Habitat for Humanity 'raising the roof' - Donations still needed

Earlier this summer, Habitat for Humanity launched a “Raise the Roof” fund drive to raise money for Home #15.

To date, Habitat has raised over $16,000, but officials say they have a way to go before that roof can be put on.

“Since 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg has helped 14 area families achieve the American dream of home ownership,” said board president Larry Berkman.  “It is truly wonderful when a community cares enough to help its own citizens’ dreams come true. Hopefully, that dream will become reality next February for another family.”

Next February is when the all-volunteer group of Habitat home builders, the Care-A-Vanners, will pull into Fredericksburg in their RV’s to bring Home #15 to the “dry-in” stage.

A building lot is ready and waiting for these snow-birds’ helping hands, Berkman said.

After that, local volunteer builders will finish the house for move-in by a local family by the end of the year. 

Wayne Murphy is in charge of the local crew which includes Pete Jensen, Don Smith, Don Ingels and Al Bispo. 

Additional volunteers are always needed and encouraged to contact Habitat if they would like to offer their skills.

The Care-A-Vanners were here in 2011 to work on Home #14 and in 2012 headed up the remodeling and renovation efforts at the local Boys and Girls Club.

In all, they have helped Habitat build and remodel 10 Fredericksburg homes with over 17,158 volunteer hours.

Dick Aide heads up the Care-A-Vanner team, a group of men and women from all over the U.S. and Canada who travel the country working on Habitat homes.

Berkman said, “Habitat for Humanity is about people helping people help themselves. Our only purpose is to help local families afford to live in decent, safe 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. 

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

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