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Family gets new Habitat for Humanity home in Brunswick

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What do you get when about 150 employees of Bendix Corp. and Moen Inc. each offer volunteer contributions to Medina County Habitat for Humanity?

Andy and Kristina Phillips know the answer: a new home.

A dedication ceremony took place Sunday at 1561 Jefferson Ave. in Brunswick to celebrate the occasion.

Habitat Vice President Ron Romanchok and Treasurer Pat Neal said the home was the 32nd built by the county chapter. Romanchok estimated the investment in the 75-by-225-foot property for land and construction at $140,000 and said business contributions and “big funding” by Moen and Bendix took care of most of the cost.

Ceremonies included a prayer by Janet Payton, pastoral associate at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church of Medina, a presentation of a Bible and a symbolic key to the home, and recognition of 30 contributing businesses, individuals and nonprofits who helped on the project, along with four churches.

Moen President David Lingafelter attended the ceremony to congratulate the Phillips family, which will be moving from Medina.

Romanchok remembered that Lingafelter had come on previous occasions to the site — but it always seemed to occur on bad-weather days.

“But he knew no pain and he had no fear,” Romanchok said of the Moen executive.

Lingafelter said Moen has a program in which employees devote two workdays a year to community service of some type and works on one home-building project per year. He said the Brunswick house was the company’s first Habitat program in Medina County.

The 150 employees worked at the Jefferson site “multiple times,” he said.

As officials celebrated the new construction and looked around, Lingafelter said with a smile, “You do have Moen faucets here?”

The home has three bedrooms on the main floor and one in the basement.

Andy Phillips works as a truck driver and Kristina is a stay-at-home mom. They have three children — Madison, 9; Connor, 8; and Lucas, 3.

The family also received a visit from Karla Robinson, executive director of the county educational advocacy group Project: LEARN, who brought 50 books for the Phillips children.

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