June 6, 2023 Submitted by Kathy Swanson, Hingham Democratic Town Committee
On June 3rd, a cold, rainy, dreary day, there was lots of warmth and friendly chatter at 302 -303 Whiting St, the newest Habitat Houses in Hingham. The Hingham Democratic Town Committee sponsored a Build Day, inviting committee members and friends to partner with South Shore Habitat for Humanity in building homes for hardworking families in need of affordable housing.
Realizing the urgent need both locally and nationally, and that providing safe affordable housing is a priority for the Democratic Party, the HDTC decided to highlight our local commitment to this issue by volunteering to help build affordable homes for families in our community. With the kind and patient mentoring of the skilled volunteers, we caulked trim, painted doors and closets, hung cabinets, polyurethaned railings and borders, built trellises and dug a trench for basement windows. All of this was accomplished with a spirit of pride and joy, knowing that one day soon a family with 7 year-old twins would have enough rooms so that each twin, a girl and boy, would have their own bedroom, and that a single mom would be able to provide a stable environment for her honor-roll teenagers. The day was complete when we signed the wooden beam in the basement, leaving a hopeful message of peace and happiness for the family. Our group of volunteers plans to be present at the dedication ceremony when South Shore Habitat hands the keys to the new owners and we can share in their joy.
John Deeley, Chair of the Committee, noted that “The Committee does a variety of work and services in Hingham. We encourage registered Democrats in Hingham to join us in our many activities.”
South Shore Habitat for Humanity is among the earliest chapters of Habitat. It was established in 1986 and has built 63 houses on the South Shore. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to “build strength, stability and self-reliance though shelter by partnering with families in need of affordable housing.”