Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity

North Penn Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nalregis­ter. com

As the owner of NuCitrus, a tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions provider in Lans­dale Bor­ough, Louis Lom­bardi cre­ated the web­site for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Mont­gomery County.

Lom­bardi, who at­tended a com­mu­nity break­fast March 21 to dis­cuss the county or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pro­posed con­struc­tion plan in HDW­fiHOG BRURugK, VDLG KH may be will­ing to ex­pand his re­la­tion­ship with the char­ity.

“I love giv­ing back,” Lom­bardi said af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion at Trin­ity Lutheran Church.

Speak­ing to an au­di­ence that in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Har­leysville Sav­ings Bank, Thrivent Fi­nan­cial, SKF Inc., Hague’s Christ­mas Trees, Esca In­dus­tries — a sand blast­ing com­pany lo­cated in Hat­fiHOG 7RwnVKLS — )DPily Wor­ship Cen­ter, Christ United Methodist Church, Trin­ity Lutheran, along with county Com­mis­sioner Les­lie Richards, Hat- fiHOG BRURugK RI­fiFLDOV DnG mem­bers of the bor­ough’s cham­ber of com­merce, Mar­i­anne Lynch asked for finDnFLDO DnG Ln-NLnG FRn­tri­bu­tions to­ward the project.

“We’ll take cash,” said Lynch, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the lo­cal Habit for Hu­man­ity chap­ter. “You can also do­nate time help­ing to build the homes. And if you can’t swing a ham­mer, we’ve got lots of other things for you to do.”

Ac­cord­ing to Lynch, the or­ga­ni­za­tion hopes to break ground on a twin home at 144 Penn Ave. April 27. She says the goal is to get both fam­i­lies into their new homes by Christ­mas.

“Fin­gers crossed,” Lynch said dur­ing the break­fast. “We’re work­ing on some tight time­lines.”

Two fam­i­lies who might move into the house have EHHn LGHnWL­fiHG DnG UHFHLYHG pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval by the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s board of direc­tors, ac­cord­ing to Kim Tobin, the devel­op­ment di­rec­tor for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Mont­gomery County.

Tobin said they won’t be LGHnWL­fiHG SuEOLFOy unWLO WKHy com­plete the ini­tial 25 hours of their re­quired 200 hours of sweat eq­uity.

She de­scribed the con­tri­bu­tion, which must be uti­lized on their home or an­other Habi­tat project, as a re­quire­ment to prove their ded­i­ca­tion.

The iden­tity of those fam­i­lies should be made pub­lic be­fore the cer­e­mo­nial ground­break­ing, ac­cord­ing to Tobin.

Lynch said one of the two fam­i­lies — a hus­band and wife with two chil­dren aged 5 years and 5 months, re­spec­tively — live in the town­ship.

A Raise the Roof so­cial me­dia cam­paign be­tween the Har­leysville Sav­ings Bank and the lo­cal Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity chap­ter will help con­struct the twin homes, ac­cord­ing to Tobin.

She said that for ev­ery “Like” on Face­book or ev­ery new Twit­ter fol­lower the or­ga­ni­za­tion gets, the bank will do­nate one shin­gle to the project.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Mont­gomery County, visit www. habi­tat­montco. org, www. face­book. com/ habi­tat­montco or @habi­tat­montco.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Mont­gomery County com­mu­nity en­gage­ment spe­cial­ist Vicki Lil­ley, right, speaks with chap­ter lead­ers David Ochoki, sec­ond from left, and David En­low, left, with fi­nan­cial leader John Kochel, cen­ter, dur­ing a break­fast in Lans­dale where plans for a new twin home in Hat­field were un­veiled.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PAT­TON

Norristown res­i­dent Sanae Carey, left, a part­ner fam­ily mem­ber, speaks dur­ing a break­fast meet­ing of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of Mont­gomery County in Lans­dale. At right is Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mar­i­anne Lynch.

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