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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Habitat For Humanity Planning Six Houses

Cape Croker | by Claire McCormack  

Local chapter is planning to build six homes at Neyaashiinigmiing this year.

Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce has six builds coming up this summer and all of them are at Neyashinigmiing at Cape Croker.

Executive Director Greg Fryer says it's a continuation of a project started last year where Habitat volunteers worked with members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation to build four homes for four families on Kaikaiknong Crescent.

"A number of their members who are living off-reserve who want to come back to Cape Croker and live but there's no housing for them, so we're helping provide that housing," says Fryer.

Fryer hopes to get work underway this year in early June, if the weather allows for it. Right now, he says the land needs to be cleared.

He says there is always a need for volunteers from all over Grey Bruce, noting about 42 per cent of last year's volunteers were local to Neyashinigmiing and the rest were from throughout the area.

In all last year, 392 volunteers served 13, 932 hours in Grey Bruce.

Fryer says volunteers benefit from working on builds because they learn about home building and renovation that can be useful in their own lives. "We get the benefit of their help and as well we're helping them learn more about how they can look after thier own homes."

Fryer notes there will Also be three "Global Village Teams" from all over North America who visit to work on the builds this year.

The annual Realtors Association of Grey Bruce (RAGBOS) golf fundraiser is set to go on May 30th at Saugeen Golf Club.  The day is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and includes golf, lunch and dinner.

Fryer says one of the other major way Habitat raises money is through its Restore locations where home and building items are donated for resale.

'We have lots of kitchens coming in as well as all kinds of building materials, appliances, furniture, lighting, you name it, we have it," says Fryer.

There are ReStore locations in Owen Sound, Hanover and Port Elgin.

Fryer says they'll also pick up items from homes if people can't get to restore to donate them.

To Contact Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce and the Restore, call 519-371-6166.
You can register in time slots to volunteer on builds online at

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