New Habitat Home in Whitesboro

New Habitat Home in Whitesboro

The Wakefield family has a new home, a bright four-bedroom one-story frame house at 101 Anna Street in Whitesboro, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Cape May County and a lot of other folks who contributed in one way or another to make the family's dream come true.

The dedication ceremony took place July 31, during which Habitat's Executive Director Shawn Lockyear acknowledged those contributors, who included Michael and Joann Collins of Ocean City,NJ, who donated the home; Jerry Davis for helping to relocate the home; the New Jersey Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation, which sponsored and donated $40,000 toward the project, and Middle Township for donating the lot on which the house now stands.

Standing on the porch of the house during the ceremony with the Wakefield family, which includes Shakay Wakefield and her three children, Zaccheaus, 15; Elessa, 13, and Zamar, 7, Lockyear said the Wakefield family was one of 65 that applied for the home on Anna Street.  The hours of volunteer work that Sharay Wakefield had performed on other Habitat projects,  Lockyear said, "implied that she definitely had a willingness to partner with us" and follow through on the other conditions of ownership, which include 300 hours of sweat equity on the building of their home or on the homes of others.

Lockyear noted  that this is the first time in the history of the Cape May Habitat organization that it will build two homes in one year. The second project, underway at 315 Sumner Street in Whitesboro, is expected to be completed by year's end, with dedication planned for December 14. Two more Habitat homes are planned for the Sumner Street site in 2014.