Habitat for Humanity to launch 'Raise the Roof' for next home

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Since 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg has helped 14 area families find a new home.

Habitat hopes to add Home #15 to that list of dwellings this year.

A building lot is ready and waiting, however to “raise the roof,” they must first raise the money. 

To that end, Habitat is launching a “Raise the Roof” Fund Drive this summer. 

“Habitat for Humanity is not a hand out, it is a hand up,” explained Melodi Frederick, board president. “Our goal is to help local families in need with clean, decent, safe affordable housing.”

The first Habitat home was constructed in 1996 for $25,000.

Eighteen years later, that price has almost quadrupled. Habitat Home #15 is estimated to cost $90,000, according to Frederick.

“Just as it takes a lot of hands to build a Habitat home, it takes a lot of heart to help fund it,” she said.

Habitat is asking for donors to sponsor a part of Home #15, such as a window or door, sink or toilet, cabinets or flooring.

Donations can range from $25 for a gallon of paint, $350 for a water heater, to $1,000 for insulation.

Donations of any amount are welcome and are tax-deductible. All donations go toward building costs of the home. 

Donations may be made as an individual or as a business, a church or an organization, a corporation or a foundation.

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