CHAPPAQUA, N.Y -- Employees and agents from the Houlihan Lawrence office in Chappaqua hit the community involvement nail on the head on Thursday as they teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester.
Chairpersons Mary Ann Bayer and Deena Boucher led a 23-member team from Houlihan Lawrence to work at 300 King St. in Chappaqua. Wearing green shirts for St. Patrick’s Day and hard hats, dress far different than their usual office attire, the Houlihan Lawrence team whacked nails, raked debris, removed rubbish and assembled wheelbarrows. “We’re all a little sore today,’’ Boucher said on Friday. “Sore, but happy.”
A former house of worship, the structure is being transformed by Habitat for Humanity into one of the most energy efficient homes the county has ever seen. Habitat for Humanity acquired a construction permit for affordable housing at the property under the Housing Settlement of Westchester.
Sandy Strohm, Assistant Branch Manager in Chappaqua and an Associate Broker, also helped recruit members for the Houlihan Lawrence team. The rest of the team was Cary Bloom of Thoroughbred Mortgage; Barbara Pagluca; Elaine Wasserman; Katy White; Brendan Preston; Bitsy Maraynes; Justine Flanagan; Wendy Nolan; Jeanne Coon; Janis Catapano; Usha Subramanium; Jane Abbate; Iona Miller; Jennifer Belew; Janet Short; Barbara Brown; Valeria Filancia; Allison Mannella; Sheila Griffiths and Tricia Daronco.
Boucher said it was the first time she and many other members of the HL team had been involved in a project of this magnitude. “We were happy that Habitat for Humanity was coming to Chappaqua and we were ready to roll up our sleeves,’’ she said.
“It was a great team building day and a great day for Habitat for Humanity,’’ Boucher added. “We really got into the St. Patrick’s Day mode. It was a huge success for our office and for Habitat for Humanity. Hopefully we can participate in some other projects down the road for our community.”
"This project has special meaning for my family,'' Bayer said. "The building is at my children's first pre-school."
Strohm said helping and participating in the community is part of the mission statement of Houlihan Lawrence. "The Chappaqua office is very integrated in the events within our community. We invite all to visit our blog at ChappaquaLiving.com or contact one of the branch's real estate agents on our website HLChappaquaAgents.com ."