On Friday June 9th, 2023, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland board members, volunteers, staff, local community members, neighbours, and dignitaries joined Alfred Groves and his family to celebrate the completion of another Habitat house within the Town of Cobourg. Alfred and his two sons received the keys to their new house at 360 Alexandria Drive during the dedication ceremony.
This house, which is one side of a semi-detached building on Alexandria Drive in Cobourg, was originally renovated in 2003. In 2021, Habitat Northumberland purchased back this home. Habitat always has the first right to purchase back a unit when a homeowner decides to sell their unit. Other projects already underway meant that the renovation of this home was on hold until early 2023. Since then staff and volunteers have worked alongside the Groves family to spruce up this house so that they can turn it into their home.
“This is our second dedication this year, and our 65th since we began as an affiliate 25 years ago,” explains Executive Director Meaghan Macdonald. “With our local affordable housing options shrinking, we’re proud that another family can be safely and affordably housed through the buy-back component of the Habitat homeownership program. As we celebrate the achievement of the Groves family, we also reflect on how grateful we are for the incredible volunteers, donors, staff, and families who have made Habitat for Humanity Northumberland what it is over the last 25 years.”
As new Habitat homeowners, the Groves family has and will continue to give back to the local community through their partnership with Habitat. Along with family and friends, they have contributed over 500 hours in the ReStore and on Habitat construction sites. Their property taxes will help maintain roads, fund schools, and create jobs. And their monthly mortgage payment will help fund future builds here in our community and in other countries through the fund for humanity.
Now that this project is done, the construction team of staff and volunteers are focusing on the 7-townhome project that has just started in Baltimore. For more information or to stay updated with Habitat for Humanity Northumberland’s upcoming plans, please visit the website at www.habitatnorthumberland.ca or follow Habitat’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HabitatNorthumberland/.