Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity (GSHFH) Board President Anne Eisenmen, GSHFH Family Services Manager Deborah O’Mara, and the Emery family for a house dedication ceremony today in Springfield.
The house being dedicated at 332 Bay Street is a newly built home and is the result of the collaborative efforts between Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity and the City of Springfield through the city’s HOME funds. The Emery family are the proud homeowners of this newly built home. Construction began in Spring 2021 and since that time, more than 150 volunteers helped complete this project. Local companies, school groups, and other agencies volunteered on the project including PeoplesBank, Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes Air National Guard Base, MGM Springfield, OMG Inc., VIABILITY, SR Commercial Realty, Western Massachusetts Tradeswomen, Springfield Rotary Club, Allied Flooring, Paint & Design, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Roger L. Putnam Technical Academy, UMass Triathlon Club, and Springfield College Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Chapter.
Mayor Sarno states, “What a beautiful day to dedicate this beautiful new home. Natasha and her family have worked so hard, after overcoming so much, and it is truly heart-warming to see the Emery family achieve their dream of owning a safe and decent home. Natasha Emery has devoted countless “sweat equity” hours to help build this beautiful new house and establish her family here in their new community. It was a pleasure to meet Ms. Emery and her sons – two respectful young men – Jordan and Devon, today and I am proud to welcome them to their new neighborhood.”
“I am also proud to stand in partnership with Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity and their dedicated volunteers. My administration and I have been long time partners with Habitat for Humanity and I am thrilled to have been part of this 54th ‘Habitat’ home in Springfield. I cannot say enough about this program, which brings a number of volunteers and generosity from businesses, including sweat equity from the homeowner, which all goes to make for a stronger street and neighborhood with the new families coming in.”
Also joining for today’s dedication ceremony were Peoples Bank Senior Vice President Jim Sherbo, MGM Springfield COO Chris Kelly, representatives from the McKnight Neighborhood Council and Restoration Worship Center, and Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity Board Members Attorneys Michael Cardaropoli and Mckenzie Russell-Masterson.