Dustin Fitzpatrick served in the U.S. Marines for four years. When he returned to Connecticut, he never imagined he’d have his very own house to call “home,” but with the help of Liberty Bank, that dream is coming true.
“Today we’re swinging a lot of hammers and pushing a lot of saws to build this roof for the home,” explained Rob Parry, the chief administrative officer at Liberty Bank, on the day I visited.
The temps may be high, but it didn’t stop a group of volunteers from putting in a hard day’s work.
“We have a whole group of Liberty Bank employees out here today,” Parry said. “This happens to be the human resources team.”
Liberty Bank is supporting the Middlesex Habitat for Humanity on the construction of a home in Portland Fitzatrick, his wife Yirin and their little girl Sofia.
“Being here at the site of my future home is just amazing, especially with all the incredible people we’ve been meeting and getting to work with,” Fitzpatrick said.
“Our veteran community, they’ve really sacrificed a lot, their families have sacrificed a lot, they’ve put their lives on the line, and when they come back home I think it’s important for them to not only be recognized, but feel that support from their community,” said Christopher Aresco, the director of finance and operation at Middlesex Habitat for Humanity.
To make projects like this possible, Habitat for Humanity relies on generous donations, including a $5,000 check presented by FIP construction.
“It will go a long way in helping Dustin and Yirin build this home,” Parry said.
The house is expected to be completed in April, but until then Dustin and Yirin will continue working alongside these volunteers to see the project through.
“It’s hard work, but it’s fun,” he said. “It’s nice being able to see the house come together inside and out and know every detail about it.”
Since 2010, Liberty Bank Foundation has helped build 31 affordable homes in Connecticut. last year, their employees volunteered 200 hours of service at habitat for humanity. To learn more, visit Liberty-Bank.com.
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