New owners receive keys after ‘unique’ complete home renovation

Alfred St. residence is 35th Habitat for Humanity project

Local Habitat for Humanity board chair David Butler, right, hands over keys to the Craig family, including Danica, Devon (far left) and their children.

In some respects, every project undertaken by Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton is unique. But the home at 132 Alfred St. in Sarnia, which was severely damaged by fire more than a year ago must be considered “extra special.”

The previous owners decided to sell the property to Habitat, which subsequently selected Devon and Danica Craig as the new owners. The Craigs and their three children will be moving in shortly.

The family received the keys to the home at a ceremony on Thursday, one that included the customary acknowledgements of various build partners.

Devon Craig, left, received a Bible from Pastor joshua Pitka of Dunamis Church as part of the dedication ceremony for the latest Habitat for Humanity project, now home for the Craigs.
Devon Craig, left, received a Bible from Pastor joshua Pitka of Dunamis Church as part of the dedication ceremony for the latest Habitat for Humanity project, now home for the Craigs.

Those include Libro Credit Union, the Sarnia Community Foundation, Sarnia Seaway Kiwanis, KD Exteriors, Reliance Home Comfort, Ontario Power Generation, the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation, Home Depot (Sarnia) and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

But it was really the Craigs and their children—Ziya, Kreelyn and Noah—who were the real stars. It would be hard to imagine a family with more gratitude in their hearts over their selection and the journey they continue to take toward home ownership.

Under the Habitat for Humanity model, families who are selected receive an interest-free mortgage on the property in return for their involvement in a partnership where “sweat equity” and hours worked toward the project and/or other projects initiated by Habitat are accumulated.

Because 100% of all operational and administrative expenses are paid for by a portion of the ReStore revenues, all money donated to Habitat locally is also used to build more homes.

The Alfred Street project is a circa 1895 home and the third build project of the Habitat Youth Program. Multiple teams of students from four area secondary schools participated along with students enrolled in several programs at Lambton College. Youth from Sacred Heart and St. Michael’s Catholic parishes also took part.

“As a whole-home renovation, this project definitely presented some new challenges to our construction team,” said Kim Racher, director of build services. “But once again, we have been inspired and amazed at the energy and commitment of the youth of this community. Their volunteer efforts—support by those of our incredible corporate teams—have enabled us to complete this project on time and on budget.

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