Fam­ily re­ceives new res­i­dence thanks to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­[email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

POTTSTOWN >> It’s true that there’s no place like home for the hol­i­days.

And that is par­tic­u­larly true for one Pottstown res­i­dent af­ter she pur­chased a home that she her­self helped ren­o­vate.

On Dec. 15, Wendy Can­gialosi, now of Wal­nut Street in Pottstown, re­ceived the keys to her new home af­ter work­ing with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity to ren­o­vate a 100-year-old twin house that had re­mained va­cant and un­in­hab­it­able for years.

“We re giv­ing Wendy keys to her new home. She’s a new home buyer with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity. She has worked re­ally hard on this, putting in 200 hours of sweat eq­uity, go­ing through our fi­nan­cial em­pow­er­ment class and she’s done an ex­tra job of re­ally work­ing with neigh­bor­hood re­vi­tal­iza­tion here in Pottstown to not only own a home here but im­prove the neigh­bor­hood as well,” said Mar­i­anne Lynch, CEO of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity for Mont­gomery and Delaware coun­ties.

The home on Wal­nut Street needed some se­ri­ous work, ac­cord­ing to Lynch. Be­fore re­mod­el­ing, the home had a caved-in roof to­ward the back that had to be torn off and re­built com­pletely and vol­un­teers had to re­con­fig­ure the en­tire sec­ond floor.

“This pro­ject is the per­fect ex­am­ple of the trans­for­ma­tion hap­pen­ing in Pottstown,” said Lynch. “Tak­ing an un­in­hab­ited, ne­glected prop­erty and turn­ing it into liv­ing proof of the pos­si­bil­i­ties in Pottstown is what we are striv­ing to do.”

And Can­gialosi had that in mind as well when she chose this home. Af­ter pre­vi­ously sell­ing her home to pay for her Mas­ter’s de­gree and her daugh­ter’s col­lege tuition, Can­gialosi said she picked Pottstown to pur­chase a home be­cause of the po­ten­tial she sees in it.

“I’ve been able to work with the Pottstown Ac­tion Com­mit­tee and they have re­ally shown me a lot of heart in Pottstown. I know that there are a lot of home­own­ers and busi­ness own­ers and cit­i­zens and neigh­bors in Pottstown who re­ally care deeply for this town. They work hard at tak­ing care of it,” said Can­gialosi on why she chose Pottstown. “Pottstown is re­ally di­verse. There’s all dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions to Pottstown. It just has so much po­ten­tial and I think it’s re­ally on the verge of kind of be­com­ing an up­com­ing place to live.”

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing her keys, Can­gialosi in­vited vol­un­teers, part­ners and other guests to come in­side for a bless­ing of the home and to take a tour, show­ing off the brand new kitchen and an ex­posed brick wall in the front room

that she built her­self.

“I feel re­ally blessed to be a part of the process— to join the con­struc­tion crew and vol­un­teers and work on the house and help get it ready. And it’s ready. This is the day,” she said.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity part­nered with Gen­sis Hous­ing, Bank of Amer­ica, DOW Chem­i­cal, the Bor­ough of Pottstown and many oth­ers to re­model the home and make it avail­able to Can­gialosi through their Al­most Home Pro­gram.

The pro­gram aims to help fam­i­lies across Delaware and Mont­gomery coun­ties be­come fi­nan­cially sta­ble. Po­ten­tial buy­ers help to build their homes through 200 to 400 hours of “sweat eq­uity” to pur­chase their home at a re­duced price.

The Wal­nut Street home is the third home that the or­ga­ni­za­tion has re­stored in Pottstown and is the 84th home Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity has re­stored in Mont­gomery and Delaware coun­ties.

“It’s been a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s a whole new op­por­tu­nity for me to pur­pose­fully engage in life and com­mu­nity so I re­ally look for­ward to it,” said Can­gialosi. “It’s in­cred­i­ble. It’s like the best Christ­mas gift you could ever dream of.”

Wendy Can­gialosi flashes a smile and the keys to her new home on Wal­nut Street. Af­ter putting sweat eq­uity into the home with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, Can­gialosi will en­joy her new home just in time for Christ­mas.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

One lucky home­owner has made this house on Wal­nut Street their own af­ter some help from Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity. Wendy Can­gialosi re­cently pur­chased the home af­ter work­ing with the or­ga­ni­za­tion to help make a num­ber of ren­o­va­tions.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Wendy Can­gi­olosi, right, along with her daugh­ter, ad­mire Wendy’s new home on Wal­nut Street.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

As a wel­come gift for her new home, Wendy Can­gialosi was given a new tool set, among other items.

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