Habitat and EMCC
Dedication of House 19
About 40 community members gathered on May 3, 2017 to celebrate the completion of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor's 19th home and welcomed the Young family to their new neighborhood.
Executive Director Lynn Hempen welcomed guests and recognized students and instructors from Eastern Maine Community College, who framed, sided, and wired the home. They built custom cabinets for the kitchen and bathroom, installed the floors and the roof. They also built an 8' x 8' storage shed.
She introduced Board President Dave Shove, who spoke about Habitat's work building homes, communities, and hope. He presented keys to the home's new owner, Holly Young. She will reside in the home with her son.
Young expressed her gratitude, saying, "We’re so excited for this opportunity to own our own home, nothing we ever thought possible. I’m so thankful that I will be able to have time with my family and friends whenever I want. I’m just so grateful to Habitat and all the numerous volunteers who shared their time, dedication, and hard work and who put their love into this home for us.”
Board member David Gardiner presented Young with a bible, blessed the home, and ended the dedication with a prayer.
This is the third house on which Habitat and Eastern Maine Community College have collaborated. However, it is the first time a Habitat house has been built almost entirely by EMCC students and instructors.