Partner Family Spotlight: Brittany & Jamari!

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brittany ricksBrittany spent her youth living in fear. She grew up in one of the local housing developments, witnessing crime, drug use and other dangers a child her age should never have to see.

Brittany, however, did not let that fear overtake her – she instead became even more determined to provide a better life for herself and her future family.

She worked hard in school, put herself through college and received her associates degree in Occupational Science in Medical Assisting. She took her passion for helping others and turned it into a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant through a local at home hospice organization, helping to feed, clothe, bath, and keep comfortable those who are unable to do so for themselves.

Two years ago, Brittany became a mother to an adorable son named Jamari who is her pride and joy. As the main provider for Jamari, she wants nothing more than to provide her son with the safety and security she didn’t feel as a child.

Currently Brittany and Jamari are living in a neighborhood similar to the one she grew up in – with a lot of crime and drug activity. She desperately wants Jamari to have a stable home to grow up in and a place they can truly call their own.

Luckily, through a friend Brittany found out about Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. She took a chance, applied and qualified.

Through Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program, Brittany will purchase her home and pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage that will make her dream of homeownership a reality. She will attend ten financial and homeownership education classes, monthly one-on-on budgeting sessions and will complete 350 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build her home and the homes of other partner families.

Brittany and Jamari cannot wait to move into their new home next summer and play outside in their big backyard.

“Owning my own home will mean a lot to me and my family because my mother never owned her own home and I want her to be proud of me,” said Brittany, “I would like to thank you from me and my son. This would mean the world to me.”

Hundreds of Habitat AmeriCorps members kick off year of service

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americorps_logo-300x300ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 2014) – AmeriCorps members serving with Habitat for Humanity will kick off their year of service this week in Talladega, Alabama, during Habitat for Humanity International’s seventh annual National Service Leadership Conference.

The three-day conference, taking place Oct. 21-24, will provide nearly 400 
Habitat AmeriCorps members the opportunity to learn from housing and service experts during special workshops, team-building activities and facilitated discussions, giving them the knowledge they need to help serve in more than 110 communities in the U.S.

“For the last 20 years, AmeriCorps members who have partnered with Habitat have enabled us to serve more families and transform communities,” said Peter Rumsey, Habitat for Humanity International’s director of national service. “Their continued support and commitment to furthering Habitat’s mission is incredible, and we look forward to another year of helping our partner families achieve the dream of homeownership with the help of their efforts.”

During the conference, AmeriCorps members will also participate in the third annual Service Project, held in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Talladega County and Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center. AmeriCorps members will work with community leaders and volunteers to paint, repair and landscape three area homes.

This year’s conference will also recognize and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Habitat’s partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program. Habitat for Humanity was one of the first organizations to partner with AmeriCorps, inducting 122 members in its inaugural class. Since then, more than 8,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members with Habitat for Humanity, helping more than 20,000 families in need of affordable housing, contributing more than 13 million hours of service, raising tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind resources and engaging more than 3.1 million volunteers.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit

About The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service each year through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other programs; improves communities through the Social Innovation Fund; and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Local Homebuilder’s Donate Proceeds from Homearama

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Homearama check presentation

With the successful completion of this year’s Homearama (a large-scale, annual event where local home builders and designers construct and decorate model homes for the public to view), several local homebuilders and designers came together to donate proceeds from the event to Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.  In total, the Home Building Association of Richmond donated $16,044 towards building safe, affordable housing in the Greater Richmond area. 
“The Home Building Association of Richmond chose Richmond Habitat for Humanity for our 2014 Homearama Charity Partner.  The Home Building Association works every day to protect the American Dream of Homeownership while Richmond Habitat for Humanity makes that dream come true for families experiencing hard times.  We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with Richmond Habitat for Humanity and the benefit of homeownership that our contribution will provide to a family in need.” said Craig Toalson, Chief Executive Officer of the Home Building Association of Richmond and planner of their annual Homearama event.
Donors include the Home Building Association of Richmond, iStar Residential, Young House Love, Ray A Williams Custom Homes, Biringer Builders, Becker & Calliott Marketing, Harring Construction Co., LifeStyle Builders & Developers, Inc., LeGault Homes, and Southern Traditions, LLC.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to everyone involved in this year’s Homearama event,” said Jane Helfrich, Chief Executive Officer at Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, “Working alongside our fellow home builders and seeing the compassion they have for our community and our mission of providing affordable housing to hardworking families in our community is truly amazing!”
Funding from this year’s Homearama will be used to help Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity construct a home for a local partner family.