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Groundbreaking in Bennington

11/1/2023

Board President John Jacobi, Rep. Mary Morrissey, Habitat Staff, and future homeowners break ground with golden shovels

This past Friday, October 27th, we broke ground on our 35th local home! We were joined by neighbors, volunteers, state representatives, and students to kick off this build. 

This marks our return to Bennington, after having spent the past two years working in Pownal, and then Manchester. Out of our 33 completed homes (will be 34 by the end of this month) 11 have been in Bennington. In 2024 we will build two houses in Bennington, which will become home to two families consisting of three adults and five children between them. 

Both of these homes will be built by Habitat volunteers, partner families, subcontractors, and students from the Southwest Vermont Regional Technical School. This is going to allow us a total of six build days per week, opposed to the normal three we have done in the past. While the students will be doing hands on learning and will almost certainly not be working as quickly as our experienced volunteers, their help with these houses should help us deliver them to the families quickly and efficiently. 

Please click the link below to see a wonderful article in the Bennington Banner about this groundbreaking ceremony!

Executive Director Cindy Luce shows the blueprints for the new home
A crowd gathers to celebrate and participate
Attendees write notes and well wishes on a 2x4 that will be built into the home

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