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Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity seeking new partner
Amber, Andrew, and Audrey McDonald inside their new home as they are welcomed to Clayton during a Habitat For Humanity open house, Saturday, March 7, 2015. (Jesse Bair | South Jersey Times)
Following a successful groundbreaking on a home in Clayton for a U.S. Army vet and his young family, Gloucester County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter wants to do it again.
The affiliate announced Thursday that they’re seeking another veteran who served in the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to become a partner family with them as part of their Veterans Build program.
It was in March that Andrew McDonald, who served in eastern Afghanistan in 2011, his wife Amber and baby daughter marked the start of construction on their Clayton home in March, which is still underway.
“This whole process has moved along very quickly” said Amber McDonald in a press release. “We heard back from GCHFH the morning after we sent an e-mail and the process started within that week. It’s incredibly exciting to watch our own home being built. It’ll be our home, and we will be the first ones to live there.”
President of the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors Daniel Sulpizio said that the organization wanted to reach back out and find another veteran looking to partner with the organization.
“We are hoping to have the opportunity to give back to someone who has risked his or her life for our country, such as the McDonald family has,” said Sulpizio.
Habitat works with an approved veteran — who is required to put in 350 “sweat equity” hours for the home — to purchase the home at cost, and the veteran then applies for a zero-interest mortgage they’re responsible for paying off.
Interested applicants can contact the affiliate by calling 856-256-9400 or visit gc-habitat.org for more information.