Future Neighborhood: Chestnut Hills
Ms. Brown is a hardworking, single mother of twin nine year olds Ashley and Anthony. Ms. Brown is visually impaired, but has not let that slow her down. She has worked as a switchboard operator for 21 years at the Virginia Eye Institute and enjoys helping others with their vision needs.
In their free time, the Brown’s enjoy reading, listening to jazz music and playing video games together.
Construction on the Brown’s home began in February of 2017. Currently, Ms. Brown is completing 10 financial and homeownership education classes and 350 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer time. Once completed, she will purchase her home and pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage, making her dream of homeownership, and the stability that it brings, a reality.
Her children cannot wait to move into their beautiful, healthy and safe new home right in time for the new school year!
“I am proud of my determination because I am a winner and do not quit. Owning my own home will mean a sense of security for me and my children.” – Ms. Brown, Future Homeowner
One of the most unique parts about Habitat
for Humanity is that we are an organization that works worldwide to build safe, affordable homes for hardworking families. Habitat
for Humanity has offices in over 70 countries around the world.
This year, Richmond Habitat
took the opportunity to bring a group of volunteers to Siem Reap, Cambodia
to experience building a home abroad through Habitat
for Humanity’s Global Village program
Volunteers spent the week working alongside our new Cambodian friends to build a home for a local family. We ended our week with a beautiful dedication ceremony where we threw flower petals in the air to celebrate the new homeowners, ate traditional Cambodian food and fruits, and played some games with local villagers. The experience was incredibly rewarding and really helped to show the power and impact of Habitat around the world.
From food scraps to packaging materials and everything in between, every household produces waste. However, there are many ways you can improve the sustainability of your home. You can recycle, purchase environmentally friendly goods, and get creative. Here’s some types of waste you may not have thought about reusing.
If you are a coffee lover, don’t throw away the grounds. Save them for your plants and garden. Grounds are rich in nitrogen, and they will help you grow tastier veggies. You can also use grounds as a light natural dye. It’s also an abrasive that you can use to scrub pans, or even to exfoliate!
Save that old jar. Most glass and metal jars can be easily recycled — or you can use them creatively. Old glass jars make charming flower pots. They’re also a great way to store things in your pantry, organize craft supplies, or as a container for gifts like recipe kits. “Upcycling” is also a great excuse to make mini cheesecakes…
If you are stuck with a pile of old newspapers, you could take them to the recycle bin… or get crafty. With a little patience and time, you can make incredibly cool things with old newspapers such as baskets. It’s also a great way to reduce weeds: soak the paper in water, lay it on the ground, and cover the paper with compost or mulch.
April is our favorite month! At the ReStore, we’re celebrating with a big sale, food, and vendors.
Thanks for helping reduce waste in our environment. If you have furniture, appliances, or other home goods you’d like to keep out of the landfill, make sure to drop them off at the Richmond Habitat ReStore.
Happy Earth Day!