NEWBURGH - On Sunday, April 27, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh hosted its 15th Annual Walk for Housing in which hundreds of members of the community walked to help Habitat Newburgh raise critical funds and awareness for simple, decent, and affordable housing for local, hard-working families in need.
The walk is designed for people to really get a sense of the community itself, the impact Habitat homes have, and also the beauty of where Newburgh is located, nestled on the Hudson River.
"The walk is a wonderful way for people to have an introduction to Habitat and what we are all about," said Cathy Collins, Executive Director for Habitat Newburgh.
"Often you can see a house and not understand the whole context of the community in which this is done," Collins explains. Most of the Habitat homeowners come from the City of Newburgh and fully understand how homeownership fundamentally changes their lives.
Collins points out that Habitat is not only building homes, but also transforming neighborhoods and the larger community. "We provide a sustainable solution for families, neighborhoods and the community that hopefully will galvanize a whole bunch of other things."
More than 31 groups formed teams for this year’s walk. The Iota Pi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., along with its youth auxiliary groups walked for a family as part of their Z-H.O.P.E. Project – Zeta’s Helping Other People Excel.
Twenty-four parishioners from St. George’s Episcopal Church, walking under the Episco-Build banner, raised more than $2,400 for Habitat. "We feel really good about that," said Margaret Sipple, who organized the contingent.
Walden Savings Bank was the proud "Neighborhood by Neighborhood" sponsor for this year’s Walk. The Walk concluded on E. Parmenter Street with the dedication of the Board Build house at 34 E. Parmenter Street, soon to be home of the Avilla Family. This will be Habitat’s 71st home.
"To end with a dedication makes it all very really for everyone," Collins said.
Habitat will also hold a Builder’s Blitz the week of June 9th. At the end of the week they will have completed two homes, the organizations 74th and 75th marking yet another milestone. It will also complete their ambitious East Parmenter Street project.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh brings together people to build homes, communities and hope. The Newburgh affiliate is dedicated to providing safe, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with hard-working families in need. Reaching across racial, cultural, and religious boundaries, they seek to restore a sense of community with the common goal of strong neighborhoods and dignity through homeownership.
Founded in October of 1999, Habitat Newburgh is one of 1,500 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International and is the largest and most productive affiliate in the Hudson Valley. To date, they have completed 70 decent and affordable homes in the most distressed urban area in New York State as well as the largest contiguous historical district. Seventy-eight families earning between 25-60% of the area median income, have demonstrated a willingness to partner with Habitat Newburgh by investing sweat equity into the construction of their homes, participating in required homeowner education classes, and signing a mortgage.