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Danielle Beckett selected for Habitat home

RUTLAND—After an extensive search, Danielle Beckett and her two children will soon be living in the home Habitat for Humanity is building on Griswold Drive at Stone Gate in Rutland. 

Submitted Danielle Beckett and her two children will soon move into the home on Griswold Drive in Rutland.
Danielle Beckett and her two children will soon move into the home on Griswold Drive in Rutland.

Jessica Cecot, chair of the Home Buyer Selection Committee, announced that the board of directors unanimously endorsed the committee’s recommendation.

“My kids and I are very excited to be able to finally have a place to call our own, and I couldn’t be happier to be presented with this opportunity,” said Beckett.

Beckett is a single mom who has been working hard to provide a good home and opportunities for her family. Beckett  currently works part time at a beauty salon, and is taking a full course load at Castleton University to qualify as a registered nurse.  Their current apartment is too small and is not energy efficient.  In contrast, the home on Griswold Drive has three bedrooms, and a large family room, will be highly energy efficient and Danielle’s mortgage, property taxes and insurance will cost less than what she pays for rent.

Stone Gate residents, including Stone Gate HOA President Bob Goddard, have joined with many area residents to help build the home. About  101 different people have contributed over 2,500 hours building the home that will be completed in early 2019.  In addition to paying an interest-free mortgage, Danielle will contribute a minimum of 200 hours helping to finish her home and working on other Habitat homes.

Habitat welcomes people of all skill levels to help build. Habitat is now reviewing applicants for a home that, resources permitting, will be started on Crescent Street late in the spring of 2019. 

Habitat’s path to homeownership is an important and in-depth process, requiring hard work, time and dedication. This process helps ensure the long-term success of Habitat homeowners.

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