Valvoline, Schneider Electric, The Thompson R. Bryant, Jr. & Betty R. Bryant Fund Grant collaborate to build homes, communities and hope in Lexington

[Lexington] (August 15, 2017) — Janet Franco Ruiz has worked hard to provide a home for her children, Maritza (9), Ana (6) and Matthew (1). On Sunday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m., her hard work will pay off as she dedicates her new Lexington Habitat for Humanity home at 1797 Russell Cave Road. Home sponsors, Valvoline, Schneider Electric, The Thompson R. Bryant, Jr. and Betty R. Bryant Fund Grant, will join the Ruiz family in their celebration.

“Janet understands that owning her home establishes a strong foundation for her children’s futures,” shared Rachel Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO. “She hopes to send them to college and knows that the self-reliance she has achieved through homeownership will be an excellent example for them to follow. Lexington Habitat is blessed to have compassionate and generous support from our homebuyer sponsors. The future of our world rests with our children and these sponsors are helping make it possible for them to succeed.”

Valvoline, Schneider Electic, The Thompson R. Bryant, Jr. and Betty R. Bryant Fund Grant are consistent supporters of the mission to work with families to provide decent, affordable housing.

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Janet thanks everyone who has worked alongside her to make the dream of homeownership come true. She has a special blessing for the home sponsors for their support.

 

For more information about supporting a future home build either financially or through volunteering on a build site, contact Trish Roberts Hatler at trishH@lexhabitat.org

Holy Ecumenical Neighbors (HEN) support affordable home construction

[Lexington] (June 6, 2017) — Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates the construction of the home of Cynethia “Neeka” Jackson at a dedication ceremony Sunday, June 11, 2:00 p.m. at 647 Ohio Street.  Neeka and her children Jackquese (16) and Jo’seiya (3) will enjoy the new home, as Neeka’s oldest daughter, Micola, is already living independently.  In order to reach the goal of home ownership, Neeka worked alongside volunteers and provided 250 sweat equity hours and also completed Lexington Habitat’s Homebuyer Education Program, learning self-reliance through financial management, community engagement and home maintenance.

The Jackson family home was built thanks to the Holy Ecumenical Neighbors (HEN) partnership, which brought together Central Baptist, Christ Church Cathedral, First Presbyterian, Good Shepherd, Lexington Friends Meeting, Masjid Bilal Ibn Ragah, Second Presbyterian and Temple Adath Israel. “The HEN group continues its mission of building community through Habitat impacting and strengthening families.  Our group welcomes new members from the Temple and Mosque, building on our commitment of including a broad community in our mission.  The 2017 Build was fun, hard work and full of surprises underlining the importance of the Habitat mission and its impact on the community and families,” said Jim Clifton, a long-time volunteer from Good Shepherd and Lexington Habitat Board Member.

“Neeka has been a wonderful partner, a shining example of what it means to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. We are so grateful to the HEN group’s support of her family and Habitat’s vision that everyone has a decent place to live. Their interfaith partnerships are a true testament to our primary principle of loving our neighbors, all of them, no “ifs”, no “excepts,” said Rachel Smith-Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO.

 

For more information about supporting a future home build either financially or through volunteering on a build site, contact Laura Howard at laurah@lexhabitat.org

Lexmark and The Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment help build homes, communities and hope in Lexington

[Lexington] (July 19, 2017) — Lexington Habitat for Humanity will join home sponsors Lexmark and The Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment to celebrate the dedication of a new home for Cecile Kahindo on Saturday, July 22 at 3:00 p.m. The house, located at 1765 Russell Cave Road, will become home to Cecile and her daughters, Furaha (11), Deborah (5) and Victoria (1).

Cecile left the Democratic Republic of Congo at the age of 16, and was resettled in Lexington after four years in a camp in Uganda. “When you come here, you have a new life,” Cecile says of Lexington.   

The Kahindo family home was built thanks to a partnership between Lexmark and The Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment.

“Cecile has traveled a long and arduous journey to bring her family to this day,” said Rachel Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO.  “We have been blessed by her strength and perseverance. It was fitting that two of our most faithful sponsors made it possible for Cecile to achieve her desire to feel safe and have a new life. She joins dozens of other families who have been supported by Lexmark and the PSEF. We are so grateful for their compassion and generosity.”

 

In order to be eligible for a Lexington Habitat home, Cecile volunteered X hours, and completed classes to support financial literacy and homeownership. Her hard work has paid off, and she is proud of how she is able to provide for her daughters here in Lexington, and has many hopes for their future. To the sponsors and volunteers who have helped build her new home, Cecile says, “God will bless you tremendously.”

 

For more information about supporting a future home build either financially or through volunteering on a build site, contact Laura Howard at laurah@lexhabitat.org .

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