Work begins on new Habitat house

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Garcia family who is partnering with Yates County Habitat for Humanity.(From left) Abeni, Wilson, Estella holding David and Leslie.

And the beat goes on, as does the heat. Yates County Habitat for Humanity has been inactive for the last few months but now work has begun at the newest home site at 144 Seneca St., Penn Yan.

At the July 11 Habitat meeting, the volunteers were introduced to Estella Garcia and her family who will partner with the Yates County group. Estella with her children Abeni, 11, Wilson, 7, Leslie, 6 and David, 1 will work towards home ownership. Tears came when Abeni learned at the meeting that they would have a new home. Estella is an LPN with Finger Lakes Health while working toward her RN at FLCC. The children attend the Penn Yan schools.

When Estella was told of her family’s selection, she was so touched and thanked God for the wonderful blessing.

The beat never changes for the faithful Habitat volunteers as they again will be working every Wednesday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Site managers Jim Reisenberger and Bill Bailey are anxious to get started. Not having a home under construction this past winter has made all the volunteers more eager as they are fired up and ready to go.

Recently, Evergreen Excavators and Demolition of Penn Yan were at the Seneca Street property, breaking the ground for the foundation.

Yates County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit an ecumenical Christian organization an affiliate of Habitat International which is dedicated to making affordable decent housing for those in need a matter of conscience and action. Habitat works in partnership with people in need throughout the world building simple decent shelter that is sold to them at no profit through no interest loans. Funds and building materials are donated by individuals, churches, corporations and other organizations sharing the common goal.

Yates County Habitat for Humanity meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Lyons National Bank on Liberty St. in Penn Yan beginning at 7 p.m. Volunteers are always needed to help with breaks and lunches, and a volunteer coordinator for that purpose is needed.