North Parkway, Jefferson Twp.

17 North Parkway project
17 North Parkway project

Project Address: North Parkway, Jefferson Township (Wharton mailing address)
Build #120: completed 2021 – Women Build

  • Single-family home
  • New construction
  • 4 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms


The parents and their six children had been living in a cramped, two-bedroom apartment for about 15 years. The two girls and four boys, ranging in age from six to 18, had all been sharing the same bedroom. The father works with at-risk youth for a nonprofit organization while the mother stays home to raise and homeschool the children.


This vacant lot in the Lake Shawnee section of Jefferson Township is conveniently located minutes off Routes 80 and 15. The property sits in a lovely residential neighborhood in this lake community. The new homeowners will automatically be members of the Lake Shawnee Club that promotes recreation, enjoyment, good fellowship and community betterment. As club members, the homeowners will enjoy access to the lake and clubhouse for an annual dues payment.

Morris Habitat for Humanity constructed a new colonial-style 4-bedroom single-family home using our prototype building plans. Using the same square footage, a home can be built with different layouts to include 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, depending on the number of people in the homeowner family. The house has a private driveway and a full basement. The new home is handicap-accessible and is serviced by public water and a new septic system.

The property was generously donated in 2016 by the Estate of Helen Garvey. Jefferson Township contributed $50,000 from their affordable housing trust fund toward the construction of the new home.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the end of October 2020. During Women Build Month in May 2021, many volunteers worked on this project and raised $1000 to purchase shrubs and trees for landscaping. The dedication ceremony for this home was held at the end of August 2021. Over 7,000 hours of labor donated by 875 volunteers enabled this home to be finished in a record ten months. Many civic, church, corporate and school groups also came to volunteer. The family moved in during the fall of 2021.

Groundbreaking Ceremony October 2020

Parkway groundbreaking

CEO Blair Schleicher Wilson; Jefferson Township Mayor Eric Wilsusen; Robert Garvey, son of donor; six Davis children & their parents

Davis family on shore of Lake Shawnee

Davis family at Lake Shawnee

Davis family interview on March 31, 2021, discussing their current housing and their experiences building their home.

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Marly Davis interview during Women Build on May 5, 2021, covered by WMBC-TV News.

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