November 4th, 2015
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families preserve homes during A Brush with Kindness Week
White Sulphur Springs, WV (September 30, 2015) – Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity was one of nearly 40 Habitat affiliates collaborating with Valspar, Habitat’s national paint partner, and Wells Fargo, to launch A Brush with Kindness Week, Sept. 19-26. A Brush with Kindness Week is a nationwide effort to transform neighborhoods by painting, providing minor exterior home repairs, landscaping and cleaning up yards in partnership with more than 153 low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or have a disability. Locally, twenty-six volunteers from the community worked on 3 projects in the Tuckahoe Neighborhood of White Sulphur Springs, WV. The Tuckahoe Neighborhood is part of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization focus.
“We have been building new homes in the Tuckahoe Neighborhood over the past few years and we will continue to do so, however there are many families in the community that are life-long residents whose homes are in need of repairs. We have already helped several families to make repairs to their own homes, but we are partnering with community leaders to expand these efforts and attract new resources to repair more homes and help even more families through A Brush With Kindness,” said Michelle Connor, Executive Director of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. “Families like Mary Rush. Mary has lived in her home for 50 years. She raised three wonderful children in this neighborhood, she is a pillar in the community and very active with her church but due to her age and the age of her home, Mary has struggled to maintain the exterior of her home. We are glad to be able to partner with Mary to help her to repaint her house.”
Valspar, lead sponsor of A Brush with Kindness Week, is also the founding partner of Habitat’s home preservation services which help low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. Habitat uses volunteers, donated materials and no-profit loans to make the repairs affordable, helping low-income homeowners continue to live independently and securely in their homes. Habitat has served nearly 13,000 low-income families through exterior home preservations services between 2008 and 2014.
“Habitat for Humanity’s home preservation work focuses on affordable housing in existing communities and often helps homeowners continue to live independently and securely in their homes,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful for the commitments of the volunteers and sponsors partnering with low-income families across the country.”
Habitat for Humanity would like to thank Valspar and Wells Fargo, for their help in making A Brush with Kindness Week possible.
About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has worked for over 25 years in partnership with low-income families in Eastern West Virginia. Our mission is to eliminate substandard poverty housing in Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Pendleton Counties and to make safe, decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience and action. Since 1989, they have helped low-income families to build and buy over 150 new affordable homes and performed over 500 critical repairs with other local families in need. Almost Heaven Habitat builds not only houses, but also relationships and a sense of community through our partner families and volunteers who work together in equal partnership. For more information about volunteering or making a donation locally visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more visit habitat.org.
Valspar is a global leader in the coatings industry providing customers with innovative, high-quality products and value-added services. Our 10,800 employees worldwide deliver advanced coatings solutions with best-in-class appearance, performance, protection and sustainability to customers in more than 100 countries. Valspar offers a broad range of superior coatings products for the consumer market, and highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets. Founded in 1806, Valspar is headquartered in Minneapolis. Valspar’s reported net sales in fiscal 2014 were $4.5 billion and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: VAL). For more information, visit www.valspar.com and follow @valspar on Twitter.
About Wells Fargo
Among the largest provider of volunteers to Habitat for Humanity, Wells Fargo is a supporter of the inaugural A Brush with Kindness effort. In 2014, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated nearly $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – sustainable housing and community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $150 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.6 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate more than 5,500 homes and counting.