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A new life and a new beginning for a Batavia mother of two, all thanks to a local organization that understands the importance of home, sweet home.

From left: Angelina Pellegrino, and daughters Michelina and Carmelina held by Jessica Maguire-TomidyThe organization is Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County.
Habitat began its 8th housing rehab project on Saturday. For Angelina Pellegrino, it is a dream she has waited for over a year to come true.

“I feel truly, truly blessed to have found out about Habitat.”

Reconstruction of the house at 150 State Street in Batavia began with a blessing and ceremonial ground breaking Saturday afternoon. In a few months, the house will become a home for Angelina and her two children: Michelina, 5 and Carmelina, 1.

PHOTO: Angelina Pellegrino and her daughter, Nikalina take the ceremonial shovels to begin reconstruction of their new home. At right, Jessica Maguire-Tomidy, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, holds one-year-old Carmelina Pellegrino

A co-worker of mine received a house through Habitat and explained to me about the process and told me to apply. I didn’t think I would qualify. She literally dragged me down to the Habitat office and it has been a year since I was approved. We just couldn’t find a house, but we were finally blessed with this home.”

Volunteers will work two days a week, maybe more, to completely rebuild the structure. Angelina is expected to provide some sweat equity of her own. Even with a lack of construction skills, she’s ready

“I like to paint! But yes, there are a certain amount of hours you put into the project and I’m just excited to get started. I want to knock down walls. I will learn as I go.”

Habitat expects to have the house ready in four to six months. It will then be up to Angelina and her children to make it a home.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County and to follow progress on Angelina's home, CLICK HERE

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