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Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity Building Legacy House in One Week with the Help of Hundreds of Volunteers


Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity
268 Cold Spring Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089

Contact: Gwen Burke

SPRINGFIELD – During the week of July 14-21, 2018, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GHSFH) will celebrate the end of their 30th Anniversary, in partnership with the Home Builder’s Blitz program, “Blitz Building” a house to honor the visionary leadership of GSHFH’s past 30 years including York Mayo, Bob Perry, Bruce & Ruth Pierce, George Burtch, Pastor Led Baxter, First Church in Ludlow, MA, Ellen Freyman, Bill Mazeine, Neil Swinton, Walt Tomala, Jennifer Schimmel, Jason Tsitso, Karen Carlson and Steve Gelling. The house, located at 963 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA will be constructed in one week, specifically exterior complete with interior drywall finished. This build is made possible with the help of habitat partner families, local construction companies and hundreds of volunteers, joining us from the local community, as well as Guatemala. Funding for the Legacy Build / Home Builder’s Blitz was made possible in part, through The Beveridge Family Foundation, The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, The Perry Family, The Mayo Family, The Lyons Family, TNT General Contracting, and so many more partners (for a full listing visit our website

The Legacy Build Week activities at 963 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, kick off July 14th at 12:45 pm with the Wall-Raising. The build will take place throughout the week from 7:00am-4:30pm. On July 21st at 4:00pm, a celebration will take place, kicking off the 31st year with a Proclamation from City Councilor, Kateri Walsh, along with the blessing of three Springfield homes and their families, including 37 Bristol Street, 1512 Dwight Street, and 963 Sumner Avenue. An Ice Cream Social and a tour of 963 Sumner Avenue, Springfield will conclude the ceremony.

Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH) was founded in 1987 as an all-volunteer affiliate. Thirty years later, GSHFH has helped more than 100 local families as well as 100 international families, realize their dream of homeownership and home preservation.

Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity is a housing ministry dedicated to building strength, stability and self-reliance in our community by empowering low-income families to change their lives and the lives of future generations through homeownership and home preservation opportunities. This is accomplished by working in partnership with diverse people, from all walks of life, to build and repair simple, decent, affordable housing.  Habitat’s mission to provide these opportunities to low-income families is unique as it requires partner families to work alongside the community that is reaching out to help them.


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