Volunteers & Sponsors make Morris Habitat home in Jefferson a Reality

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Jefferson Township and Lake Shawnee open their arms to welcome new Morris Habitat home that was built through Volunteers, Sponsors and over 500 hours of sweat-equity by the new family of eight.

On Monday, August 30 the Morris Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home in Jefferson Township for a family of eight that had been living in a Newark cramped, two-bedroom city apartment for 15 years.

The cost to build was high: about 7,000 hours of labor donated by 875 volunteers, including more than 500 hours of Davis "sweat equity" between Mom, Dad and their children. According to research by the Daily Record.

The vacant lot in the Lake Shawnee section of Jefferson Township sat in a lovely residential neighborhood in this lake community until it was identified by Morris Habitat. Jefferson Township contributed $50,000 from their affordable housing trust fund toward the construction of the new home. The completed home will help offset the municipality’s affordable housing obligation.

Jefferson Mayor Eric Wilsusen"I was born and raised in Lake Shawnee, and I also serve as the president of the Lake Shawnee Club," Jefferson Mayor Eric Wilsusen said. "I have to tell you, Habitat and the Davis family, you could not have picked a better community anywhere."

Marly and Scott Davis and their six children had been living in a cramped, two-bedroom city apartment for 15 years. The two girls and four boys, ranging in age from six to 18, have all been sharing the same bedroom. Scott works with at-risk youth for a nonprofit organization while Marly stays home to raise and homeschool the children. The family contributed 500 hours of sweat equity toward building their home.

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The Davis Family will automatically be members of the Lake Shawnee Club that promotes recreation, enjoyment, good fellowship, and community betterment. As club members, the Davis’s will enjoy access to the lake and clubhouse for an annual due’s payment. The new home is handicap-accessible and will be serviced by public water and a new septic system. The home will be ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency, EPA Water Sense certified for water efficiency and EPA Indoor Air PLUS certified for health protections.

SPONSORS: Lowe’s, Wells Fargo, The Jefferson Township Affordable Housing Trust, The Estate of Helen Garvey

Morris Habitat Sponsors

About Morris Habitat for Humanity

Morris Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization committed to building homes, communities, and hope. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds affordable new homes and provides home repair services to income eligible families.

Since 1985, Morris Habitat has served more than 660 families through building 120 local homes, preserving 200 homes for low-income and senior residents, and helping 280 families with housing solutions worldwide. The organization has engaged more than 130,000 volunteers for various programs. Morris Habitat also operates a successful ReStore home improvement outlet which has kept 11,000 tons of reusable materials out of landfills and funded 28 homes. For more information, visit Morrishabitat.org or call 973-891-1934.


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