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Tewksbury Habitat Build Hosting Cornhole Tournament at Wamesit Lanes

Aug 29, 2017 05:47AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Cornhole Tournament

 Tewksbury, MA — Looking to prolong summer just a bit longer? Tewksbury Habitat Build is hosting a Cornhole tournament Sunday, Sept. 10, beginning at 4 pm at Wamesit Lanes. Cost is $30 per person and includes cash prizes. Bruce Taylor from Wicked Cornhole will run the event.  Spectators are welcome at the Cornhole tournament! They can enjoy food and drink at the facility and take part in the various raffles. To sign up for the tournament, please visit TewksburyHabitatBuild.org. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to continue the work Tewksbury Habitat Build is doing in town, renovating and building affordable homes for families.

In 2016, Tewksbury Habitat Build acquired a large piece of land through a public RFP process held by the Town of Tewksbury. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Tewksbury Habitat Build is renovating one existing home on the lot and supporting the development of two additional single family homes. The home renovation is scheduled to be completed by November of 2017, with the completion of the first new home shortly thereafter. Two families who will benefit from Tewksbury Habitat Build’s efforts are the Kato/Nabasaggi and Kasim/Osman families.

The Nabasaggi family have been working hard on Tewksbury Habitat Build’s renovation project happening on South street. They look forward to moving in late fall. However, to complete the home, Tewksbury Habitat Build continues to fund this project through events such as the cornhole tournament to be held at Wamesit Lanes and run by Wicked Cornhole on September 10th.

The Kato/Nabasaggi family are a family of five who represent a great story of the American Dream. The family moved to the United States from Kampala, Uganda in search of a better life. Together, they have 3 children: two sons aged 6 and 9, and a daughter who is 7. Their road to their new home on South Street has not been easy. The parents began their immigration application through a green card lottery, and were selected a year later. After being selected, they waited another two years for their paperwork and necessary documentation to be complete. Today, they have been issued green cards and are now permanent residents of the United States.

While fighting their battle to become legal American citizens, they faced another struggle: proper housing for their busy family of 5. Currently, the family is living in a one-bedroom basement apartment in Billerica. The conditions of the apartment are not ideal, and it lacks space for the family to be able to thrive. Seeing their current living conditions made it an easy decision for the Habitat for Humanity’s Family Selection Committee members to choose this family and give them the opportunity to own their first home. In the South Street house, the children will have rooms to call their own, a space to play outside, and a happy, healthy place to call home.

The Kasim/Osman family, who will live next door to the Kato/Nabasaggi family, is also a remarkable family of 5: father, mother, and their three boys aged 10, 8, and 1. Due to the eight-year old’s spina bifida, a wheelchair, special bed, and many other medical accessories are necessary, resulting in one bedroom of the family’s small two-bedroom apartment on Bridge Street in Lowell to be fully devoted to this child. The other family members must all share one bedroom. In addition to this, living on Bridge Street has been tough for a family with small children; it is a busy area, their apartment building sits very close to the street, and it doesn’t have a yard.

Their new South Street ranch will be a great fit for the Kasim/Osman family, and especially their 8-year old son. The house will be all one floor, and will have a bedroom and bathroom that will be accessible for his wheelchair. In addition, there will be plenty of space outside for him and his brothers to play safely without the worry of Bridge Street traffic.

Tewksbury Habitat Build can’t wait to welcome them to Tewksbury. While THB is gaining momentum, funds are still needed to erect affordable houses, with 100% of the money raised being used for this purpose.

Play or watch the cornhole tournament at Wamesit Lanes and support Tewksbury Habitat Build on September 10th. Truly a win-win! Visit http://www.tewksburyhabitatbuild.org/cornhole-tournament to learn more, sign up, or volunteer for the event.

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