Lending a Helping Hand with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity does vital work, providing access to safe, decent and affordable housing to families in need, in Canada and beyond. This summer alone Habitat for Humanity Canada helped build 150 homes for 150 Canadian families in need.

One such project brought Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa to Perth, Ontario for the first time. There they met the Talls; a family who came to Canada over ten years ago from Senegal, and since have worked hard to build a life in Canada. Makhtar, the father, currently manages the local Dollarama but despite all their efforts, their ultimate goal of homeownership has remained just out of reach.

This Habitat home will provide this growing family the opportunity to get out from their cramped two-bedroom apartment and provide them with the space they need.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to own your own home and give back to the community that is truly yours,” says Makhtar. “I’m not sure I could have ever done this without the Habitat for Humanity Program. This will enable me to build a better future for my family.”

This build was largely made possible thanks to Habitat’s new partnership with Algonquin College and their Construction Carpentry – Advanced Housing Program. With the commitment of the College, Habitat’s sponsors, donors and dedicated group of volunteers the Talls’ dream of homeownership came to life. A key ceremony was held at the end of June to welcome home the Talls.

Over the years, we have partnered with Habitat on many builds and look forward to continuing to work with an organization focused on bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence for years to come.

Every Canadian family deserves a safe place to call home and Habitat for Humanity is doing their part to make that a reality.


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