Home #50 - Welland Niagara College and Community Build (2015 - 2016)

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As part of Habitat’s Youth Building Program, in partnership with the Niagara College Construction Techniques program, over 70 students constructed this home over the entire school year. The students learned highly sought after skills in today’s job market and have the satisfaction of helping build a home – and hope – for people living right in their own community.

The family that calls this house a home is José and Claudia Palma and their three children. José and Claudia were community advocates in their home country of El Salvador, helping to create a future for young people that did not involve violence. When gang violence threatened their family, they, along with their son, José, and Claudia’s mother, Antonia, were forced to flee their home, family, friends and start over in a new country.

In Canada they found protection, safety, and hope for a better future for their family. As they work towards planning their new future in Canada, their family has grown. Their son José is now big brother to Sammuel and Isabella. Claudia is working through the educational requirements to allow her to practice dentistry in Canada while José is enrolled in an apprenticeship program for Auto Services Technician at Niagara College. This house represents the end of a long journey that started when the Palmas left El Salvador, but now they have the opportunity to rewrite their story in a new place called home.


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Thank you!  Habitat would like to thank our major sponsors and partners for their generous support and contributions to this renovation build!

Sponsors and partners to date: Niagara Regional Housing, City of Welland, Landmark Home SolutionsCanada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, Niagara Region, Niagara Volunteer Framing Crew, Rice Road Greenhouses, Wine Rack, Jake's Landscaping, Sarah Peters Photography, Barnfield's Roofing, Cotton Inc, Reliance Home Comfort, Walker IndustriesBaron Roofing & Siding

Special thanks to the businesses for providing meals to our work-site volunteers: Retired Teachers of Ontario Disctict 14,  The Blue Star, U Need a Pita, Antonio's Pizza;

Thank you to all of our Adopt a Day participants, who fundraised to be on the build site bringing teams of co-workers, friends, family members, community groups and congregations to help renovate this house: Reliance Home Comfort, Royal LePage,  Niagara River Lions,  Niagara Casinos, Lowes Niagara Falls, Season’s First Avenue, Niagara Regional Housing, Horizon Utilities, Hooykaas & Associates Inc. - The Co-operators, Rotary Clubs of Fonthill & Welland, Rona, Apex Niagara Tool, Wine Rack, and M.T. Bellies Tap & Grillhouse.

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