Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North announces family for South Almaguin Adopt-A-Home project

 From left: Len Collins, Myles Donahue, Myles Hesse, Meghan McIntyre, Connor Hesse, Norm Hofstetter, Wanda Schamehorn, Carol Stevens, Mary Turner, Nina Fulford, Britta Gerwin and Margaret Ann McPhail.


South Almaguin, ON - Affordable homeownership will become a reality for a young South Almaguin family this year. After completing a thorough selection process, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North has announced they will be partnering with a local couple and their three-year-old son in the Station Road, single-family home build in Emsdale. As part of the South Almaguin Adopt-A-Home project, Meghan McIntyre, Conner Hesse and their three-year old son Myles will take ownership of the three-bedroom home as soon as it’s completed.


On March 20, 2018 the South Almaguin Steering Committee, Selection Committee, Support Committee and dignitaries gathered at 289 Station Road to welcome the family into the community and recognize the support from committed volunteers and generous community donations that went into making this build possible.


“It brings volunteers together and brings the community together,” Mayor of the Township of Perry and build volunteer Norm Hofstetter said. “It’s great that we’re able to welcome this young family into our community.”


The lot, donated by the Township of Perry, is situated on top of a quiet hill just minutes from Hwy. 11 and in close proximity to both Novar and Emsdale. Hofstetter noted that with help from local volunteers, sponsors and partners the project is on track and the house is expected to be move-in ready by the summer.


The family expressed their gratitude for this opportunity to partner with Habitat and experience the strength, stability and self-reliance of homeownership, noting that they are beyond excited to have a place of their own to call home.



“It’s just a wonderful opportunity. We’re extremely grateful,” McIntyre said. “To be chosen and to see the process, all the volunteers and all the hard work that has gone into it has been really overwhelming.”


The partner family has begun putting in their 500 volunteer hours required by Habitat in order to secure the interest-free mortgage on the home.



Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a non-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty by building homes and promoting affordable homeownership, through the mobilization of volunteers and community partners. Find out more about the organization by visiting http://hfhongatewaynorth.com


If you would like to join the South Almaguin build as a sponsor, partner or volunteer, contact Habitat’s Director – Development & Communications Britta Gerwin at (705) 646-0106 ext. 205 or email bgerwin@habitatgatewaynorth.com.


Media Contact:

Katelyn Dingman, Communication Officer; Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

(705) 646-0106 ext. 208; kdingma@habitatgatewaynorth.com.