Every Connection Blog
On Sunday, July 9, 2017 Alissa and her four children stood on the porch of her new home as it was dedicated. The dream that she has had for her family finally become a reality. Special thanks to Publix and their representatives as the sponsors of this build. Not only were they on site to help with the build, but they also stocked Alissa’s pantry once her home was completed. Many of Alissa’s family’s church members were in attendance along with Habitat of Gaston’s board and staff members for this important event.
Alissa actually grew up in one of the Habitat for Humanity's first Gaston County homes. Like other applicants who qualify through Habitat, Smith won't be getting anything free. Applicants must not only demonstrate need, but prove they can handle a house payment. Habitat arranges a 25-year, no-interest loans for homeowners, who must make monthly mortgage payments. The completion of this home is a new beginning for Alissa and her family.
Lizzie & Grover are two loving and caring individuals, and are blessed with three beautiful daughters. They work hard each and every day to provide the best life for their children. Lizzie & Grover were encouraged to apply to the Habitat program by family and friends, and are humbled & blessed by the journey. They just wrapped up a volunteer week with Elevation Church and are looking forward to their next two build days in August.
Elevation Church shows love for community with Habitat work
Elevation Church partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County for the congregation’s annual Love Week on July 22-29. The goal of Love Week is to show compassion, unity, selflessness, and service to the community. For the past five years Elevation Church has helped build Habitat homes in Gaston County and supported the organization financially.
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!
ALL ABOUT STAFF
Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County is happy to introduce our new ReStore Manager, Kathy Free. Kathy is a Gaston County native and has been married to Dennis for eighteen years. Together they have two wonderful children. Their son, is twelve and their daughter, is eight. Kathy has worked in retail for over twenty-five years. Her favorite past time is reading (she claims to be a nerd)! When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family. We are delighted to have Kathy as a part of our Habitat Family. When you are in the ReStore, please stop by and welcome her!
Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County welcomes Sara Farrar as our new Construction Manager. Sara is a Gaston County native and has spent most of her life in Gastonia. Sara is a graduate of Appalachian State with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. She spent several years working in Boone, and now she and her husband chose to move back home to be closer to family. They have been married almost two years and a furry golden retriever named Cooper! Sara is really excited to be a part of the Habitat family and we are thrilled to have her. Please welcome Sara when you see her at the building sites.
Click the event link below to learn more about them!
First Annual Community Breakfast - August 29, 2017 - RSVP Required
Home for the Holidays - September 16, 2017 - Free Admission
2017 Carpenter's Ball - October 14, 2017 - Tickets Required