10/22/2014 04:00 a.m. EST • Last Updated 10/22/2014 04:49 p.m.
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Press release from Raise the Roof
Raise the Roof, the shoreline connection to Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, has announced that Maureen Lopes recently stepped down as president of its board of directors. Don Epperson, Sr., has replaced her as president. Founded in 2004 by long-term Madison residents Ellen and Mike Maguire, Raise the Roof recruits volunteers from shoreline communities to work alongside Habitat families to build new homes in New Haven. Over the past 10 years it has raised more than $500,000 and completed 10 homes. Lopes has served on the Raise the Roof Board for nine of those 10 years and has been president of the board for the last three. Epperson has worked on 10 to 15 houses in New Haven over the past several years and joined the board in 2013. Raise the Roof holds two major fundraising events each year. The annual gala dinner/dance is being held this fall at the Madison Beach Hotel on Friday, Nov. 7. The annual Build on the Green is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 on the Guilford Green. Details for all events and sponsorships can be found at www.raisetheroofct.org. The Greater New Haven chapter of Habitat for Humanity has built almost 100 homes in the New Haven area over the last 20-plus years, and more than 90 percent of the original owners are still in their homes. Information on supporting these families through the Cars for Homes program or the ReStore in Wallingford can be found at www.habitatgnh.org.