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Clute hangs up his Habitat for Humanity hat

Bob Clute with former executive director Len Kennedy

After nearly eight years serving the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, four years on the board of directors, including a term as chair, and in his fourth year as executive director, Bob Clute has announced his retirement for January 31st.

Since the first home build in 1996 in Picton, Habitat for Humanity PEH has been providing families with a hand-up to home ownership.

“In the past four years, that number has grown significantly during Bob’s watch,” said Peter Stewart, Chair, PEH Habitat for Humanity. “Bob has always been effusive about his passion for Habitat for Humanity and in leaving, recalls the years he has served Habitat have been the best of his life.”

A fundraiser to celebrate Clute’s tenure is being planned for March.

Looking ahead, said Stewart, the board is focusing on significantly growing the mission to serve families.

“With affordable housing initiatives on the agenda at all levels of government, Habitat PEH is uniquely positioned to assist with access to affordable home ownership and will continue increasing fundraising and volunteer operations to support that growth.”

David Morris, of DJ Morris & Associates Limited, who has assisted a number of Habitat affiliates Canada-wide in working through transition, will join the local Affiliate on Friday, February 1st as interim executive director while the board undertakes recruitment for a permanent executive director.

In its global operations, Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity Canada mobilizes volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Habitat partner families pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income following 500 hours of sweat equity with Habitat, often on their own home.

As Habitat homeowners pay off their mortgage, the payments are invested into the local Fund for Humanity, which is used by the Habitat affiliate to build more homes for low-income families in their community.

“This model of affordable home ownership provides an essential avenue for low-income working families to purchase their own Habitat home and build a better life.”

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  1. Nigel J Sivel says:

    I’d like to add my thanks to Bob Clute for all the excellent work he has done for Habitat for Humanity in our region over the last eight years. Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful example of how volunteers can come together under the kind of sound leadership displayed by Bob to help needy families to build and live in their own home under the Habitat model in operation all over the world. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, consider the local branch of Habitat for Humanity. For me it was one of my most rewarding volunteer experiences.

    Nigel Sivel
    Former board member
    Prince Edward Hastings Habitat for Humanity.

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