Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton begins work on 43rd home
The official sod turning for Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton’s 43rd home took place on Monday, June 12th at 348 East Street North in Sarnia. Pictured are (l-r) Lambton County Deputy Warden and Mayor of Petrolia John McCharles, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, future owners of the new Habitat home, the Robinson Family (dad Bruce, son Erik, daughter Lilly and mom Jocelyn), Home Depot Sarnia Assistant Manager Mike Patterson and Lambton Ontario Works Manager Jane Dalziel.
The official slogan of Habitat for Humanity is ‘Building Homes/Changing Lives’ and that mission was definitely on display during the sod turning for the start of construction on Habitat Sarnia/Lambton’s 43rd home, which took place at 348 East Street North in Sarnia on Monday, June 12th.
The home is being built for the Robinson Family – dad Bruce, son Erik, daughter Lilly and mom Jocelyn – who thanked everyone involved with Habitat for helping them realize the dream of home ownership.
Rob VandenEnde, the President of the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Sarnia/Lambton Board of Directors, addressed the large crowd of dignitaries, partners and volunteers, saying, “Today is a day of new beginnings.”
VandenEnde explained that the mission, as with all Habitat builds, “is to transformationally change the lives of families through home ownership.”
He commented, “With the support of corporate, community and construction partners – and legions of dedicated volunteers – Habitat builds, and then sells, homes to local families. We then utilize 100% of the mortgage revenue that the sale of the home generates, to build more homes and serve more families.”
The East Street home is the second Habitat project in partnership with The County of Lambton. In addition to the financial support of the County, 100% of the volunteer workforce will be individuals in receipt of Ontario Works.
“This innovative partnership is a shining example of what is possible in a community dedicated to finding unique opportunities to address broader social issues,” said VandenEnde. He thanked Lambton County Deputy Warden John McCharles and asked him to convey to County Council the gratitude for the trust they had placed in Habitat through the partnership.
Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey was honoured to attend the sod turning and took the opportunity to commend all the partners involved with Habitat.
Rob VandenEnde, the President of the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Sarnia/Lambton Board of Directors, addresses the large crowd gathered on Monday, June 12th for the start of construction on Habitat’s 43rd area home. The new home is being built at 348 East Street North in Sarnia for the Robinson family. Pictured with VandenEnde are Sarah Reaume, the Executive Director of HFH Sarnia/Lambton, and MPP Bob Bailey, who congratulated Habitat for Humanity on the valuable work they do in the community.