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It was a beautiful day for the 2013 Habitat for Humanity Golf for Homes event at
Bella Vista Country Club
in Marlboro, NJ
Many Thanks to:
Anthony Beshara and his incredible staff at Bella Vista Country Club for making our Habitat for Humanity Golf for Homes event such a success! We at Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity appreciate the many efforts Mr. Beshara made to accommodate our needs throughout the entire process.
Comments made during and after the event by golfers, diners, and volunteers alike were extremely positive. Golfers enjoyed the course, service throughout the day and evening was excellent, and the food was delicious. All in all, it was a great day!
Thanks also to the many businesses and individuals who donated prizes for our raffles. Winners walked away with some great prizes!
And, let’s not forget our sponsors:
Silver Sponsor Dinner Sponsor
To view a list of all of our incredible sponsors, please click HERE.
Repair, Rebuild, Restore -
Western Monmouth Habitat helps in Union Beach
Fortunately, the area traditionally served by our affiliate in Western Monmouth County was mostly spared from the major destructive effects of Super Storm Sandy; however, many areas along the Monmouth County coastline were devastated. Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity (WMHfH) is working with our neighbor affiliate, Northeast Monmouth HfH (NEHfH) and Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) towards making a difference and helping affected families get back into their homes.
Union Beach was one of the areas hardest hit areas and is in need of help. Two of the 24 brand-new Chevrolet vans obtained and brought into the area by HfHI (http://www.habitat.org/blog/article125.aspx) were provided for our use. A 12 passenger van is used to transport volunteers from the Freehold area to various locations in Union Beach. A tool van includes tools and supplies for use in the recovery efforts. Working as a supporting group to NEHfH and with local officials, WMHfH volunteers are working on projects that vary from general cleanup to installation of drywall, outside siding, taping and spackling.
There is no timeline for completing work in Union Beach and other hardest hit areas, but it will be awhile before residents are able to return to their homes. Volunteers are still needed to help in the rebuilding efforts and we ask that you check our calendar link for upcoming work days and come join us in our mission.
HELP US FIND BUILDABLE LAND IN COLTS NECK
Recently, our non-profit affiliate was allocated $225,000 in funds by the Affordable Housing Committee of Colts Neck, to be used for a home building project in the township. Under this agreement, the money will be used to obtain property that will accommodate a home that complies with the state of New Jersey’s guidelines for affordable housing.
Due to the availability of open land in the area, this task, although difficult, is far from impossible. Habitat is hoping to find property that can be developed for affordable housing. Thanks to the dedication of Habitat’s staff, volunteers, and supporters, past efforts have allowed our organization’s efforts to thrive. While this project has the opportunity to continue fulfilling Habitat’s goals to eliminate substandard housing worldwide and to make adequate, affordable shelter available to families in need, the Township Committee has placed tight time limits on our performance.
Municipal officials will be required to approve the site where construction will take place. Upon completion of the residence, the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) will grant Colts Neck one COAH credit. However, they cannot approve the project if there is no land to develop. State regulations maintain that a portion of the town’s total fund for affordable housing will be applied toward assisting the purchaser of the Habitat home.
This prospect has the potential to provide a number of people the chance to be part of something wonderful. Due to the availability of undeveloped land in Colts Neck Township, this project is a great chance for landowners to support a cause that makes a difference in the lives of local families. Timing is especially critical for this mission. We ask that you spread the word about this important issue, and if you or someone you know would like to help, please contact the office of Western Monmouth Habitat for Humanity at (732) 308-3400.
One lot can make all the difference!