An umbrella covered crowd

The rain did not stop Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County on Tuesday morning. A crowd of more than 25 stood outside to support a single mother, her two children and their dog’s move from a two-bedroom apartment in Bensalem to a home in Croydon.

Habitat for Humanity, established in 1990, has a mission to provide an affordable home to low-income families while also building strength, stability, and self-reliance.

The organization has since built 107 homes in Bucks County this Croydon location will be the 108.

Florence Kawoczka, Executive Director, at the groundbreaking ceremony

Florence Kawoczka, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“By empowering even just one family to be a homeowner we are having a ripple effect on our entire community,” Kawoczka shared. “There’s a positive economic and social impact of helping a family pay an affordable mortgage.”

Heather Getz, her son, 16, daughter, 10, and their dog will move into a 3-bedroom, 1.5 bath ranch home with a garage.

“It is so emotional to not have to rent anymore,” Getz said. “Now we can come here (to Croydon), all have our own room and actually own something.”

The home project is sponsored by Bank of America, Dumack Engineering, Penn Color, The Bucks County Foundation, The Leff Family Foundation, and Sykes Enterprises who was present at the groundbreaking.

Kawoczka explained Habitat builds a sense of community along with construction of a new home.

“The fact that people like you will come out and help build on the site, hopefully, and the fact that Heather and her family will soon become active members of the town.”

Heather and her two children

Getz said her son is excited to volunteer and help build his own home.

“As a single mother I didn’t think it was possible to own a home and they (Habitat) made it possible,” she shared with Lower Bucks.Live.

Kawoczka wrote in a press release the recent difficulty of finding an empty space in Bucks County.

“Therefore this groundbreaking is extra special; we will be able to build a brand new, energy efficient home in a lovely, well-established neighborhood,” she wrote of the Prospect Ave. location.

Habitat Bucks’ “Almost Home” free program helped provide Heather with home-readiness so she could plan her finances properly. Heather has since begun volunteering at Habitats ReStore and plans to continue.

Getz explained the relief her family will soon feel not paying for water, having an animal in an apartment and trash removal.

“Now if we pay for anything it’s going to be ours. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them (Habitat for Humanity).”


The property on August 29:

The expected after product:

Credit: Habitat for Humanity