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T.I. Area Habitat for Humanity sees a promising 2013

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Despite a rough end to 2012, the Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity will move forward this year with positive thoughts and projects.

Board President Walter H. Plumley said that as board members work to get over the September fire that destroyed two storage trailers and thousands of dollars’ worth of tools, committees will continue to work diligently at finding available land to build homes for needy families.

The Watertown City Council will consider a resolution Monday to donate city-owned property at 123 Lynde St. to the agency.

“This will give us one more property and the only viable building lot we’ll have left,” Mr. Plumley said. “We’re starting a real search to include properties outside of Watertown. City lots aren’t always available, and we’re looking at other sources, but nothing yet.”

Habitat volunteers are in the midst of constructing a house at 1130 Superior St., where the fire occurred.

Simultaneously, Mr. Plumley said, the board of directors established a year-end campaign in an effort to collect money to help replace some of the $4,700 worth of tools lost in the fire. About $2,500 has been raised so far.

“We’ve had a great response from the community,” Mr. Plumley said. “As long as people want to contribute, it’ll continue. If money isn’t earmarked toward tools specifically, it can be used to help build a home.”

He said the agency is working with “a major supplier” and local businesses to see if they may be able to help it obtain tools.

Insurance money covered the cost of only one storage trailer because the deductibles were so high.

Any donation of money, tools or time is appreciated, Mr. Plumley said, because when Habitat accepts applications, more families apply than the agency can help. The more materials, help, dedication and available land it has, the faster the agency can get north country families into homes.

“That’s our ultimate goal,” Mr. Plumley said.

More information about the agency can be found on its website, www.tiahabitat.org.

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