More than 200 volunteers from the Stouffville community rolled up their sleeves and helped the Sosin family build their modest, affordable bungalow as part of a five-week Habitat for Humanity GTA Blitz Build that began in late August.  Community businesses, organizations and faith groups also rallied together to provide both financial and volunteer support of the Stouffville Main Street build including, Markham-based Geranium Corporation, Silvio Construction, and many other donors, as well as local churches.

Craig and Keiko Sosin with daughter Audrey and son Blue were ecstatic when they received the keys to their new house from Mayor Justin Altmann on behalf of Habitat for Humanity GTA, the generous sponsors and volunteers.

Stouffville Ward 5 Councillor Iain Lovatt got involved in the project prior to taking his seat on council. He personally spent many hours with other volunteers helping to complete the home on schedule. “This isn’t a hand out, this is a hand up to quote the founder of Habitat Millard Fuller,” said Lovatt as he welcomed the Sosin’s to the community and praised the many volunteers.

“We’ve been so impressed by the enthusiastic and generous support we’ve received from the people of Whitchurch-Stouffville on this first Habitat home build in their community,” says Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA. “We hope to continue working with this community to offer more homeownership opportunities to working, low-income families that will help them gain financial stability and build a better future for their children.”

Photo: The Sossin family are all smiles at a recent celebration with the many volunteers who helped build their new home.