As part of Merrimack Valley Habitat’s 30th anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 21st, Jackson Lumber & Millwork and the Torrisi family were honored for supporting their mission over the years. The celebration was held at the Jackson warehouse in Lawrence, Massachusetts and included craft cocktails, a live and silent auction, a locally sourced tasting menu, and entertainment.

Over Jackson Lumber & Millwork’s 70 years as a successful family owned and operated business, the Torrisi family has given back to the community and industry with time, leadership, and contributions. They have been proud to support Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity since its inception in 1985. In that time, Habitat has helped 92 families achieve a piece of the American dream – home ownership.

As Jackson Lumber & Millwork president, Mark Torrisi, commented, “Supporting our local Habitat for Humanity in their goal to create affordable housing within our community, one home at a time, is a great fit for us at Jackson. With our headquarters in Lawrence for our entire 70 years, we have always been committed to the community and committed to its revitalization.”

The work Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity has accomplished with Jackson has touched almost every neighborhood in the City of Lawrence from rebuilding after the Market Street fire to the latest project which is a redesign of the old St. Patrick’s convent on Parker Street into 10 condominium units. Dick Sumberg, of The Financial Advisors and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Board President regards Jackson’s long standing commitment as nothing short of heroic over these past 30 years. “When the inventory is needed we simply pick-up the phone. As our key supplier, there is a little bit of Jackson Lumber and the Torrisi family in every home we have built over the past 30 years. We are so fortunate to have such a gracious relationship and look forward to its continuation for the next 30 years.”

Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity is an independent local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the largest non-profit homebuilder in the world. Working in partnership with families in need, volunteers and donors, they build simple, affordable homes that are then sold to the families at cost with a no-interest mortgage. This partnership makes it possible for families who could not otherwise afford a home realize the dream of homeownership.

Photo Caption:
Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity founder Margot Bixby with Jackson Lumber & Millwork’s Mark Torrisi, Jay Torrisi, and Al Torrisi.
Photo by Emily O’Brien Photography