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On Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity dedicated a home to a veteran partner family in Woodbury, New Jersey in a ceremony called a “Habitation.”

Ken Johnson – a veteran of the U.S. army – found out about Habitat from his veterans services advisor at Camden County College while studying to become an EMT. At the time, he was seeking a better lifestyle for his family in an area where he and his wife could feel comfortable raising their children. Gloucester County Habitat’s homeownership program presented an opportunity to provide his family with a safe, decent and affordable place to live. It also gave him the chance to fulfill a promise he made to his late father and late brother, which was to always take care of his family.

“Habitat actually taught me a lot,” stated Johnson. “From the volunteers to everyone who helped me – there’s a lot of good people in this world despite what we’re seeing on T.V.”

In partnership with Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity, Parke Bank presented a check for $5,000 at the Habitation, which will go towards Doors for Hope – one of the organization’s major fundraisers.

“Parke Bank has genuine interest in the communities we serve and we are all about building strong neighborhoods and helping families grow to their fullest potential,” stated Daniel Sulpizio, Parke Bank senior vice president and GCHFH board president. “At the end of the day if we have helped one family we have succeeded.”

Since 2012, Parke Bank has donated more than $125,000 to GCHFH in support of its mission to provide families in Gloucester County with the opportunity to purchase a home.