Hammer Tour helps build Nanaimo Habitat homes

Home Depot Canada Foundation's Hammer Tour made a stop in Nanaimo to help build sheds for a new duplex.

Nanaimo families are one step closer to receiving the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity homes thanks to Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Hammer Tour.

The cross-country tour landed in Nanaimo last week, bringing volunteer labourers and a $32,000 donation to the latest Habitat for Humanity site.

Ten Home Depot associates built sheds at the Habitat duplex on Prideaux Street, helping to make the affordable housing more move-in ready for two single-parent families.

Jenn Stuart and her two daughters and Tara Maguire and her two sons are anticipated to move into the duplex in late fall.

“The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s donation…and the volunteer support being offered by associates from the local store…truly illustrates the organization’s commitment to helping families get the initial footing they need to improve their lives,” said Teresa Pring, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island.

“Affordable Habitat homeownership has a transformative effect on lives of low-income families.”

This year’s Hammer Tour aims to focus on creating opportunities for young people.

According to a 2012 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation  study, children of Habitat families are offered a healthier environment and safer neighbourhood compared to their previous housing.

More than 60 children and youth are set to move into homes visited during the tour’s 25 Habitat for Humanity site stops this year.

Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island continues to seek community donations. Gifts can be made online at www.habitatmui.org or in person at the Habitat office at #1-4128 Mostar Road.