Contact:  Kelly Kemmerer, execdirector@habitatmc.org

Monroe County Habitat for Humanity Receives $32,000 in Grants From Local Foundations

Stroudsburg, PA – Monroe County Habitat for Humanity has received $32,000 in grants from local foundations during May and June, according to Habitat’s executive director, Kelly Kemmerer. A $15,000 contribution from The R. Dale and Frances M. Hughes Foundation is designated for home preservation and repairs, and a $13,000 grant from the Hughes Foundation, Inc. is to be used to address a budget deficit. Grants from the Mattioli Foundation ($2,500) and The Pocono Health Foundation ($1,500) are unrestricted.

“We are proud that our efforts generate this kind of support, and we deeply appreciate the generosity of these organizations,” Kemmerer said. “Our primary focus right now is home preservation which allows homeowners affected by low income, age or disability to make necessary repairs and renovations to their homes. Habitat volunteers can install new windows, paint, and do whatever is required to make the home habitable and welcoming, and homeowners contribute “sweat equity,” she continued; “but materials and supplies can be quite expensive depending on the scope of the work.  We definitely rely on grants like these to provide both the operational and program support that allows us to continue to provide this safety net for our neighbors facing economic challenges.”

According to Kemmerer, volunteers of all skill levels are also needed.  Twenty three home repair projects were in progress in June alone and there is always a need for folks willing to pick up a hammer or paint brush. Individuals and businesses interested in this meaningful and satisfying community service can contact Habitat for Humanity at 570 476-9846.

“It is only with the support of our community that Habitat for Humanity can continue to build better lives for our neighbors,” Kemmerer concluded.