WILLIAMSBURG — Tears of joy flowed as the keys were turned over to a Habitat for Humanity home in this village, Sept. 29.
On the same day they were set to move into their new place, the young Pinard family cut the ribbon at the front door of their simple Locke Lane house as more than 50 onlookers celebrated the milestone with them.
Sarah, Alex and their four children had eagerly awaited the day since the April 30 groundbreaking on Habitat Cornwall & The Counties’ thirteenth build overall since 1998— and its third in Dundas County. The Pinards contributed over 500 hours of sweat equity in place of a financial down payment for the home that was also helped along by a multitude of community volunteers and 35 sponsors.
Sarah Pinard brought tears to many eyes as she remarked on her family’s journey: “We are thankful for Habitat, for all of the people that contributed. There were times in our life that we were homeless. We may not have done this traditionally, but we were able to do it with a helping hand from Habitat. It’s possible for other family’s to change their lives as well.”
South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde’s voice also quavered with emotion as she welcomed the family to Williamsburg.
Habitat’s next partner Family — Shane and Ashley Lauzon — also attended the event, having been surprised recently by the news of their selection for the organization’s fourteenth build, set to go up inside Cornwall next year.
Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties does not receive annual government funding, relying entirely on community support through donations, fundraising, third party events, partnerships, sponsorships, and revenues from the organization’s ReStore outlet in Cornwall.
Thirty-one children were among the 13 families helped to date by Habitat Cornwall & The Counties.
Below: a sneak peek inside the Pinard family’s new home built with the assistance of Habitat for Humanity ReStore-Cornwall & The Counties. The mini-tour followed the official Sept. 29 key handover and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Locke Lane address in Williamsburg.