Johnson & Johnson Teams With Habitat For Humanity to Build Home in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ—Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County to help build a home for a family displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

The company donated $10,000 to the assistance in building the home, located at 236 South 10th Avenue in Highland Park.

“At Johnson & Johnson, our Credo states our responsibility to care for the communities in which we live and work,” said Marlyn Barrett, Manager, Performance Management, who played a key role in coordinating this partnership.

“By partnering with Habitat, we are living up to our commitment in a way that enables a family to have a safe, healthy and affordable home. We are grateful to be part of such a meaningful project.”

Construction on the Highland Park home began in May 2015, and the work is well on its way to completion in 2016.

Throughout the 10-month build cycle, volunteer groups work on construction from the first steps of digging foundations all the way to the final tasks of painting and landscaping.

Towards the end of September, volunteers from Johnson & Johnson’s Engineering and Technical Operations New Brunswick group, will volunteer in constructing the home.

As a result of the partner sponsorship from J&J, the Esteves family of Sayreville will have a new home after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012.

“It is only with the support of community partners like Johnson & Johnson that Habitat is able to fulfill its mission,” commented Revered Jeremy Montgomery, Executive Director at Habitat for Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County.

“This partnership highlights the diversity of support that Habitat receives to build more homes for hardworking and deserving families.”

When a new opening for a home becomes available, Habitat for Humanity publicizes the opportunity and solicits applications from families in need. All housing interest form applications are kept on record and used in future selection processes.

The Esteves family applied and went through the process before being awarded their new home.

Those who are able to assist in construction can sign up for ‘volunteer days’ on Habitat for Humanity’s construction calendar website.

Those who cannot volunteer but desire to contribute can also do so at www.habitatgpmc.org.

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