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Habitat project seeks helpers

October 19, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Sometimes, it takes a community to build a home.

That is true when Habitat For Humanity is building a new house for a low-income family, as it is doing in Sturbridge and now the organization is looking for volunteers to step forward and lend a hand.

Habitat For Humanity is holding an information meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 345 Main St., Sturbridge for anyone interested in volunteering for the local project. The organization is particularly looking for community, business and organization leaders in the tri-community area, Sturbridge, Southbridge, Charlton, to help nail down plans for its Sturbridge Building Project though the meeting is open to anyone with a willingness to help.

"Individuals, businesses, social groups, church groups, anyone can help," said Harriett Lebow, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester. "The sky is the limit, anybody who wants to come together to support the cause can turn an event or effort into support for the project. The exciting thing about Habitat for Humanity is that so many different people from different walks of life pull together to help a family find a better way of life."

The Habitat Affordable Housing Project in Sturbridge is the product of a partnership between the Town of Sturbridge, the Sturbridge Housing Partnership and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. The Sturbridge Housing Partnership purchased the land using Community Preservation funds specifically to increase the affordable housing inventory in town. They subsequently awarded Habitat the right to develop 79 Fairview Park Road as an affordable Habitat home.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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