Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground on 18th Home

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its eighteenth home at 2412 First Avenue, Toms River this past Saturday, January 14th. The Township of Toms River, under Mayor Kelaher, gifted Northern Ocean Habitat the lot on which this home will be built. A selected local partner family will then purchase the affordable home. Dignitaries in attendance included Mayor Tom Kelaher, Freeholder Virginia E. “Ginny” Haines and a representative from the office of Congressman MacArthur. Northern Ocean Habitat is proud to continue its partnership with M&T Bank as a major sponsor for this build.

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Mayor Kelaher and Habitat Board of Director President Dave Applegate address ceremony attendees.

This Habitat project is a continuation of the Building Homes from the Heart blitz build event which took place in early October at the Ocean County Mall in partnership with 100.1 WJRZ. Under the leadership of Habitat for Humanity construction professionals, volunteer groups from local businesses, schools and organizations built wall panels for the home in the Ocean County Mall parking lot. The panels were then used to erect the frame of the house where it proudly stood over the weekend before being dismantled and stored as fundraising continued.

Following the ceremony, attendees gathered at the Toms River Senior Community Center on Garfield Avenue to engage in fellowship and food donated by the Four Seasons Diner.

While the final construction phase is set to begin, more funding is needed to complete the home for the deserving partner family. To make a contribution, please visit For more information on sponsorships and funding, contact Habitat’s Program Director at or at 732-228-7962 ext. 109. To view all the photos from the groundbreaking ceremony, visit Northern Ocean Habitat on Facebook.