On Sunday, Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County will officially dedicate its 14th completed house, which was co-sponsored by the HWS Habitat for Humanity. The dedication will take place at 24 Hawkins Ave., in Geneva, N.Y. at 2 p.m.
“We are so blessed to have been able to help the Lapp family achieve their dream of home ownership,” says Taylor Mockler ’12, who was one of three senior leaders that worked alongside 13 students from the Classes of 2015 to help construct the house. “Volunteering with Habitat enables you to recognize the fact that you are doing more than just constructing a house – you’re helping a family to build their home. After working side-by-side with the Lapp family, I cannot wait to see the looks on their faces at the dedication.”
The ceremony, which will be attended by Geneva Mayor Ron Alcock and Ontario County’s Habitat President Ken Allen, is especially significant because Cynthia and Jeremy Lapp and their seven children will officially receive the keys to their new home. With five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a livable cellar, the house is the largest to date for Habitat, which plans to build two more houses this year.The Lapps’ new home at 24 Hawkins Ave. in Geneva, with its five bedrooms and two bathrooms, is the largest to date for Habitat, which plans to build two additional houses this year in Ontario County.
Fundraising efforts by the Colleges included the Habitat for Humanity Club’s second annual Mr. Hobart fundraiser, which raise approximately $3,000.
In August 2011, Hobart and William Smith students participated in Blitz Week, a five-day project period in which students helped other Habitat volunteers to frame an entire house so that, by the time the volunteers leave for the weekend, the house is enclosed with windows, doors and partial siding.
“At the end of the week, we all had a ton of fun and felt that we had done something very important to help the community of Geneva,” explains Kelly Haley ’15, who has been involved in Habitat for five years and jumped at the opportunity to continue her dedication to the organization at the Colleges. “It really touched and resonated with us since we got to meet the Lapp family instead of never knowing who we were actually helping.”
Like all other Habitat homeowners, the Lapps will contribute at least 400 hours of “sweat equity” toward the construction of the house, attend educational and financial courses and perform community service. The house will be sold to the family for the price that it cost Habitat to build the home, and the sale will occur through a no-interest, no-profit mortgage via Habitat for Humanity.
“The day we get the key to our new house will be a very happy day for us. It’s going to be a beautiful house with lots of room for us, about twice the space we now have. We’re very grateful for this opportunity. We’ve enjoyed putting in our sweat equity, and the mortgage may even be less than what we’re paying in rent and other charges,” Jeremy Lapp said in a 2011 Finger Lakes Times article.