LIZZIE & GROVER (112th Home)
On Sunday, October 1, 2017 Lizzie Littlejohn & Grover Hardin alongside with their 3 children stood on the front steps of their new home. This home has been a life-long dream for the couple, but also a mark of a new beginning for the family. Habitat and the family would like to extend a special thanks to the volunteers on this build, and the local community restaurants for providing lunches on build days.
Lizzie & Grover both grew up in Gaston County and knew they wanted their forever home in the county. They never saw the opportunity to own their own home until a friend spoke highly of Habitat to them. The couple then chooses to apply for the program and see the potential outcome for them. Their hard work and determination kept them focused and on track to earn their home.
The couple feels extremely blessed by the program and the opportunity it has provided for them when they thought owning a home was never going to be possible for them. They are filled with gratitude and just overall thanks for this new beginning. Grover plans on spending all his free time tending to his yard and Lizzie is excited to grow with the community.
MARIANETT (114th Home)
On Sunday, September 24th Marianett broke ground on her new home. Marianett was accompied by her two children and her mother on this special day. Marianett has worked beyond expectations to get to this point in the program and she was filled with joy and a grateful heart on this day. She will be receiving a three-bedroom home on Tanner St in Gastonia. This will be one of four homes that will be completed on this street. Tanner Street will mark a new era for Habitat Gaston’s neighborhood revitalization program.
Marianett’s build will be sponsored by Owens Corning, Habitat RV Care-A-Vanners, and Daimler Trucks. These groups will come with experienced builders and monetary sponsorship towards her build. We are thankful to be working alongside such hard working and caring groups and cannot wait to get this build started.
LATOYA (113th Home)
Latoya Monroe is a mother of two beautiful daughters and these two girls are the drive and determination for Latoya. This home will offer strength, stability, and self-reliance for Latoya. Latoya has the support of her friends and family throughout this build, but also the support of GAP. She is thankful for GAP and the help they will provide in building her new home. Latoya was excited to break ground and begin the final step in this journey.
As the 112th house wraps up this August we are preparing to start two more homes this fall. One home will be started in September and the other in October. The September build will be done in conjunction with Gaston Area Presbyterians (GAP). GAP has a 12 year history of working with Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County in building affordable homes for those in need. Beginning in September of 2017, this group led by Bill Glover and Gwin Hilton, will build their 12th home with Habitat Gaston on Tanner Street in Gastonia. Not only does GAP sponsor the house but they also provide the volunteers and meals for this build. It is great to be a part of this with them!
On October 8th we will be joined by 14 individuals from around the country to help us build a home. This will be the 12th year for some of these families and the first for others. The Care-A-Vanners bring a great amount of enthusiasm and joy everytime they come. They will work hard, alongside our other volunteers, for two weeks to help build a home. The Care-A-Vanners is a volunteer program that invites anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat part of their journey.
Read more about the Care-A-Vanners by clicking here!
ALL ABOUT STAFF
Leesa McKeon – A graduate of Ashbrook High School and formally educated in graphic and interior design at Western Carolina University; Leesa lived in Cashiers, NC for 30 years where she had an interior design business for 15 years. Her business was primarily focused in the Highlands/Cashiers area, Charleston and in the Bahamas. After selling her interior design business in the 90’s, she began working for a large real estate firm handling the marketing and advertising for this firm. This was a launch platform that began her career in marketing, advertising and special events. In 2007, she and her son moved into Asheville, NC where she continued with the marketing, advertising, specialty promotional products and special events, (weddings, corporate and fund-raising events). In 2014, Leesa moved back to Gastonia and worked for a bit of time with Elite Artists Network booking events and vocal groups in the area. She then went to work as the clinic manager for the Gaston Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and as the office manager for Prevent Child Abuse Gaston, where she continued with advertising and marketing for both of these companies. Her opportunity to work for Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County as their special events coordinator came after many prayers were answered. Since her move back to Gastonia, she had hoped to be able to be a part of an organization such as Habitat, to be able to further her career, as well as be a part of giving back to her community.
We are excited to introduce Will he joined us through a program called NextGen. The NextGen Youth program is operated by the Gaston County Workforce Development Board and partnered with Gaston College. Will he is excited to be working with Habitat Gaston while he works on his degree with Gaston College. He will major in social work and said he became inspired to do that work while at the Boys and Girls Club. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, skateboarding, and dirt bikes. Please welcome Will when you see him in the ReStore!
Learn more about NextGen by clicking here!
The Habitat Homeownership program is not for a free house, but for an affordable, interest-free mortgage. So our families do pay for their homes, and they also work hard for them by performing sweat equity. They complete theit sweat equity by working in the ReStore, on future homeowners homes, and by working on their own homes.
Habitat of Gaston County offers a hand-up, and not a hand-out. Homes are financed in a fashion to ensure equity and affordability for the homebuyer, offering an affordable mortgage over a 25 year term. These mortgage payments fund more homes. Homeowners receive education in finances, home maintenance, and other skills.
The criterion for participation in the Habitat program is threefold: ability to repay the zero interest mortgage, need for housing (evidenced by overcrowding, substandard conditions, high rent, or unsafe neighborhood), and willingness to partner. Qualified applicants must earn between 30 and 60% of the area’s average median income and have debt-to-income ratio below 43 percent.
Habitat for Humanity's Disaster Relief
Through Habitat’s Disaster Response, and with the help of volunteers and donors like you, we are able to provide shelter assistance, education, training and partnerships to the affected individuals who find themselves in unthinkable situations.
When a disaster strikes, the loss of a home can leave you at your most vulnerable. Habitat works to rebuild communities in these circumstances, moving them from ruin to recovery.
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Habitat for Humanity and Hunter Douglas
Habitat for Humanity is not just building better homes but stronger, healthier communities with help from long-term partners like Hunter Douglas. This summer marks the 25th year of partnership between Hunter Douglas and Habitat for Humanity. As a global manufacturer of custom window treatments, Hunter Douglas is committed to help Habitat build safe, stable, affordable housing alongside homeowners across North America and abroad.
Habitat partners with families to help build secure, quality homes, providing a path to improved living conditions. In any home, window shades are a finishing touch providing privacy, comfort, energy efficiency and personal style. Hunter Douglas provides privacy blinds for all new and rehabilitated Habitat homes in the U.S. Over the last quarter-century, Hunter Douglas has donated nearly 9,200 privacy blinds each year for more than 220,000 windows. Included
We recently recived a grant from Georgia-Pacific to complete work on our 114th house in Gaston County! Thank you for your support!
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2017 Carpenter's Ball - October 14, 2017 - Tickets Required