Members of the Rotary Club of Barrie, Alex Ikonikov, left, Stu McMillan, Bruce Martin, head of the Habitat for Humanity Huronia build committee, Ron Dennis, and Jody Patfield, and Paul Markel (kneeling) install a deck at Habitat's latest project build, a renovation on Lampman Lane, Sunday. J.T. McVeigh Photo
Sometimes life gets in the way and financial stability flies out the window on the wings of each rent cheque written.
In Barrie, a woman and her three children are getting a break from the neverending cycle of poverty next week.
“She went through life with the best of intentions and life just happened,” said Lee Pigeau of Habitat for Humanity Huronia, Sunday.
Pigeau and half-a-dozen Rotary Club of Barrie volunteers were putting the finishing touches on a deck at a home on Lampman Lane, as he explained new arrangements for the mother and her three children, aged four, 12 and 16.
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Introducing our newest family partner Catherine Gosney.
Catherine is a hard working mom with three children. While residing in Barrie for the past twelve years Catherine has taken an active role in her community by volunteering for various charity events. Encouraged by her parents to pursue her interests and achieve her goals, Catherine is now a manager for a small retail business in town and involves herself also in the charitable endeavours of her employer.
Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys playing guitar and involving her children in music. Catherine helps out when she can as she did with Habitat Huronia’s golf tournament this past June.
The most important aspect of her life is her family. Two daughters, a son and “Chuck” the cat keep her very busy. The children are very active in elementary school activities, which include sports and various academic clubs. Catherine encourages her children to study hard and through her life example teaches them to follow their dreams, no matter how hard they may seem at the time. There have been challenges in Catherine’s life but now she is determined to put that behind her and do what she can to put her and her family back on their feet. Habitat Huronia is proud to be part of this transition.
Catherine Gosney is the newest owner of a Habitat for Humanity home in Barrie.
The semi-detached home in Letitia Heights is a dream come true for Gosney and her family, she said.
“This is an opportunity I would never have had, being a single mother,” she said.
Gosney and her three children, aged four, 12 and 13, expect to move into the home when work is completed in mid-August. More on this Barrie Advance story ...
Catherine Gosney, right, received a helping hand from a group of volunteers from Powerstream, Thursday, who sponsered the day helping to paint and landscape her new Barrie home. Part of a Habitat For Humanity Huronia project, Catherine and her three children and pet cat "Chuck" are hoping to move into their new home, located at 2 Lampman Lane, in mid August.
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Leadership staff of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Barrie and area joined us on May 13th. to give a hand on a build day at the Yonge Street location.
Some of the things that needed attention were a little more painting, the windows need cleaning, washing the carpet and with the great weather just around the corner, let’s not forget power washing the back deck, cleaning up the BBQ and some lawn care.
RBC believes that their success is tightly linked with the economic health and social conditions of the communities in which they operate, and strive to provide hands-on support, knowledge and resources to help build prosperity at the community level.
RBC is a long-term supporter of Habitat for Humanity Canada, an organization that promotes affordable housing through homeownership with all people regardless of race or religion. RBC is also in the business of helping people purchase their own homes. In 2013 RBC supported Habitat for Humanity across North America, with employee participation in community builds, and over $500,000 in donations in Canada and has donated almost $4.5 million to Habitat for Humanity since 1992. RBC employees have been involved with community builds in over 78 communities across the country.
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440 Yonge Street is the first of two builds this year for Habitat Huronia. MPAC has donated the time to paint the complete interior of this dwelling. In a herculean effort, MPAC will attempt to paint all interior walls from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 9. To help with this tremendous effort, our newest family partner will be on hand to expedite and support with labour.
MPAC administers a uniform, province-wide property assessment system based on current value assessment in accordance with the provisions of the Assessment Act. It provides municipalities with a range of services, including the preparation of annual assessment rolls used by municipalities to calculate property taxes. Municipal enumerations are also conducted by MPAC in order to prepare a Preliminary List of Electors for each municipality and school board during an election year. Today, MPAC is responsible for the assessment of nearly 5 million properties in the province.
Team MPAC was on site along with Eva’s Deli Restaurant and Catering to nourish these titans of paint.
Owning a home is a major accomplishment and goes beyond simply having a roof over your head. It’s a place where you can create lasting memories, start family traditions and have a space you can truly call your own.
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On Wednesday June 18, 2014 at Horseshoe Resort , Valley Course, over 100 golfers came out and participated in the 8th annual tournament for Habitat for Humanity Huronia and helped to raise $28,000!
With the effect of Tuesdays weather and tornado touchdown in Angus on everyone’s minds, the day had a grey start but turned into a beautiful warm day.
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Habitat for Humanity is more than building! Habitat is a people-to-people organization forming partnerships with community leaders, builders, suppliers, volunteers and Family Partners; and together, providing simple, adequate and affordable housing to low income families. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.
Habitat for Humanity Huronia seeks to provide the pride and responsibility of home ownership to families in need, and to work towards eliminating substandard housing one house at a time.
The ReStore is a retail outlet that sells recycled and new building materials, hardware, and appliances to the public at bargain prices. New material has been donation by our business partners. Profits from sales are used to build more homes for our family partners.
An innovative response to the landfill crisis.
WE ARE SEEKING FAMILIES TO APPLY FOR HOME OWNERSHIP
We would ask that all applicants have a passion and desire to own their own home. We, in turn can offer the pride of home ownership and the ability to create a future for you and your family.
• If you have lived in Simcoe County for 2 years
• If your current housing is inadequate or substandard
• If you have verifiable, steady work/family income
We would like to hear from you!
Families with children are our priority.
Habitat works on the idea of “giving a hand up, not a hand out” while helping
to break the cycle of poverty.
CTV Barrie: Habitat deck build
Members of the Barrie Rotary Club grabbed a hammer on Sunday to build a deck for a family getting a new home.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014