Welcome Home Inette, Diana, Amy, and Zachariah
On a recent sunny Saturday afternoon, four new homeowners gathered with family, friends, and the community to celebrate as the newest Piedmont Habitat for Humanity homes were dedicated.
The program began with a welcome by Executive Director, Jayne Johnson, where she recognized many special guests, including local and state government officials. Also noted were the many efforts of the Piedmont Habitat Board of Directors and members of the Prince Edward County Committee. Russell Dove, Community Outreach Director, continued with an opening prayer, giving thanks to God for making this work possible. Following this Mary Shepherd, Habitat’s Volunteer Coordinator, thanked the many volunteers that worked on these four builds. The mission of Habitat would not be possible without so many faithful volunteers. For this project, over 200 volunteers gave over 1,400 hours, partnering alongside each family in helping bring their dreams to life. This included many dedicated individuals, along with churches, businesses, civic groups, and student groups, along with many organizations and athletic teams from Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College.
These homes also depended on the generosity of many individual and organizational donors. Much of the funding came from grants provided by both Virginia Housing and Centra Health. The help of the Commonwealth Regional Council in grant administration was crucial to the project. Instrumental in this project was the new partnership with Cardinal Homes of Charlotte County, who built these modular homes in their controlled environment before delivering to the site for final setting on the foundation. From there, Habitat staff, volunteers, and sub-contractors took over all the finish work. This new construction technique allows for a tremendous increase in building capacity, with the ultimate goal of serving more families.
The guest speaker for this celebration was someone very familiar with the feeling of joy felt by so many that day. Vincent Ross moved into his Piedmont Habitat for Humanity home in Buckingham, alongside his grandmother, back in 2008. He has gone on to be a highly successful young man, following graduation from Liberty University. Vincent spoke from the heart and shared the impact his home made on him. He encouraged the new homeowners using Scripture from the Bible. He concluded by presenting housewarming gifts to each family, gifts made possible by the generosity of Vincent, along with his friends and coworkers.
Finally, the stars of the show shared a few words, as new homeowners Inette, Diana, Amy, and Zachariah each spoke of their deep gratitude for all who joined in helping them achieve their goals of homeownership. Every Habitat partner family has a wonderful story and it was no different with these four. Each of them dedicated tireless hours of work in transforming these once wooded lots into four beautiful homes. All who have worked alongside them have not only been a blessing to them, but been blessed by them in the process.
A word of blessing was then offered by Sam Rabon from Piedmont Habitat, with the prayer that each of them would experience the love, joy, peace, and hope of God in their new homes.
Finally, Joe Hines, longtime friend of Habitat, offered the closing thoughts, with words of encouragement to each family in their achievement and a final note of gratitude for all who made this possible.
Following this were the official ribbon cutting ceremonies for each home and a delicious reception, made possible by the kindness of Joe Hines, Piedmont Real Estate, and members of the Prince Edward County Committee. Along with this, Rob Chapman generously served as the event photographer.
The day concluded with people lingering to talk and congratulate each of the new homeowners, as the sun set on a picture perfect day for such a joyful celebration. Work on three more Habitat homes in Nottoway County continues, with the day for those ribbon cuttings eagerly anticipated.
Piedmont Habitat for Humanity serves individuals and families who have a demonstrated need for an improved housing solution, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage or repair loan, and are willing to partner with Habitat through volunteering as able.