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Midcoast Habitat Dedicates Camden Home

Dedication of Habitat for Humanity’s Newest Home

Smiling faces predominated on the afternoon of Sunday, February 12th as more than sixty well-wishers braved chilly temperatures to warmly dedicate Midcoast Habitat for Humanity’s newest home, a three-bedroom, 2 bathroom energy-efficient ranch located in Lupine Terrace in Camden.

Homeowner Kristi Genthner, flanked by her two daughters, beamed as she was presented with gifts from Susan Taylor, Family Support Chair, as well as a Bible from the Bible Society of Maine. Members of Kristi’s family, neighbors, past and present members of the MHFH Board of Directors, volunteers, and friends, all toured the cheerful home and enjoyed refreshments.

The Lupine Terrace home is the first ever constructed by MHFH in Camden and included the group’s first “WomenBuild,” as well as the participation of several churches, high school teams, and corporate groups. It is the second home built using a design by Joe Russillo and Eric Allyn which offers MHFH partner families more energy efficiency. An audit donated by Evergreen Home Performance and organized by Building Chair Tom Albertson gave the home an excellent rating.

Tia Anderson, MHFH Executive Director, thanked a long list of businesses, organizations, and individuals, noting that nearly 300 people volunteered at the site from the groundbreaking in April until it was completed 9 months later. She presented volunteer extraordinaire Cheryl Waterman with the coveted MHFH “Golden Hammer” for her many hours of service on the project.

Rev. Ted Kanellakis offered a blessing for Kristi, her daughters Gabriella and Jaedyn, and their new home while the family cat and puppy played on the floor. Board President Vicki Doudera noted the hard work of Kristi, saying she put in a record number of building hours and that her “sweat is in the very drywall!”

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity helps to provide warm, safe, and affordable housing for hard-working, low-income families in Knox County. An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Midcoast Habitat will begin work on its 24th home this spring in Thomaston, and is starting a new Weatherization program to help needy families achieve better energy efficiency and health in their existing homes.

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