Building Hope for 30 Years: Anita Murphy’s Story

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FullSizeRender (15)Anita Murphy’s life has been all about protecting her daughter.  12 years ago, Anita fell on hard times and was forced to live in a small home with 10 other people in North Church Hill.  At that time, the area she lived in was a very high crime area and Anita’s low point was when she had to teach her daughter to drop to the floor when she heard gunshots.  Anita knew her daughter deserved more; a safe, secure and stable environment to live.


While looking through the newspaper one day, Anita came across an article about the local Habitat for Humanity.  She knew this could be her opportunity.  She took a chance, applied and was accepted into the program.


11 years later, Anita and her daughter are thriving in their beautiful home in Chestnut Hills.  Anita is adamant about the importance of maintaining her home, inside and outside.  She knows that the better care she takes care of her home now, the more it will be worth when she passes it down to future generations.  Anita is such an inspiration when it comes to home maintenance, Richmond Habitat had her teach a class to future homeowners about the importance of curb appeal.


Anita is counting down the days until she makes her last mortgage payment – only 9 years to go!


How can you support families like Anita’s?

  • Make a monetary donation in honor of our 30th Anniversary.  Donate here!
  • Volunteer on our construction sites or at our ReStore.
  • Donate furniture, building materials and more to our ReStore.
  • Share our story with your friends and family!

Happy Birthday to Us!

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cabfc77755aa49f44d30cecb724edcae2016 marks our 30th year of building homes, communities and hope in the Greater Richmond area, and we are ready to celebrate!
Be on the look out for special events, stories and more highlighting the incredible work our volunteers, donors, homeowners and supporters have accomplished over the past 30 years.
Most importantly, thanks to all of you for helping us serve the over 331 families we’ve empowered to become homeowners since 1986!
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Elephant Partners with Homesite in Support of Habitat for Humanity

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Elephant Auto employees with Jane Helfrich and Whitney Guthrie from Richmond Habitat

Elephant Auto employees with Jane Helfrich and Whitney Guthrie from Richmond Habitat

Members of Elephant Auto Insurance and Homesite Home Insurance have joined together in efforts to raise support and awareness for the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.  On Wednesday, December 9th, both insurance companies came together at a Habitat for Humanity site to assist in building a new home.  In addition to lending a helping hand at the build site, both companies donated a combined total of $1,500 to the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.

The home which both companies volunteered on will be purchased by Fredrica “Penny” Wright.  Penny has dreamed for years to become a homeowner and provide her daughters with a safe, stable and affordable place to live.  Through Richmond Habitat’s homeownership program, Penny will purchase a safe, healthy home and pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage, making the dream of homeownership a reality for her and her children.

“We’re continually looking for ways to give back to the local Richmond community,” stated Colleen Benzin, Head of Product at Elephant Auto Insurance. “It made sense for us to join with Homesite in efforts to support the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity; it’s a great organization that provides housing for those that may otherwise not have a chance to have their own home.”

elephant auto insuranceSince their founding, the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity has built over 300 homes for deserving families, and continues to give back and support the local community.  For more information on how to donate to or volunteer with Richmond’s Habitat for Humanity, check out

“We’re grateful to have Elephant Auto Insurance and Homesite Home Insurance as supporters of our cause,” stated Jane Helfrich, CEO of the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. “With the aid and contributions of both of these companies, we can continue to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”

Homesite Home Insurance and Elephant Auto Insurance have been partnered together since August, 2009.  Elephant currently provides homeowners and renters insurance, which is underwritten by Homesite, to its customers.  By doing so, Elephant gives its customers additional ways to save on their insurance policies by providing them a bundling discount.  For more information on what bundling opportunities Elephant offers, check out