Habitat for Humanity Northumberland staff along with the Building Hope with Families campaign cabinet joined Tom Behan of Behan Construction to break ground at 4751 Highway 45 in Baltimore. This was an important milestone in the project as one year ago today, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland closed on the purchase of the land in Baltimore with plans to build 7 affordable townhomes.
Not only will this development be the largest of its kind for Habitat Northumberland, but it will also be the first time that Habitat Northumberland is pursuing a net-zero development. By partnering with ZON Engineering and Community Power Northumberland, Habitat Northumberland is hoping to build the largest Habitat for Humanity net-zero development in Canada.
“There are so many moving pieces to this project”, explains Executive Director Meaghan Macdonald. “Over the last year we have been taking the necessary time to prepare for a project with a variety of different complexities that we have not previously tackled. We have created some incredible partnerships to ensure that this project is successful. After all that time we are so excited to be able to see construction starting very soon!”
During the first half of 2023, the Building Hope with Families capital campaign cabinet worked hard to secure donors from across the county to help to reach their goal of raising $400,000 needed to support the project. The cabinet is co-chaired by the Pennington Campbell family (Jacqueline Pennington, Greg Campbell and their children Robert and Elijah) and supported by members Lynda Kay, Patti Ley, and Jennifer Lean-Gadbois. Pennington said that over the last few months the cabinet has reached out to community members for support and has had a positive response. As of today, the cabinet is happy to report that nearly 60% of the goal has been reached.
The cabinet is now reaching out to the community at large to ask for their help as they try to achieve the goal of $400,000 by the end of the summer. With that, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland and the Jacqueline Pennington team, along with help from the Hamilton Township Fire Department, are hosting an information and family movie night on Thursday June 8th from 6-9pm at the Baltimore Community Centre. Details about the event are located on the Habitat website – www.habitatnorthumberland.ca
For more information on the Building Hope with Families capital campaign and to get updates on the progress of this development, please visit http://www.buildinghopewithfamilies.ca.
Attached to this release are two photos. The first is a photo of Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Jacqueline Pennington and Greg Campbell. The second is a photo of the Capital Campaign Cabinet and Habitat staff members with Tom Behan from Behan Construction. Photo credit is Habitat for Humanity Northumberland.