Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build – Update

Building: The home building project is underway with predevelopment activities; the appeal period to file with the Superior Court expires on July 29th. If a second appeal is not filed, we could be ready to start site work 8/15/10. While there have been threats of an appeal, to date nothing has been filed and we are further advised that it would be unlikely that opponents can generate the funds to support an appeal effort.

Family Selection: The family selection process will begin first week of July with applications going out to area businesses, congregations, municipalities, the media, etc. The process typically takes several months to complete—3-4 months. We hope to have the families selected in time for the groundbreaking, which is tentatively set for sometime in September.

Volunteers/VISTA: Volunteers are always welcome as we transition from committee work to building!  As you may know, our friend and VISTA volunteer, Abby Shapiro, has secured a job with United Way of NYC. We wish her all the best and know that she’ll be out swinging a hammer or otherwise volunteering with you in some capacity!  We would welcome one of you to help fill Abby’s role as the administrator of the committee. Call me if you are interested.

Volunteer Orientations: We would like to begin scheduling volunteer orientations in the fall; two in September and October on a week night and on a Saturday and then one in November and December. Any volunteer like to take on the orientations as a project and help Pat Bomus in our office coordinate and publicize them?

Scheduling: Once the building schedule is set, all construction scheduling will go through Cindy Flanagan in our office; the congregation group leader should contact Cindy to arrange dates.

Fundraising: Several grants have been written; Federal Home Loan Bank, Summit Community Foundation, MetLife, etc., and we are waiting to hear the outcome of those efforts. We can discuss fundraising plans at the July committee meeting.

Contact info:
Morris Habitat for Humanity
102 Iron Mountain Road Suite H.
Mine Hill, NJ 07803

About Rabbi Avi Friedman

I am the rabbi of Congregation Ohr Shalom - SJCC, a progressive Conservative and traditional congregation. I am also husband to Jodi as well as father to Gabi, Jonah, Jessica and Ilana. I have been a part of the Summit community since 2005.
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