Partner Family Spotlight: The Thompson Family

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IMG_20140511_130602Patrick Thompson is a veteran of the United States Army.  At the age of 23, he enlisted to provide a better life for his wife Christine, and especially for his newborn daughter, Samantha.

 

During his nine years in the military, Patrick was stationed all over the world including in Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

While deployed, Patrick served as an infantryman, seeing a lot of combat from the frontline.  During his deployment in Afghanistan he was injured in combat, disabling him and preventing him from further service in the military.

 

Since retiring, Patrick and Christine have struggled.  Patrick still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has had a hard time adjusting to being back home.  Two months after medically retiring, Patrick, Christine and their now two daughters became homeless.  Currently, they are living in a very small, temporary two-bedroom apartment, and without this opportunity would soon be homeless again.

 

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Thankfully, the Thompson’s learned about Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat for Heroes program through their local Veterans Service Organization.  They took a chance, applied and were accepted as future homeowners.

 

Through this program, the Thompson’s will purchase a safe, affordable home in Midlothian, VA.  They will complete 10 financial and homeownership classes to ensure they have the tools they need to thrive as homeowners, and will complete 200 hours of “sweat equity” helping to rehab their home and the homes of other partner families.

 

Once they purchase their home, they will pay an affordable, 0% interest mortgage saving them thousands of dollars over the course of being a homeowner.  More importantly, Patrick, Christine, and their two daughters, Samantha and Elizabeth, will have the stability and security they are desperately searching for.

 

It is a dream come true for us to have a forever home,” says Patrick, “We would not be ready to purchase a home otherwise and we are so grateful for this opportunity.

Sweet Letter from a Veteran Partner Family

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RepairCorps_noTagRecently we received a very sweet letter from a partner family who received critical home repairs through our Repair Corps program in partnership with the Home Depot Foundation.

Dear Amy & Everyone,

We want to thank all of you for all you did to give us the house we now have.  It is truly like having a new home.  The Lord truly blessed us through you and all the volunteers who came to help.

We have met some really wonderful people through all of this.  We have to tell you Terry is a super guy.  He really knows what he’s doing and he’s really good at what he does.

Our prayer is that more and more veterans will be as blessed as we have been.  Again, thank you so very much.

We are touched by the graciousness of this family, and we are honored to help such amazing families who have sacrificed so much to help keep our country safe from harm.

Women Hammer it Home for Habitat

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By Brandy Brubaker, Richmond Bizsense

wbsmallLocal women are picking up a hammer and nails in support of a local nonprofit.

Fifty-nine women volunteered at a Church Hill construction site this week with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.

The crew, which was on the job Wednesday as part of National Women Build Week, included many who are very new to construction. They were busy hammering nails and cutting boards on the future home of Spence Daniels. Daniels, who is disabled, will live in the North 35th Street house with his three daughters and his mother.

Habitat broke ground on the property, which will hold Daniels’ home and two others, on Feb. 25. And it’s the second time Habitat brought in an unusual team to the property.

wbsmall2The women were led by Bill Erhart, Habitat construction supervisor, who gave them a lesson about construction and safety before they got started. They also got a building basics course at Lowe’s.

Jane Johnson, a Lowe’s employee who came down from Fredericksburg, said it’s the second time she’s participated in the annual event.

“The first time I did it, I had never used a tool,” Johnson said. “I’ve learned to use a table saw, a circular saw, you name it.”

Daniels’ house is expected to be completed in September, Kristin Vinagro, Habitat’s communications manager.

Female volunteers are also rehabbing a house Bank of America donated on Edgefield Drive in Henrico County.

This is the second year the local Habitat affiliate has worked with Lowe’s for the annual event, which began nationally in 2008. Lowe’s gave Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity a $5,000 gift card in celebration of the week.