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.



Home Depot Helps Richmond Habitat Repair Homes for Veterans

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10701933_10153109422748368_3610242332742067660_nRICHMOND, VA (September 10, 2014) – Volunteers from local Home Depot stores will help make repairs on the homes of two veterans in honor of September 11th through Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat for Heroes program. September 11th is the National Day of Service and Remembrance and encourages American’s to come together and make a difference in their community.


On this day, Team Depot will help to rehab a home for a US Army veteran who was recently deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. This veteran, his wife and their two young daughters will purchase their newly rehabbed home in November of this year through Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat for Heroes veteran’s homeownership program. They will pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage, making their dream of homeownership a reality.


Team Depot will also help to make critical health and safety home repairs to a home owned by a veteran of the US Army who served during the Vietnam War.


In January of 2014, The Home Depot Foundation granted Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity $150,000 to support and honor existing and retired military members and their families by offering affordable housing options and critical health and safety repair solutions. Funding from this award will also go towards the cost of repairing both of these homes.
“Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation are deeply committed to providing affordable housing solutions to our service men and women, and their families,” said Jane V. Helfrich, CEO of Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. “We are honored to serve those who have served our country and are grateful for the opportunities to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

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.



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.