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December 28, 2012
December 19th was a wonderful, memorable day! Days before Christmas, we dedicated 12 homes in the South End of Albany, including the entire block of Habitat homes on Alexander St. The ceremony was held in front of the homes on Alexander St. Nearly 200 people came out on a blustery day in order to celebrate with the families, sponsors, volunteers and Habitat staff. Local news stations covered the morning’s events – see this great Times Union article or the video on our front page. If you were not able to join us, scroll through the photos and captions below to experience the day!
Al De Salvo, Habitat’s board president and Cherie Lasher, also on the board, were among many board members to attend the occasion.
What a great crowd!
All of our volunteers are special, and we have an extra special love for our YouthBuild volunteers! They diligently came to our site for months and contributed time and energy to the project.
The mission of YouthBuild is to provide young people with the opportunity to rebuild their communities and their own lives through a commitment to work, education, and individual and community leadership.
Mike started off the ceremony…
With our families and their children standing nearby!
Mike Yevoli, Commissioner of Development and Planning for the City of Albany, talking about our great partnership with the City!
Lloyd Patterson, a new homeowner, talks about what a new home means for his family and what Habitat’s work in the South End means to the community.
Sylvia Jones, another new homeowner.
Morris Morton, speaks on behalf of the Morton Family. They were pivotal in helping us acquire land for the project.
Nellie Morton, mother of Morris, volunteers regularly on Saturdays.
Erin Glock, Habitat Board member and Community Reinvestment Officer at First Niagara, speaks about the great partnership between First Niagara Bank and Habitat – their willingness to partner with us as a community builder has made this project possible!
Mayor Jerry Jennings and Mike, our Executive Director, have a moment of laughs.
Christine Hmiel, our Director of Development, shares the list of gifts for our homeowners (see next photo).
People love to give to our homeowners! The NY Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America created a custom sampler for each family! Our long-time volunteer in the ReStore, Joan, painted these beautiful Welcome signs. Home Depot donated a brand new tool set for each family. (Not pictured) Our New Books for New Homes (spearheaded by the Albany City Area Reading Council) campaign last year collected over 300 books for our families, which many of them already had nestled into their new homes. And finally, United Building Maintenance provided a complimentary house cleaning for each new home prior to them moving in. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS for making our new families feel at HOME.
Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin speaks. Lucille McKnight and Lester Freeman also spoke.
Rev. McLaughlin from Walls Temple AME Zion Church says a blessing for the new homes and the families that will live in them.
Key Dedication on our first home, with the Mayor and Carolyn McLaughlin:
Our family with her partner:
A Methodist House
Our family with her partner, high school teacher (who helped build her house!) and sponsor:
Standish Family Foundation
Our family with his sponsor and YouthBuild!
Crawford Door and Windows
Pella Windows and Doors
Our family with her partner, our staff member Al Gavin and Carolyn McLaughlin.
State Farm Insurance
Our family with their partner, and an anonymous donor.
Home in memory of The Pardus Family
Our family with her partner and members of the Methodist Church.
A Methodist House
Our families with the sponsor of their homes on Delaware St.
(Not pictured) 45 Alexander St:
The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Berkshire Bank Foudation
CG Power Solutions
Our family in the show-house for the day, with their sponsors.
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties
Thank you to all who made this day and this new community possible!