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Lumber stolen from Habitat for Humanity project site in Somerset County

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Lumber stolen from a Habitat for Humanity project site in Somerset County is delaying the completion of a home for a family.

The Raritan Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity said, that lumber was stolen from their newest homesite located on Willow Road in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township.

The organization reported to the Montgomery Township Police Department that when construction manager Dave Polomski arrived at the home site on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, he noticed that all the lumber purchased to complete the framing of the home was missing.

Cicely Caldwell, a single mother, and her four children, who are in high school and college, have been working alongside of volunteers so they can move into their new home in late spring 2021. The theft is likely to move out the project’s completion and the family’s move-in date.

“What is heart breaking about this robbery is that it brings the work on this new home to a stop,” said Meg Helms, Board of Directors President at Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. “Many may assume that our projects are fully funded and can continue if a loss like this occurs. The truth of the matter is that we rely on fundraising and as we build homes as we receive donations from the community. With this current situation, we have to hope that we can accelerate donations to get the build of the Caldwell family’s home back on track.”

Anyone with information about the theft, is urged to contact the Montgomery Township police at 908-359-3222.

Anyone wishing to join as a volunteer at the homesite when construction restarts or would like to help accelerate the build the Caldwell Family home can make a donation directly to the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity website at or via mail at Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 6275 Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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