GLOVERSVILLE - The Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County started to once again help those in the community Saturday with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its ninth and newest project at 71 Bloomingdale Ave.
The house to be erected on Bloomingdale was designed by volunteer architect and board member, John Mott, for the Fulton County Habitat program.
The house will be built on donated land and is designed to be a one story, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home that was customized by Mott to meet the needs of the partner family.
Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Fulton?County and the partner family are shown at the groundbreaking for its latest project Saturday at 71 Bloomingdale Ave. in Gloversville.
The house will feature an open-concept living area, which includes the living room, dining room and kitchen. Included in the design is a first-floor laundry room and a full basement. The front and rear entrances of the home will each have small covered porches.
The partner family for this project - Erik and Cheyenne Getwright and their three sons, Dakota, E.J. and Skylar - will help build its new home over the course of the year. One of their children has special needs, and his room was designed to help with that.
Habitat for Humanity Website and Volunteer Coordinater Ruth Mandato said she expects the project to be completed in about a year, pending volunteer community support and donations.
Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers and donations to renovate and build houses and offers no-interest mortgages for low-income families who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a traditional mortgage.
"We are helping out a family that could never qualify for a loan without our help," said Mandato. "This is a hand-up, not a hand-down."
As part of the arrangement, the family buying the home is required to help with the renovation or construction.
The estimated total cost for the Bloomingdale project is still unknown, Mandato said.
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that relies on volunteers and donations to build or renovate houses in communities throughout the country. Since 1976, the organization has helped more than 500,000 families.
"Everyone that comes to help one of our families in the past walks away feeling better about themselves," Mandato said. "They aren't only helping a family in need but also the community as a whole."
The Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County's strategic plan is to renovate or in this case build a new house each year.
For more information, visit its website at www.hfhfc.com or call 773-4912.