On Saturday, April 23rd from 8 AM to 4 PM, members, friends, and family from the Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation will be building at Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester’s 4 Homestead Avenue home build in Auburn, MA to honor the fifth anniversary of Major Brodeur’s untimely death in Afghanistan in 2011.
Leslie Wilson, Vice President of the foundation, said “We were looking for a meaningful way to honor the life of David Brodeur. Providing a home for two low-income families in Auburn would have been very important to David, who was educated in the Auburn public schools. David would have been pleased with Habitat’s mission to provide families with a hand up – not a hand out. Character building, going above and beyond, and helping the community were what David was all about. We are pleased to honor his memory by helping Habitat build local homes, community, and hope”.
Major David L. Brodeur died April 27, 2011 at Kabul Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was on deployment to Afghanistan from Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Major Brodeur had been assigned, while in Afghanistan, as an advisor to the Afghan Command and Control Center under the NATO Air Training Command. Major Brodeur was educated in the Auburn public schools graduating with honors from Auburn High in 1994.
While in high school he played soccer and was an accomplished track and field athlete who won Southern Worcester County League and District Class B individual championships. He served as Treasurer and President of the Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society; represented Auburn High at the Annual Student Government Day Program sponsored by the Massachusetts State Legislature and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his service to Auburn High and the Town of Auburn.
As part of an initiative to avoid abandoned, vacant homes, Bank of America donated the property to Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. The single family home previously located on the approximately 1/3 acre lot was demolished, and work has begun on a new duplex home. Each duplex will be LEED certified to meet our environmentally friendly goals. The home is located in a stable and safe neighborhood.
The duplex will be home to two low-income families who will contribute 400 – 500 hours of “sweat equity” building their homes and learning skills to become successful homeowners. The families will buy their home at a 0% interest rate mortgage based on their income, which must fall between 30% – 60% of the area’s median income.
Our mission is to build homes, community and hope for low-income families in the Greater Worcester and MetroWest areas of Massachusetts. Habitat has an open-door policy, welcoming all volunteers and supporters, regardless of religious affiliation, race, nationality or other background. Under the motto of “a hand up, not a handout,” we build houses with families rather than for them.
To find out more about how Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester helps low- income families through affordable housing, please contact Deborah Huegel, Development Director, at 508-799-9259, Ext. 118, or Deborah.Huegel@habitatmwgw.org. Or visit our website at www.habitatmwgw.org.