Three Campbell River families have moved into their new Habitat homes after a long road of hard work and waiting.
Stefan Odowichuk and Amy Oldfield and their two children Gavin and Ashli, and Bobbi Frederick and her two youngest daughters Thea and Skye, are now neighbours at our most recent build on Hilchey Road. Their homes are the first two out of a total of ten that will eventually be built on 477 Hilchey Road. The next phase of the build is expected to start in spring 2018.
Amanda Vincent and her children were originally selected to move into the next phase of our 11-unit Hilchey build project. Amanda’s wait was put to a end when a previous Habitat homeowner’s new situation allowed her to move out of her Habitat house, selling it back to our organization. The quiet, private location was perfect for Amanda, a nurse who does shift work.
While we threw a Carter Work Project Celebration in the summer, these three key ceremonies were a more intimate affair attended by staff, volunteers, and guests of the families. MP Rachel Blaney and Mayor Andrew Adams also attended to congratulate the families on their new homes.
Each family was presented with our ceremonial gifts: bread, so the home may never know hunger; salt, that life may always have flavour; a Bible, to encourage wisdom and study; a toolbox, to ensure they have the tools to be a successful homeowners; and, finally, the keys, presented by the Mayor himself.
Our sincere thanks to all of the local businesses and organizations who supported this project, to the volunteers who give selflessly every day, the gracious food service donors who went above and beyond in this build, and to all the other supporters who have helped these families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.