We've helped several families break the cycle of poverty housing already but our work isn't done...




Prospective Homeowners Still Wanted!

September 2018
Our project to build a duplex on South Academy Street in Hightstown is moving along nicely.  We have the second floor fully framed and will be putting the roof on in the next few weeks.  Once that is completed we move on to windows and doors, and with the completed envelope, we will have reached a major milestone.  Then we move indoors and focus on electrical, plumbing, HVAC insulation and drywall. 
We have had help from several groups so far, and several more are scheduled.  We have had a great turnout of volunteers and new volunteers show up on a regular basis.  Thank-you to those who have been to the site and we hope to see more of you in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for e-mails and/or Facebook events for the days we will be working at the site.



The house was sponsored in part by the First Methodist Church of Hightstown. Their church community is right up the block and our ground breaking and dedication prayer services ended with a walk to the church hall for fellowship and celebration. 

Many teams helped us on the build including: Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Trinity Church, Ruth Church, Bracco Diagnostics, Cranbury Lions, United Stationers, our Youth United team, cyclists Mike Linskey and Kathleen Oroho from the “Bike and Build Capitol Ride” and Black Rock.

We dedicated the house in October of 2010.



Our dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly with our Board of Directors to review all qualified applicants and the results are in: Sharon D'Alessio and her two young boys, Tyree and Imir, from Woodbridge, New Jersey, were our 8th partner family. The house was sponsored by the Plainsboro Roman Catholic Church of the Queenship of Mary. They provided dozens of volunteers, the lead architect, construction coordinators and contractors. They even started the process with a "design charette" in which about 40 members of the parish got together with the architect to help provide ideas for what the house should be like.



Our dedicated volunteers narrowed down the exhaustive list of qualified families in desperate need of decent housing, and we selected the Moss family, who was living in Hamilton, New Jersey, to call our 7th project home. The house was sponsored by homebuilder Toll Brothers which contributed materials, coordination and construction expertise. The project also saw a significant number of work days made up of teenagers from our Youth United efforts. 



Deon Lewis always dreamed of having his own home where he could raise his three children in a safe environment. In the winter of 2006, his dreams will move one step closer to reality when he helps finish and close on his new Habitat home in East Windsor, New Jersey. We wish to extend an extra-special gesture of gratitude to GMAC for sponsoring the entire $53,000 cost of the project. Without them, this wonderful gift would not have been possible.



The House Blessing for the affiliate's fifth house in 12 years was conducted Sunday, May 19, 2002, at the house on Evan Avenue in East Windsor. The ceremony was presided over by Deacons Joe Hepp, Tom Garvey and Steve Rasi from St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hightstown. The home was built with partner family Channel Howell and her two children, Olivia and Keith.

Outgoing President Judy Hall said at the ceremony that more than 150 people volunteered in the effort. A short build schedule was due to the experience and talent of the volunteer construction co-leaders, Dave Petrenka and Joel Carpenter. The home was "panelized," with the major building walls built off-site according to specifications and assembled in place. This was the first two-story home the affiliate built.  

Volunteer teams came from Allentown Presbyterian Church; Bristol Myers Squibb; Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church; Factiva; First Methodist Church of Hightstown; First Presbyterian Church of Allentown; First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury; Johnson & Johnson; New Horizon Baptist Church; Princeton Alliance Church; Princeton Corridor Rotary Club; St. Anthony's Church; and Temple Beth Chaim.



Birdie Davis's couldn't wait to move into her new Habitat home in East Windsor, New Jersey. Little did she know how much work it would take to accomplish her dream, but with the help of the Habitat Millstone Basin Area affiliate and a crew of dedicated volunteers, Birdie was able to start a new life for her family.



In October 1996, construction began on Project 3, the future home of Barry and Beatriz Davis with a week-long blitz. In August 1997, Barry and Beatriz Davis and their two daughters, Brittany and Brianna, move into their new home as Project 3 is completed.



Martha Rudolf and her daughter, Ivory, moved into the second side of the Turner home in October 1993, with the rent used to offset the Turner's Habitat mortgage for Project # 1. In May 1994, we launched a building blitz on one of the three lots purchased by the affiliate in April 1993. Martha and Ivory moved into their new Habitat home in September 1995.



Work began in January 1992 on Project 1, the rehabilitation of a vacant, fire-damaged two-family home on Rte. 130 in Robbinsville Twp. The Turners, the affiliate's first partner family, move into one side of the newly renovated home, with everyone celebrating the event with a home-dedication ceremony. Work immediately begins on the other side of the home to make it available for rent to a selected family awaiting permanent housing.