SILVER CREEK - A ground-breaking ceremony for the next Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity project in Silver Creek was recently held at 24 Knight St.
Project Director Dave Kurzawa welcomed approximately 30 guests and volunteers to the property and spoke about project details and the mission of Habitat for Humanity.
This house will be a "green build" that uses products that do not endanger health or negatively impact the environment. The house itself will be energy efficient and ecologically safe for people and the environment.
Holly Salisbury (second from right) and one of her three daughters, Madison (second from left), join Dave Kurzawa (right) and Madison’s friend Kayla in turning the first shovel of dirt to begin construction of the fourth Habitat house in Silver Creek.
Donna Roof, Family Committee Chair, introduced the Salisbury family, Habitat's latest family partner. The family was presented with the ground-breaking shovel and other gifts to commemorate the occasion. Pastor Michael Leamon led the group in prayers and a blessing of the site.
Habitat for Humanity strives to improve the lives of families through home ownership. Each family pays a zero-interest mortgage for the house, and invests 250 to 500 hours of sweat equity, depending on the number of adults in the family. When a family invests in itself, and then experiences the assistance provided by Habitat volunteers, they feel more connected to a wider community. They also know that they will no longer have to uproot their families and move, or to experience living conditions over which they have no control. All of this leads to a more stable and high functioning family, with children who feel more stable and more able to cope.
Work at the site will begin on Saturday, July 13 and will continue every Saturday until completion, which is expected in the fall of next year. Volunteer workers will be on site from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Anyone interested in volunteering can come to the job site and get information. There are many volunteer roles for both skilled and unskilled workers. Those with questions can call 863-4475.