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A Brush with Kindness

Old Colony Habitat for Humanity is pleased to present our newest program “A Brush With Kindness” which offers home repair to homeowners in need. This is another great way to help our communities! For more info or to help with this great cause call 508-399-1781 or email our Executive Director at dir@oldcolonyhabitat.org.

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A Brush With Kindness

Old Colony Habitat for Humanity has expanded its mission beyond houses. We are committed to serving more  families in the Old Colony Service area who are in need of light repairs to their home, some help with accessibility issues, and if needed, assistance with more serious repairs required to maintain a safe and livable home environment.

 

What is A Brush With Kindness?

“A Brush With Kindness” is an OCHFH program that helps preserve local homeownership by partnering with homeowners struggling to restore and maintain a safe and decent place to live. When basic expenses exceed income month after month, home maintenance is the usual casualty. Years of deferred maintenance can cause a downward spiral of a home leading to deterioration and unsafe living conditions.

  • Are you living in challenging circumstances which have created issues that are beyond what you can handle on your own?
  • Are you struggling to keep your home in livable condition?
  • Have you had to choose between paying for food, medication, taxes, and basic utilities?
  • Are you facing city code violations or homeowner insurance cancellation due to the condition of your home?

If you feel that one of these questions describes your current living situation, contact us for more information about the Old Colony Habitat for Humanity “A Brush With Kindness” Program. We may be able to help!

Old Colony Habitat for Humanity
PO Box 100  Attleboro, MA 02703
508-399-1781
Cell: 860-316-8827

Reaching Out to the Community

“A Brush With Kindness” brings resources, volunteers and homeowners together to paint, landscape, replace damaged windows and doors, repair plumbing and electrical problems or complete other maintenance and safety related tasks.

Our home repair program brings volunteers from service groups, businesses, congregations and community agencies to help low income homeowners who are challenged by age, disability or circumstance.

As with all Habitat builds, homeowners work side by side with Habitat volunteers to complete repairs to their home, and if they are able, homeowners repay the cost of materials.

 

Seekonk House Dedication Ceremony!

Ribbon Cutting CeremonyKathy Coyle was the center of attention as around 70 well-wishers joined her on Gude Street in Seekonk to dedicate her new home. Built by volunteers with Old Colony Habitat for Humanity, the house was constructed on land donated by the Town of Seekonk. Town Planner John Hansen was present to congratulate Kathy, her daughter, and grandson, who hope to be able to move in around June 1st.

Pastor Sarah Weaver of Rehoboth Congregational Church delivered the blessing on the house. Afterward a tree was planted in the front yard by volunteers, and Kathy cut the yellow ribbon to admit her first visitors to her home. Volunteers admired the quality of the construction and the special touches Harold Messenger and a host of donors had contributed to the project.
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Harold and affiliate president Joanne Eckhardt acknowledged local businesses and private individuals for their contributions with the presentation of a framed certificate recognizing their gifts. In addition to a sizeable grant from the Town of Seekonk, many businesses contributed materials, supplies and labor to various phases of the project.“This was a truly rewarding experience for me,” said Harold Messenger., the construction team leader. “So many people pitched in to make this dream a reality, and in the Dedication Ceremony at Seekonk House!process I made a host of new friends.”

See the Habitat House Dedication article in The Sun Chronicle

If you would like to help on the next Habitat project or join one of our committees to plan and make it come true, sign up to volunteer.
Tree Planting Ceremony at Seekonk House
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- we’d love to have you join us! Any questions please contact volunteer@oldcolonyhabitat.org

Hike for Humanity 2014! May 17th at Blue Hills Reserve & Mt. Monadnock

You can still support Habitat’s Hike for Humanity 2014, sign up below!

Hike for Humanity

You can still help Old Colony and other local Habitat for Humanity affiliates provide decent, affordable housing for low-income families by making a donation or sponsoring a hiker after the fact by going to our “Sponsor A Hiker” page at  Sponsor A Hiker or Make a Donation and please join us on next year’s hike at either Blue Hills Reserve or Mount Monadnock!

 

Seekonk New Home Dedication May 18, 2014

Save the Date!
May 18th, 2014  12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Gude Street home is complete, front view

Gude Street Home is ready for dedication!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 18, 2014 for the dedication of our new Habitat home at 4 Gude Street in Seekonk!

Kathy Coyle and her family will be moving into a two-story, three-bedroom home built by Old Colony Habitat for Humanity on land donated by the Town of Seekonk. The town also contributed a significant donation of funds for building materials in an unprecedented partnership to provide affordable housing to citizens of Seekonk. Construction began in August of 2013 and has continued each Saturday through April 2014.

Kathy and her family members were required to contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity”  (volunteer labor) on the house and will purchase it with a no-interest loan provided by Old Colony. She was joined by hundreds of volunteers from area towns under a team of Habitat construction  leaders. These volunteers gave of their time each Saturday during all phases of construction of the house.

On Dedication Day, well-wishers will be able to see the home and share refreshments with members of Old Colony’s Board of Directors, volunteers, our homeowner family, town officials, and supporters of the project. The actual Dedication Ceremony will begin promptly at noon, so don’t be late – come help the Coyles settle in their new home!

Gude Street home is complete, side exterior view.

Side view of completed home!