March 2020 Newsletter
New Freeport Home

We're excited to announce that we will begin work on a new home in Freeport this June! The single family home will be located on the corner of Old Brunswick Road and Route 1. The previously announced 8-home project in South Portland is still moving forward! We are building this home in Freeport while we wait to begin development in South Portland later this year.   
 
More information on our home ownership informational sessions will be announced soon, so keep an eye out on our website and facebook. These mandatory sessions explain our program and how to apply. You can also reach out to Molly Brake at molly@habitatme.org / 207-772-2151 to be notified about information sessions for Freeport and/or South Portland. 
 
We've got a busy year ahead with these two projects, plus our Critical Home Repair program. We're looking forward to serving more families!
 
Sincerely,
 
Godfrey Wood
Executive Director   

Good Friday Walk
 
 
 
Join us for our 34th  annual Good Friday Walk  and Fun Run on April 10!  Enjoy with family, friends, and community  members in Cumberland,  Yarmouth, N. Yarmouth, and Falmouth, and fundraise for Habitat's mission. Walk the  route or run it! This is a fun run, without  bibs or timing. 
 
Anyone raising at least $100 in donations earns one ticket in the raffle filled with great gifts from local businesses!        
 
 
Critical Home Repair 
 
 
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland's Critical Home Repair service helps low-income homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy and affordable home.  
  
The Critical Home Repair program requires an affordable payment from the homeowner for a portion of the repair costs. Applicants will be scored and ranked by level of need. Not all applications will be approved. This program serves homeowners in Cumberland County who have a household income below 80% of HUD Area Median Income.
 
For more information on how the program works and how to apply, click here.  
 
 
 
Volunteer of the Month
 
Jerry Freeman
This month's highlighted volunteer is Jerry Freeman. Jerry is a member of our construction team's Tuesday group. 
 
Jerry began volunteering with Habitat over 20 years ago. 
He was always interested in home building and remodeling, so when he moved to Maine he found a home that would allow him to pursue those interests. He also wanted to become part of the larger Portland community and do something productive.  Being a Habitat volunteer was the perfect way to combine these goals.
 
Jerry really enjoys volunteering with his friends every Tuesday. He also likes working on Habitat homes since they benefit those who might not find decent housing otherwise. He says, "So many ills in our society are helped and even cured with permanent housing ."
 
Jerry says he was probably an engineer from the age of 5 or 6. After graduation from Cornell, he started working in the aircraft industry doing design and stress analysis of gas turbines. He then moved to Connecticut to design and develop paper handling and mailing equipment for Pitney Bowes, which became a 30+ year career. During that time he also expanded his interest in home construction and remodeling.  In Connecticut, he and his wife finished building a house once a contractor had erected the shell. That accomplishment was followed by extensive remodeling of their Cape Elizabeth home, as well as renovations for the homes of various relatives. 
 
ReStore - Shop and Donate!
 
 
Have you visited our ReStore lately? We sell donated new and gently used building materials, appliances, and furniture at greatly reduced prices. To get a glimpse of what we've got for sale, check out our facebook page for updates.
 
Are you interested in donating items? Give us a call at 207-221-0047 if you need an at-home pick up scheduled! Our ReStore is open to the public and open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00-5:00. We're located at 659 Warren Avenue in Portland.





Thank You to our Core Partners! 

 
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
659 Warren Avenue, Portland, ME 04103

207-772-2151 / info@habitatme.org  


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