Theft of RVHFH Building Materials

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity confirms theft of building materials at new home site in Montgomery Township, NJ

Bridgewater, NJ (February 18, 2021) – The Raritan Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) has confirmed the theft of building materials at their newest homesite located on Willow Road in Belle Mead, New Jersey. The organization reported to the Montgomery Township Police Department that when construction manager Dave Polomski arrived at the home site on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, he noticed that all the lumber purchased to complete the framing of the home was missing.

Partner Family Home
The home is for a single mother and her five children who are in high school and college. The family has been working alongside of volunteers so they can move into their new home in late spring 2021. The theft is likely to move out the project’s completion and the family’s move-in date.

“What is heart breaking about this robbery is that it brings the work on this new home to a stop,” said Meg Helms, Board of Directors President at Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. “Many may assume that our projects are fully funded and can continue if a loss like this occurs. The truth of the matter is that we rely on fundraising and as we build homes as we receive donations from the community. With this current situation, we have to hope that we can accelerate donations to get the build of the family’s home back on track.”

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that offers a hand up and not a hand-out. Families partner with RVHFH to build and improve their own homes alongside volunteers, and each owner pays an affordable mortgage with a zero percent interest rate. Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, serving families in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. During this unprecedented time the affiliate has continued to slowly construct one home. In 2021 the hope is to build a two-family home and assist struggling homeowners with small outdoor repairs through the Brush with Kind program.

How you can help
Anyone wishing to join as a volunteer at the homesite when construction restarts or would like to help accelerate the build the Caldwell Family home can make a donation directly to the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity website at or via mail at Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 6275 Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

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