Habitat CFC to Partner with Love Where You Live Homes, LLC In Providing Criticial Home Repair Services to a Fairfield Family

Single mom of 2 disabled sons struggling to make ends meet needs help with repairs to their home.

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Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County (Habitat CFC) announces the launch of its new Critical Home Repair program (CHR) with the renovation of Holly Flynn’s home in Fairfield.  The project is sponsored by Love Where You Live Homes, LLC of Trumbull, CT and the Tatangelo Family Charitable Trust.  CHR helps low-income homeowners who due to age, disability or family circumstances struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes. CHR will allow Habitat CFC to serve more families and increase opportunities for volunteers. CHR addresses the health and safety of individual residences in a neighborhood, and strengthens connections within the community.

Love Where You Live Homes, LLC will donate nearly $20,000 in materials and labor to the project on items ranging from tree work to installation of new plumbing and electrical systems, repairing masonry, installing new kitchen and bathroom cabinets and fixtures.  Habitat CFC will perform demolition work, painting, cleaning and organizing the new space.

Holly’s older son Kevin, age 26, has autism and her younger son Tommy, age 19,  has developmental disabilities.  Both have cystic fibrosis as well and they live at home with Holly who provides around the clock care for them.  Remarkably, Holly spends time every week guiding her sons as they perform volunteer work at several community organizations.  Kevin sets up tables and serves lunch three times a week at the Fairfield Senior Center and he also reshelves videos and DVDs at the Fairfield Woods Library. Tommy shelves groceries at the Merton House food pantry twice a week.

Holly with her sons Kevin and Tommy.

Holly’s two daughters Molly and Melissa are both in college on scholarships.  Molly is on track to graduate from New York University in May and Melissa is pursuing graduate studies at Trinity College in Ireland.

“We live based on what we need, not we want” said Holly.  “To have this opportunity for our home to be renovated inside and out is a true gift.  It’s something that I would never be able to do on my own.”

Glenn Tatangelo of Love Where You Live Homes, LLC said, “I have been involved with Habitat CFC since 2005 serving as a Board member and a construction volunteer. My partner Danielle and I believe it is important to give back to the community. I knew that Habitat CFC planned to launch the Critical Home Repair program and when I heard about Holly’s situation I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the program.”

“We are excited to be kicking off the CHR program with Holly and her family.  We hope to help families in similar situations throughout coastal Fairfield County.  Sponsoring and volunteering on a CHR project  is a great opportunity for faith communities, corporations schools and community groups to partner with us in making a meaningful, tangible impact on a family and a community,” said Keith Cook Habitat CFC’s Co-President and Director of Construction.

The project will take place May 7 – 18, 2012.  To learn more about how you can help Holly and her family, please call 203-333-2642 or email Habitat CFC’s Chief Development Officer, Lisa Cannella at lcannella@habitatcfc.org.

Click here to see progress of the home throughout the build.

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