The Mustard Seed Sponsors Three Habitat Homes in Whitesboro, NJ

The Mustard Seed Sponsors Three Habitat Homes in Whitesboro, NJ

Habitat for Humanity Cape May County announced that The Mustard Seed has sponsored three homes in Whitesboro for deserving families. The non-profit charitable organization, which operates the This N That Thrift Store in Rio Grande, NJ, has donated $50,000 per home to Habitat for new single-family homes at 303, 307, and 311 Sumner Street.

The house at 307 Sumner has been occupied by Amelia English and her three daughters, Donna'e, Indiera and Amaya, who, along with family, friends and fellow parishioners of the Christ Gospel Church, contributed more than 300 hours of "sweat equity" in building their home along with volunteer workers from Habitat for Humanity.

The house at 311 Sumner Street, currently under construction, is scheduled for completion in December 2014 and will be occupied by Dorothy Gilbert and her family. The third home will be completed in 2015. All three lots on Sumner Street were donated to Habitat for Humanity by Middle Township and facilitated by the township's Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.

Habitat for Humanity Cape May County's Executive Director Shawn Lockyear noted that her organization is not a giveaway program. Habitat homes are sold  to partner 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 had special praise for The Mustard Seed, which "from the beginning believed in our vision of building a robust Habitat Affiliate here in Cape May County and provided the funding for our tool trailer in early 2012." Up to that time, she noted, Habitat had no tools, no construction equipment and less than 10 construction volunteers. The success of the program owes much to both organizations and to Middle Township for the land it has provided for all of Habitat's projects.