Habitat Welcomes New Board Members

NEWBURGH – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh recently held its orientation for its new Board of Directors. Our organization is elated to welcome Andrew Boughrum, Anthony Casillo, James Diana, James Ditbrenner, Christina Randazzo, and Janis Berg. We anticipate grand endeavors for the foreseeable future. The new Board members were voted in at the annual Board of Directors meeting on October 20th.

Paul Brothe, President of the Board of Directors, “Each year we welcome new board members to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. This year we are fortunate to have six new board members join us, who represent a wide variety of backgrounds and skills. Board participation represents a significant commitment, and I am excited to be working alongside all of our board members, especially these new community leaders.”

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh brings together people to build homes, communities and hope. Founded in October of 1999, Habitat Newburgh is one of nearly 1,300 local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International and is the largest and most productive affiliate in the Hudson Valley. We have completed 102 decent and affordable homes in one of the most distressed urban areas in the United States and the largest contiguous historic district in New York State. The E. Parmenter Street Neighborhood, a 22-house development on what was formerly one of the most blighted blocks in Newburgh, is now a thriving community of Habitat Newburgh homeowners. To date, 126 families earning between 30-80% of the area median income, have demonstrated a willingness to partner with Habitat Newburgh by investing sweat equity into the construction of our homes, participating in required homeowner education classes, and signing a mortgage. Habitat Newburgh homeowners contribute over $550,000 per year in school and city taxes. Forty-two Newburgh homeowners have participated in our A Brush with Kindness minor home repair program. In addition to our work in this community, Habitat Newburgh has helped 182 families in Haiti, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, and Mexico secure shelter.

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