Lexington Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 2019 Construction Season


Wednesday, February 27, 8:30 a.m. at 326 Nelson Avenue

Holy Ecumenical Neighbors (HEN) support affordable home construction

Lexington, KY (February 25, 2019)— Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates the beginning of the 2019 Construction Season, Wednesday, February 27, 8:30 a.m. at 326 Nelson Avenue, at the future home of Morris Shabani and Maroy Chibalonza, and their children Rosette (15), Moses (12), Honorine (9) and Joana (4).

Morris and Maroy’s home is being built thanks to the Holy Ecumenical Neighbors (HEN) partnership, which brings together Central Baptist Church, Christ Church Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Lexington Friends Meeting, Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church and Second Presbyterian Church of Lexington. “The HEN group continues its mission of building community through their support of Lexington Habitat’s vision of decent, affordable housing for everyone. Their interfaith partnerships are a true testament to our primary principle of loving ALL of our neighbors,” said Rachel Smith-Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO.

Morris and Maroy and their children arrived in Lexington in 2016 after spending seven years living in a Refugee Camp in Uganda. They both feel that having the opportunity to have a safe place to live with their family will be like “a new beginning in life, a place where we can stay.” Providing a safe home for their children is very important to both of them. In order to reach the goal of home ownership, Morris and Maroy completed Lexington Habitat’s Homebuyer Education Program, learning self-reliance through financial management, community engagement and home maintenance. The adults in the family will also work alongside volunteers, providing at least 250 sweat equity hours each.

For more information about supporting a future home build either financially or through volunteering on a build site, contact Dana Stefaniak at danas@lexhabitat.org.

About Lexington Habitat for Humanity
At Lexington Habitat for Humanity, we believe everyone deserves a decent place to live. We are committed to our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and we strive to find new ways to fulfill this vision within Lexington by bringing people together to build strong and stable homes, which builds strong and stable communities.