CLARK Forklift supports affordable housing during their centennial and beyond

[Lexington] (June 21, 2017) — The Alvarez Family- Karina, Marcelo and their children, Antonella (8), Isabelle (2) and newborn Sophia - will receive the key to their new home located at 1813 Russell Cave Road during the dedication ceremony at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24. Karina and Marcelo have a great appreciation for the value of family and are grateful to bring their whole family together in a home of their own.

CLARK Material Handling sponsored and built the Alvarez family home while celebrating their Centennial. “CLARK Material Handling is very proud to have participated in the building of this Habitat Home in Lexington. Beyond the complete support of our employees who raised charitable donations to support this build, as well as the corporate culture at CLARK to provide community support where needed, we also acknowledge the fine work of electricians, plumbers, engineers and alike who all poured their heart and soul into this build. CLARK has been a strong supporter of Habitat over the years but this build marks the first solely supported house build in our 100 year history. We congratulate the Alverez family and wish them many years of comfort in their new home,” said Dennis Lawrence, CLARK President and CEO.

“It has been an honor to work with CLARK in celebration of their Centennial. The partnership between management and employees helped them raise funds and provide volunteers to ensure Marcelo and Karina could provide their young family with a decent, affordable home which they can now call their own. This company has shown its compassion and generosity to the Lexington community for many years and we are so thankful to welcome them to the Habitat family with their first homebuyer sponsorship,” said Rachel Smith Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO.

In order to work toward a home of their own through Lexington Habitat, the Alvarez family has completed over 500 hours of sweat equity, as well as classes to support financial literacy and homeownership basics. The family hopes to one day sponsor a home for another family in Lexington. “We didn’t know an organization like this exists,” they shared. “As we’ve been helped along the way, so one day we want to help others.”

For more information about supporting a future home build either financially or through volunteering on a build site, contact Laura Howard at or call 859-252-2224 ext. 123.

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

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

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