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Jimmie-habitat-for-humanity-2018-williamsburgOne family in Williamsburg got the gift of a lifetime this fall – the gift of a brand new home.

When we heard Habitat for Humanity was coming to Dundas to build a home, we knew we had to be a part of it.

Building for the Beatty/Pinard Family

Our owner Jimmie Thom found out about Habitat for Humanity several years earlier.

“They try to do a house a year, and I told them when they came to Williamsburg, I wanted to help,” Jimmie says.

The Beatty/Pinard family of Sarah, Alex, and their children Owen, Avery and Jonah needed a new home in the Williamsburg area. This was their year.

“We found the perfect family, and managed to purchase the perfect piece of land,” says Joanne Mohammed of Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley.

Joanne remembered Jimmie’s request to be involved, and reached out to him immediately.

We Donated Everything They’ll Need to Stay Warm This Winter

Our handiwork in the Habitat for Humanity Home. Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley.

We donated all of the installation materials and labour.

It took our team about 4 days to complete the installation at the home, and countless hours of design work and coordination with our suppliers.

“Along with our installation services, we provided the furnace, the ductwork, and the HRV,” Jimmie explains.

“Trane supplied the furnace at no cost, Aldes provided the HRV at no cost, our ductwork designer donated the design, and our suppliers gave a discount on materials.”

It was a lot of hard, incredibly rewarding work – and we know that the Beatty/Pinard family will be safe and warm this coming winter.

“We like getting a chance to give back,” Jimmie says of lending a helping hand to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

“We’ve been part of the community for a long time, and we’re fortunate enough to be able to help great causes like this.”

“ATEL is a great company to work with,” says Joanne. “The communication on the project was amazing, and everything looks just awesome.”

The Unveiling

After a long summer of sweat, dirt, and hard work, the family received the keys to their new home on September 29.

The new home, ready for its new owners. Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity ReStore-Cornwall.
The incredibly happy family (right) was all smiles. Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity ReStore-Cornwall.

When they addressed the crowd of sponsors who came to the unveiling, Sarah was moved to tears.
“There are so many feelings, and I can’t find words for them,” she said. “We’re very blessed and very thankful.”

About the Habitat for Humanity Build

The new home for the Beatty/Pinard family broke ground in May, and was built with the help of many volunteers.

“We started off with students from St. Lawrence College and some classes from the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario,” explains Joanne.

Some of the volunteers striking a pose. Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley.

The rest of the build was completed by local business who donated materials and time, and the Beatty/Pinard family themselves, who completed 500 hours of work on their new home instead of a traditional down payment.

Learn More About Habitat for Humanity

We loved working with this amazing organization. If you’d like to learn more about them, or volunteer on future projects, visit their website.

Learn More about Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley