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Habitat for Humanity to build two houses in Smithsburg area

September 19, 2008

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County will build two houses in Smithsburg starting this fall on lots donated by Dan Ryan Builders earlier this year. The groundbreaking ceremony will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Colton Court properties.

Building of one of the homes is made possible by a half-house sponsorship by Citi of $32,500, a grant by Maryland Affordable Housing Trust for $15,000, and construction services from local contractors, including David Gibney, Historic Restoration Specialist Inc. and Jerome Martin, Mar-Cal Construction.

Merle Saville has donated his engineering services for the project and Nick Cockerham, president of North Star Foundations Inc., has committed to putting in foundations for both homes at a substantially reduced cost. Several local churches have committed to fundraising, providing meals for work days, and seeking volunteers and materials for the homes. Habitat is still seeking additional donations of funds, materials, and skilled construction services.

The groundbreaking will include a check presentation by Deb Gorbsky, Site President and Customer Service Director of Citi's Hagerstown operations center.

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Citi has long been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, sponsoring the annual dinner auction for the past several years and enlisting multiple groups of employees to volunteer on Habitat houses each year. In 2002, Citi partially sponsored a house for $25,000.

In addition to the check presentation, the groundbreaking ceremony will include an introduction to the approved partner family for the Citi-sponsored house. Mark Mooney of St. Paul's United Methodist Church will give the invocation.

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