Habitat for Humanity gives Springfield family new home

Hampden County

A Springfield family now has a new home thanks to the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity.

Builders worked all week to help a Springfield man achieve his dream of becoming a homeowner.

What started as just a foundation is now a home. A quick project to achieve a long term goal.

After a week of building and hard work, Joseph is now a homeowner at 963 Sumner Ave. in Springfield.

The home was built as part of the Homebuilders blitz a legacy build to celebrate the end of Habitat for Humanity’s 30th anniversary in greater Springfield.

Builders worked all week to complete the house by Saturday morning.

The house was built by volunteers, professional contractors, and the homeowners. As part of the application process, they are required to put in at least 500 hours of work into their home.

“The joy of doing a habitat house, the family is building with us every single day, their sweat, their equity, their time goes into it, it’s not a hand out it’s a hand up,” said Walter Tomala of Habitat for Humanity. 

After long days of building and planning, Joseph can now call this house a home.

“I never knew all my life I’d be a homeowner, I said thank you to habitat for humanity for giving me a house,” Joseph Kagoma said.

Saturday’s ceremony also blessed Habitat for Humanity houses that were built on Dwight and Bristol Street.

“Everybody’s going to just enjoy it and treat as more than just a house, it’s going to be a place where we can have a lot of memories,” Michael Morales added.

In it’s 30 years, Greater Springfield Habitat For Humanity has helped more than 200 local and international families.

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