>TSTI volunteers build Habitat for Humanity homes

>Habitat For Humanity Newark has been building hope, homes, and community in the City of Newark since 1986. In that time, they have built over 70 houses. And for most of those years, TSTI has been sending groups of volunteers to help build those houses for deserving families. Habitat Humanity Newark has recently expanded beyond Newark to begin building houses in West Orange.

That was where a group of eight TSTI volunteers were working on Saturday, April 3, building a new, two-family house where a parking lot used to be. TSTI members Gary Potters, Dennis Percher, Ed and Maddy Reichman, Tony Robinson, Carol Schiffman and Dan Kaslow joined Preschool Director Carol Paster, who is an officer of the Habitat Newark Board. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome to participate in Habitat construction, and professional carpenters are there to supervise. The work we do varies depending on what phase of construction is going on. Last Saturday’s volunteers were cutting and hammering: covering pre-fabricated roof trusses with plywood and doing rough framing on the first and second floors.

TSTI generally sends volunteer groups to Habitat about four times a year, usually on Saturdays or Sundays. The Habitat work day lasts from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, and youths under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are interested in getting involved in TSTI’s work with Habitat, contact Barbara Laub at 973-763-8379, blaub2@gmail.com.

An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat Newark seeks to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness. Through volunteer work and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds simple, decent homes with the help of partner families who become the homeowners. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, 0% interest loans. The homeowner’s monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that is used to build more homes in the neighborhood. Habitat homeowners, who are generally hard-working low-income family people, devote at least 400 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build their home and their future neighbors’ homes within the Habitat Newark neighborhood.

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