By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Despite being robbed of their tools, carpenters are well on their way to giving a local family the ultimate gift.
© Adam Brazeau
The Habitat for Humanity project currently taking shape on Maple Avenue is pushing forward and plans to have a local family in their new home for Christmas. Pictured (left): Gaitan Labelle, owner of Renossance, a local construction firm, volunteer Roland Arsenault and Patrick Massie, owner of Massie Construction.
The Habitat for Humanity project taking shape on Maple Avenue, is aiming to get the Durocher family into their new home by Dec. 21.
After $4,000 in tools was stolen from the site, the community stepped up and donated in a big way. Hundreds of dollars and new tools were given to ensure the completion of the project.
For Roland Arsenault, uncle of soon-to-be homeowner Stephan Durocher, the stolen tools were a big setback.
"It's almost like those tools were my own," said Arsenault. "I was disgusted."
Now that they're back in his hands, the project is once again in motion.
Lead volunteer contractors on the project Gaitan Labelle, owner of Renossance, a local construction firm, and Patrick Massie, owner of Massie Construction, are beyond appreciative for the support of volunteers and the public.
"We want to give a big thank you to everyone who donated money or tools to the cause. We're all grateful," said Massie. "Thanks to their generosity, a family is going to have a home."
Labelle said the project, his second Habitat for Humanity build, is really uplifting and makes work a lot more enjoyable.
"Working with different people every day, you don't ever get bored. It makes the job a lot of fun," said Labelle. "It's a great sense knowing you're doing something for someone who deserves it."
Both Massie and Labelle agreed that 72-year-old Arsenault is a volunteer that the project couldn't do without. He has been there every day, ready to look over floor plans, cut wood and hammer nails.
"I'm excited for them to move in and have their own home," said Arsenault. "This project really hits home for me."