(August 10, 2018) – Earlier this year, Chick-fil-A Turfland approached us about finding a way to keep their Waffle Fry Potato boxes and 5 gallon pickle buckets out of the landfill. Lexington Habitat for Humanity ReStore was happy to partner again with Chick-fil-A for this project! The ReStore now picks up the boxes and buckets and brings them back to their two locations (817 Winchester Road and 451 Southland Drive) where they will be sold to the public as moving boxes and utility buckets. Proceeds from the ReStore helps build homes, communities and hope for families in need of affordable housing.

In talking through the logistics of this project, we needed a place to store the buckets and boxes until they collected enough for pick-up so we came up with a small shed that will be placed near the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A Turfland. Graphics on the shed will bring awareness to the partnership and to the vision of Habitat for Humanity. The shed was built & installed by the Lexington Habitat Amigos volunteer group.

Boxes will be sold for $0.50 each and the food-grade, 5-gallon buckets for $2.99. You can expect to see these in the Lexington ReStore's later this month!


Thousands of volunteers to build homes nationwide alongside future homeowners May 6 through 14


(May 9, 2017) – Lexington Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s invite women to build alongside future homeowners during the 10th annual National Women Build Week, May 6 through 14. Lexington Habitat for Humanity is one of 300 Habitat organizations nationwide hosting Women Build projects during the week with support from Lowe’s, a longtime partner in the event.


On May 11, local Women Build volunteers will work on the home of Cecile Kahindo and her daughters, Furaha (11), Deborah (5) and Victoria, who will be a year old in June. The home is located at 1765 Russell Cave Road and the volunteers will be on site from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Later that evening, women will also band together to support the Lexington Habitat Women Build home for future homeowners Tay Israel and her sons Tylin, Noah and Bryan. A 2017 Women Build Launch Party hosted by Mulberry & Lime at 216 North Limestone from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. will raise funds for the Women Build sponsored home which will be built in fall 2017. Both families will have the opportunity to experience the strength, stability and independence offered by homeownership.


National Women Build Week brings together women to devote at least one day to building decent and affordable housing in their local communities. Nearly 100,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered in previous years.


“We are excited to participate in the 10th annual National Women Build Week,” said Rachel Childress, executive director of Lexington Habitat for Humanity. “This is a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to come together to help a family build or repair a decent and affordable place they can call home, and we are grateful to Lowe’s for their financial and volunteer support.”


Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008. Each year, the company provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.


No construction skills are necessary to participate in this year’s project. To volunteer or donate, call 859-252-2224 or email laurah@lexhabitat.org. For more information on National Women Build Week, visit Habitat.org/wb


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 430 Lexington families, while Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood Repair Program has helped more than 50 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 http://www.lexhabitat.org/  


About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering 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 habitat.org.


About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

Lexington, KY (August 10, 2017) On August 11, Lexington Habitat for Humanity will launch construction on the 2017 Catholic Build home following a site blessing at 10 a.m. at 1819 Russell Cave Road. The site blessing is open to the public and Bishop John Stowe will share a blessing during this exciting celebration. Following the site blessing the first wall of the home will be raised by the family and Catholic Church volunteers.

For the 2017 Catholic Build, Lexington’s Catholic churches are partnering with Elias Kirongo, his wife Jeanine Nyiramafeza and their four children. The family has lived in Lexington since 2012 and looks forward to becoming Lexington Habitat homeowners later this year. They are grateful for the many volunteers who will work alongside them to help build their home. This is the 27th family served through the Catholic Build which brings together the local Catholic churches to support a family in need of affordable housing.

As required by Lexington Habitat, Kirongo and Nyiramafeza are completing 500 sweat equity hours. A minimum of 100 sweat equity hours will be spent building their home. The family has also completed Lexington Habitat partner family education classes that will help with a successful transition to homeownership. Their classes included topics such as finance and budgeting, home maintenance, insurance, home safety, landscaping and more.  

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