Habitat For Humanity
My son, Zachariah, is the light of my life. It seems like he grows every five minutes! He’s a sweetheart and very smart and I plan on giving him a bright future. Having our own Habitat home means stability, a blessing of a neighborhood that’s safe, where everyone knows each other and the kids can have play dates and birthday parties. Before I found Habitat, high rent and bad credit didn’t allow me to live in a lot of places. Now, all the sweat equity and work on my credit is paying off. Thanks to all the donors and volunteers, I’m dreaming of decorating my house. But it’s not just that—I’m dreaming about being able to leave a legacy—something for my son to build on when he gets older. -Angel Turner, Habitat Partner Family Habitat Partner Family
Angel Turner and son Zachariah.
Our Mission :
Our primary mission is to build homes in partnership with low-income families, volunteers and the communities of Greater Charlottesville and is grounded in the conviction that housing is more than a roof over one’s head. Housing is transformative: with a safe, decent and affordable home and a stable community, families can provide security for their children; their sense of dignity and pride grow; their health, physical safety, and emotional security improve; and their educational and job prospects increase.
Our Model :
Habitat does not give away houses, but instead offers Partner Families the opportunity to earn “sweat equity” building their homes and those of their neighbors. Utilizing volunteer labor and donations, Habitat is able to sell homes to Partner Families at no profit with a zero interest mortgage. In turn, Partner Family mortgage payments feed the Fund for Humanity, allowing us to build even more homes.
For nearly two decades, Habitat has been consistently blessed by generous support from Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Greenwood. In fact, Emmanuel has been a leader among other area Episcopal churches of “Region XV” that have pooled volunteers and resources to aid Habitat in providing a hand up to our neighbors in need through more than a dozen home/family sponsorships. Volunteer – Members of the congregation ages 16+ are invited to join other local Episcopalians for a fun day of work and fellowship on the construction site. No experience necessary! Upcoming “Region XV” build days are: 4/5, 5/3, 7/12. Habitat also offers family-friendly activities and seeks a variety of nonconstruction volunteers including Partner Family Advocates (requiring just 1-2 flexible hours per month), office receptionists, meal providers, photographers and children’s activity leaders. Contact Volunteer Manager, Rachel Nelson, to sign up or for more details: // (434) 293-9066
If you support Habitat individually, you can allocate your gift to the “Region XV Episcopal Churches” sponsorship simply by adding this to the memo line of your check or the special instructions field of the webpage: www.cvillehabitat.org/donate-now.
A 47-unit of mixed-income neighborhood on Elliott Avenue will replace a former municipal dump. Ground breaking is expected in the summer of 2014.
Last year, Habitat, completed the Sunrise neighborhood—the first trailer park in the country to be redeveloped without displacing residents.