Meet the Families

Meet the Families

Bol Gai and her family receive a gift of cleaning supplies from the Charlotte Congregational Church youth group. Bol Gai and her family receive a gift of cleaning supplies from the Charlotte Congregational Church youth group.

Last May, scores of well-wishers came to the dedication ceremony for two new Green Mountain Habitat homes in Charlotte. Beginning at the new home of the Bol Gai and her family the ceremony then moved next door, to the home of Katie Palmer and her sons for a final blessing by Rev. Will Burhans from the Charlotte Congregational Church. The families were presented with housewarming gifts, and both gave heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers and organizations which have made their new homes possible, offering hope that they can give back to the community.

Katie Palmer and her two sons began moving into their house right after the refreshments from the dedication were cleared away. Katie commented that it was one of the most moving experiences in her life. Her son Charlie was thrilled to display his new bedroom, which will be separate from his older brother’s. “Finally!” he exclaimed. On the other hand, his brother Dylan arrived early on moving day to place his pet guinea pig in the new quarters and to ensure that the first resident was, in fact, the guinea pig.

A large crowd welcomed Katie Palmer and her sons to their new home. A large crowd welcomed Katie Palmer and her sons to their new home.

One of the homes features a highly efficient passive solar construction, now famous throughout the country for its ability to retain and monitor interior temperature without calling upon expensive non-renewable sources of energy. It is the first Habitat house in the country that meets the “Passive House” standard.