Habitat Sarnia-Lambton and Lambton College students complete 30th Habitat home


July 31, 2014

Sarnia, July 31, 2014 - Megan Johnston and her 8-year-old daughter, Tori now have a new set of keys and a safe, decent and affordable place to call “home” thanks to Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton and the hard work of students enrolled in several programs offered through Lambton College’s Skilled Trades Training Centre. 

Ground breaking for the project took place in September, 2013. This is the second home that the not-for-profit organization has built in partnership with the College. Rather than Habitat’s typical 16-week build schedule, Lambton College students built the home across three semesters, during which time students from the Renovation Technician program (two-year diploma), Construction Carpentry program (one-year certificate) and Electrical Techniques program (one-year certificate) applied their learning and skills towards the construction of the 1080 square-foot home under the supervision of a team of experienced College professors and Habitat staff. While most of the structural, carpentry and electrical work was undertaken by students, more than 50 other Habitat volunteers also participated in the project.

“I am overwhelmed and so grateful. This home is a dream come-true for Tori and I.  I can’t thank the team at Habitat enough for this opportunity,” said new homeowner, Megan Johnston. “Without their support, I would never be able to afford a home of my own. I would also like to thank and congratulate the students of Lambton College for their hard work and dedication and doing such an incredible job.”

“This home for Megan and Tori marks the completion of our 30th home in Sarnia and Lambton County. Our mission is to build simple, decent, affordable homes for deserving area families. We know that when we house families, we change lives,” said David Butler, Habitat’s Board President. “Similar to our other partner families, Megan and her family are joining a neighbourhood. They will contribute not only to our local economy as taxpayers, but will also be a new and welcome addition to their community.”

The Home Depot’s Sarnia store, Habitat’s ReStore, the Sarnia-Lambton Women In Networking group (WIN) and the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) were all major corporate partners in the project.

Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton has been an integral part of the Sarnia/Lambton community since 1994, having built 25 new homes and renovated/re-purposed/re-sold five (5) others. Habitat’s 26th new home-build on Northridge Place in Petrolia is currently under construction. Two more home-builds are on deck to commence this fall.

Habitat’s affordable homeownership model is being heralded nationally as a viable alternative to social housing.  Canada-wide research has shown that after receiving the keys to their Habitat homes, partner families not only become tax-paying members of communities, but family health improves, as does family finances, community engagement and the grades of school-aged children.

100% of all administrative and operation costs of the Habitat affiliate are paid for from proceeds of the ReStore with surplus funds used to build homes.  Because the ReStore pays for all Habitat’s operating expenses, 100% of every dollar donated locally is used to build homes for deserving local families.  And 100% of the mortgage revenue generated by the homes Habitat builds is used to build more homes and serve more local families.

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For media inquiries or more information, please contact:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca

Sarah Reaume,
Executive Director
Habitat Sarnia/Lambton
Telephone: 519-339-7957 ext. 222    
Mobile: 519-402-0887
Email: sreaume@habitatsarnia.org