"Here We Go!"

Father Jack Ahern Gives Check to Launch Habitat Project


Father Jack Ahern (second from left) presents a check to South Shore Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Mark O’Reilly (second from right), while Massachusetts State Regent Pat Devine (far left) and National Regent M. Joan McKenna (far right) look on.

This is the tenth Catholic Daughters-sponsored Habitat for Humanity house. It will be in Brockton, Massachusetts.  The Blitzbuild will take place the week of April 3.

Father Ahern, who is the CDA National Clergy Consultant, made a donation to honor the election of M. Joan McKenna to the position of National Regent.  CDA Courts in Massachusetts, under the leadership of Massachusetts State Regent Pat Devine and the Massachusetts State Court, raised additional funds.  The total of these combined funds will be matched by the National Organization from a special Habitat for Humanity fund to which CDA members nationwide contribute.

South Shore Habitat for Humanity

South Shore Habitat for Humanity is in Braintree, Mass. It was founded in 1986 and is an independent, nonprofit organization that involves volunteers in all aspects of the organization, including construction of the homes. Working in partnership with families, volunteers, congregations, and community and business leaders, South Shore Habitat helps families living in inadequate housing to move into simple, decent homes of their own. Since its inception the organization has built 37 homes and provided homes for 67 adults and 133 children.  

The organization uses a comprehensive evaluation process, founded on Habitat for Humanity International and H.U.D. guidelines, to select a family based on need, income, and willingness to partner with Habitat.  The family purchases the home from South Shore Habitat through a 20-year, no-interest mortgage.  A perpetual deed restriction maintains the affordability of the house.

Habitat for Humanity receives no government funding.  The cost for building the homes is raised through private donations, corporate contributions, and through the support of faith congregations throughout the South Shore.

Today, Habitat homes in Massachusetts are in Abington, Braintree, Brockton, Cohasset, Duxbury, Easton, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Quincy, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Weymouth and Whitman. 

Visit the South Shore Habitat for Humanity website at: South Shore Habitat for Humanity.