A hand up, not a hand out.
|Posted by herkimerhabitat on June 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM|
By Donna Thompson, Herkimer Telegram (June 7, 2013)
Clayville, N.Y. — Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity dedicated the newly completed St. Onge home
on Jerusalem Hill Road in the town of Litchfield Sunday afternoon.
The house has four bedrooms, one bathroom, a combination living room, dining room and kitchen and a
large basement, according to Frank Kucerak, of Habitat for Humanity, who served as construction
coordinator. The family, including Shawn and Angela St. Onge and their children, Colton, Hunter,
Shawn Paul, Isabella and Faythe, had been living in a trailer.
In addition to dedicating the home, Habitat recognized volunteers for the hours they put into the project
and individuals and businesses for their contributions. Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity President
Christine Mergenthaler presented a Bible to the St. Onge family. The Rev. Andrew Peloubet of the Ilion
First Baptist Church offered the opening prayer and benediction.
The Herkimer County Habitat board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Annunciation Parish
Hall in Ilion. The next meeting is scheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m. All those interested are welcome to
Habitat for Humanity is an international Christian housing ministry which seeks to provide simple,
decent housing to low-income families who are willing to work with Habitat volunteers to build their
own homes. Habitat homes are then sold to these partner families at no profit and the organization
provides a zero-interest mortgage. All income from mortgage payments is used to build more low-cost