LONDON, ON, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - On June 6, 2015 Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario kicked off their first Heroes for Humanity build on Forbes Street in London where a ground breaking ceremony followed. This marks the first of fifteen houses to be built on a piece of land formerly occupied by Manor Park Elementary School. The building of the house started in August of 2015 with a projected completion date of early 2016. General Dynamics Land Systems was the House Sponsor.
In an effort to showcase the remarkable abilities of our Canadian military and uniformed services, Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario, supported by volunteers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Legion, London Fire Department, London Police Services, London Police Association, EMS and citizens of the community are in the process of building a home for the Brockett family. The London family qualified for the home by demonstrating a need for affordable housing; and in being selected they had to be willing to volunteer 500 hours of their time as the down payment on their home. The intent of the project is to show Canadians first-hand, the strength, compassion and commitment to community service of our men and women in uniform.
"We have been told that our home will be "The Heroes for Humanity Build". This means more to our family than you can imagine," says Habitat partner family mom, Erin Brockett. Both of Erin's grandfathers were part of the 1st World War. Her paternal grandfather was a gunner, and her maternal grandfather was a medic, both in the UK. Her brother is a retired Regimental Sergeant Major.
RCMP volunteers raised an amazing $12,734 towards the build. The RCMP is proud and honored to have had the opportunity to be able to give back to the community by partnering with Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario and our various partners during the building of this house.
"There was no limit to the enthusiasm surrounding the RCMP employees of "O" Division when they took up the challenge of the "Heroes for Humanity Build". They brought in their families and friends, and together they helped raise a new home for a less fortunate family in the London community. It is an inspiring accomplishment and I'm extremely proud of their commitment to volunteerism within our communities." Assistant Commissioner Stephen White
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: Inspector Andrew COWAN, London Detachment Commander, "O" Division (Ontario), PHONE #519-645-4329 ext 237; Twitter: @RCMPONT, Facebook: RCMP.Ontario, YouTube: RCMPGRCPOLICE, Website: RCMP in Ontario