Habitat To Dedicate Its Largest Home

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THE LEWIS FAMILY are the homeowners of the newest house constructed by Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity.

Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity will hold a dedication for its largest home built to date at Greenhouse Village, a mixed-income neighborhood, this Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, tour the home, and meet the new homeowners. Light refreshments will be served.

Eric and Alesha Lewis are the soon-to-be homeowners. This is the 72nd home Rock-bridge Area Habitat for Humanity has built since 1989.

A granite marker placed in the home’s foundation will memorialize Herb Thorne and designate the year built by RAHfH. The granite markers recognizing sponsors and friends of Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity have been provided free of charge by Shawn Hamric Memorials since 2013 and grace all the homes RAHfH has built at Thompsons Knoll in Lexington and in the current build site, Greenhouse Village.

The Lewis’ home features six bedrooms and three baths, an open-concept living/ kitchen area, a covered front porch and a side stoop. In addition, it features maintenance-free vinyl siding, insulated windows with screens, Energy-Star certified appliances, phone jacks and cable hookups, ceiling fans, and air conditioning.

Working side-by-side with volunteers under the direction of a construction supervisor, each adult in a Habitat partner family household is required to contribute 200 hours of “sweat equity,” working to build their home and homes for other RAHfH families. The homes are made affordable because they are sold at cost to the buyer and volunteers provide most of the labor. The homeowners repay a low-interest loan secured through USDA-Rural Development and state down payment assistance loans.

Habitat Executive Director Lynne Johnson expressed pride in the diligent efforts of the Lewis’ family to become homeowners.

“I am looking forward to the day of celebration by handing over the house keys at the home dedication. The Lewises and volunteers worked on this house in the rain, snow, heat and cold for many months,” she said. “Eric shared his vision with me of sitting on his porch with a cup of coffee in the morning when the house construction was over. A simple but perfect pleasure after a long time of working to make his family’s dream of a home of their own a reality.”

For more information about Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity home ownership, its repair program, or volunteer opportunities, call the Habitat office at 463-3770 or email program administrator Donna Tyree at donna@rockbridgehabitat.org. Applications are available online at www.rockbridgehabitat.org. Those interested in volunteering on new builds, repairs, or as ReStore staff should also contact the office.

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