Celebrating the gift of coming home
Kristy Floyd needed a safe home, but wanted to stay in Buena Vista rather than building a Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity home in Greenhouse Village north of Lexington. While Kristy was in line for a new home, she opted to take advantage of a pre-owned home in Buena Vista. She completed the same sweat equity requirements as other Habitat homebuyers including making repairs to the home and working at the Greenhouse Village site. She took homeowner financial education classes and will have a mortgage loan to purchase the home.
On July 30, she dedicated the Rockbridge Area Habitat home with family, friends and plenty of representatives from Habitat.
RAHfH offers a hand up, not a hand out to low-income families and individuals in Rockbridge County. Affordable housing can often be difficult to find, and when it is available, is not always in great shape. Therefore, Habitat builds safe, decent housing with eligible families.
To learn more about qualifying for a Habitat home, go to the program page, or call Donna at 540-463-3770.
Kristy Floyd receives the keys for her new Habitat home from Lynne Johnson, RAHfH executive director.
Kristy Floyd and daughter, Jaden, stand outside their new Habitat home.
It flew through the air with the greatest of ease
Will Harris Trucking and Valley Crane move the house to its foundation.
Viri is excited to see her house literally "come together."
Viri, Servando and their son Ezequiel are one "flight" closer to living in their new home. On Thursday, July 25, the house was moved from the Rockbridge County High School campus to its foundation in Greenhouse Village. Students from the Building and Trades program started construction and the homebuyers and volunteers will complete it. It came in three pieces and still needs shingles, siding, paint and all the trimming and fixtures new homeowners can love. Habitat expects the family to move into their new place in the fall.
Viri (center) with the moving crew (from L) Rufus Tyree, Sam Crickenberger, Tommy Harris, Leo Decanini and Will Harris.
Viri Martinez, with her mother-in-law, Crispina Moran, gives the victory sign when her new Habitat home reaches its destination.
Chamber Business After Hours hosted at Greenhouse Village
Habitat hosted the June Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the Pavilion in Greenhouse Village.
More than 50 members participated in nasty-hot weather, but shade under the Pavilion saved the evening, as well as the air conditioned home on tour.
C.H.E.F.S. Catering supplied the picnic supper.
Habitat thanks everyone who attended, volunteered and made the event a good one.
Leo Decanini gestures while explaining construction at Greenhouse Village.
The Pavilion at Greenhouse Village.
Eric Lewis signs off on the four hundred hours of sweat equity he completed on the construction site over the winter and fall; and yes, he also works full-time at a lumber yard!
Father of seven completes 400 hours of sweat equity
Eric Lewis signed off nearly 400 hours of construction sweat equity on June 8.
Lewis and his wife Alesha have seven children. They became eligible for a Habitat home last fall and have been busy ever since. both attended the nine-week homeowner and financial education course. Since Alesha has physical limitations, Eric took on most of the onsite sweat equity.
The family is expected to close on the home in August.
Eric and Alesha Lewis with six of their children
Win this beautiful dollhouse AND build a new home!
Lexington Presbyterian Church's vacation Bible school is offering raffle tickets for this terrific, handmade Victorian dollhouse with an all-American theme. Three stories, six rooms, wrap-around porch, two entrances, bay windows.
Tickets: $10 each or 10 for $90 (proceeds benefit Rockbridge Area Habitat)
Drawing July 3 at end of Vacation Bible School
Call Lex Pres for more information. 540-463-3873
Martinez family celebrates new home
On a very sunny evening on May 8, Carina Martinez, her husband Walter Argueta and their sons Brian and Eddie, opened their new Habitat home to a community of dozens of well-wishers, volunteers and family for its dedication. Through tears and smiles, Carina thanked "God for this blessing," Habitat, its volunteers and everyone in attendance.
The following day Carina signed closing papers and received the keys to the home.
Habitat shows thanks with "movie" night during Volunteer Appreciation Month 2019
Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers are the BEST! They deserve every thank you we can give. Friday night Habitat said thank you with a fun little "movie" night featuring the volunteers as stars on the screen. Hot dogs, homemade chili, popcorn and candy set the stage for humorous narration of the "movie" by staff Leo Decanini and Jane Ann Wells. Thanks also to Viri and Servando Martinez who helped with setup/clean up and food service as part of their sweat equity.
Habitat's Fourth Annual Chili Cook-off was best ever! More than 170 attendees tasted eight terrific chilis made by local chefs. They listened and danced to wonderful music and voted on their favorite chili recipe. Winners are
Thank you, morning Rotary!
Susan Cross delivered a donation of $500 from members of Lexington Rotary (morning) Club to Executive Director Lynne Johnson. We are so grateful for the Club's support of Habitat's mission to provide decent housing to low-income, hard working individuals and families in Rockbridge County!
Talk about dedication!
Habitat volunteers show over and over again their dedication and value. This time it was building in the wet and snow on Jan. 17, 2019. Look at these folks! They are fabulous! They are raising walls on the ground floor of the Lewis home in Greenhouse Village.Thank you SO much for all you do with Habitat and the partner families.
ANNUAL WINE STROLL RAFFLE!
Dinner for 8 (yes, eight!) for $35? It's possible if you buy a raffle ticket for the RAHfH annual Wine Stroll ON SALE NOW! There's a 1 in 75 chance to win a four-course dinner in four beautiful, historic downtown Lexington homes. Purchase your chances to win HERE or at the Habitat office: 30 E. Preston St., Lexington, TODAY!
Yes, RIGHT NOW!
Raffle Drawing date March 24, 2019.
#GivingTuesday - Give a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Heather Marion expresses why she gives to RAHfH. She is a donor and volunteer. As a Master Gardener, Heather spreads the love through plants, trees and flowers for each of the new Habitat homebuyers. Also, she teaches landscaping to the homebuyers in a session of the financial and homeowners education course. On Oct. 30, she relinquished her landscaping responsibilities to two other volunteers: Ami Shank and Barbara Ekin (below).
You can give a hand up, not a hand out just like Heather, Ami and Barbara, through the donate button above, or by checking out our volunteer page.
RAHfH Annual Meeting 2018
The highlight of the meeting was handing out nine Helping Hands awards to RAHfH volunteers who had a special impact on the affiliate's efforts to eliminate substandard housing in Rockbridge County. Recognition went to Helene Edwards, Jade Knick, Rufus Tyree, Pat McGuire, Heather Marion, Cristin Sprenger, Audra Smithgall, Charles Barger and Don Ellis. These extraordinary volunteers work at the ReStore, on the construction site and with homebuyers in the financial education classes. Donor Eric Spencer also received a Helping Hands award. RAHfH appreciates their energy and dedication.
Faith Build 2018 Electrifies!
Members of Collierstown and Oxford Presbyterian churches install electrical wiring in the Burke family home on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Let there be Light!
Homebuyer Ryan Burke joined the church crews to install wiring and work off some sweat equity.
Thank You Lowe's Heroes!
Throughout the month of September, associates from Lexington Lowe's are volunteering on the build site as part of the Lowe's Heroes program. Lowe's has also donated windows, doors and more materials for the Burke family house.
On August 30, pastors from local faith communities kicked off Faith Build 2018 with lunch and work! Below are photos from the day.
If you can identify yourself or someone you know in the pictures, please let Lynn Harris know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Homebuyer Works Hard!
Eric Lewis, new Habitat homebuyer, digs gravel to lay around the foundation of a new Habitat home in Greenhouse Village. Lewis is working on his 200 hours of sweat equity.
"He is a gravel moving machine," said Leo Decanini, Habitat construction supervisor.
Lewis, his wife Alesha, and their seven children will be moving into a home across the street. Working on neighbors' houses is typical with RAHfH homebuyers.
Watch for more news about all our new Habitat partner families this fall.
Robin Harvey (above) Habitat's latest new homebuyer. She is taking the 27-hour financial education course as part of the 200 hours of sweat equity she must complete on her new home. Watch this site for more of her story.
Welcome to the Habitat Family!
It's about Legacy...
“And why did I choose (to donate to) Habitat over the many other support groups in Rockbridge (County)? Quite simply I prefer the concept of helping-hands over hand-out …I think it encourages a much more productive society.” - Anonymous