were just entering this world. And it took a few years of the struggle, and then entered Habitat for Humanity. Really, and truly, it was that miracle that you wait a lifetime for. I can PLAN now. I never knew what that felt like. I feel BLESSED now. Besides looking at my newborns faces, I had never felt that feeling since. I can comfort and give hope to others now, and for so long I didn’t know if I could. Habitat helped me jumpstart my positive energy back up. I did better at work, I started losing weight. I even re-enrolled at UMASS to complete my bachelor’s degree. This year at our new kitchen table, we will all be doing homework together. Because for the first time in a very, very long time and all thanks to the Hope and Love and the Stability Habitat has given to my family, we can finally Plan. We can finally Get Excited. We are Finally HOME.
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod has built more than 115 affordable homes on Cape Cod, including recently completed homes in Chatham, Yarmouth and Mashpee. 6 homes on the newly named Paul Hush Way in Brewster are underway and wall raisings for 3 new affordable homes in Truro are schedule for this fall.
Local families help build their own homes alongside volunteers and then pay an affordable monthly mortgage. Homes are deed restricted to remain affordable in perpetuity. With the support of the community, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information visit habitatcapecod.org. or call 508 – 362 -3559.