Winchester family next Habitat for Humanity home recipient

In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 photo provided by Habitat for Humanity, the Beatty-Pinard family learn they will be homeowners in 2018. Pictured are Alex Pinard, Sarah Beatty and their children, from left, Owen Pinard, Avery Pinard and Jonah Pinard. (Habitat for Humanity via Newswatch Group)

WINCHESTER – A family of five from Winchester will be the next family to receive a Habitat for Humanity home.

The Beatty-Pinard family was selected as the partner family for the 2018 build, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley announced Wednesday.

Sarah Beatty and Alex Pinard have three children – seven-year-old Owen, four-year-old Avery and 11-month-old Jonah.

Habitat for Humanity Resource Coordinator Breckyn Fowler said the family was “so excited and then nervous because it was overwhelming” to become homeowners when they learned during the announcement at the Main Street Clothing Company in Winchester Tuesday.

Their application was picked among 11 Dundas families that had applied.

Fowler said the Beatty-Pinard family are living in cramped conditions where baby Jonah is in a crib in his parent’s bedroom. One of the “really telling” parts of Sarah Beatty’s application was the description of their kitchen that didn’t have enough room for a kitchen table where the family could gather for meals, Fowler explained.

The Beatty-Pinard family will do 500 hours of sweat equity in place of a down payment for their home. The family holds a 20-year mortgage interest free and that money goes back to Habitat and are kept in an account to fund new builds.

Fundraising for the project is now underway ahead of breaking ground sometime in 2018.

Fowler said they are still trying to secure a land donation in Dundas County, preferably in North Dundas to keep the children closer to their peers. She said they are communicating with North and South Dundas about land opportunities.

She said they are also open to private land donations.

This is the 13th project in SD&G and the third in Dundas County.

For land donation inquiries, Fowler is available at 613-938-0413 extension 207.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 photo provided by Habitat for Humanity, the Beatty-Pinard family learn they will be homeowners in 2018. Pictured are Alex Pinard, Sarah Beatty and their children, from left, Owen Pinard, Avery Pinard and Jonah Pinard. (Habitat for Humanity via Newswatch Group)
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