New Habitat for Humanity home tops list of Christmas gifts from Knights of Columbus
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke at the home dedication. In the background is the new homeowner, Judy Tavarez.
A brand new home for a New Haven family tops the list of $140,000 in Christmas giving from the New Haven headquarters of the Knights of Columbus to area charities. The new home on Congress Avenue was built with funding from the Knights under the direction of Habitat for Humanity and formally presented to the Tavarez family.
Along with the $75,000 donated toward construction of the home, more than 20 employees from the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven contributed more than 150 hours this fall to help complete the project. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson attended the ceremony at the new home of the Tavarez family.
The Knights have internationally donated more than $7 million and 10 million hours of hands-on involvement to Habitat for Humanity since 2007.
Father Jonathan Kalisch, O.P, blessed the new home.
Other area charities will also receive financial gifts this Christmas from the Knights. Among those receiving contributions are: Columbus House, Connecticut Hospice, Farnam Neighborhood House, Christian Community Action, Community Soup Kitchen, Little Sisters of the Poor, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, St. Luke’s Lunch for Women and Children, St. Thomas More Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, Immanuel Mission Baptist Church, Beacon on the Hill, Caring Cuisine, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Life Haven, Community Dining Room and The Mary Wade Home.
“The Knights of Columbus is pleased to be able to support the great work these organizations do in our community” said Supreme Knight Anderson. “Whether they provide housing, food, a safe place or other kinds of assistance, the spirit of giving and help that these organizations exhibit is a great reminder to all of us of the true meaning of Christmas.”