During the week of June 4-8, 2012, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna and Richmond American Homes will build two new homes in Aberdeen, Maryland from the ground up in just four days as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2012. This nationwide project seeks to build, renovate and repair 250 homes simultaneously around the country during a week-long “blitz build.”
Locally, the two homes being built during Blitz Build week will rise on the 500 block of Baltimore Street in Aberdeen, Maryland. Contractors, subcontractors and volunteers will work throughout the week to complete construction of a duplex home tailored to the needs of two families. Both families are first-time homeowners and will receive the keys to their new home in a dedication ceremony on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. at 536 Baltimore Street, Aberdeen, Maryland.
“We are delighted to be participating in the national Home Builders Blitz for the second time since 2010 and to be partnered with Richmond American Homes,” said Joann Blewett, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna. “We look forward to the opportunity to assist two deserving families in becoming first-time homeowners as well as to participating in the week-long effort to build 250 homes in four days.”
Once built, the two new homes will be presented to area residents Beverly Cotton and the Jegnu family, which includes Girma Jegnu, Selamawit Tilahun and their two children, ages six and three. Ms. Cotton’s job transferred her to Maryland in March 2007 and she quickly found herself unable to obtain housing. In August 2007, Ms. Cotton was welcomed into a local homeless shelter and with their support has since completed her degree in graphic design. Mr. Jegnu and his wife came to the United States from Ethiopia seeking economic freedom and bright futures for themselves and their children, but instead faced cramped, rundown and unhealthy conditions in their original apartment. In February 2012, the Jegnu family was approved for the Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna housing program and is on their way to living in a safe and healthy home.
“My kids will finally live in a clean house and a clean environment. I am excited to have a nice home of my own,” says Mr. Jegnu. “Great thank you, great thank you to everybody.”
“I have always considered myself to be a strong person. I know each trial that I have faced makes me even stronger. I am here as an example to those who are still facing homelessness as someone who did make it out. I am moving forward naturally and spiritually and determined not to go back,” says Ms. Cotton.
The homes will be built through a generous donation and financial support from Richmond American Homes and trade partners, including Advanced Flooring, Allied Systems, American Turf, Archer Exteriors, Aristokraft, Bryant Group, Builders First Source, Capital Drywall, Cleansweep, Colonial Sash and Door, D&S Drywall, Design Tops,