Construction Volunteers Needed for 1/7 & 1/9
January 3, 2020 | 8:15
Happy 2020! Work on the two homes on Blueberry Lane continues! We are making tremendous progress on both and intend to complete the framing of the interior walls and building the front and back porches on home #2 before roofing can begin. Please come and be part of the work crew. Construction experience is not required and we have plenty of jobs for every skill level. It is both fun and rewarding!
Tuesday and Thursday, January 7th and 9th from 9:00 to 3:00.
236 Blueberry Lane Louisa,VA 23093
See you there!
HABITAT WORKDAY 12/27
December 28, 2019 | 16:30
On Friday, December 27th, an incredible volunteer crew from the Dominion Energy North Anna Nuclear Generating Station joined with us to make significant progress on building the second house on Blueberry Lane. The crew of 12 helped frame and erect the four exterior walls of the new house. Additionally, volunteers from Mineral Baptist Church provided a delicious lunch for all of the construction crew.
Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County extends its appreciation and thank you for a tremendous effort!
THANK YOU TO SUBWAY!
DECEMBER 28, 2019 | 16:00
A special thanks to the Subway restaurant on Kentucky Springs Road and Manager Britney Sullivan.
Subway has graciously been donating lunch to our hard working crew at the Blueberry Lane construction site. The well-fed crew appreciates your kindness!
Reflecting on 2019, planning for 2020
December 22, 2019 | 12:00
Dear Friends of Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County,
As the winter months set in, we want to take a moment to reflect on a number of very positive results from 2019.
Habitat is known for building affordable housing. While we have dedicated two homes this year, the impact upon the families who became homeowners is quite profound. Not only did the family partners work with the construction team on the build site, the children who will grow up in these homes are returning each day to a safe place they can call their own.
This consistent home environment will certainly nurture their growth and realize a positive impact on their futures.
The same can be said for the two Blueberry Lane homes now under construction. Both partner families have performed significant hours of sweat equity on their future homes as well as additional hours on other construction and administrative projects for the Habitat community. In 2020, their dreams of home ownership will be realized too.
As 2019 ends, plans for a major five-year project to build a series of multi-unit complexes forming a community of affordable homes is on the drawing board. Partnering with local government, housing agencies, businesses and individuals in the Louisa County community has yielded much interest and a vision for creating something special that will address the need for more affordable housing options.
Indeed, the future looks bright!
To make this happen, we need the support of all segments of the community. To those who have donated before, please stand with us again. To others who support the idea that “Everybody deserves a safe, affordable place to live”, consider donating today. To the businesses, churches and community organizations who have stood with us before or are interested in joining the mission to provide “A hand up, not a hand out”, invest in our work with a donation.
Thank you for being a part of this mission.
Best Wishes for the Holiday Season,
The Volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County
Thoughts from a grateful homeowner
December 22, 2019 | 8:15
Meet Erin Swinson!
Once this Habitat building project is complete, Erin and her family will be the proud owners of this Blueberry Lane home. Next spring, the family will have realized the dream of homeownership.
THANK YOU LUKE!
December 22, 2019 | 8:00
The volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County would like to recognize Luke Schoenster for his contribution to the construction of our Blueberry Lane home building project. Luke is a student with the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School and decided to work with our construction team to meet his requirements for community service.
We are pleased and appreciative that he did!
Luke – Best of luck with your future endeavors. You are welcome to volunteer with Habitat anytime.
12/27 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
December 21, 2019 | 13:40
We are continuing construction on the second house on Blueberry Lane! Installation of the floor and framing will be on the agenda for the next few weeks. Our next workday is Friday December 27th.
Whether you have construction skills or can help in any way, such as coordinating lunches for our work crews, please come and be part of the crew.
The ground around the construction site is muddy so wear appropriate shoes/boots.
Please note: We will notify you in advance if there is a forecast of rain.
Volunteer at http://hfhlouisa.org/
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART & BACKBONE OF HABITAT
FULTON MORTGAGE DONATION
December 21, 2019 | 13:30
The volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County and all in the community who support our mission, would like to offer a special thanks to Rob Racer and Fulton Mortgage Company for their generous donation. We appreciate that Fulton Mortgage Company believes as we do that “Everybody deserves a safe, affordable place to live”
STORM PROS VA RAISES THE ROOF!
A hearty thanks to Cyril Hart of Storm Pros VA and his great crew for donating time and materials for the roof of our first Blueberry Lane home. Job well done!
The volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County and the new homeowner appreciate your generous contribution to our mission of providing safe, affordable housing for the community.
Blueberry Lane Update #2
December 21, 2019 | 13:00
Progress on the two homes under construction on Blueberry Lane continues thanks to our dedicated volunteer construction crews, generous donations from several partner vendors, and favorable weather! The first house (Blueberry A) is under roof and has its doors and windows installed.
Two weeks ago, the foundation for the second house (Blueberry B) was poured and the sub-floor has been installed. Next week on December 27th, we will be framing and preparing for roof truss installation!
Our hope is to have each house under roof so that interior construction can continue as the winter weather sets in.
Special thanks to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters who are working hard to complete these homes.
Jessica Winston Family Home Dedication
December 21st, 2019 | 12:00
Last Saturday, Jessica Winston and her sons, Josh and Jace, realized their dream of homeownership. Surrounded by Habitat volunteers who worked on the construction crew and supporters from the community, Father Duffy led the group in prayer for the family and their future in their new home.
We would like to express gratitude to Jessie for working diligently to qualify for Habitat homeownership as well as putting in many hours of sweat equity during construction.
And a special thanks to the volunteers, donors, Fulton Mortgage Company, and supporters who helped make this a reality.
Without you, fulfilling the dreams of those seeking a safe, affordable home to call their own would not be possible!
Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County and our partner families thank you.
Blueberry Lane Update
June 12th, 2019 | 14:40
It’s almost time to put shovels in the ground at the Blueberry Lane building site. We will be building two homes on the site for the partner families that were selected for home ownership.
To make this happen, we are beginning a campaign to raise the $100,000 needed to finance each home.
You can help both families realize their dreams for ownership of safe, decent, affordable homes. Whether small or large, every donation supports these projects.
Although not a complete list of all the materials needed for the entire project, the following provides examples of construction items that will be purchased in the early stage of construction.
- Box of nails – $38.00
- 25 2 x 4 studs @ $3.25 each – $81.25
- 40 concrete 8 x 16 blocks @ $2.25 each – $90.00
- 20 bags of mortar @ $5.00 each – $100
- 1 roll of insulation – $60.00
- 10 16′ decking boards @ $11.00 each – $110.00
- Window – $200.00
- Exterior door – $185.00
- Light fixture – $100.00
- Sink faucet – $150.00
Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County and our partner families thank you.
Johnson Road Work Day
May 3rd, 2019 | 14:32
A great volunteer crew worked on Friday May 3rd to make final repairs and cleanup to our Johnson Road house. The home will be sold to a partner family who qualifies as a Habitat homebuyer. Thanks to all who helped. As always, you help make a difference!
“It will be such an amazing feeling to have our own home…”
Dec. 14, 2018 | 14:29
Jessie Fuller never thought the dream of homeownership would be possible. She had quite a few “bumps,” as she says, in her credit score. And her partner, Aaron, had no credit at all. Even with a combined income, she knew they wouldn’t qualify for a regular mortgage. It seemed impossible that they and their son Ricky could ever have a home to call their own.
But the impossible dream became a reality when Jessie and Aaron were referred to Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County by the Jefferson Area C.H.I.P. Habitat volunteers met with the family, went over their finances, living situation and credit reports, and provided advice and resources. It was a long, sometimes taxing journey. But Jessie didn’t give up. “It took a lot of hard work, budgeting and saving, but after about a year, we were finally approved!”
Jessie, Aaron and Ricky are grateful and excited to have their own home, with room to grow as a family. The home that once seemed far out of reach will soon be theirs. Jessie and her family are thrilled to be looking forward to building their lives on “the foundation that Habitat is providing.”
“Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, I look forward to a future of stability.”
Dec. 14, 2018 | 14:22
When she first heard about Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County, Erin Swinson had little hope that she would be chosen for a new home. “I know there is a huge demand for stable housing in the county and did not, in the slightest, expect to be selected.” She applied anyway, when she found out the program “offered more than I could hope for.” When Erin heard that she had been selected, her first reaction was shock, soon replaced by a sense of peace and purpose that she had not felt in a long time.
One of the aspects of Habitat for Humanity that Erin really appreciates is the patience of the volunteers and their willingness to accommodate her busy schedule. Erin is a single mom and works long hours. What little time she has available she likes to spend with her 6-year old son. She’s grateful that “Habitat is always trying to make meetings, courses, and volunteer work flexible for my schedule, and I really appreciate that.”
Soon Erin will be rewarded for all her hard work with a new home and an affordable mortgage. To Erin, the stability homeownership provides is the key to her future. “I believe some people take for granted the peace of mind they have,” she says, “knowing where they are living day-to-day and year-to-year. When you don’t have that knowledge, you constantly live with this anxiety of ‘What am I going to do?’ or ‘Where will we go when…?’”
With a new Habitat home, Erin will no longer have to worry about stability. She will have a place to call her own. “It’s like carrying around this weight and someone comes along and doesn’t necessarily take it from me but offers to help me carry it. And it means the world to me.”
Progress on Blueberry Lane Project
Nov. 7, 2018 | 14:16
On Friday, November 2nd, an incredible volunteer crew from the Operations Delta Shift at the Dominion Energy North Anna Nuclear Generating Station joined with us to make significant progress on clearing the abandoned house on our next building site. The crew of 22 removed walls, flooring, foundation concrete blocks, insulation and miscellaneous remnants of the old structure. By early afternoon, the site was ready for the final clearing of the remaining foundation.
In addition, volunteers from the Mineral Baptist Church provided a terrific lunch for all.
Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County extends its appreciation and thanks for a tremendous effort. The spirit of volunteerism by Dominion Energy and the Mineral Baptist Church serves as the perfect example of the excellence of community support in Louisa County.
Paul Trent, Manager of the Delta Shift, put it best: “We collectively believe in the HFH mission, and have a responsibility to be good citizens for the community we live and work in. We all recognize how fortunate and blessed we are every day to do what we do. We wanted to do our part to help and make a difference.
Call for Volunteers!
Oct. 30, 2018 | 14:34
We are about to embark on the most ambitious year in the history of our Habitat Chapter. The next two houses are in the initial stage of planning and construction, but many more families need affordable housing. It’s a great challenge, but with help from our volunteers, churches, businesses, and donors, we can do it. You are the heart and backbone of Habitat!
Many people think that helping Habitat means swinging a hammer on a construction site. While building skills are important, there are other ways to engage with Habitat and help a family who needs a home. Some positions require strong leadership, while others add capacity to existing committees. If you have a passion for helping, some useful skills and a little time, we need you.
You can volunteer in the following areas:
1. Recruiting new volunteers
2. Strategizing for fundraising and in-kind donations
3. Grant research and writing
4. Planning events to reach out to the community
5. Counseling and training in homeownership, finances, and budgeting
6. Coordinating with local businesses to donate food and drinks for workdays
7. Data entry
Your support helps a family help themselves. We would love to talk about ways you can engage building strength, stability, and self reliance through shelter.
Wishing Lauren A Speedy Recovery
Oct. 28, 2018 | 19:07
In mid-October, our volunteers answered the call to help Lauren Jeffers, a fellow Louisa County volunteer. Lauren is the former Louisa County Volunteer Director. She was facing surgery and would be using crutches for many weeks following the operation. A ramp was the answer to help Lauren get in and out of the house.
In conjunction with the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation who supplied the design and materials, our Habitat volunteers stepped up and completed the job in one day. Thanks to Jerry Seaton, Ben Gore, Steve Grill and Bill Garmin.
Wishing Lauren a speedy recovery.
House Dedication for Harry
Oct. 27, 2018 | 11:02
Whenever the construction of a Habitat home is completed and the new owner takes possession, it is certainly a time to celebrate!
On October 23rd, the Louisa County community and Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County joined with Harry Anthony for the dedication of his new home. Following prayers, kind words by friends and volunteers, and the presentation of a Bible, Harry was given the keys to his beautiful, fully furnished home.
Harry and his beloved dog Sammy can now look forward to life in a safe, comfortable and affordable home.
This project would not be possible without the support of businesses, churches, contractors, dedicated volunteers, and a long list of donors who contributed dollars, building materials and time. Their participation in the project is deeply appreciated.
We now embark on our next project. Over the next one to two years, Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County will be building two homes on Blueberry Lane. Homebuyers for each have been approved and plans are moving forward to ready the lots for construction.
As always, we welcome new volunteers and both monetary and in-kind donations. You are the heart and backbone of Habitat!
We Welcome Michael Winget-Hernandez
Sept. 6, 2018
Habitat for Humanity of Louisa County is pleased to welcome Michael Winget-Hernandez to our steering committee. Michael has agreed to take on the role as an advocate in the community, interacting with businesses, organizations, individuals, and government. He will be communicating our mission, projects, and needs for volunteers and donations.
Michael and his wife Lelia are both highly experienced attorneys with distinguished careers representing states, state agencies, and other government entities. In addition, both are committed to community service and are engaged with organizations focused on children and education.
Michael and Lelia’s firm, Commonwealth Life and Legacy Counsel, specializes in estate planning for individuals and retirement planning for business owners.