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Habitat for Humanity announces fifth Virden build

A new home will be built at 615 Nelson St. West in Virden.
Habitat Virden partner family: parents Valentin and Alejandra with their children (oldest to youngest) Mateo, Melissa and Liam.

Habitat for Humanity Virden Chapter is doing another build. This build will be at 615 Nelson St. West in Virden.

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides safe, decent homes for families that could not otherwise afford a home. There is no downpayment, and mortgage payments are suited to the family’s income. The family must do sweat equity which means volunteering in the community or helping with the build of their home.

The home is built with volunteer labour and when completed, is assessed and the homeowner purchases the home at fair market value. The home is not given to the family which is often the belief.

Participating in a Habitat build is a great and rewarding experience.

Virden Chapter has provided homes for four families who pay taxes and contribute to the community.

It has been shown that homeowners are healthier and require fewer hospital visits, send one or both parents back to school to upgrade skills and earnings, have children who are better in school and are more likely to continue education after high school, and families are less likely to require social services than families that live in rental homes.

Locally, one home owner is now working in the medical field, one has upgraded her skills by enrolling in a bookkeeping course and is now working in accounting and administration for a local business and one of the “children” is attending university, enrolled in education.

The family for this build is Valentin Oliva and Alejandro Campos and children Mateo, Melissa and Liam.

The build is projected to begin the first week of April and the family and the committee is excited to get this project underway.

Anyone who has the time and would like a great volunteer experience, please contact Karen McKinnon for information.




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