EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday was the day two Easthampton women and their families will always remember. The day they realized their dream of becoming homeowners.
What a housewarming for Aleta Kennedy and Angelique Baker, who now own their own homes at the foot of Mount Tom in Easthampton.
The women helped build their homes as part of the Habitat for Humanity program where they bought the homes interest-free, built by them and a team of volunteers.
Edy Amroz, a volunteer said, “It’s a great experience. The experience of volunteering, it gives something to you as well as a great satisfaction to somebody. Building a house is kind of a miracle, when it’s done by volunteers.”
Well-wishers came to help the new owners celebrate the completion of their new homes, which took more than one year to build.
Angelique Baker told 22News, “It’s the start of a new life. We’ve had a history of having landlords that kind of didn’t fix things, so this is so exciting. We’re never going to have that problem again.”
Aleta Kennedy said, “I am very excited, and extremely appreciative. I’m not used to all the attention.”
Since 1989, the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 35 homes for Hampshire and Franklin County families of limited means – homes built by volunteers and with donated materials, supplies, and land on which the homes were built.