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Remodeled Habitat Home opens on North Ferry St.


Norma Harris’ new home on North Ferry Street represents 400 hours in sweat equity, homeowner-in-process classes and lots of determination.

Harris, 53, will assume a no-interest mortgage that she will be responsible for each month along with maintaining the home and meeting Habitat for Humanity standards for being a good citizen. The home was previously owned by another Habitat homeowner who needed to move out of the area; Our Towns Habitat led the renovation efforts.

“I never imagined owning a home could be for me,” Harris said. “But I have learned to paint and work with tools, to caulk a window, use a hammer and saw wood. It’s hard work, but it’s a happy hard.”

This home is an example of the Habitat’s desire to build and/or renovate homes within existing neighborhoods, a practice called infilling.

“People are putting faith into action through Habitat for Humanity, and the impact is making a big difference” said Jeff Porter, executive director of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.


Saturday construction volunteers are needed. Work is done on site from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a snack break at 10. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning, meet new people, learn construction skills, and help your neighbors. To volunteer or for more information call Cathy Petriano at 704-896-8957 x108, or 704-361-8143. You can also contact her via email: cathy@ourtownshabitat.org.

— Dave Vieser