Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh began in the summer of 1999 when three volunteers who had been working with Habitat of Greater Middletown — Bill Murphy, David Wager and
Al Favata — saw how the Habitat model could work in Newburgh. The three men, all long-time Newburgh residents, quickly recognized that Habitat’s philosophy of “partnership housing” — where those in need of adequate shelter would work side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses — could help rebuild the city they loved.
Other interested volunteers gathered at Bill Murphy’s kitchen table, where plans were made and paper work was completed in record time. In October of 1999, Habitat Newburgh officially became one of 1,500 local affiliates of Habitat International. The affiliate hit the ground building, starting with three houses and dedicating its first home in August 2000. It dedicated its 25th home in January 2007, its 50th home in November 2011, and intends to dedicate its 100th home by the end of 2016.
Jones Services is exited to work with and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh!