GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA. Four local families have a reason to celebrate as they received the keys to their Habitat for Humanity homes in Grande Prairie. The generosity of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta, the City of Grande Prairie, and KCM Group of Companies helped to complete the four homes. The remaining four homes in the 8-home project are also nearing completion.
“It is a true joy for Habitat and our supporters to see hard-working families step into affordable home ownership,” said John Caputo, Interim President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, the Habitat that oversees the program in Grande Prairie. “Our families volunteer 500 hours in the community, and once they are in their homes their monthly payments cover their mortgage, taxes, insurance and program/condo fees, and those payments never exceed 30 percent of their household income.”
Habitat for Humanity has many homes in the community of Grande Prairie with much thanks to the City of Grande Prairie, who has supported Habitat by helping to locate and acquire land.
“As ongoing supporters of Habitat for Humanity, the City is elated to be part of yet another Home Dedication for the most recently completed home build in Grande Prairie,” said Mayor Bill Given. “The coordination between all the groups and organizations – Habitat for Humanity, the City of Grande Prairie, Government of Alberta, CMHC, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, and our local contractors – truly validates how working together can help our community grow and prosper. We know this project will create long-lasting and positive impacts, and are proud of Habitat for Humanity’s continued work in our community.”
As a forward-thinking, community-minded organization, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie has invested in local home ownership opportunities through the Habitat program. Their generous gift of $980,000 has funded the construction of eight homes.
“Grande Prairie has a strong Rotary history,” said Tyla Savard, President, Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. “Rotary is about connecting with community, being a part of community, and in turn creating opportunities to generate and support positive community impact. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie is honoured to work with Habitat for Humanity and all the project partners to bring the dream for many families to have their own home to reality.”
In this non-traditional Habitat build, Habitat collaborated with a local build, KCM Group of Companies. This special partnership includes a local builder who will build the homes, which will allow families to be in their homes even sooner.
“Welcome Home! KCM Construction and all their trade partners who proudly worked on this project are pleased to welcome each of the four families to their new home and to their new community,” said Andrea Coleman, Accounting Manager at KCM Construction. “We want to congratulate Habitat for their mission to provide affordable homes to deserving families here in Grande Prairie.”
Habitat for Humanity is excited to see the progress on the houses and to welcome the final four families to their new homes when the project is completed. Habitat thanks all supporters, specifically, the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta, the City of Grande Prairie, and KCM Group of Companies. There are still four homes available to qualifying families in the community. For more information about the available homes, please contact Hetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
Habitat Edmonton works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, and more financially stable life. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. The Habitat program in Grande Prairie joined with Habitat Edmonton in 2011. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit HFH.org.
About the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie is known as Rotary City. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie was established nearly 70 years ago as the first of four local Rotary clubs. Rotary is a strong force in our community. Members of our four clubs – our Rotaract club (post secondary), multiple Interact clubs (high school) and one of two EarlyAct clubs (K – Grade 8) in North America – we engage members of all ages to be community stewards, develop their leadership skills, and create positive change in our world. Rotary is for everyone! Rotary in Grande Prairie has a long, rich history of community building and collaboration to fundraise and give back through such events and projects as the Dream Home Lottery, Stop Hunger Now, scholarships, grant applications, and donations towards projects like Habitat for Humanity. To learn more about Rotary in our community, visit www.gprotary.com
Media inquires, please contact:
Kyle Keller, Communications Officer
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
Tyla Savard, President
Rotary Club of Grande Prairie