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Sarah's Christmas Miracle: 

Give the gift of home this holiday season. Help create affordable housing in York County

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
 

Reflecting on the past year at Habitat for Humanity, Helen Keller’s words resonate deeply. With the tireless support of our volunteers and donors, this has been the most active year in the Affiliate’s history.

 

Together with partners like you, we completed our second of two homes in Cape Porpoise. Brooke and her two young daughters moved into their home this spring.

Together, this year we are on track to provide aging in place services, ranging from Knox boxes, to grab bars, to ramps to over 30 local low-income homeowners.

Together, we built the first modular home in the Affiliate’s history, located in

Sanford. A Habitat partner will purchase the home in early 2024. Looking

forward, modular construction aided by support from our volunteers will allow

us to build faster, more efficiently, and ultimately impact more people in our

community.

 

Together, we were able to purchase a new home for our ReStore and offices, our first permanent home of our own. Volunteers gave hundreds of hours moving furniture, painting walls, and installing ceiling tiles while donors, who believe in our mission, gave generously to support this move.

 

Thank you. This relocation was part of our strategic plan to serve more families, and we are already seeing the benefit of this move through record-setting sales at our ReStore, which will support the growth of our housing mission. Together we have accomplished so much. Thank you.

However, the affordable housing crisis requires us to do more, much more. In 2024, we plan to complete the construction of two homes in Springvale and one in Saco. We plan to increase the households served through our aging in place program to 40 low-income homeowners. We are honored that the first of the two Springvale homes will be sold to Diego and Eileen. Both are dedicated with service: Eileen is a retired nurse, and Diego is a Navy Veteran. It is an honor to partner with a family who has given so much. I hope you will take a moment to read their story.

I hope you will make a gift to support Habitat’s work in the coming year, because together we will do so much.

Amy Nucci, Executive Director

 

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Give the gift of home this holiday season

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Diego and Eileen have been completing sweat equity hours at the Kennebunk ReStore

"A Habitat for Humanity home means
reaching peae and happines."

As affordable housing has become increasingly scarce, Habitat for Humanity York County’s services are needed in our community now more than ever. According to the Maine State Housing Authority, 80.4% of households cannot afford the median home price in York County of $440,750.

These numbers represent more than statistics. They represent a barrier to local working families from obtaining the generational benefits that come from a stable, permanent home. Tearing down this barrier in partnership with others is at the heart of Habitat’s mission.

Habitat for Humanity York County is excited to partner with Diego and Eileen, a couple who spent decades serving their community and country. In the first half of 2024 after construction is completed, Habitat will sell a home (through anaffordable mortgage program) in Springvale to this deserving couple.

For decades, Eileen served her community as a nurse and caregiver. She spent the majority of her career as a nurse and in home hospice care in Vermont. After college, Diego enlisted in the Navy in 1969. The Navy gave Diego the opportunity to serve our country and travel the world as a member of a flight control squadron for naval amphibious operations. Both Diego and Eileen have dedicated their lives providing aid to others.

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Fate (and modern technology) brought Diego and Eileen, both proud parents (and grandparents!), together. Since 2005, they have called Maine home. Unfortunately, home ownership in York County has eluded them all these years. Both are thrilled to partner with Habitat, as Diego summarized the impact of home ownership: “a Habitat for Humanity home means reaching peace and happiness.”

Unfortunately, there are too many families in York County, like Diego and Eileen, who cannot afford to own a home in this community. Together, we can do more to address this need. Habitat relies heavily on the generosity of our community. Every dollar donated to Habitat for Humanity York County stays within the York County community. Your support will create affordable housing opportunities for families like Diego and Eileen.

Please join us. Together, we can do so much.

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