LEXINGTON (April 26, 2019) – Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates the first home dedication of 2019 with homebuyer LaToya Williams and her three children, Jamari, Tanaja and Caylon. Their home dedication will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at their new home on 1842 Balfour Drive, located near the Griffin Gate neighborhood in Lexington.

Homeowership means so much to LaToya, a native Lexingtonian. She says that there were times in her life when she had almost lost hope, but she refused to let her situation dictate her future. LaToya appreciates the prayers and the hands that have held hers along her homeownership journey and believes that “When you’re down, the only way to go is up!”

As LaToya attended 18 weeks of homeowner education classes and completed over 250 hours of sweat equity in preparation for homeownership, Lexington Habitat staff and volunteers worked alongside her. Now they get to share in her joy. Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Childress adds, “At Habitat, we believe that strength, stability and self-reliance are facilitated and enhanced by quality shelter. These are some of the things LaToya mentions when she talks about what owning a home means to her. She also talks about a “sense of peace” --- isn’t that something we all want and need as we create homes of our own? We have been blessed to work beside LaToya and these incredibly faithful sponsors who are making it possible for her to achieve her goals.” Home sponsors Lexmark, Denham-Blythe Company, CLARK and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation came together in addition to dozens of volunteers to make this project possible.


Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has been building, preserving and repairing homes in Lexington for over 30 years. Lexington Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, donating to or shopping at one of our Lexington ReStore locations or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.lexhabitat.org.

Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2019) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and Lifestyle Health Plans just announced the 100 companies that made the 15th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky list,  and Lexington Habitat for Humanity was named as one of 42 companies in the Small Company Category. This is Lexington Habitat’s 4th consecutive year being awarded One of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky.

“We are extremely proud that our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has received this recognition and want to offer our congratulations to all of the companies and agencies recognized this year. The Leadership Team and Board have worked collaboratively to create a professional and engaging environment in which we can all serve our Community. This recognition is extremely meaningful as the scoring criteria is based 25 percent on policies, practices and demographics and the remaining 75 percent is based on anonymous employee surveys. It is rewarding for Lexington Habitat for Humanity to know our employees’ value and appreciate their workplace environment. Our core mission is uniquely designed to offer people in our community the opportunity to have a decent, affordable place to call home.” said Marlene Helm, Lexington Habitat for Humanity Board President.

“We are excited and honored to achieve one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky Awards. Lexington Habitat makes a significant contribution to this community not only in service to those in need but also to economic development,” said Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Smith Childress. “We work hard to be good stewards of the resources invested in our ministry. We are able to do that because of the incredibly gifted and committed staff we have. Providing a family/team oriented environment, flexible work schedules, fun activities, competitive benefits, open communication and a meaningful mission that allows our staff to work alongside amazing community partners helps us attract and retain a high quality staff. We are grateful for the BPTW program which celebrates our efforts and provides information which will help us become even better in the future.”

The final winner rankings will be announced at an awards dinner Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Heritage Hall in the Lexington Convention Center. Winners from across the state have been selected in three categories: small companies of 15-149 employees, medium companies of 150-499 employees and large companies consisting of more than 500 employees (categories based on number of U.S. employees, only Kentucky employees surveyed). The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and creating a good place to work.

For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.

About Lexington Habitat for Humanity

Lexington Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Lexington Habitat’s homebuyer program has served over 450 Lexington families, while Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood Repair Program has helped more than over 100 families with repairs needed to keep their homes stable. Additionally, Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood Clean-Up projects have served thousands in our community with work in over a dozen neighborhoods and parks. To learn more about Lexington Habitat for Humanity visit www.lexhabitat.org

LEXINGTON (May 30, 2018) – Rachel Childress, CEO of Lexington Habitat for Humanity, sits down with Renee Shaw on KET's Connections to discuss Lexington Habitat's 30th anniversary  and how the organization is building homes, communities and hope for families in need off affordable housing.  Watch the epiosde here

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