Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Marks 2018 Accomplishments

DENNIS – Habitat for Humanity held its Annual Meeting and Appreciation Celebration last week at the Dennis Yacht Club.

The event honored the contributions of local individuals and businesses to Habitat’s effort to build affordable homes for those on the Cape who are less financially suited. The meeting also recapped and celebrated the accomplishments made by Habitat for Humanity over the past year.

Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod Vikki Goldsmith said that 2018 was a terrific year for the organization with nine homes built in two Cape towns.

“The six homes in Brewster and the three in Truro. In Brewster all the home purchasers are moved in now after having done their sweat equity along with the volunteers. Down to closing they’re all mortgage payers and property tax payers now and safely in a really permanent shelter in a great neighborhood in Brewster. In Truro, we’re just finishing up that project, so those three homes were built over this past year as well.” Goldsmith explained.

Goldsmith says the organization celebrated the community support for the construction of the houses, and what she calls “very significant” sponsorship donations from the faith community and certain individuals.

However, Habitat’s work for the year isn’t through. According to Goldsmith, volunteers are continuing to poor in to help build four homes in Marstons Mills. The homes are being built on Dickinson Drive off of River Road. She says there’s also planned events in October the community can participate in as well.

“That’s going to part of our work until April when those will be completed. We’re about to raise walls on three homes in Dennis and will be letting you know in a couple weeks when we’ll be inviting the public to participate in another wall raising in October in the Town of Dennis,” Goldsmith explained.

“It’s just sort of a continuous process of building affordable homes for local people to purchase on terms they can afford.”

Of all the 132 affordable home ownership homes Habitat for Humanity has built on Cape Cod, Goldsmith said a significant contributing factor have been the large amount of community volunteers.

“Habitat is one place in the community now where literally people from all walks of life, political persuasions, faith commitments or none, different ages from 16 to literally 95 can come together in one place and do good together. So, I want to emphasize not only the housing impact but also the community impact,” said Goldberg.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center

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