SOUTH RIVER, ON – On October 15, Habitat for Humanity and friends will bring the house down at the Highlander Brew Co. in an effort to build a new, safe, and decent home for a hardworking local family.
The South Almaguin Adopt-a-Home project is hosting a dinner, provided by popular Sundridge eatery Michael’s on Main, as part of their fundraising effort to build an affordable home for a local hardworking family. The dinner will feature live music from local artist Glen Reid, a live auction, and much more.
The multi-talented Glen Reid (musician, craftsman, and luthier) will perform his unique brand of locally inspired songs, many of which he wrote at his ancestral farm in Burk’s Falls, and have been featured on the albumsHeritage River, Wildcats Howlin’, and Dusty ol’ Denim.
At its core, Habitat for Humanity has always been a grassroots community initiative to help re-engage families out of the isolation which is so often the unintended cost of poverty. Habitat also aims to connect with neighbours in a meaningful, lasting and impactful community project.
“I believe it’s a basic human right,” said Habitat homeowner Wendy Martin. “It’s our right as humans to have that safety, and that place where you come home at the end of the day.”
Since becoming a Habitat Homeowner in 2013, Martin has become a successful business owner, and been active in the community with her husband. Two of her children have moved on to post-secondary school.
“I’m thriving, my family is thriving,” Martin said. “This has been the most pivotal opportunity I’ve had in my life to succeed.”
Habitat homeowners pay fair-market value for their homes through a geared-to-income and interest-free mortgage. Those mortgage payments become the partner family’s contribution to the Fund for Humanity which is used to help build more affordable local homes for area families. To date, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North has partnered with Region communities to provide affordable homeownership for 42 families.
Tickets to the dinner are a $100 donation to Habitat with a $75 tax receipt available. Contact Britta Gerwin, Director of Development and Communications at (705) 646-0106 ext. 205, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.