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The mission of Habitat is to eliminate substandard housing in the world by working in partnership with people in need to build simple, decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity has been providing decent, affordable housing in the Lakes Region since 1982 and has completed 30 homes during that time. They are currently completing work on their 31st home, which is a rehab of a house in Franklin. For more information on the current project, or to get more involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 279-4820.
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April 5, 2013 from 7-9 PM
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LR Habitat for Humanity to build first handicap-accessible home
By BOB MARTIN email@example.com
LACONIA — Every day Kelly Soboslai tackles the issues that come with having muscular dystrophy but, thanks to Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, things will become just a little easier with a new handicap accessible home.
It will be the first handicap accessible home built by Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, and the Soboslai family is extremely grateful. “The overwhelming support from the community to help people they don’t even know is very touching and heartwarming — to know there are people out there who want to reach out and help,” Kelly said.
Kelly lives with her family in a 36 unit building called Franklin Plantations with her husband Rob, 10- year-old son R.J. and Kelly’s mother Barbara Emerson. Rob and Kelly Soboslai have lived in the apartment for the past 13 years and describe the situation as being immensely difficult at times.
Rob, Kelly and R.J. currently live in an apartment in the back of the building, making it difficult to leave because she is forced to walk all the way around to the front. This makes it hard to do things like laundry and making sure R.J. gets on the school bus. They also said that the walk-way has been difficult throughout the winter.
According to Jason Hicks, vice president of Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, they plan to break ground by the end of April or early May. The area located on Dearborn Road will be cleared of brush within the next couple of weeks. They will be constructing a ranch house, and will have it super insulated. The City of Franklin will also be partnering with Habitat for Humanity by building a turnaround at the end of the road to make the project possible.
Hicks also said that they hope to make it a green building, making it as environmentally friendly as possible. While it may be more costly to build, he hopes that volunteer work will offset much of the cost. He said that they hope for it to be a blitz build, which means that it will be constructed quickly with help from volunteers throughout the community.
According to Hicks, Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity received a grant of $30,000 from the Federal Loan Bank in Boston. He explained that there is an affordable housing program that gives grants to build housing with a maximum of $30,000 per house.
In order to put this towards the construction of the house, Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity partnered with Meredith Village Savings Bank, who gave them a construction loan for the project. The grant will pay off these costs.
Marilyn Deschenes, president of Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, said that there are three qualifications for the housing. The first is the need for housing, and the Soboslai family qualified due to Kelly’s muscular dystrophy as well as the apartment not being handicap accessible. The second is the ability to pay. Deschenes said that they set them up for success by putting the family through first time homebuyer courses. The third is the willingness to partner, requiring 500 hours of split equity. Deschenes said that this started a long time ago, and that work included classes, physical labor and other things done at home. Kelly has put together several flyers. “One thing we want to make clear is it’s not a giveaway program,” said Hicks. “It’s a no interest mortgage, but it’s still a mortgage.”
There have been fundraisers set up by both Habitat for Humanity and the Soboslai Family, including the sold out Cupcakes for a Cause which brought in $2,200. The Soboslai Family has also done fundraisers on their own, including a fall concert that brought in more than $1,400 at St. James Episcopal Church, of which the Soboslai Family is a part. They plan on having another concert on May 19.
They have also been fundraising in other small ways, including auctioning off a quilt that was made by Rob’s aunt, which raised $196. Rob also sold candy bars, raising $65.
On Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity will be holding a fundraiser at the Inter-Lakes High School Gym, which will feature the world famous Harlem Ambassadors versus the Winnipesaukee Warriors. Marriot TownePlace Suites have donated rooms to the players and Patrick’s Pub and Eatery will be providing food. The Harlem Ambassadors are known for their unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, with high-flying slamdunks, wacky tricks and comedy routines.
Laura Brusseau, fundraiser chair, explained that the Winnipesaukee Warriors feature several hometown athletes, including Laconia High School Assistant Principal and former Plymouth State College basketball star Dave Levesque. Levesque’s father was very involved in Habitat for Humanity in Vermont. He passed away from cancer this past year, and he said that being involved is a way to give back in a tribute to his years of hard work.
“When Laura told me what it was about, it was an easy choice to say I’d play,” Levesque said. “I know the work that Habitat does and it doesn’t get much better than that.”
All proceeds will go toward the construction of the house. Tickets are still available at Meredith Village Savings Bank in Meredith and All- Brite Cleaning and Restoration in Gilford.
A sweet deal Cupcakes For A Cause helps raise funds for Habitat for Humanity
By KRISTA MARRS firstname.lastname@example.org
LACONIA — Lakes Region cupcake lovers had their fill of the bite-side delectable treats Saturday at the Belknap Mill, and crowned Ooo La La Creative Cakes of Meredith the winner of the inaugural 2013 Best Cupcakes in the Lakes Region award.
a backdrop of the Arts Alive student art exhibit, nearly 200 patrons
tastetested the six vendors on hand for the Cupcakes For A Cause event,
which served as a fundraiser for the Lakes Region Habitat for
Humanity’s next home-building project on Dearborn Street in Franklin
for the Soboslai family — parents Rob and Kelly, 10-year-old son, R.J.
and Kelly’s mother, Barbara Emerson.
Living with muscular dystrophy, Kelly said the family currently lives in an apartment building on the backside, so each time she leaves she is forced to walk around the building to the front. She said the family does not have a laundry unit in their apartment, so she has more walking to do each time a load of laundry needs to be washed and dried. Barbara is legally blind and currently lives up the street from the family.
Laura Brusseau, chair of the fundraising committee, said the idea for the event grew out of the cupcake craze that has swept across the nation. She said at 12:45 p.m., the line stretched out the door of ticketholders waiting to get inside. Less than an hour in, the 180 tickets were sold out.
Brusseau said the project for the Soboslai family will be the first handicapped accessible home built by Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity. Marilyn Deschenes, president of Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity, said John Robinson of Wood & Clay Inc. of Gilford will be volunteering as general contractor for the building project through the New Hampshire Homebuilders and Remodelers Association and the New Hampshire Humane Society has donated 50 sheets of sheetrock, which is currently being stored at Boulia Gorrell Lumber in Laconia. Depending on what Mother Nature brings, the idea is to begin construction once the ground is thawed.
The Sweet Life Cakes and Confections is run by Trista Patten, who operates out of her home in Gilford. Starting out by baking birthday cakes for her two children, Patten said her love of baking expanded through friends, family and word-of-mouth. In her first year, she brought her chocolate cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting cupcake to the challenge.
Despres’ cupcake was a dark chocolate cake with a graham cracker crust with marshmallow frosting and chocolate ganache. “Absolutely delectable,” said Radue. “The cake is nice and dense but moist and very flavorful.” A connoisseur of baked goods, Radue said she has a hard time passing up any homemade baked item.
Carol Gerken of Meredith was attending with her daughter-in-law, Casey, and her 5-year-old granddaughter, Meredith. “I’m partial to the lemon raspberry cupcake by Kara’s Cafe. It was so light and so springy,” said Carol. “I’m sort of torn between the Easter egg nest one and the s’mores one,” said Casey, “but I’m almost sure I didn’t try one that I didn’t like.” Carol added that having the fundraiser coincide with the Arts Alive exhibit was a wonderful idea and a great way to bring the community together to not only raise money for the Habitat project but to serve as a showcase for all the student artwork. “What a great idea,” she said. “It almost looks like a garden in here with all the colors.”
Members of the Fundraising Committee that helped organize the Cupcakes for a Cause included Brusseau, Krysten Adel, Lauren Milligan and Sarah-Beth Hernandez- Huot.
The next Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity event will be a basketball game featuring the Harlem Ambassadors at Inter- Lakes High School in Meredith on Friday, April 15. Tickets are on sale at Meredith Village Savings Bank in Meredith, All Bright Cleaners in Gilford, the Airport County Store in Gilford, D & D Country Deli in Belmont and at Smoke n’ Barley in Tilton.
Plans are also in the works for another fundraising concert at St. James Episcopal Church in Laconia. No date has been set for this spring event.