Volunteers sought for Habitat for Humanity renovations

Sep 23, 2016
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Volunteers are needed to help renovate this Habitat for Humanity Home located at 18 Minot Ave.

The Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to renovate one of its homes, located at 18 Minot Ave., starting next month.

The Mattapoisett-based chapter of the global nonprofit has built nine homes in the South Coast since 1996 with the goal of improving the living situations of low-income families.

Renovations will take place on Oct. 1 (painting, interior doors), Oct. 8 (flooring) and Oct. 15 (kitchen cabinetry). The work takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to seeking people to help finish interior renovations, Habitat needs people who are willing to provide food and drinks for the volunteers.

Habitat homes are built with volunteer labor and donations of land, money and materials, as well as 300 sweat equity hours the Habitat family puts into building their own home. The homes are sold at no profit and financed with no-interest to those who qualify.

For questions or to sign up, call 508-758-4517 or email BuzzardsBayAreaHabitat@yahoo.com.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Sep 23, 2016 18:33

What happened there? That house cant be more than a few years old and it needs interior doors and kitchen cabinets already?

Posted by: Chaka | Sep 23, 2016 19:30

That had to be the worst lot in town to build a house on. Busy street, accident-packed intersection, train tracks running through the back yard and an electrical substation 10 feet from the back door. Was that the best choice or was this deal fishy?

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Sep 23, 2016 20:29

Sphere - According to Wareham Week articles: house was constructed and family moved in in 2010 and 2) family left the area for personal reasons in 2015.

Suggest a search on Wareham Week for "Habitat for Humanity Minot" it should bring up 9 articles.

Posted by: bob | Sep 24, 2016 07:47

Another waste of the taxpayer's C.P.A. funds......As CHAKA comment says it all....

Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 26, 2016 13:53

Just a quick glance at the property and you could see the place got trashed. The rubbish even snuck it's way across Minot ave and got dumped in the woods... That's some way to show appreciation.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 26, 2016 15:24

I made the same observations about the way that the property was maintained while that supposedly needy family lived there.  I recall when it was brand new a few years ago and they were welcomed in.  It quickly went down hill.  They were slobs.  That is no way to show appreciation.   


It is too bad because there are many good, clean, responsible people that need a little help in life.  Unfortunately there are just as many undesirables making it hard for the good ones.  


There is a saying about taking s**t from the barnyard.  That's the conundrum with offering nice housing deals to people that don't deserve it.


While on the topic, what about the 40B on Swift's Beach Road?  What a scam that was.  They tore down one house on one lot.  They divided it into 6 tiny lots and built 6 similar fairly nice houses.  They unfortunately are like a sardines in a can.  In order to pull off such a stunt, they used 40B to avoid zoning and sold some of the houses as "affordable".  Take a ride by.  Take a peek.  Guess which houses were affordable.  It is truly a shame for the poor folk that bought the regularly priced houses.  Then again, what did they expect?  Who would pay full price for a house when the exact same house next door is being sold as affordable for half price.  The odds of good, clean, responsible people buying the affordable house are slim.  History has proven that undesirables are more likely.       

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Sep 26, 2016 15:44

Perhaps they could do surprise inspections of the potential new owners present Habitat as part of qualifications before they can finalize application for such housing. All the effort and money that goes into these homes should not trashed by letting someone buy it that is not appreciative and responsible enough to keep it in neat order.I remember driving by shaking my head after they first moved in. Kinda looked like the honey comb hideout for thug types on the porch.Hopefully the next owners will treat it with respect.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 26, 2016 16:13

I'm with you Sphere on the surprise inspections.  I'm waiting for someone to spout nonsense about that being some kind of violation of privacy.      

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