Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North welcomes two new partner families
Kimberley Woodcock (left), HFHOGN CEO and MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka Norm Miller (right) hold the ribbon while Janet Anderson, her son Devin, Dave Norrie and Parry Norrie prepare to cut the ribbon and begin their new journey as homeowners.
PARRY SOUND, ON – “It’s all so unreal,” said Janet Anderson, one of the two newest partner families of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North (HFHOGN). On Saturday, November 3rd local dignitaries, HFHOGN staff and volunteers, donors and Parry Sound community members came together to welcome two local Parry Sound families to their new homes. The homes at 24A and 24B Addie St. have been under construction since July of 2017 and, after months of hard work and over 3,800 hours contributed by local volunteers, HFHOGN is ready to turn the keys over to the Anderson and Norrie families. This ceremony marks the 47th and 48th families to purchase an affordable home through the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program.
“We’re excited to welcome the Andersons and the Norries to the Habitat family,” said Kimberley Woodcock, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. “The dedication ceremony is the culmination of many months of work. As these two families take their first steps into homeownership, it is their turn to make these houses into homes.”
Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable homeownership plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.
Dave and Patty Norrie have lived in Parry Sound for the past 28 years and believe in the power of positive thinking. “The first thing I’m going to do when I get through the door is set a chair in the living room, sit down, and say, ‘I’m finally home’,” said Dave Norrie.
As a single mother, Janet Anderson is looking forward to hosting family dinners, playing cards, having friends over, and watching her son “just be a kid”. “To me, home is a place where you can be safe, be yourself, relax, and enjoy family and friends,” said Anderson.
With a little help, Habitat homeowners are able to achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. They are empowered to overcome the barriers that so often stand between their families and better, healthier, more financially stable lives.
About Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North
Amalgamated in 2014, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in our service area, in Canada and around the world. Our region serves communities across central and northern Ontario, including Orillia, Midland, Muskoka, Parry Sound, North Bay and Sudbury. Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, which was established in 1985 and has grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitatgatewaynorth.com.
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For more information:
Chief Operating Officer
Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North
(705) 646-0106 x204