Donation page set up for Habitat homeowners displaced by fire
On Saturday, September 2nd, new Habitat homeowners Juan and Luz alongside their three children, watched their two-month old dream Habitat home go up in flames. A garage fire started at the neighbour's house quickly spread to their home, destroying their dreams and everything they owned. Thankfully everyone escaped and no one was injured.
Juan and Luz recently moved into their new Habitat home in Welland at the beginning of July and instead of spending this past Labour Day weekend with their children, anxiously awaiting their first day of school, the family had to watch their new dream home destroyed by a fire that started through no fault of their own.
Six fire trucks and more than 30 firefighters and volunteer firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. Unfortunately though, the house is no longer livable and the family has lost everything they own. While the family did own their home as part of Habitat’s affordable homeownership program, and has insurance on the house, they will likely not be able to recoup everything they have lost.
A donation page has been set-up by Habitat for Humanity Niagara to support the family’s immediate needs such as food, clothing, school supplies and day-to-day expenses as they remain displaced from their home.
While the family and Habitat is grateful for all forms of support, at this current time, monetary donations would be most helpful as the family is staying in a hotel and they do not have the ability to store donations of furniture and household goods.
Garage fire spreads to neighbouring house, Welland Tribune
Welland family gets keys to their new habitat home, Habitat Niagara, July 2017