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March 26th, 2014

Newburgh Habitat for Humanity Announces Builders Blitz

Angelo Ferrante (Overall Project Leader), Bob Colucci (House Captain), Cathy Collins (Executive Director Habitat Newburgh), Ian Rieger (Pre-Build Captain), and Frank Gallagher (President Habitat Newburgh Board of Directors), announce Habitat Builders Blitz taking place June 9-13 on E. Parmenter Street in Newburgh.

NEWBURGH - Habitat Newburgh announced that for the 4th time, the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley is partnering with them to build 2 simple, decent and affordable homes in 5 days. These homes, located at 26 & 28 E. Parmenter Street, will complete Habitat Newburgh’s E. Parmenter Street Neighborhood Development and will be their 74th and 75th houses. This Blitz week, part of a national program, will take place from June 9-June 13.

Once again, Angelo Ferrante of Hudson Valley Contracting Group is the volunteer leader of the Blitz Build week; Ian Rieger of Rieger Homes, Inc. is the volunteer leader of the pre-build portion of the project; and Andy Stahl of Hearthstone, who led the Extreme Makeover Home Edition project in Orange County, and Bob Colucci of Ultimate Homes are serving as the volunteer house captains. The IBEW 363 will also again be joining the efforts to take on all of the electrical work. They have supported nearly every house that Habitat Newburgh has built.

Contractors, suppliers and the general public are invited to be part of an extraordinary common purpose to share their skills and resources, or help raise funds and secure donated goods and services. The goal is to have the two houses completely built by donated labor and services with general donations making up any difference.

Several contractors and suppliers have already signed on to donate their services.

Material donations of lumber, concrete, windows, doors, plumbing and electrical supplies, drywall, and insulation are still needed. Carpenters are also needed to support the installation of siding, exterior and interior trim. These two attached 4 bedroom homes will be Energy Star rated and this certification process will be overseen by Ron Samuleson.

"The Home Builders Blitz would not be possible without the tireless effort of the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley," said Cathy Collins, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. "We are grateful for the partnerships developed through this miraculous project that will allow the Spearman Family and the Martinez family to realize their dream of owning a safe, decent, and affordable homes."

"When I agreed to do this in 2006, I only considered the accomplishment of building two in five days," said Ferrante. "But I found out quickly that it was a lot more than two homes; I made friends and bonds for life and that’s why I got involved in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th – and now for the 7th and 8th homes."

"This has been a very enriching experience for us so far," said Rieger. "Both Habitat and the Builders Association are made up of some incredible talent and when you couple the two, it’s clear that only great things will happen."

For more information about how to get involved, please visit

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