Home money in the bank for Salem family

Morning Journal/J.D. Creer Front from left, Hays family members Isabella, Jonathan, Reilly, Robert, Amanda and Marie stand in front of their new home at 570 Bank St., surrounded by family, friends, public officials and Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley personnel and volunteers during a recent home dedication ceremony. This was the first house constructed in Salem since the merger of the northern Columbiana County Habitat operation and the Mahoning Valley Habitat group.

SALEM — The Hays family has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season after moving into their new home at 570 Bank St., constructed by Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley (HFHMV) volunteers and their own sweat equity.

The recent dedication included a welcome and opening prayer from HFHMV Executive Director Scott Taylor, an introduction of the family by HFHMV Director of Development Kristina Nicholas, family comments, recognition of sponsors and volunteers and presentations by the Youngstown Embroider’s Guild, HFHMV ReStores, Loose-Knit Group, Redeemer Lutheran Church, a tithe check from Ireland, and members of Girl Scout Troop 60741 from West Branch and Sebring.

Sponsors for the project included United Way of Northern Columbiana County, a Community Housing Impact & Preservation Program grant from the city of Salem, HFHMV ReStores, Coventry Lighting, Westminster College Campus Chapter, Dow, Whirlpool, Square D, Yale Residential, Valspar and Hunter Douglas.

“Our house dedications give us a chance to thank the many people who came together to make the construction of each home a success and a moment to celebrate handing over the keys to a new excited family,” Nicholas said.

The home on Bank Street is the first in Columbiana County since the Northern Columbiana County Habitat chapter merged with the Mahoning Valley group, which now has 141 homes built or rehabilitated locally and 27 internationally.

A majority of the funds for the project came from the merger and were earmarked for the Bank Street project. HFHMV serves Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. More than 250 volunteers helped out on the Bank Street project, working more than 2,000 hours.

Habitat’s goal is to provide affordable, decent housing to families in need. Habitat families must contribute 250 to 500 hours of sweat equity on the construction of their own home or another home and must attend homeowner classes. They get nothing for free except the chance at being a homeowner, with an affordable mortgage at zero percent interest.

To learn more about volunteering and donating or how to qualify for a home, contact HFHMV at 330-743-7244 or visit www.habitatmahoning.org.


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