On Sunday, December 14, Habitat for Humanity of Cape May will dedicate the new home it has built at 311 Sumner Street in Whitesboro, NJ, for Dorothy Gilbert and her five children, John, Anthony, Samantha, Paige and Brooke.
Shawn Lockyear, Executive Director of Habitat Cape May, said the Gilbert family contributed more than 300 hours of sweat equity into the building of their home, working with more than 150 local Habitat volunteers on everything from framing the home to painting their own rooms. Their dream of a home of their own will be realized on December 14, 2014.
Two home sponsorships, one local and one national, made this project possible. The Mustard Seed of Cape May County provided a grant of $50,000 per house for this one and two others at 307 and 303 Sumner Street, while Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity provided 50% of the construction costs for the home. This lot and the others were donated by Middle Township, while more than 20 local businesses contributed donated or discounted building materials and services to the project.
The Gilbert family, one of 65 local families that applied for the home, was selected based on their need, willingness to partner with Habitat and their ability to pay the monthly mortgage charges, including property taxes and insurance. Habitat homes are sold to families at less than market value, which is made possible by the generosity of volunteers and donors and a zero-interest mortgage provided by Habitat Cape May.
Lockyear said Habitat was partnered in the current project by Family Promise of Cape May County, a network of faith communities which offers families in need a helping hand, including temporary housing and meals.