The public is cordially invited to meet a new Habitat family at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, where Mid-County Habitat for Humanity is in the process of building a home for them at 7 Patterson St. in Mayville.
Thomas and Rosemarie Bottomley and their four daughters, Caitlyn, 12; Haley, 10; Emma, 5; and Lilian, 1; will be on hand to greet and meet on the partially constructed new home site.
Rosemarie noted that this was the second time the family applied for the housing, mostly because they are in more need, one of Habitat's major considerations. When she lived in Dewittville, she was a nurse's aide, but now is a stay-at-home mom. From Mayville originally, she said she read about Habitat in a Chautauqua Lake Central School newsletter. Ironically, the family now lives across the street from the current housing under construction, but needs more room.
The Bottomley Family will be moving into a new home as soon as Mid-County Habitat finishes building it. Standing in front of current construction, are, from left, Caitlyn holding Lillian, Rosemarie with Emma and Tom in back of Haley. The community is invited to meet them beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at 7 Patterson St., Mayville.
A plus for Tom, who is from Bemus Point, is that he has been with Mayshark Builders for 10 years. Why that is an asset for him is because Habitat requires potential owners to spend 500 building hours on their future home.
As for the Bottomley selection for the third mid-county home, Rosemarie is looking forward to the move. "We're grateful that Habitat chose us and glad my husband and children will have a nice place to live."
Karen McCann, Selection Committee chair, also is looking forward to the day the Bottomleys are handed the key to a new home. "We all are very excited to have this family as our partners in this new home project," she said.
As for the continuous Saturday construction by volunteers to have the house closed in preparation for winter, Mike Ricketts, volunteer coordinator, welcomes all who would like to pitch in and lend a hand. "For those who believe they don't have any 'construction' abilities, all they have to do is show up and there will be more than one volunteer who will teach you in a hurry," he said.
Habitat for Humanity is strictly a volunteer organization and welcomes financial as well as property donations. For more information and how you can join a hard working, friendly group of helpers, contact Ricketts at 716-753-7831.
Oh, yes, the best part of a work day is a small reward for all volunteers break time with snacks and coffee.