CINCINNATI –Thanks to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity (www.cincinnatihabitat.org), as well as some generous volunteers and donors, another family will be able to move into their new home in time to celebrate the Winter holidays. Cincinnati Habitat recently finished another rehab project in College Hill. The Holzberger Family Humanitarian Foundation, Crossroads Church, and Xavier University provided funds and volunteers to help rehab the home. The dedication ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 1189 Homeside Ave. U.S. Senator Rob Portman will be on hand working that morning and will also speak at the dedication ceremony. The community and members of the news media are welcomed to attend.
Hundreds of Crossroads Church members volunteered on this rehab project, and over the past three years have invested more than 15,000 hours into the rehabilitation of homes in partnership with Cincinnati Habitat. Xavier University’s campus chapter also once again provided their generous support through funding and volunteers on their sixth project with Cincinnati Habitat.
The home will belong to Margaret Johnson and her two sons James, 9 and William, 3. Johnson and her husband came to the United States from Sierra Leone. Last year, tragedy struck when her husband died suddenly after a stroke leaving her to care for their two sons.
“I want Cincinnati Habitat to know that providing a home for my children is a dream come true, and I wish their father was here to share this dream with us,” said Johnson. “Ten years ago, we lived in tents in a refugee camp with little to no food or water. Buying this home is the opportunity of a lifetime for my family and will be the key to my sons’ futures.”
“After a great deal of tragedy and hardship, thanks to the many giving hearts and hands of some special volunteers and donors, the Johnson family can finally realize their dream of owning their own home and enjoy the sense of security and stability that come along with that,” said Marissa Woodly, Development Director, Cincinnati Habitat. “This family has a bright future ahead of them.”
To qualify for their Habitat home, the Johnson family had to meet a variety of criteria, including housing need, ability to pay a mortgage, and willingness to partner with Cincinnati Habitat. The Family worked beside volunteers from Crossroads Church and Xavier University, investing 500 hours of sweat equity into the construction of their home. Cincinnati Habitat will sell the home to the family with a 0%, 20-year, interest-free mortgage held by Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.
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About Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income families in need. Cincinnati Habitat works in equal partnership with families, volunteers and donors building a sense of community as well as affordable housing. Our partners include corporations, churches, foundations, organizations and individual donors who donate money, labor and materials to fund and build our homes. Cincinnati Habitat has built over 220 homes in neighborhoods that include Avondale, Clifton, Columbia Tusculum, Evanston, Harrison, Hyde Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Madisonville, Millcreek Valley, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Washington, North Fairmount, Northside, Oakley, Over-the-Rhine, Price Hill, South Cumminsville, South Fairmount, Walnut Hills, Westwood and Winton Place, among others. For more information, visit www.cincinnatihabitat.org.