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Contact: Kelly Kemmerer, 570 216-4390 or execdirector@habitatmc.org

Family Enjoys Thanksgiving In Their Own Home Thanks to Habitat for Humanity

Dedication Ceremony To Precede Closing

Tobyhanna, PA, November 16, 2017 – Kelly Smith and her three children are looking forward to spending Thanksgiving and the holiday season in their own home this year, thanks to Habitat for Humanity and its many volunteers who partnered with Kelly to rehab this home on Grove Street in East Stroudsburg.

According to Habitat’s executive director Kelly Kemmerer, Smith will close on her home the day before Thanksgiving (N0vember 22).  “In addition to efforts by Habitat volunteers, Kelly provided 250 hours of “sweat equity,” an ambitious commitment for a single working mom with three children. But now instead of paying rent, she will be investing in her family’s future by making payments on a 30 year, interest-free mortgage provided by Habitat for Humanity.”

Prior to the noon closing, Habitat will host a Dedication Ceremony at 10am, at the Grove Street house to celebrate Smith’s accomplishment. Local community leaders, government officials, and volunteers who worked on site have been invited to welcome the family to its new home.

Monroe County Habitat for Humanity fulfills its mission to provide safe, affordable housing for local low-income families like Kelly Smith’s by providing interest-free mortgages to thosewho qualify based on several factors. They must have lived in Monroe County for at least one year, be able to afford a monthly payment of approximately $900 (including taxes and homeowner’s insurance) on a 30 year, interest free mortgage provided by Habitat, and commit to 250 hours of sweat equity.

“Our work definitely transforms lives,” Kemmerer said. “It’s heartwarming to see how much this home means to Kelly and her family. Home ownership has given them all a sense of security, stability, and self-reliance – a feeling of dignity and self-worth which is priceless. How wonderful that they’ll be “home for the holidays!”