Welcome Home, O’Konsky Family!

Jess O’Konsky with Drew and Jillian.

Steuben County Habitat for Humanity is once again welcoming a family into a new home, and it’s all thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and the generous support of the community. Jess O’Konsky and her two children, Drew and Jillian, will soon be able to call the renovated house on Pritchard Avenue in Corning their home.

“This home was sold to us below cost to help us help a family from the area find somewhere affordable to live,” said Lisa Caracci, Executive Director of Steuben County Habitat for Humanity. “The new homeowner worked alongside Habitat volunteers in renovating the interior and improving the exterior, and we think it turned out a great place for a young family to live.”

Project Manager Mitra Pratt described the renovation work, which started in January, saying, “we put in a lot of work to make the house more modern, and more suitable for a younger family. Our volunteers did a great job, the house looks fantastic, and we can’t wait to hand over the keys to the O’Konsky family.”

With work nearly completed on the four-bedroom home, Steuben County Habitat for Humanity is ready to celebrate another family’s moving in with a dedication ceremony. Said Caracci about the event, “we really love the dedications; it gives us a chance to thank the volunteers and the community, and to show what we were able to build together, and it allows everyone who was involved a chance to celebrate.”

The dedication ceremony will take place at the home, located at 183 Pritchard Avenue, at 6:00 PM on July 12th. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the process of becoming a homeowner, as well as how they can help build homes and support local, deserving families here in Steuben County.

Steuben County Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability, and self-reliance for families in our local neighborhoods. Our mission statement is, “seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, community, and hope in Steuben County.”