Habitat dedicates new home in Shaftsbury

Source: Bennington Banner, May 22, 2011, by Zeke Wright“SHAFTSBURY — Bennington Habitat had some new obstacles during construction of their 12th home, dedicated this past Sunday in Shaftsbury. Construction on the Giorgi home on Furnace Brook Road began last fall even before Habitat had formally dedicated its previous build on Silver Street in Bennington. Working through the winter presented new challenges but also the same old rewards for participating volunteers. “It’s always a tremendous motivator for the volunteers, to see the family and sense their excitement,” said Richard Malley, resource development coordinator. There were 128 individuals in all who worked at least four hours on the Furnace Brook build. Least of all was Alfonso Giorgi, the new homeowner, who rearranged his full-time work schedule so that he would have Wednesdays and Saturdays free to contribute during the build. Habitat board member John Cilio said that Giorgi would often be the first to arrive and the last to leave. “I don’t know if I’ve seen anyone put in as much time,” said Cilio. “I can close my eyes and I’ll see Al with a paint brush in hand, or up on the roof.” “I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” said Giorgi, who said that he enjoyed being on-site and watching the home progress. Giorgi and his wife, Laura, and their three children, ages 12, 8, and 5, would be spending their first night at their new home in Shaftsbury on Sunday. “First night here,” he said, “We’ll wake up in the morning and send the kids off to school. They’re very excited.” In addition to the wintertime build, the Furnace Brook home was also unique in that Habitat project manager and architect Larry Kollof incorporated a number of design features to make the home fully accessible for the Giorgis’ oldest son, Lucas, who is handicapped…”

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