Neighbourhood Officers from 42 Division traded forge caps and gun belts for tool belts and hard hats on April 9 to help build up the Malvern community they police through a Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (GTA) build.
Sgt. Julie Evans and six of her officers spent the day helping to build the new townhouses at 140 Pinery Trail in Scarborough.
“While holding a community meeting, our officers learned that a bunch of new residents were moving into the area and there was a build going on,” she said. “We decided we wanted to partner with some of the new families who will move into these units later this year. By working alongside them for a few hours, we are helping to strengthen that police/community relationship.”
Semira Hussain, a married mother of five, relished the opportunity to work with the police for a day.
‘It’s a chance to see them in a different light and understand they are invested in our community,” she said. “My family is looking forward to moving here and we know that the police will ensure that we are safe.”
Hussain is one of 20 families that will move into the new units when they are completed.
“We have already finished 29 units and we are happy to have the police here today working with families who each have to put in 500 sweat hours on this build,” said Jeff Abraham, the Habitat for Humanity GTA Volunteer Resources manager. “We started building in 2016 and we are hoping to finish by the end of 2019.”
Last year, about 7,500 volunteers donated almost 155,000 volunteer hours to Habitat for Humanity GTA builds.