South Shore Habitat Breaks Ground

| December 1, 2017

(l-r) Martine Taylor, executive director, South Shore Habitat for Humanity; Ted Flynn, Duxbury Board of Selectmen; from the South Shore Habitat for Humanity: Matthew Mulroney, board member; Beth Lyons, senior development officer; Ron Waite, construction manager; Evy Nelson, VP of development; Sharon Mutrie, VP; Richard McGowan, director of operations; and Noreen Browne, director of program services; David Madigan, vice chair, Board of Selectmen; Martha Himes, vice chair, Affordable Housing Trust; James Duff, South Shore Habitat Board president; Sheila Lynch-Benttinen, trustee, Affordable Housing Trust; Rene Read, Town manager; Steve Marshall, Duxbury resident, Board Member, South Shore Habitat for Humanity, and Shawn Dahlen, chairperson, Duxbury Board of Selectmen.

Duxbury, MA – The South Shore Habitat team was given a warm welcome by Duxbury officials at a groundbreaking ceremony held November 28, at 66 Lake Shore Drive. The lot will house a new single-family home and represents the first of seven new affordable home projects that South Shore Habitat for Humanity will deliver for Duxbury.

Duxbury Selectmen Shawn Dahlen, David Madigan, and Ted Flynn were among the officials on hand to participate in the groundbreaking, as was Town Manager Rene J. Read and Duxbury Affordable Housing Trust officials Sheila Lynch-Benttinen and Martha Himes.

Construction is set to begin at the location in early December, and over the next seven months the house will be built with the volunteer effort of local residents, corporate partners, and members of the faith community.

Cape Cod Lumber is also one of South Shore Habitat for Humanity’s corporate partners and supporter of these projects.


The groundbreaking ceremony coincided with Giving Tuesday. Martine Taylor, Executive Director of South Shore Habitat, said, “What could be more inspiring than breaking ground on our 4th Habitat Home in Duxbury on Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. We are truly excited to be making such an impact with our multi-year, multi-unit partnership.”

Selected Family Partners put in “sweat equity hours” alongside local volunteers on the construction of their home. These Family Partners purchase the home and receive a 30-year, zero-interest mortgage and each home does have a perpetual deed restriction that maintains the affordability status of each home. Habitat Family Partners are selected through a competitive process based on their ability to pay, willingness to partner and need for adequate housing. South Shore Habitat for Humanity offers a “hand-up, not a hand-out.” “Habitat doesn’t build these homes, communities build these
homes,” said Taylor.



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