NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Habitat for Humanity Mahoning Valley is getting a major boost in funding, thanks to one special man.
After Al Gilchrist’s unexpected death at the age of 73 in June, the local Habitat for Humanity organization received his New Middletown home as a legacy gift.
Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley Executive Director Monica Craven said Al spent time in Ohio and Arizona, where he was also involved with the Habitat for Humanity organization. He gifted a home to Habitat in that state as well.
When Craven got the call that the house would be donated, she was a little skeptical.
“I wanted to know where the catch was,” she said.
John said he picked up on the skepticism in Craven’s voice when he called with the news. The price tag on Al’s house was $175,000.
Al was a fixture at Habitat for Humanity, according to his brother, John. He said he and his wife routinely visited Habitat’s ReStore, and Al was always fixing things.
“It was something he really, really enjoyed,” John said.
But the taxes on the home Al donated to Habitat were too high for a family that would qualify for Habitat for Humanity’s program. So, the home was sold, with the profits going to the local organization. That money will help build a new Habitat for Humanity home and open a second Restore location in Trumbull County.
John said he is happy that the money from the home is still being used by the organization that his brother loved, especially for another ReStore.
“I’m very glad that they’re going to do that,” he said. “It’s something he would have appreciated.”
Craven said it’s a way of remembering Al, who helped the organization open its first Restore.
Al Gilchrist’s family will be invited to the building of the home in Al’s memory. The organization plans to build it in Struthers.