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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new homes

Habitat for Humanity groundbreaking ceremony


FITCHBURG, Mass. - Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts held a groundbreaking ceremony for two duplex homes Friday on Oakland Street in Fitchburg. Representatives from Amica Insurance and the City of Fitchburg, in addition to other local officials, attended the event to show their support as sponsors.

“Our relationship with Habitat dates back to 2001,” said Scott Camirand, branch claims manager for Amica Insurance’s Central Massachusetts Office. “Over the span of about 13 years or so, we’ve been involved in approximately 10 to 15 homes across the region. Amica is very proud of our relationship with Habitat, and I suspect it’s something that’s going to continue for years to come. On behalf of myself and Amica, we wish you nothing but the very best going forward.”

The homes, which have a tentative completion date of June 2014, represent a new beginning for two families. Bea Lee is a single mother of three, while the Rodriquez-Riviera family has a disabled son and has been living in public housing without a handicap-accessible bathroom.

“We have a lot of historic homes here that are not handicap-accessible,” said Lisa Wong, mayor of Fitchburg. “The fact that you’ve taken this on is one of the most spectacular things I’ve seen in Habitat’s 25 years here. Thank you for caring about everyone, and thank you, families, for wanting to be part of the Fitchburg community. We welcome you with open arms.”

“Habitat for Humanity International has served millions of people and 600,000 families across the globe,” said Maggie Monroe-Cassel, executive director of Habitat North Central Massachusetts. “Those 600,000 families include the 30 families that we have served here in Central Massachusetts by building or renovating homes, and another five or six who we have served by doing small neighborhood revitalizations.”

About Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts

Established in 1988 in Fitchburg, Mass., Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts is a nonprofit, Christian ecumenical housing ministry that works to eliminate poverty housing by building simple, decent houses in partnership with families in need. It is the local independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, serving 25 towns and cities in north central Massachusetts, including Acton, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Leominster, Maynard, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Townsend and Westminster.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 employees in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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