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A Meaningful Mother’s Day Gift

Still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day Gift? Why not consider making a donation in your loved one’s name to Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity? Your gift does so much more than build houses.

You’re helping families to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. RMHFH’s affordable, no-profit house payments free up money for food, child care, medicine and other necessities. And research has shown that decent housing improves health, increases children’s educational achievement and strengthens community ties.

It’s a great way to honor the mom in your life! To make a donation, click here.

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May 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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Homeowner Profile: Meet Kamesha

Kamesha in front of her soon-to-be completed home

Meet Kamesha

Kamesha is a native of Richmond who was raised in Historic Church Hill. After high school, she put herself through technology school and now works at MRI of Richmond as an Insurance Coordinator. She is a single mom to 5-year-old Kameron, who is enrolled in kindergarten at Chimborazzo Elementary. Kameron loves to play football and basketball.

Kamesha says she enrolled in our Homeownership Program (after hearing about it from other homeowners) in order to be able to afford a safer place for her and her son to live in.  She is working hard to complete all her required ‘sweat equity’ hours and educational classes.

Kamesha says she recommends the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program for single parents like herself who want to own a home but are unable to afford a traditional mortgage. Soon the Henderson’s new home on 33rd Street will be complete and she and Kameron will have a comfortable and safe home to call their own.

Come help us finish the Henderson’s home. To volunteer at The Pillars At Oakmont or donate financially to the construction of Kamesha and Kameron’s home, call (804) 232-7001 or visit www.richmondhabitat.org.

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April 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Homeowner Profile: Lachesia and Corion

Meet Lachesia and Corion

Lachesia, a native of Southampton, Virginia, says she loved growing up in the country where she was surrounded by family and there was always someone to play with. At age 6, she moved with her mother to Richmond, and later graduated from Highland Springs High School.  She is now a single mother raising 9-year-old Corion, a football-loving third-grader at Chimborazo Elementary. Lachesia has worked at Mens Wearhouse for 9 years as a production worker. She loves a good yard sale and spending time with Corion and the rest of her family.

Lachesia says she likes the apartment she and Corion currently occupy, but she feels unsafe there.  Corion has not been allowed to play outside by himself ever since he found a gun in the bushes outside their home.  Her aunt was the first one to tell her about our Homeownership Program. Since she first joined the program, Lachesia has been hard at work putting in ‘sweat equity’ hours doing work along side volunteers to rehabilitate her soon-to-be new home on Reynolds Road in Eastern Henrico.

When their new home is completed, it’s environmentally friendly features will save Lachesia up to 50% off her energy bills, and Corion will have a nice safe backyard in which to play. But best of all, they will finally have a place to call their own.

Come help us finish the Lachesia and Corion’s home. To volunteer on Reynolds Road or donate financially to the construction of Lachesia and Corion’s home, call (804) 232-7001 or visit www.richmondhabitat.org.

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April 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

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Homeowner Profile: The Carney Family

The Carney Family in front of their soon-to-be completed home

Meet The Carneys

The Carney family consists of mom Katrina and her three boys- 7-year-old Gabriel and 5-year-old identical twins Noah and Caleb. Katrina was born in Richmond, but moved with her family to central Florida when she was 11. She has been on her own since age 15. She takes classes at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College and loves her job at a local Outback Steak House, where she has worked for the past 7 years. She hopes to one day become a nurse.

In 2007, she and her children were forced to flee a dangerous relationship when her then-husband set their house on fire in a drug-induced rage. Since that time, Katrina has prided herself on making a better life for herself and her boys.  She first applied for our Homeownership Program in 2008, and was denied due to bad credit. But as Katrina says, success is about “getting up one more time than you fall down”. She worked hard to improve her credit and get out of debt, and was eventually accepted in to the Homeownership Program. Katrina is working to complete 350 hours of required ‘sweat equity’ and several homeownership classes.

Katrina and her boys currently live in an apartment that is too small for them. When their new home on Ronnie Street in Henrico County is finally completed, the boys will no longer have to share a room and will have a big yard in which to run around, play t-ball and fly toy airplanes. The Carneys all say they can’t wait to finally have a place to call their own.

Come help us finish the Carney’s home. To volunteer on Ronnie Street or contribute financially to the construction of the Carney’s home , call (804) 232-7001 or visit www.richmondhabitat.org.

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April 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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Homeowner Profile: George

George in front of his soon-to-be completed home

Meet George:

George was born in Germany when his father was in the service, but he grew up in Highland Park.  He is the proud father of one adult son, George Jr, and he attends regular services at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.  George has worked at Henrico Doctors Hospital for 12 years as an O.R Supply Technician. He loves that each day on the job brings a new challenge and that he feels like he is able to make a contribution to his community on a daily basis.

George currently lives in Richmond’s Northside, in the Ginter Park area. He dislikes the drugs and crime he sees in his neighborhood. George heard about our Homeownership Program from someone else already in the program and the rest is history. After long hours of required ‘sweat equity’, classes, and getting all of his paperwork in order, George will be moving in to his new home this summer at the Pillars At Oakmont in the historic Church Hill neighborhood.

George is so excited to move in to his new home that he already has the paint colors picked out for his walls. He has quickly become a dear friend to his new neighbors (whom he met while completing his ‘sweat equity’ hours building his home and others in his neighborhood) and has great plans for a block party on 33rd Street after everyone moves in.  And he loved his time working with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity so much that he has promised to be a “volunteer for life”.

Come help us finish George’s home. To volunteer at the Pillars At Oakmont or donate financially to the construction of George’s home, call (804) 232-7001 or visit www.richmondhabitat.org.

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April 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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Homeowner Profile: Ebony

Ebony in front of her soon-to-be completed home

Meet Ebony:
A native of Jackson Ward, Ebony grew up in the Gilpin Court housing project with her mom and two older sisters. While she had a great childhood, she says she grew up in a place where having children at a young age and living paycheck to paycheck is the norm for most young women. Ebony has been working to break that cycle-starting with herself. She is currently enrolled as a business major at John Tyler Community College, and she has worked at CarMax for eight years as a Procurement Billing Specialist. Ebony says she is proud of the life she has made for herself because she lives on her own and can take care of herself.

The apartment Ebony lives in now is (according to her) “run-down” and she pays too much in rent. The roof is leaking, there is mold, and she is subjected to all of the living habits of her neighbors. At her sister’s urging, Ebony attended one of RMHFH’s Homeownership Seminars at the ReStore and decided to make her dream of owning her own home a reality. She is working to complete 350 ‘sweat equity’ hours, required classes, and all of her paperwork. When her home is completed this summer, she will be one of the first residents to move in to the Pillars At Oakmont, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s newest development, located in historic Church Hill.

Ebony can’t wait to move in. She already knows many of her neighbors and is looking forward to going on quiet jogs around the neighborhood.

Come help us finish Ebony’s home. To volunteer at the Pillars At Oakmont, or donate financially to the construction of Ebony’s home, call (804) 232-7001 or visit http://www.richmondhabitat.org.

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April 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

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Last week to Trade In and Trade Up!

This is the final week to Trade In & Trade Up with Capel Rugs and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity! Bring in your old rugs for donation to the ReStore to Capel Rugs Richmond location and receive 25% off the purchase of a new rug from Capel! Hurry, offer ends Saturday!

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April 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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