Saturday, February 6, 2010

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell - The Wiggins Home

Today started off really cold and the fingertips were going numb, but as the project to work on the Wiggins home started, all those things were forgotten. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Debra Wiggins, the mother of two who will be moving into this home upon completion. Debra has two children, a daughter and son. This home is being built as a fully handicap accessible home as her son has Cerebral Palsy and needs to have wheelchair access throughout. It was amazing to actually work with Debra on her future home knowing that her kids will be able to play and enjoy this home and call it their own and know that their mom was such a large contributor to it being built.
On this project I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet my state sister queens, Miss Massachusetts USA, Lacey Wilson and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, Brooke Bibeault, as well as Miss Connecticut USA, Ashley Bickford. The Habitat for Humanity Staff gave us such a warm welcome and even gave us pink hard hats with crowns attached with them, it was awesome! Lacey, Brooke, and I worked on digging a trench in the basement area and also outside of the house to allow for the main piping to be built. At the end of the day, we got to write a message within the house to promote the heart and warm wishes of the hard work put into the build for the walls that will be built around our messages.
Habitat for Humanity has built over 350,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.75 million people in 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. This not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. For more information on this wonderful cause, please visit their website at:
Thank you to the wonderful staff of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, the many volunteers, and the girls from Bentley who made this such a wonderful and memorable event for me, and one that I look forward to visiting often to view the progress until the home is finally completed!

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