Welcome Home to Sunrise Park
On Saturday, July 14th Habitat welcomed the Telisa Alston, Charounda Cook, Martha Johnson, Cindy Lumpp, Pamellar Moon and Tilwana Terrell Families to their new homes in Sunrise Park's Promise Keeper building. The dedication was a time to hear about the Partner Families and their journeys to homeownership. Habitat Executive Director Dan Rosensweig spoke about each family and expressed his delight to welcome them to their home.
We also heard from Lisa Herndon, a Partner Family Advocate. These committed volunteers build relationships with the Partner Families as they serve as a liaison between the family and the affiliate. Advocates volunteer an average of two hours per month and contribute largely to the Partner Family’s success. Pictured to the left is new homeowner Martha Johnson and her advocate, Lisa Herndon, at the ceremony on Saturday. Contact Shelley Cole, our Family Services Coordinator, if you would like to become an advocate.
Over the next month, these six families will move into their new homes in the Sunrise Promise Keeper building, where they will live alongside the nine long-time residents of Sunrise Park who recently moved out of their trailers and into the new building. Read about the Sunrise Move.
The sponsor for the six homes that were dedicated was the Estate of Victoria Gilman. Pictured below is Habitat Board Chair Jeanne McCusker. She was a friend of Ms. Gilman, who bequeathed her home to Habitat to provide homes for others. At the ceremony, Jeanne recited a poem she had written for her friend describing their friendship and Victoria’s generous giving. Each homeowner received an elegant Tiffany lamp (as seen in picture) that Victoria had enjoyed in her home.