WELLAND, ON – With tears in their eyes, José and Claudia, alongside their three young children, entered their newly constructed house as homeowners for the first time today. Built as part of the Habitat/Niagara College partnership, this is the first Habitat home in Ontario to be built in a modular style on a college campus, in this case in the Rankin Technology Centre at Niagara College.

This past spring, the house was trucked to and assembled on its permanent site on Martin Street, with the final stages of construction completed at that time by “volunteer” builders from local companies and community groups (Rotary Club of Fonthill), with support from Habitat’s volunteer Site Hosts and Build volunteers. The house was built through financial and gift-in-kind support from across Niagara.

As part of Habitat’s Youth Building Program, in partnership with the Niagara College Construction Techniques program, seventy students constructed this home over the past school year. The students learned highly sought after skills in today’s job market and have the satisfaction of helping build a home – and hope – for people living right in their own community.

The Rotary Club of Fonthill also presented to the Palma Family a beautiful quilt that was made and donated by two very talented women ...  Jennifer Allen, wife of our President Elect Paul Allen & Maureen Larivee.