Herald Staff Writer
Blind and Sons partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for the Archibald family, a family of seven, on the West Side of Barberton. They provided HVAC, plumbing and electrical throughout the entire home. Owner John Hartman stated in a press release, “It just feels good to be able to help. We want our communities to know that we care and have the types of skills that can be a benefit to those who need it most. The kids are an important aspect of this. They deserve the help.”
During the dedication ceremony, several volunteers and supporters were present. There were an estimated 207 volunteers who dedicated over 2,100 hours to build this Habitat Home with the Archibald family. This does not include all of the hours that Blind and Sons employees have put into the project. The Archibald family has also put in several hours of required “sweat equity” into their home and the homes of others, in addition to volunteering for other non-profits and attending classroom sessions which provide the new homeowners with training on budget maintenance, gardening, nutrition, first aid and more. They also received a 30-year mortgage.
CEO and President of Habitat for Humanity of Summit County Rochelle Sibbio began the ceremony with a blessing of the home. She prayed, “May the Lord bless this house and make it a home filled with his love.” She then presented them with a Bible and a house plaque with scripture from Matthew 7:25 carved into it. She also noted the other donations throughout the home that were given such as cleaning supplies, a picnic table, a kitchen cart, most of the appliances, the locks on the home, electrical components, paint, light bulbs and some of the wrap and seals around the home and windows. She told them, “There are a lot of corporate partners that took place in providing different materials in particular to your home today.”
Sibbio handed the keys to Mayor Bill Judge to present them to the family. He congratulated them and told them about the parks and great businesses in the neighborhood and said, “I hope you spend a lifetime filling this house with memories.”
Below: The Archibald children celebrate after their home dedication ceremony.