30 Jan. 2016
USDA and Habitat Partner to Serve More Local Families
For families that are looking to own their first home in Spotsylvania, they may be given the chance of a lifetime thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity.
The purpose of this partnership is to work together to build homes in rural areas that have been designated by the USDA as being in need of affordable housing. The program works by allowing families who qualify to apply for a low-interest loan that is held through the USDA, rather than by Habitat. Builds are then funded by USDA, and construction can begin more quickly.
“Greater Fredericksburg looks forward to partnering with USDA on this important program, to make affordable homes a reality for even more families in our area,” says Executive Director Tom Carlson. Spotsylvania County is the likely site of the first home in this area, so Spotsylvania residents are encouraged to attend the informational sessions below or contact Habitat for more information. Habitat is especially interested in working with teachers, police officers, and public servants who are in need of rural affordable housing.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library Snow Branch, 8740 Old Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Central Rappahannock Regional Library – Snow Branch
8740 Old Courthouse Rd
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Factors such as need, credit history and ability to partner are considered under the terms of this partnership. Learn more about the USDA program.
Searching for Families to Serve in Community with Home Repairs Program
We are moving along into the colder season and know there are many families who are in need of minor or major home repairs. For those of you who are interested in applying for a home repair, please visit our Home Repairs page. We would be happy to speak with you once you submit an application.
We are currently helping Cheryl Varner make her home wheelchair accessible for her recently paralyzed daughter, Vicki. Vicki’s story is an incredible one. For an 18 year old daughter who received a full-ride scholarship to play softball at Missouri Valley College, being paralyzed in a car accident the day before Christmas definitely wasn’t the way she saw her life going. But she is a brilliant young woman who is resilient and has fought to overcome this battle every step of the way. Visit her Facebook to support her and read more about her story.
Step one to the Home Repair process was evaluating the home in Orange and assessing the work that needs to be done to make it accessible for Vicki. Within the next few weeks we hope to have this project completed and ready for Vicki to come home to and spend time with her mother and little brother, Brady.
We are committed to helping more families in our area. If you know anyone in need, please reference them to our Home Repairs Program.
On Wednesday, 20 January, the deconstruction team went to a farm home on Garrisonville Rd. in Stafford to remove some very valuable items from the home. After removing items from the home, we brought them directly to the ReStore to sell. How many items we were able to salvage was amazing. Watch this video about the deconstruct process of a bookcase and windows.
We Are Hiring
Have you been a reader for several years, have you volunteered with Habitat a time or two, have you shopped at our ReStore, is this your first time visiting our website? Well, we are looking for employees to help us accomplish our mission. Interested in applying, visit our careers page.
January Volunteer of the Month
As a volunteer that has been with us for over two years, Andi Messer takes the award of January Volunteer of the Month. We are so appreciative to Andi’s consistent work in the ReStore, her peppy smile, contagious sense of humor and joy to serve others. Listen to Andi’s story of why she’s been a long-standing Habitat volunteer. Thank you Andi, we love you!
Women Build Little Black Dress Postponed
19 March 7-10:30 p.m.
A Smith Bowman Distillery
30 April 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Start: Fred Hab ReStore
End: Cowboy Jacks
26 Dec. 2015
The Habonimanas Home For Christmas for the First Time
Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity honored the Habonimana family at their home dedication Sunday, 20 Dec. in Stafford, Va. This home build was made possible by an $80,000 grant from Thrivent Financial.
The Habonimana story is a testament of hard work and dedication to the American dream. They completed 500 hours of “sweat equity” helping build and repair local homes and graduated from a Homeownership Education course.
Fredericksburg Habitat is especially excited to be dedicating another home in Stafford County, which is a high cost of living area where million dollar homes exist yards away from homes with dirt floors and decaying roofs. Having an affordable home breaks the cycle of generational poverty for many families, and Fredericksburg Habitat is dedicated to connecting more of our neighbors in need with economic opportunity.
This would not have been possible without the generosity of Thrivent Financial, the hard work of volunteers, or the support of local businesses that provided in-kind donations, including Carrier Enterprise Mid-Atlantic, Robert B. Payne, Absolute Kitchen & Bath, Blossman Propane, and Southern Spotsylvania Plumbing.
Since 1995, Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity has worked to help families living in substandard housing. The affiliate has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into neighborhoods in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George. It has also made a significant difference in the community by improving housing stock, increasing the local tax base, and helping clean up blighted properties.
Our ReStore Has Moved!
We are now in a new location that is over 30,000 sq. ft. and more conveniently located to donate and buy appliances, furniture, tile, light fixtures and other home goods.
The Habitat ReStore exists to help build and repair homes for local families in need. Every time a purchase is made at our ReStore, the proceeds go to help a neighbor who is struggling! Stop by and let one of our friendly volunteers help you find what you need for your next home project.
Visit us at our new location:
2738 Plank Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(Located in the Gateway Shopping Center just off of I-95, near Gold’s Gym and Goodwill)
Deconstruction Program’s Biggest Partner: Fairway Custom Homes
Ron Krolick, Deconstruction manager for Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity, has deconstructed several homes for Fairway and has reclaimed a staggering amount of items from each home.
“We extract everything from the home –from the electrical boxes to the plugs,” Krolick said.
“The past house I deconstructed for Fairway, I took out the heating, windows, plumbing, tubs, sinks, vanities, the entire kitchen, stairs, subflooring, floor joists and the siding.” said Krolick.
“I’ve been working with Bill and Kellie for the past several years. They’re extremely supportive of the Habitat mission. They understand the demolition process helps build safe, decent and affordable housing in the greater Fredericksburg area. We are able to accomplish our mission through the resale of these items that we remove through the homes.” said Krolick.
The partnership seems to be one that works in perfect harmony. Habitat Deconstruct enters the home, removes all valuable materials without a cost to the client. The home is left in excellent condition for the homeowner to make improvements, the materials are sold in the ReStore and all items remain out of the landfill.
Bill Ross spoke about the last home that was deconstructed was by the request of the owners. “The owners wanted to take their current home and transform it into their retirement home. In that particular situation where the property had sentimental value, the owners felt more comfortable demolishing their home knowing that the furnishings would be donated to an incredible cause,” said Ross.
Fredericksburg Habitat’s Deconstruction Program is well on its way to helping more families in the community. “It’s a 360 degree donation essentially. “ Krolick said.
“The family approaches us with their list of materials. They may not be able to contribute monetarily to helping us build a home, but they can give us all of the materials in their home. Just by deconstructing someone’s home, we are able to build another home for a family. A minor gift of kindness truly can go very far,” said Krolick.
If you are interested in learning more about Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity’s Deconstruction Program, visit this link. Contact Ron Krolick by calling (540) 891-5009 and get your home deconstructed today! We do not charge for our deconstruct services, however we urge homeowners to offer a donation.
Carrier Enterprises Mid-Atlantic Donates Over $20,000
Going the whole winter without heat may seem like a thing of the past, but there are still homes in Virginia that are without heating and air. Carrier Enterprises and Fredericksburg Habitat have teamed up to build affordable homes for families in need!
Fredericksburg Habitat recently moved from 4755 Jefferson Davis Highway to a brand new facility at 2378 Plank Rd. in the Gateway Shopping Center off of I-95.
The move was tremendous –from moving the furniture, deconstructing and rebuilding both the administrative and ReStore offices, to the size of the facility expanding from 5,000 square feet to 32,000 square feet.
One of the major tasks in engineering the blueprints for the new location was configuring the placement of five 5 and 10 ton HVAC units for the ReStore. Carrier Enterprises Mid-Atlantic stepped up to the plate by donating the units and labor to install each HVAC unit, totaling to a $25,000 donation.
Carrier Enterprises Mid-Atlantic has partnered with Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity to make some enormous donations. In addition to their donation to building the new Fredericksburg Habitat affiliate, Carrier also donated the HVAC unit to the current Thrivent home under construction in Stafford. This home will house a refugee family, the Habonimanas, from Burundi by Christmas morning.
Carrier has set forward an example of being a disciple in our community by committing to help us build homes for our future families.
Janet Englehart, Director of Marketing at eCommerce at Carrier said, “Working alongside volunteers and future neighbors to build their home and community is one of the most rewarding aspects of working with Habitat for Humanity.”
Want to learn more about Carrier Enterprises Mid-Atlantic, visit them here.
Home Repairs to Start January 2016
We are still searching for families as well as disabled or elderly neighbors in need of home repair projects in the city of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George counties. Through our home repair program’s loan and grant options, we can help with maintenance, roof repairs, wheelchair ramps, and other issues affecting safety and accessibility for someone in need. These projects will start in mid January and will continue throughout the year.
Giving Tuesday Brought in over $10,000
On #GivingTuesday, people around the world came together to celebrate the spirit of generosity. Thanks to this community’s belief in making affordable housing possible for more local families, we raised more than $10,000, which will be split between our Women Build and Veterans Build teams!
Every year after Thanksgiving, there is Black Friday, the annual holiday where stores feature incredible sales that are truly unbeatable. Then comes Cyber Monday when
sales captivate shoppers to purchase even more deals.
And after all of that spending is done in preparation for Christmas and the children’s gifts are ready, somehow there is still something missing; that feeling of selflessness that you have done something greater for those who are less fortunate.
Giving Tuesday brings together the concept of seasonal giving and community wellness by encouraging members of various communities around the world to give back to their community one day out of the year.
This year was our second annual Giving Tuesday campaign and we received an exceptional amount of kindness and generosity from our donors. We exceeded our goal of raising $10,000. Through the combination of monetary donations and ReStore donations, we raised $10,965.
We are continuously overwhelmed by all of the support we receive from our donors, both new and returning, and we thank you for supporting us this year on Giving Tuesday.
Next year Giving Tuesday will be on 29 Nov. 2016. Thank you for your generosity and vision for our affiliate. We see every dime that comes into our affiliate and we want to continue building homes, repairing homes and helping bring families a new future in our community! Visit www.fredhab.org today to learn how to get involved!
Volunteers Made Thrivent Home Possible!
As every build is, the Thrivent Build was only possible thanks to the amazing volunteers who spent weeks working on the property to enable the Habonimana family to be settled in their new home by Christmas Day. But unlike every build project, this home was built in an amazing two and a half months!!
Volunteers donated their time and energy to every step of this build process, from clearing the lot, to building the frame, to installing the light fixtures in the home!
Although the home build happened so rapidly, it was not without careful consideration of the family’s preferences and needs. Volunteers and staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the home was strong, safe, beautiful and designed to fit the family’s needs. On Sunday, Dec. 20 the family welcomed visitors into their new home after the home dedication ceremony. The new homeowners Analissa and Alphonse smiled, shouting “come into our home!”
We want to thank every volunteer who contributed to building and beautifying this home! Individuals, groups and friends traveled long distances to pitch in over the last couple of months.
Companies closed their offices and joined Habitat on the build site, military service men and women took time to further serve their community by volunteering, University of Mary Washington students took time out of their busy weeks to contribute, and professional contractors donated their time to helping make big leaps in progress! So many individuals left their mark on this home, and expressed their care for the family.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for bringing a wonderfully deserving family home for the holidays!
Women Build Little Black Dress
22 Jan. 7-10:30 p.m.
A Smith Bowman Distillery
30 Oct. 2015
Grand Opening of our New ReStore Finally Here!
We’re excited to announce that on Nov. 21 the new ReStore will be open for business! This location is over 30,000 sq. ft. and more conveniently located for supporters like you to donate and buy appliances, furniture, and other home goods. The Habitat ReStore exists to help build and repair homes for local families in need. Every time a purchase is made at our ReStore, the proceeds go to help a neighbor who is struggling.
9 a.m., Nov. 21, 2015 – doorbusters, food, and fun will be ready for you!
A Marvelous Night of Vegas at Casino Night
The room was dimly lit, with green, gold and red lights shining on the felt tables. Cocktail dresses and tuxedos swiftly moved in and out the dance floor as a jazz music filled the hall.
Vegas arrived in Fredericksburg on 10 Oct.
Habitat for Humanity was able to raise $7,500 from the event to help build homes for families in the local community. Door prizes were given away, raffles were won and guests danced the night away. A few lucky guests won some of the amazing prices. Thornton Staples won a Honda VT570 Shadow Aero motorcycle from Morton’s BMW Motorcycles, Jen Miller won the exclusive bed and breakfast stay from Chestnut Hill, and one of our VIP members won the free flying lesson from JLS Aviation. It was a marvelous night and we look forward to next year’s Casino Night. A special thank you to our significant sponsors not already previously mentioned: KTM Enterprises, Atlantic Energy Group, Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, Anytime Limousines, Fredericksburg Hospitality House, and the Wilderness Presidential Resort.
Thrivent Build Update: Housing the Habonimanas
Amber: “As I sat with the Habonimana family to choose some of the options on their home, I saw a look I will never forget. It was a look of excitement, gratitude, eagerness and pure joy! It is so exciting to see progress happening on the home. With the help of volunteers, we have removed trees, built a shed, pulled up bushes and cleared out an old well. In the last few days we laid foundation for the walls and prepared the lumber for the walls. With the goal of housing this wonderful family by Christmas, we are in of an all-hands-on-deck mode; volunteers, funds and support are needed!
Come and be a part of the excitement and joy.”
Watch more on the update of the home below:
The Dr. Yum Project Serves Our Families
Our families have been meeting for the past month to attend food wellness education classes held at Yum Pediatrics. Each week they gain more and more information to add to their toolbox of knowledge to bring into the new home they will reside in. Our families and their children attend these classes and learn things from positive food association, to food nutrition, recipes for yum bowls and received free food to help them prepare the new recipes at home. With another four weeks to go, our families will continue learning food wellness to help raise their families in a healthy and educated home.
Need a Home Repair?
We are actively searching for families and elderly citizens in need of home repair projects in the city of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George counties. If you are need of a home repair, please fill out an application here or contact Jason Tickle. We are dedicated to serving 100 families this year through our Home Repair Program. We can help with major accessibility projects for the elderly or disabled, or small ones like helping clean out leaves and weeds from the homes of our neighbors in need. If you or someone you know needs a hand to keep their home safe, decent, and accessible, grab an application! We are especially interested in helping veterans. We cover Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George counties. If you are need of a home repair, please fill out an application here or contact Jason Tickle. If you’d like to help lead a home repair site or adopt a project, contact us at email@example.com.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Dennis Benjamin, Faith Relations member of the GFHFH Board of Directors, is now booking speaking engagements for fall and winter on behalf of GFHFH at churches. Contact him to speak at senior high events, women’s groups, men’s groups, mission fairs, fundraising dinners, etc. Mr. Benjamin has a lay sermon on Habitat for Humanity for church-wide events he is willing to present. Contact him here.
30 Oct. ReStore Liquidation Sale Begins
Wear your costume to the ReStore to get $5 off your purchase 30-31 Oct!
14 Nov. Women Build Pub Crawl
21 Nov. ReStore Grand Opening
1 Dec. #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is the international day of giving back. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s an opportunity to give back by helping support nonprofits that serve people in need. Join us on #GivingTuesday by donating to help support local affordable repairs and builds!
25 Sept. 2015
Ride Virginia 2016 Poker Run
Habitat for Humanity is planning our 9th annual Poker Run for late April 2015, a rain or shine event. Watch our website. Visit this link to stay updated on information regarding the event.
This has become a great event for the participants as they ride with their friends through the scenic Greater Fredericksburg area countryside. Participants who register are provided a complimentary meal at a local restaurant, an event T-Shirt, event patch/bar, goodie bag and the opportunity to win many prizes. We’ll also have the Group Lead rides with trained Road Captains.
Sponsors will be honored in a monthly newsletter that is sent out to 3,800 area households, listed on the GFHFH website with a link to the sponsor’s website and can donate items for the event Goodie Bags given to each participant. Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors’ logos will be on the back of the event T-shirt and Bronze sponsors will be listed on the back of the event T-shirt.
This is an opportunity for a business/organization to advertise its business and help fund GFHFH home building. All Poker Run proceeds go to help build affordable homes for area workforce families.
Prevent Cancer in Your Home with Dominion Radon
Radon mitigation is probably the last thing a homeowner is thinking of when putting their house on the market. While packing up their home and preparing for a new home, the homeowners are hit with a significant charge to their wallet when they find they have elevated radon levels in their home.
Wayne Bailey of Dominion Radon LLC, recently partnered with Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity to provide the labor and materials to seal the underground crawlspace for both of the Veterans Build homes that are currently being planned.
“I wanted to help Habitat out because so many people have a lack of knowledge of the severity of radon. I am here to help educate people so they can become more informed homeowners –including our veterans,” said Bailey.
Radon is a radioactive gas sourced from uranium. It permeates from the ground below and in/around the home. Most radon is dispelled back into the atmosphere, however it becomes a concern when the gas pervades the home.
According to the EPA, “expose to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is a health hazard with a simple solution.”
Dominion Radon recommends that homeowners have their home tested every two years by an outside professional for radon levels in their home. If they find the home needs radon mitigation, Dominion Radon is able to come in and seal the home, then install a small filter system that takes the gas from the soil and carries it up and out of the home without affecting those in the dwelling.
“I would like to see radon out of every home –starting here at Habitat. It would be amazing if we could see a radon system part of the blueprints of every Habitat home, so we could further protect and enlighten these families with more knowledge,” Bailey said.
“Richmond America homes is the only national builder in America that uses a preemptive approach to address the issue and others need to do the same, especially with how invasive it is to a family,” said Bailey.
Protect you and your family from an increased risk of lung cancer.
If you would like more information regarding radon information, please visit this link. If you would like to have a system installed in your home, please contact Dominion Radon at (540) 446-5906 or visit their website.
28 Aug. 2015
Agora Downtown Coffee Shop Brings New Meaning to a Coffee Shop