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 For more information on National Women Build Week, visit


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  


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


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.  

Link-Belt supports affordable home construction in Lexington

[Lexington] (June 20, 2017) — Lexington Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the completed construction of Tanya Sullivan’s home during the dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The house, located at 1807 Russell Cave Road, will become home to Tanya and her children, Tony (16) and Ka’Marya (11). Her grown son, Dequarius, and granddaughter, La’Nia (4), will be frequent visitors to the family’s home.

The Sullivan family home was built thanks to the partnership between Lexington Habitat and Link-Belt, leader in the design, manufacturing and sales of telescopic and lattice boom cranes, with headquarters here in Lexington. “Link-Belt and our employees are proud to support the work of Lexington Habitat for Humanity in providing affordable housing here in our local community. This is such an enriching process for our employees to come together to build and provide a home for a family in our community. We look forward to turning the keys to their new home over to the Sullivan family,” said Melvin Porter, Link-Belt President and CEO.

“When Link-Belt made a commitment to Lexington Habitat five years ago, they were all in. They not only provided the “funds and volunteers to support their homebuyer family, they had so many folks who wanted to work with us that they provided the labor for an additional family. Their faithful commitment has made Tanya the sixth family they have served and we join in her gratitude to them for helping making homeownership possible for these families,” said Rachel Smith Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO.


Tanya is thankful for the opportunity Lexington Habitat and Link-Belt have provided to her and her family. “Thanks to everyone for the blessing that everyone has given me and my family. Thank you all for putting a smile on our faces. And thank you for making our dreams come true. We really do appreciate everyone from the bottom of our hearts.”


For more information about supporting a future home build either financially or through volunteering on a build site, contact Laura Howard at or 859-252-2224 ext. 113.

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