On Thursday, September 13, 2018, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary of building affordable homes on Cape Cod at our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. Thank you to the West Dennis Yacht Club for the use of their beautiful venue, and thank you to our friends at Shepley Wood Products for their generous sponsorship.
We honored several local businesses, organizations, and individuals for their exceptional contributions. The Town of Brewster was honored with the “Community Partner Award” for the vision, contributions and high level of cooperation related to the Paul Hush Way homes, and Magnum Moving & Storage of Eastham was given the “Golden Hammer Business Award” recognizing fifteen years of contributing professional moving services for each new Habitat home buyer.
Individual honorees include Robin Trainor, of Hyannis, who received the “Everett Stoyle Spirt of Service Volunteer Award”, Lynette Helms of Barnstable, who was given the “Don Dickinson Legacy Award”, and Bill Varner of West Yarmouth who received the Habitat ReStore Volunteer in Excellence Award.
Habitat Cape Cod also honored the longtime service of local volunteers, Chris Bangert, Diane Barstow, Chip Bechtold, Joanne Broderick, David Bushy, Carolyn Catiglione, Nancy Erskine, Larry Hake, Kathy Herrick, Barbara Lussier, Tim Lynch, Ann Mahon, George Mahon, Jan McDermott, Doug Scalise, Doc Taylor, Joy Riley, Ralph Specht and Bob and Gini Casey, Jimmy Dishner, Larry Drago, Sue Ernst, Marilyn George, David Greenman, Rob Leiden, Gerry Loftus, Varnum Philbrook, Mary Scanlan, Perry White ,and Tim Tudor and Helen Grogan who have been with the organization for ten, fifteen, twenty and 30 years.
The meeting also welcomed incoming Board Members Jaime Carey of Falmouth, John DeMello, President and CEO of the Barnstable Group, Rabbi David Freelund of Cape Cod Synagogue, Josh Jalbert of Shepley Wood Products, Patricia Mormann of Mashpee and Leslie Schneeberger of Siemasko + Verbridge Design.
Melissa Wheeler of Truro was the event’s featured speaker. Ms. Wheeler moved into her Habitat Home in 2013 (Truro) after building her home with volunteers.
“I’m in my 6th year of homeownership and while I appreciate my affordable mortgage beyond words I need to tell you that building my home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity goes well beyond the finances. I dreamt every night for a happy home and prayed every day for a healthy family. I could have never imagined a life in which my family and I were set up for long term success .....Today, I own a business, I create year-round jobs, I give pay raises, we grow our own strawberries and drink smoothies. My children have a bus stop and ride their bikes HOME, they are greeted by our dog and our gardens. We are situated within walking distance of 20 + of their peers and class mates.
Before my experience with Habitat I was afraid to have a voice but now, I have a permanent address, I am registered to vote and go to town meeting. I support the community and involve myself in local politics. I stand up and tell my story every day. I have been afraid of heights my whole life, no ladders, no slides, no looking down. The process of building my own home made me brave, you, without knowing it, provided me with courage.”
See photos of the event HERE.