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Braintree Habitat for Humanity steps up search for a location

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 26, 2013 11:50 AM

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Habitat for Humanity is intensifying the outreach campaign in Braintree as the organization waits to find the perfect place to build its next home.

The non-profit, which builds homes for families in need, has had its eyes on the Braintree community for a new project since 2012, and have since started building an awareness campaign.

That effort will continue on Saturday, as the group hosts a community walk starting at Sunset Lake.

“This is more a friend-raiser to build awareness to bring habitat back to Braintree,” said Martine Taylor, executive director for Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat has constructed four homes in Braintree in the past – in 1994, 2003, 2004, and 2008 - and decided to come back to the community to add to those successes.

In addition to the walk, the local chapter of the group has hosted several other events to promote the mission, and meets the second Wednesday of every month to build excitement about a potential project.

Alongside the Walk and other minor fund-raisers, Taylor said the group plans to meet with Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan in a few weeks to talk about building opportunities.

“It’s just the continued effort [that we hope] will ultimately turn over a piece of property,” Taylor said.

Taylor noted that it’s always a debate about whether to procure a piece of property first, or to start building awareness about the group’s efforts. In this case, organizers chose to build excitement for a project before knowing where it would go.

That quest has continued while fund-raising and friend-raising efforts are ongoing, and though the group will look to potentially buying a piece of property, the goal is to get one donated.

“Our hope is always to get the property donated; however, we as an organization continue to look at the rehab possibilities and bank-owned properties as well for a potential for purchase,” Taylor said. “But our goal is to get the land donated to use the [donated] funds directly to building the house.”

While finding a space to build has been a slow process, Taylor said the awareness campaign has been highly successful. In addition to the dozens of locals already aware and involved in the group, the Walk will bring 50 new faces to Habitat’s side.

“So far all the registrars are new faces for us, which shows that the people who know us and love us continue to support us, but our effort is getting bigger,“ Taylor said.

Registration is still open for the Saturday event, which begins at 10 a.m.

The three-mile walk will take participants through the streets and back roads of Braintree. Registration is $15 per walker.

To view the registration form, click here.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, click here.

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