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  April 25th, 2013  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

In recognition of Earth Day, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity invites its supporters to recycle their used cars and vehicles to help build hope and homes in partnership with low-income families in Eastern West Virginia.

Franklin, WV (April, 22, 2013) – Throughout the month of April, Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program will celebrate its “Every Day is Earth Day” initiative, encouraging people to donate their used cars, trucks, RVs, boats and other vehicles to help raise funds for Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and other Habitat affiliates throughout the country.

“We are so excited to be celebrating Earth Day this year with Cars for Homes. Donating a used vehicle to Cars for Homes makes a difference for our environment and it helps provide energy efficient affordable houses for families who are least able to afford it,” explained Michelle Connor, Executive Director of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.

Every day, Habitat’s Cars for Homes generates funding from the sale of used cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Those funds are distributed to local Habitat for Humanity organizations in the U.S. to help build affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. To date, more than 40,000 vehicles have been donated to the program. Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has received $2,380.47 since the program’s inception.

“On average, about 25 percent of the vehicles we receive each year are recycled, so donating idle cars not only helps Habitat build homes but also gets gas guzzlers off the road, ” said Marcia Rundle, director of Habitat’s Cars for Homes program. “Donating a vehicle is a hassle-free way for anyone to support their local Habitat affiliate while being good stewards of the environment.”

Interested donors can call 1-877-277-HFHI (4344) or donate a car or other vehicle online at www.CarsforHomes.com. Donor contact, title and vehicle information is collected, and upon acceptance of the donation, Cars for Homes will tow the vehicle away, free of charge. Donors receive an acknowledgement letter for their car donation and should check with the Internal Revenue Service or their tax advisor for information about the tax deductibility of their donation.

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for nearly 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

For more information contact Evan Zuverink, Chief Operations Officer, 304-668-0431, [email protected].

 


  April 25th, 2013  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and Lowes invite women to volunteer during National Women Build Week. Women to build homes in partnership with local low-income families May 4-12

Franklin WV – May 11, 2013 – Throughout the Eastern West Virginia area women are invited to grab their hammers and volunteer during Habitat for Humanity’s sixth annual National Women Build Week. During the week of May 4-12, more than 300 Habitat affiliates nationwide will host women build projects in partnership with Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat’s Women Build program.

National Women Build Week challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their local communities. More than 41,000 women volunteers from all 50 states have participated in previous years.

“We are so excited to participate in National Women Build Week,” said Michelle L. Connor Executive Director of Almost Heaven Habitat. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family in need.”

To date, women volunteers have helped construct more than 2,100 Habitat houses nationwide. Locally, Almost Heaven Habitat has built two Women Build houses.

Lowe’s contributes more than $1.75 million to National Women Build Week and provides $5,000 Lowe’s gift cards to more than 300 participating affiliates.  National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s five-year, $20 million pledge to Habitat. As the underwriter of the Women Build program since 2004, Lowe’s also conducts “How-To” clinics at local stores to teach women key construction skills that will empower them to support Habitat projects across the country.

No construction skills are necessary.

Visit www.habitat.org/wb for more information on National Women Build Week.

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for nearly 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit www.Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitat or at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

Contacts:
Evan Zuverink Nakia Fowler Colleen Maiura
Almost   Heaven Habitat for Humanity Habitat   for Humanity International Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
304-668-0431 404-962-3445 704-758-2282
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

  April 3rd, 2013  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

EarthCraft Virginia Announces Winners of Sustainable Leadership Awards. Virginia Builders Recognized for Leadership in Sustainable Construction in 2012

Evan Ziverink, our Chief Operations Officer and K.C. McGurren, Director of Operations of EarthCraft VirginiaRichmond, VA – April 2, 2013 – Regional leaders in the advancement of sustainable design and construction were honored on Thursday as winners of EarthCraft Virginia’s Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards. Winners were announced at the organization’s 4th annual awards ceremony on March 28th at The SunTrust Building in downtown Richmond. The event drew over 120 individuals representing home builders, non-profit and for-profit housing providers and developers, program sponsors, affordable housing advocates and those interested in creating green housing opportunities in Virginia.

Each year, EarthCraft Virginia presents awards in a variety of categories to builders, developers and other stakeholders throughout the region who demonstrate superior dedication to the advancement of sustainable housing. Winners are honored in a variety of categories to cover new construction, renovation, single family, multifamily and more.

Winners were awarded based on projects completed in 2012. This year’s award winners include:

  • Single Family Builder of the Year: J. Hall Homes, Inc. – Fredericksburg, VA
  • Single Family Project of the Year: 3441 Little Hunting Creek Drive in Alexandria, VA – Daffan Homes
  • Multifamily New Construction of the Year: The Crossings at 4th & Preston in Charlottesville, VA – Virginia Supportive Housing
  • Multifamily Renovation of the Year: Colonial Village in Arlington, VA – Wesley Housing Development Corporation and Wiencek & Associates
  • Multifamily Developer of the Year: GEM Management – Charlotte, NC
  • Multifamily Contractor of the Year: Community Housing Partners – Christiansburg, VA
  • Habitat for Humanity Affiliate of the Year: Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity – Franklin, WV
  • Most Energy Efficient Project of the Year: 310 6th Street in Charlottesville, VA – Latitude 38, LLC
  • Visionary Award: T.K. Somanath, President and CEO of Better Housing Coalition – Richmond, VA

“The 4th Annual Sustainable Leadership Awards recognize some of the best initiatives in sustainable housing in Virginia over the past year,” says EarthCraft Virginia Executive Director, K.C. McGurren. “This year’s winners have gone above and beyond standard building expectations, consistently striving for higher performing, sustainable homes. We appreciate the commitment of all award winners – without them, we would never be able to deliver the next generation of housing to our residents.”

Mike Hawkins, AICP, PhD, Managing Director of Community Outreach at Virginia Housing Development Authority, shared his perspectives on current trends and opportunities within Virginia’s housing market, speaking specifically to the importance of partnerships and the critical role that EarthCraft plays in the advancement of high quality, affordable housing.

Additional information about the Sustainable Leadership Awards can be found at http://www.earthcraftvirginia.org/events_annual.

About EarthCraft Virginia

EarthCraft Virginia, a 501c3 non-profit, was established in 2006 in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Virginia and Southface Energy Institute with assistance from the Virginia Community Development Corporation. The EarthCraft House program, originally founded in 1999 by non-profit Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, serves as a blueprint for energy and resource efficient homes built in the Southeast. Throughout the Southeast the program has certified over 8,000 homes and 17,000 multifamily dwelling units. For more information on EarthCraft or EarthCraft Virginia, please visit www.earthcraftvirginia.org and www.earthcraft.org.

EarthCraft Virginia’s partners include Southface Energy Institute, the Home Builders Association of Virginia, Habitat for Humanity of Virginia, and Virginia Housing Development Authority.


  December 7th, 2012  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Pearl Harbor Birthday Gift

Jenny Kobayashi didn’t think about her family’s Japanese heritage when she scheduled a workday with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity on Pearl Harbor Day. She was thinking about her birthday.

Kobayashi turned 21 on December 6th, and her family asked her how she would like to celebrate. The answer was simple for her: help build homes for others. Kobayashi has been coming to Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity with her church, Sovereign Grace Church in Fairfax, Virginia, for two years. “It’s one of my favorite places to come. It’s a combination of being able to do hands-on work, and getting to meet the people who benefit from it, and sometimes, work alongside them,” said Kobayashi.

This trip, Kobayashi and her family worked alongside Phyllis Lambert, who, along with Johnnie Wratchford, will be moving into her Habitat home in Franklin next month. Wratchford is a World War II veteran. “They told you, ‘You’re in the Army now; not for a year, but for the duration. ‘ And the ‘duration’ could be… forever,” said Wratchford. For Wratchford, when the war ended in 1945, so did his term of service, though his patriotism never waned.  “Oh, I remember that day,” he said of December 7, 1941.

Tadao Kobayashi, Jenny’s grandfather, also remembers that day. Tadao was a high school student in Hawaii 71 years ago. From the school windows, “he saw the smoke puffs above Pearl Harbor, and his first inclination as that something was seriously amiss. They had done practice drills before, but they were I guess blanks; white puffs of smoke. But these were black puffs,” said Neal Kobayashi, Jenny’s father and Tadao’s son. Tadao enlisted in the United States Army at the close of the war, and used his knowledge of the Japanese language to “dissuade Japanese soldiers still holding out in the Philippines that the war had ended, and that they needed to surrender,” said Neal. “It was a little bit scary; there were warriors who had been trained that they were to fight to the death.” “There is no honor in surrender for the Japanese,” added Gregory Kobayashi, Jenny’s brother.

One of the missions of Habitat for Humanity is to tear down figurative walls between people as we physically build new walls. On Pearl Harbor Day 2012, we are honored to that we are able to bring these two pieces of history together to build one home.

Despite the fact that she was born 50 years after Pearl Harbor, today is a day of celebration for Jenny, and she couldn’t be happier to spend it with Habitat for Humanity.  “I love talking about Habitat,” she said. “All of my friends know this, and they all know how much I love it.”

 “It was cool to see what [Jenny] is talking about,” said Gregory.” Descriptions are one thing, but it’s different to see the houses actually coming out of the ground, as the case may be.”  The whole family was glad to be a part of the day. “I so appreciate what you guys are doing,” said Jenny, “It’s really amazing to be a part of it.”


  December 7th, 2012  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Habitat for Humanity served a record 94,618 families in 2012

Franklin, WV (December 6, 2012) – Habitat for Humanity served a record 94,618 families through new home construction, rehabilitation and repairs in fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 20120, breaking the previous fiscal year’s record by more than 13,000 families. This equates to a family improving their living conditions on average every 5.5 minutes in one of the nearly 80 countries around the world where Habitat works.

In addition to housing construction efforts, Habitat for Humanity helped an additional 3,321 families establish legal rights to a house or land, and provided 119,068 individuals with technical assistance, including financial literacy training and construction advice and training.

“I am so pleased that even in these difficult economic times, Habitat for Humanity is serving more families and communities around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re incredibly grateful for the contributions of our many donors, partners, volunteers and advocates, whose continued support has made it possible for Habitat to build homes and hope.”

In 2012, Habitat for Humanity also surpassed its 600,000 home milestone, bringing the number of people served through better housing solutions to 3 million since the organization was founded in 1976. In 2000, Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of its 100,000th home, and in 2011, Habitat for Humanity reached the 500,000th home milestone.

In FY12, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity served 8 families through its new home construction program and 3 additional families through its critical home repair program.

“Being able to empower so many families – that is what’s amazing about the scale of Habitat’s work today,” said Michelle Connor, CEO and Executive Director of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.

A copy of Habitat for Humanity International’s fiscal year 2012 annual report, “Why We Build,” is now available online at www.habitat.org/support/report. The report gives a snapshot of Habitat’s work around the world.

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 24 years providing safe, decent, affordable housing to hundreds of families.  Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 600,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.


  December 2nd, 2012  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity celebrates opening of new office on Main Street in White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs, WV (December 1, 2012) – Folks from the community came out to celebrate with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity as they held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their newer, expanded Greenbrier County office located at 39 West Main Street in White Sulphur Springs.

The local Habitat affiliate that serves Greenbrier, Pendleton and Pocahontas Counties in Eastern West Virginia relocated their office from Lewisburg to Main Street in White Sulphur Springs in 2011, in order to be closer to their concentrated efforts in the Spa City.  “We are grateful to the Bowling family for helping to make our presence in White Sulphur Springs a reality, with our first office a few doors down, and now this larger office that is better equipped to ensure we can deliver top-notch service to the community and our Partner Families,” reported Michelle Connor, Chief Executive Officer of the organization.  The new location has more than tripled the organization’s space, allowing for private, yet more open offices for their team who works daily in the county.

David Fuller, an ordained Methodist minister who is a volunteer staff member with the organization offered an opening prayer of thanksgiving, committing the new location into service which would bring glory to God.  John Connor serves as Chief Development Officer of Almost Heaven Habitat, and he led the ceremony. “We are so thankful to be able to have this presence on Main Street – to be available to the community with whom we depend so heavily for partnerships.”  It was upon that theme of partnership that John recognized Sadie Fraley, Executive Director of Main Street White Sulphur Springs, a volunteer driven non-profit organization whose mission is to revitalize, protect, promote and renew community spirit in order to create a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and entertainment that supports our local businesses & residents.  “We are thrilled that you are with us on Main Street and we appreciate all that you do to provide affordable housing opportunities within our community,” reported Sadie Fraley. Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity is a member of Main Street White Sulphur Springs.

John Connor also reported that plans are underway to open a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in the neighboring storefront. “That is another reason why this location is perfect for our plans. In addition to the larger office space, there is the ability to support a ReStore on the premises, complete with some warehouse space for donation intake in the rear.”  ReStores sell new and gently-used home improvement goods, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Donations by businesses and individuals to the ReStore are tax-deductible, and the proceeds from the sale of the products are used by the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate to support its mission of building and renovating more homes.  John noted that it may not be until late 2013 before the ReStore would open to the public.

Participating in the actual cutting of the ribbon were most of the Habitat team who regularly work in Greenbrier County. They are: Elisabeth McGuirk, Volunteer Coordinator; Donna Gardner, Family Support Specialist; David Denning, Construction Supervisor; and John Petty, Special Projects Manager.  After the ribbon cutting, guests were invited inside to tour the new office space, and partake in refreshments in the multi-purpose education room where the affiliate plans to offer financial literacy and homebuyer education classes to their partner families and the public.

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 24 years providing safe, decent, affordable housing to hundreds of families.  Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

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  December 2nd, 2012  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity hosts inaugural Black Friday Build Day

White Sulphur Springs, WV (November 23, 2012) – At 7 AM on November 23, while most people were waiting in long lines and the chilly morning air to snag the best deals from local retailers, some Greenbrier County residents decided instead to brave the cold to help build the homes of deserving families at Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity’s Summer Elms Development in White Sulphur Springs.

About twenty volunteers showed up to build, lured by the promise of winning gift cards and products donated from local businesses in the Greenbrier Valley. Volunteers, who got to “rush” the homes at 7 AM in search of hidden vouchers for the gift cards and products, walked away at the end of the day with nearly $400 worth of merchandise and the promise of future shopping sprees at Hill and Holler Bicycle Works; The Livery Tavern; Bella Casa; Lowe’s of Lewisburg, WV, Wal-Mart; April’s Pizzeria; The Wild Bean; Wolf Creek Gallery; Yarid’s Downtown Lewisburg; Bella The Corner Gourmet; The Irish Pub on Washington; Edith’s Health and Specialty Store; Aggie’s Gift Shop; The Greenbrier Valley Baking Company; and Honnahlee.

“I got a Wal-Mart gift card,” Meredith King, 10, from Virginia Beach said on Thursday. “I’m going to buy a skateboard [that] I’ve been saving up for.”  Meredith, a 5th grader, was in town visiting her cousins for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The day wasn’t all about free stuff, though. Cietta McCoy, who works at the West Virginia Osteopathic School of Medicine in Lewisburg, came out because it makes her feel good.  “I came out because I love helping people, especially this time of year. It just makes me thankful that I’m able to help out,” Cietta said.

Cietta’s mom, Paula, from Fort Spring, Virginia, said that helping out on the day after Thanksgiving was meaningful for her and helped put her many blessings in perspective. “It makes me thankful for the blessings I have and the strength I have to help somebody else out,” she said.

Elisabeth McGuirk, an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as Habitat’s Volunteer Coordinator in Greenbrier County was responsible for the event, from its inception to the actual build day. “We envisioned introducing a twist to the Black Friday theme, not to discourage shopping, but rather to kick off the holiday shopping season with volunteer service. I am grateful to the many local businesses who made an investment into the day’s success by donating gift cards, certificates, or merchandise,” explained Elisabeth.

Not that Elisabeth needed any further validation, but Gabby Krystynak, 13, of Ronceverte expressed wisdom beyond her years. “I think [the Black Friday Build Day] is a good idea, because most people don’t have a lot of money to make a home. [I feel] good because I’m doing something for the community. I’m doing something to benefit someone else. It makes it more fun to be here with my family.” Gabby was joined by her sisters Victoria, 16, and Sarah, 11, for the build day.

Joy Arbuckle also volunteered with her family. “It’s nice to give to others when we have so much to be grateful for and to teach the kids that this season isn’t all about getting.”

A tasty soup donated from the Star Dust Café nourished the volunteers after they had installed insulated concrete forms in Lot 5; put a second coat of paint Lot 2, the future home of Kristina Shirley, and sanded newly installed drywall in Lot 3, the future home of Patricia Sams.

About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 24 years providing safe, decent, affordable housing to hundreds of families.  Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

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  November 19th, 2012  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Habitat for Humanity to host inaugural Black Friday Build Day

White Sulphur Springs, WV (November 19, 2012) – On November 23, 2012, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity will host our inaugural Black Friday Build Day. This event will give local volunteers the opportunity to engage in some “construction therapy” before their annual “retail therapy” activities.

On Black Friday, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity will open our build site in White Sulphur Springs to local volunteers. We will let the volunteers “rush” one of our houses at 7 AM in search of coupons redeemable for gift cards, products, and services that have been donated from businesses in the Greater Greenbrier community.  At the end of the build day, the volunteers will be able to redeem their prizes.

Participating businesses include, The Wild Bean; Bella Casa Ristorante; Hill and Holler Bicycle Works; The Irish Pub; Edith’s Health and Specialty Store; April’s Pizzeria; The Livery Tavern; The Greenbrier Valley Baking Company; Honnahlee; Aggie’s;  WalMart; and Lowe’s. More businesses are responding, as well. The Star Dust Café in Lewisburg will be providing lunch for the volunteers that day.

“It is our sincerest hope that volunteers will take this opportunity to ‘spend their time and not their money’ on Friday to help a local family in need; and for their help, earn some free swag in the process!  Besides, there is an entire shopping season after Friday,” reports Elisabeth McGuirk, Volunteer Coordinator for Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in Greenbrier County.

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for nearly 25 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

Directions from points East: I-64 West to Exit 181. Turn RIGHT onto US 60 West for 1.1 miles.  Turn LEFT onto Mountain Avenue for 0.5 mile. You will drive under I-64. Mountain Avenue becomes Tuckahoe Road; continue on Tuckahoe 0.3 mile. Site is on the left. Watch for the signs.

Directions from points West: I-64 East to Exit 175.  Turn LEFT onto Co Route 60/14 Harts Run Road for 0.2 mile. Turn RIGHT onto US 60 East for 3.9 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Mountain Avenue for 0.5 mile. You will drive under I-64. Mountain Avenue becomes Tuckahoe Road; continue on Tuckahoe 0.3 mile. Site is on the left. Watch for the signs.

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Contact:  John Connor, Chief Development Officer
304-668-0237, [email protected]


  November 12th, 2012  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity celebrates Veterans Day and hosts first Cars for Homes National Build Week

Cars for HomesWhite Sulphur Springs, WV (November 12, 2012) – Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and a crew of community members joined in celebration of Veterans Day and to kick-off the first Cars for HomesTM National Build Week in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  Volunteers donated time throughout Saturday and today continuing construction on new homes in the Summer Elms development and replacing the roof of a veteran’s widow.  The construction costs have been funded, in part, through the proceeds from vehicles donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for HomesTM program.

Cars for HomesTM, Habitat for Humanity’s national vehicle donation program, provides donors with a quick and easy process for donating cars, trucks, boats, RVs and other vehicles to help build homes in partnership with low-income families.

 Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has raised more than $5,000 through the Cars for Homes initiative since the first donation was made to the affiliate in 2008.

 “Although contributions through the Cars for Homes program have been limited to date, we are excited about the opportunity to highlight and market this incredible opportunity to our community members, and hope that more folks will participate in this program. Cars for Homes provides yet another way you can support the life changing work being done in our community by Habitat for Humanity,” noted Michelle Connor, CEO of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity.  “The National Build Week coincides with America Recycles Day on Thursday, November 15, and also our observance of Veterans Day today.  We are grateful for the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed forces, and we are thankful for the many supporters of the Habitat for Humanity mission.”

 The Cars for HomesTM Build Day held on Veterans Day opened with a ceremony that included the ROTC Color Guard from Greenbrier East High School, the history of Veterans Day explained by David Musser, greetings from US Senators Rockefeller and Manchin and WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and a message from Keith Gwinn, Cabinet Secretary of the WV Department of Veterans Assistance. After a brief reception, volunteers took went to work, replacing the leaking roof on Vickie Windon’s house in the neighborhood. Vickie is the widow of Lawrence Windon, Jr., who served in the US Army during the 1970s, stationed in Germany and patrolling the Berlin Wall for some of that time.

 Volunteers, new homeowners and vehicle donors participating in the Cars for Homes National Build Week can be seen wearing t-shirts with artwork created by Stone Soup comic strip artist, Jan Elliot.

 The Cars for Homes program distributes revenue from the sale of donated vehicles to local Habitat affiliates based on the zip code of the donor or to specific affiliates specified by donors.  More than 1,150 Habitat affiliate nationwide and six Habitat national offices around the world have received funding from the program.  To date, more than $13 million has been generated for affiliates through the recycling of donated vehicles.

 “Recycling used or idle vehicles helps Habitat for Humanity fund its mission at the local level in communities across the country,” said Marcia Rundle, director of the Cars for Homes Program.  “We sincerely thank donors from Eastern West Virginia and all Cars for Homes donors for their support helping families nationwide in need of affordable housing.”

 To learn more about the Cars for Homes Program, visit: www.habitat.org/carsforhomes/

 About Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for 24 years providing safe, decent, affordable housing to hundreds of families.  Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

 About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.  Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions, and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate, and preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog  

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Contact:
John Connor, Chief Development Officer, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
304-668-0237, [email protected]                                  

 


  August 10th, 2012  Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity Current News RSS/XML Feed

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Earth Day House while Celebrating 25th Anniversary

HFH - Nissan PartnershipWhite Sulphur Springs, WV (August 10, 2012) – Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity invites volunteers, donors, and other members of the community to a house dedication at 102 Barton Road in White Sulphur Springs of the Godfrey family’s new house on Monday, August 13, 2012. The ceremony begins at 2:00 PM and will culminate with the presentation of the keys to Colette’s new home.

Who:               Members of the community joining with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity and Colette Godfrey and her son to celebrate the completion of construction on their new house.

What:             House Dedication Ceremony for the Earth Day House

Interview opportunities:  HFH of West Virginia Executive Director Lora Pierce, Almost Heaven HFH CEO Michelle Connor, and New Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Colette Godfrey

Photo Opportunities:  Colette Godfrey and her son receiving the keys to their new house; tours of the new home

When:             Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Where:           102 Barton Road, White Sulphur Springs (see directions below)

Why:               It’s time to celebrate! Many volunteer hours and donor dollars have been invested in building this new house in partnership with Colette Godfrey and her son Deshaunte, who found themselves homeless and are now sharing a single bedroom in her sister’s small apartment.  The Earth Day House is an EPA Energy Star and EarthCraft Certified Home.  Major grant funding sponsors of the home are Nissan and Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia, who this year is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Habitat’s work in State of West Virginia.

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has served Eastern West Virginia for over 20 years providing safe, decent, affordable homes to hundreds of families. Habitat for Humanity partners with volunteers and low-income Partner Families to build or renovate houses that are then sold to the partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.almostheavenhabitat.org.

Directions from points East: I-64 West to Exit 181. Turn RIGHT onto US 60 West for 1.3 miles. Turn LEFT onto Dry Creek Road.  Continue on Dry Creek Road for two blocks and turn RIGHT onto Church Street.  At the end of Church Street, the road turns LEFT and becomes Barton Road.  The house site is just ahead on the left on the corner with Cato Street. Watch for the signs.

Directions from points West: I-64 East to Exit 175. Turn LEFT onto Co Route 60/14 Harts Run Road for 0.2 mile. Turn RIGHT onto US 60 East for 3.7 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Dry Creek Road. Continue on Dry Creek Road for two blocks and turn RIGHT onto Church Street.  At the end of Church Street, the road turns LEFT and becomes Barton Road.  The house site is just ahead on the left on the corner with Cato Street. Watch for the signs.

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Contact:  John Connor, Chief Development Officer, 304-668-0237, [email protected]




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