Greenfield Savings gives $10K to Dial/Self for construction of Hatfield Street home

  • Rick “Badger” Parker, a carpenter with Keiter Builders, works on a housing project on Hatfield Street in Northampton. The home, being developed by Dial/Self, will include four bedrooms and a community center for homeless teens. GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Northampton Teen Housing Project in Northampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Chad Anderson, a carpenter with Keiter Builders, works on the Northampton Teen Housing Project in Northampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Rick "Badger" Parker, a carpenter with Keiter Builders, works on the Northampton Teen Housing Project in Northampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

For the Gazette
Published: 3/31/2019 11:31:41 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A housing project on Hatfield Street for homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness received a boost late last week from Greenfield Savings Bank.

Bank officials presented a $10,000 check to Dial/Self, a nonprofit that provides housing and services to homeless youths.

The donation will be used to fund the second phase of a housing project at 11 Hatfield St., located near an urgent care, bus routes and schools.

The first phase, completed last summer, involved renovating a two-story 1920s structure into two separate two-bedroom apartments.

So far, five people have lived in the renovated house — four currently live there. One young man has already made great use of the housing, moving to a new city and starting a job.

“He got everything done in only three months,” said Phillip Ringwood, Dial/Self’s executive director.

The second phase is a new project in which the Dial/Self team is constructing a new building with four more bedrooms and space for a community center. It will be located next to the renovated home.

The donation from Greenfield Savings is one of many that Dial/Self will use to raise the $300,000 necessary to complete the project. The nonprofit will launch a renewed capital campaign within the next six months.

“We are taking any and all donations if people are interested,” Ringwood said.

Ringwood expects construction of phase two to finish in the late fall or early winter. “Construction always takes longer than you expect it to,” he said.

Ringwood accepted the check from John Howland, president and CEO of Greenfield Savings, last week.

“I just think this is a great organization and I’m proud to be here,” Howland said. “Coming to the age of adulthood is a difficult time.”

Dial/Self is taking preapplication for the housing for its second home. Residents will be selected based on need.

The apartments will be fully furnished with three-month auto-renewing leases, and rent will be based on what the youth are able to afford. These leases are designed to provide youth with greater flexibility than a traditional one-year lease.

Dial/Self identifies homeless youths through street outreach teams. The nonprofit, founding in 1977, also participates in community outreach, communicating with schools and guidance counselors.

The nonprofit was founded in 1977. It work to provide independence to youths “by connecting them with housing, employment, education and civic opportunities.”


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