Habitat for Humanity makes Wareham mom a homeowner

By Matthew Bernat | Mar 12, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Victoria Swank and her son Brian Santiago stand in front of their new, Habitat for Humanity-built home on Sunday.

Four-year-old Brian Santiago was having a difficult time navigating his new home Sunday afternoon.

Brian and his mother, Victoria Swank, carefully made their way through each room of the freshly renovated house surrounded by dozens of well-wishers. All greeted them in the Habitat for Humanity-built home.

“We are just so grateful for everything they’ve done,” said Swank, a Wareham native. “We wouldn’t be able to have afforded this home without everyone’s support.”

Swank, after volunteers spent hours renovating and furnishing the house, was welcomed to the roughly 1,000 square-foot, three-bedroom home at 18 Minot Ave. by Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity officials. Habitat for Humanity is a national nonprofit organization that helps families of modest means purchase homes.

Unusual for most Habitat homes, it was dedicated to former board member Cindy Worrell who was well known for her volunteer efforts throughout Wareham. Worrell passed away last year, and her husband Geoff and other family members were on hand to accept the honor.

“On behalf of the family, we’re truly honored this home is dedicated in her memory,” said Geoff. “I know that each and every day her legacy lives on.”

Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Christine Lacourse said that Swank will close on the house at the end of the month, adding that Habitat homes aren’t donated. Recipients have access to low-interest loans and must take on the mortgage.

In addition to the volunteer hours, many businesses stepped forward with donations, including Cardi’s Furniture. The company furnished the home completely at no cost. Jim Bruce, of Morse Lumber Co., also supports Habitat, donating lumber for many of the group’s builds including the Minot Avenue home, said Lacourse. The town’s Community Preservation Committee awarded a grant to the project to help offset the cost as well.

For more information on the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, click here.

Geoff Worrell, center, stands with friends and family after a Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated in his wife's honor for her volunteer efforts. Cindy Worrell passed away last year. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Habitat for Humanity Treasurer Kara Lees, left, and Executive Director Christine Lacourse wait for the start of Sunday's dedication ceremony. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Rev. Geoffrey Piper says a prayer while the home's new resident, Victoria Swank, looks on. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Uptohere | Mar 13, 2017 09:40

Congratulations, what a beautiful blessing for you and your son.

Posted by: cranapple | Mar 14, 2017 06:26

This is what I love to see. It definitely feeds my love of this town.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Mar 14, 2017 10:45

She looks so young, glad to see she is now a homeowner!!

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