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Mary Ann Dowdell

Habitat For Humanity Celebrates 30 Years

LATEST FAMILY READY TO MOVE IN

Habitat Slide Show Applauds

36 Homes, 2 Renovations

Habitat For Humanity celebrated 30 years of building homes in Otsego County at the Elm Park Methodist Church this evening. A slideshow of the 36 homes and two major renovations was played for the guests as they enjoyed refreshments and cake. Above, Brad Conforti, wife Colleen and their children Abrielle and Micah, Town of Maryland, show off the most recent Habitat newsletter that features the home they will move into. The home is one of the newest residences Habitat is building on McFarlane Road off of Route 205 between West Oneonta and Laurens.  At right, Habitat president Mary Ann Dowdell, Oneonta,  who gave the evening’s keynoter, recognizes those who have donated time and talents over the past three decades by having their names included on an honorary plaque. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Habitat For Humanity: 35 Homes In 30 Years

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SUNDAY

Habitat For Humanity:

35 Homes In 30 Years

Habitat for Humanity built home sweet home for Lois Newell, foreground, and daughters Adrianna, left, Gabriella and Isabella. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Habitat President Mary Ann Dowdell and Marjorie Pietraface discusses this Sunday’s celebration of Habitat’s 30th anniversary.

ONEONTA – A decade ago, Lois Newell felt hopeless.

“I was living in an apartment on Academy Street, my window faced the back of the Salvation Army,” she said. “I would look at that wall every day and cry. I was freshly divorced, I had no money and no resources. I wanted hope, a better life for my kids.”

Now, when she looks out her window, she sees an apple tree and the wildflower garden she’s cultivated in the yard of her Habitat For Humanity house, one of 35 the the nationwide organization’s local chapter has built locally over the last three decades.

This Sunday, Sept. 15, Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house 2-4 p.m. at the Elm Park Methodist Church, Oneonta.

Habitat For Humanity: 35 Homes In 30 Years

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SUNDAY

Habitat For Humanity:

35 Homes In 30 Years

Habitat for Humanity built home sweet home for Lois Newell, foreground, and daughters Adrianna, left, Gabriella and Isabella. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Habitat President Mary Ann Dowdell and Marjorie Pietraface discusses this Sunday’s celebration of Habitat’s 30th anniversary.

ONEONTA – A decade ago, Lois Newell felt hopeless.

“I was living in an apartment on Academy Street, my window faced the back of the Salvation Army,” she said. “I would look at that wall every day and cry. I was freshly divorced, I had no money and no resources. I wanted hope, a better life for my kids.”

Now, when she looks out her window, she sees an apple tree and the wildflower garden she’s cultivated in the yard of her Habitat For Humanity house, one of 35 the the nationwide organization’s local chapter has built locally over the last three decades.

This Sunday, Sept. 15, Habitat for Humanity of Otsego County will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house 2-4 p.m. at the Elm Park Methodist Church, Oneonta.

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