Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) has been building in York Region for a number of years. On August 22, we celebrated the first Habitat GTA build in Whitchurch-Stouffville with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to mark the official start of construction at 6554 Main Street in Stouffville.
More than 200 volunteers from the Whitchurch-Stouffville community are expected to roll up their sleeves, alongside the Sosin family to help them build a modest, affordable bungalow as part of a five-week Habitat for Humanity GTA Blitz Build that will run to the end of September.
Jim Lang, Morning Host at 105.9 The Region and MC for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, was joined by special guests including: the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services and MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham; Tammy Wu on behalf of Jane Philpott MP for Whitchurch-Stouffville; Mayor Justin Altmann; Councillor Iain Lovatt (Ward 5); Shauna Dudding, senior vice president, land development, Geranium Corporation; Domenic Lombardi from Silvio Construction, the Main Street Build Site sponsor; and Reverend Elizabeth Cunningham, Stouffville United Church.
Craig and Keiko Sosin and their children, Audrey and Blue, were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support and friendly welcome they have received from the local community. Keiko spoke about their journey to homeownership saying, “We can never forget the moment and the feeling when we were chosen for a home in Stouffville. We are now so excited to be able to take part in building our new home and to share in the experience with all of you. Thanks to everyone for the opportunity to take that hand up.”
Several community businesses and organizations have rallied together in support of the Main Street build and some were already hard at work on August 22, including a group of employees and clients from Markham-based Geranium Corporation. Local faith groups, including the Stouffville United Church, have fundraising initiatives underway to raise funds in the community in support of this build project.
To follow progress on the Main Street Build Project visit our website for construction updates, to donate to the project, or sign up to volunteer.