Adams County Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 34th and 35th Homes Completed

Public Invited to June 1 Open House 

Sidewalks are being installed at Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest duplex home, 82-84 Fifth Street, Gettysburg. The public is invited to an open house celebration on Sunday, June 1 from 1-3 pm.

Sidewalks are being installed at Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest duplex home, 82-84 Fifth Street, Gettysburg. The public is invited to an open house celebration on Sunday, June 1 from 1-3 pm.

Almost exactly one year after breaking ground at 82-84 Fifth Street, Gettysburg, Adams County Habitat for Humanity is holding an open house to celebrate completion of the duplex home, constructed by volunteers. The open house is set for Sunday, June 1 from 1-3 pm. Tours and refreshments will be available, along with the chance to learn more about the non-profit organization and apply for a future home.

“Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the open house,” said Pete Ricker, President of the Board of Directors. “It’s a chance to visit and walk through a Habitat for Humanity home and see  the incredible results of volunteer labor and tax-deductible community donations—all provided with a Christian spirit of kindness to others. Each home is a total community effort.”

It took the combined efforts of 140 volunteers to build the two-story duplex, over a time period of 47 weeks including an initial “Blitz Build” in June of 2013 to kick off construction. Work took place mainly on Saturdays, with more than 3,200 hours of donated manpower recorded.

Two families are set to move into the new homes—in fact, they were required to supply up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” by constructing the homes side-by-side with volunteers and skilled laborers—many of which donate or discount their services.  Habitat for Humanity offers interest-free mortgages to those who qualify. Applications for future homes will be available at the open house and are also available online by clicking here.

“I never thought I would own my own home, as a single parent,” explains Melanie Soliday, one of the new homeowners. “I feel so blessed. The people behind Habitat have changed my life and helped me reach this goal. They are like an extension of my own family thanks to the ministry behind the Habitat organization.”

Soliday, a single mother of three children, will share half of the duplex with another Habitat family—Render Thang Tong and Angela Sunghniang Pung Lung, also parents of three children. The couple, sponsored by area churches several years ago, emigrated from Burma. Assisted by Habitat Family Support chairs Judy and Bill Leslie, the couple recently passed their test for US citizenship.

Two additional exciting events will take place on June 1. Prior to the public open house, Habitat board members will lead the families in formal dedication ceremonies, saying prayers of blessing within every room of their new homes. Also, the non-profit organization will break ground in the lot next door to the completed home, in order to construct a similar duplex-style home. The organization hopes to launch new construction with a Blitz Build in late summer, once two future Habitat partner families are identified.

“Many of the partner families simply would not be homeowners if it weren’t for Habitat for Humanity,” explained Karen Hendricks, Public Relations Chair. “It’s a life-changing, powerful hand up—not a hand out—that we are thrilled to extend to hard-working families. Home ownership translates into numerous positive outcomes such as healthier, more stable family life.”

The Adams County chapter, founded in 1988 and currently in its 26th year of operation, is one of 1,500 affiliate chapters throughout the U.S. and one of 2,050 Habitat for Humanity chapters world-wide. This nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry has provided more than 600,000 affordable houses to more than 3 million people since being founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.

“Your group is so committed to building homes for low-income families. Your board and volunteers are such professional and caring community members,” wrote a 2012 partner family. In a thank you letter to the board, the family continued, “We are so happy with our new home… You will never know how much you have touched our lives.”

The board is extremely grateful to donors who provided the following services or materials during construction:

  • Hubert Snyder, Jr – residential design and CAD drafting service
  • Zachary Fontaine, Gettysburg – electrical work
  • Gary E. Hartman – legal work
  • Dow Chemical – foam insulation board, house wrap & tape, and window sealing tape
  • Hunter Douglas – window blinds
  • Square D – electrical components
  • Valspar – paint
  • Yale – door knobs and locksets
  • Master Brand Cabinets – kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  • Whirlpool – refrigerators and ranges

Fourteen covenant churches in Adams County provide financial support and volunteer labor to the organization: Chapel Hill Church of God, York Springs; Christ Lutheran, Gettysburg; First Baptist, Gettysburg; Gettysburg Church of the Brethren, Gettysburg; Gettysburg Presbyterian, Gettysburg; Gettysburg United Methodist, Gettysburg; Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian, Gettysburg; Prince of Peace Episcopal, Gettysburg; St. Francis Xavier, Gettysburg; St. James Lutheran, Gettysburg; St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, Littlestown; Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville; Trinity United Church of Christ, Gettysburg; and Zion United Church of Christ, Arendtsville.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity is grateful for all monetary donations; as well as donated/discounted construction materials, appliances, and services; or donations of land and lots for future building. All donations are tax-deductible—the organization is a 501 (c) (3).

To volunteer with Adams County Habitat for Humanity, contact volunteer committee chair Bob Remaley at coachremaley@comcast.net . For more information, check the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Facebook page at www.facebook.com/adamscountyhabitat or the website at www.habitatadamspa.org or call 717-334-5557.

Nineteen community members serve on the organization’s board of directors. Officers include:  Pete Ricker, President; Bill Tyson, Vice President; Pete Wilson, Treasurer; Lori Wright, Secretary; Bob Boehner, Mortgage Servicing Treasurer; Karen Hendricks, Public Relations; Sue Pindle, Selection Chair.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity follows the vision of Habitat for Humanity International: A world where everyone has a decent place to live. And the mission of Habitat for Humanity International is as follows: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

In Recognition of Gary Hartman

Gettysburg Attorney Thanked for More Than 25 Years of Service 

Milestone: Adams County Habitat for Humanity Board President C.L. “Pete” Ricker thanks Gettysburg attorney Gary Hartman for serving on the Board for more than 25 years in a volunteer capacity.

Milestone: Adams County Habitat for Humanity Board President C.L. “Pete” Ricker thanks Gettysburg attorney Gary Hartman for serving on the Board for more than 25 years in a volunteer capacity.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s Board of Directors wishes to recognize and thank attorney Gary E. Hartman for more than 25 years of service to the non-profit organization. Hartman, of Gettysburg-based law firm Hartman & Yannetti, joined the board shortly after its organization in 1988 and announced recently that he is stepping down from the volunteer role.

“I look back on the 25 years with very high job satisfaction,” Hartman said. “This project has been overwhelmingly satisfying and I’m pleased to have been a part of it. The homeowners we’ve worked with are genuinely excited and emotional, which gives you a warm and positive feeling.”

“One of Habitat’s main goals is to sell real estate to families who otherwise would never expect to own a home,” Hartman explained. “It’s genuinely rewarding to help people own a home and realize this goal.”

Since its inception, Adams County Habitat has provided 32 homes to low-income families deserving of home ownership. Hartman recalls, “After a recent settlement, I received a sincere note from the homeowner… it was something that made me tear up.”

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I congratulate and thank Gary for his many years of selfless dedication and expert guidance provided to Adams County Habitat,” said Board President C.L. “Pete” Ricker. “Gary’s expertise helped low-income Adams County families become first-time homeowners, as he prepared essential documents such as leases, deeds and mortgages. We owe Gary an incredible debt of gratitude.”

Adams County Habitat for Humanity welcomes applicants for home ownership, volunteers, corporate and individual donations, and in-kind donations of goods and services for home construction.

The mission of Adams County Habitat for Humanity is: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The organization’s vision is: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 25 Years in Adams County: Launches Annual Campaign

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Teamwork: Dozens of volunteers, working alongside current and future Habitat for Humanity homeowners, spent hundreds of hours this summer constructing Adams County’s newest Habitat home located on Fifth Street, Gettysburg.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating two milestones—its 25th anniversary and the approach of its 35th house constructed by volunteers—as the non-profit organization launches its annual fundraising campaign. 

The vision of those who founded our affiliate in 1988 has blossomed into a thriving non-profit program that has now put roofs over the heads of 33 Adams County families,” said President C.L. “Pete” Ricker. “As we near completion of our latest duplex home on Fifth Street, Gettysburg, we are very excited to see that number rise to 35 families.”

“We are very grateful to the community for their support,” continued Ricker, “because Habitat families quite often fall into gaps not served by traditional low-income programs. Habitat families are hard-working families who simply need a ‘hand up’—not a handout.”

Over the past 25 years, there are literally hundreds of people to thank for the success of Adams County Habitat: hundreds of volunteers, board members, donors, partner church congregations, and the very families served. Partner families who qualify for home ownership invest their own “sweat equity” by helping to build homes. Then they repay a mortgage to Habitat, financed at no interest. These funds, infused by donations, are reinvested to help serve additional families.

“We ask Adams Countians to think about what the word ‘home’ means to them,” said Vice President Bill Tyson. “It’s very rewarding to see deserving families become home owners for the first time in their lives.”

Recent comments from Adams County Habitat homeowners have included:

  • “It’s the logical next step in providing my kids with everything I had growing up—a yard to play in, a good neighborhood, everything. It’s life-changing.”
  • “We are so thankful to Habitat for Humanity for all you have given us. We are so happy with our new home.”
  • “Your group is so committed to building homes for low-income families. Your board and volunteers are such professional and caring community members. You will never know how much you have touched our lives.”
  • “We are very excited and blessed to have this opportunity. It feels wonderful to be a homeowner and it feels great to give back to such a magical organization that has done so much for so many people,” referring to the “sweat equity” hours that require each family to work on either their own home or the home of another Habitat family.

In 2012, more than 300 volunteers spent nearly 1,500 hours working on Adams County houses. Hundreds of additional hours are donated to the non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization every year through the work of board members. The organization is run entirely by volunteers.

Donations from individuals account for a large percentage of the organization’s operating fund, primarily used to purchase building supplies for the construction of homes. Adams County Habitat also relies on corporate donations, funding from covenant churches, and grants, in addition to mortgage payments from Habitat partner families. All donations are tax-deductible; Adams County Habitat for Humanity is a 501 (c)(3).

Donations may be sent to: Adams County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 3561, Gettysburg PA 17325. To make an online donation, log onto the organization’s website at habitatadamspa.org/donate.

The mission of Adams County Habitat for Humanity is: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The organization’s vision is: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

For more information, check habitatadamspa.org, Adams County Habitat for Humanity on Facebook, or call 717-334-5557.

 

Adams County Habitat Celebrates “World Habitat Day” by Dedicating Latest Home

whd13-share-tag lowresIn recognition of World Habitat Day, Adams County Habitat for Humanity will officially dedicate its latest home, 1554A Fairfield Road, to the Padilla-Daniels family on Sunday, October 6.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity board members, led by Lynn Cairns, a retired pastor, will bless the home. The newly-selected Padilla Daniels family includes Mrs. Amanda Marie Daniels, Mr. Jose Javier Padilla Morales and 5-year old daughter Liliana Padilla.

“We are very excited and blessed to have this opportunity,” says Amanda. “It feels wonderful to be a homeowner and it feels great to give back to such a magical organization that has done so much for so many people,” referring to the “sweat equity” hours that require each family to work on either their own home or the home of another Habitat family.

The dedication ceremony of this Habitat home will include numerous symbolic items and prayers of blessing in every room of the house. A Habitat homeowner’s basket will be presented to the family, containing the following items: a Bible so the family may have a firm foundation in faith, flowers so the family may always know beauty, bread so that the family may never know hunger, salt so the home may always have flavor, a candle so the house will never know darkness, and sugar so that life may always be sweet. Adams County Habitat has provided more than 30 homes to Adams County families since its inception in 1988. This is the 25th anniversary year for Adams County Habitat.

This event ties into World Habitat Day on Monday, October 7. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day, a time to recognize the basic need for adequate shelter in across the world. Hundreds of events are held world-wide in observance of World Habitat Day. See infographic (below) by the Habitat for Humanity organization with detailed statistics.

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Habitat for Humanity’s vision statement: “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

Habitat for Humanity’s mission statement: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

Ready for Blitz Build!

A “Blitz Build” is planned at Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest building site, located on Fifth Street, Gettysburg, on June 6-8 and 13-15.

This period of intense building, involving dozens of volunteers, is designed to jump-start construction of a new duplex-style home. Volunteers are primarily supplied by the congregations of 14 covenant churches in Adams County. To volunteer, contact Bob Remaley at coachremaley (at) comcast.net.

Since its inception in 1988, Adams County Habitat has provided 32 homes to low-income families. The Blitz Build commences work on the non-profit organization’s 33rd home. To follow the construction progress, check the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Facebook page.

Habitat for Humanity’s vision statement is “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.” The organization’s mission states, “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

Media coverage is welcome during the Blitz Build! To check on exact construction times or to coordinate volunteer interviews, please contact:

Karen Hendricks, Hendricks Communications – 717-253-3553

Dedication Held at Biglerville Home

The dream of home ownership led Amy Sefcheck to apply for a home rehabilitated by Adams County Habitat for Humanity , and last summer that dream became reality as she and her two children moved into a Biglerville home. On Sunday, May 19, the home was officially dedicated in a ceremony by Habitat board members.

Sefcheck describes the move as life-changing: “It’s the logical next step in providing my kids with everything I had growing up—a yard to play in, a good neighborhood, everything.”

Dedication Day: Biglerville resident Amy Sefcheck and children Vincent, 9, and Abigail, 7, are surrounded by Adams County Habitat for Humanity board members and spouses Sunday during a formal dedication and blessing of the home.

Dedication Day: Biglerville resident Amy Sefcheck and children Vincent, 9, and Abigail, 7, are surrounded by Adams County Habitat for Humanity board members and spouses Sunday during a formal dedication and blessing of the home.

In a ceremony of blessing led by Lynn Cairns, a retired pastor and Adams County Habitat for Humanity board member, fellow board members accompanied the family into the house, saying a special prayer for each room.

A Habitat homeowner’s basket was also presented to the family, containing the following items: a Bible so the family may have a firm foundation in faith, flowers so the family may always know beauty, bread so that the family may never know hunger, salt so the home may always have flavor, a candle so the house will never know darkness, and sugar so that life may always be sweet.

In 2012, more than 300 volunteers spent nearly 1,500 hours working on Adams County houses, including the Sefcheck home. Hundreds of additional hours are donated to the non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization every year through the work of board members. The organization is run entirely by volunteers.

Since its inception in 1988, Adams County Habitat for Humanity has helped provide 32 homes to low-income families deserving of home ownership. Partner families invest up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” in their homes, working alongside community volunteers and skilled laborers who often donate their services in order to construct or rehabilitate the homes.

Adams County Habitat will be holding a Blitz Build to jump-start the construction of a new home on Fifth Street, Gettysburg on June 6-8 and 13-15.  To volunteer, contact volunteer committee chair Bob Remaley at coachremaley (at) comcast.net.

Groundbreaking on Fifth Street, Gettysburg

The Adams County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors recently broke ground for a new home on Fifth Street, Gettysburg. The organization will hold a Blitz Build at this location during the first two weekends of June. To volunteer, contact Bob Remaley at coachremaley (at) comcast.net. Also, begin following the new Adams County Habitat for Humanity Facebook page for updates. Since its inception in 1988, Adams County Habitat has provided 32 homes to low-income families.

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Pictured, left to right: Bob Remaley, Lynn Cairns, Don Motaka, Bill Scott, Bill Tyson, C.L. Pete Ricker, Pete Wilson, John Phillips and Dan Ebaugh. Board members not pictured include: Bob Boehner, Amy Christopher, Karen Hendricks, Judy and Bill Leslie, Sue Pindle, and Chris Roan.

Bermudian Springs Engineering Club Donates to Adams County Habitat

Students in Bermudian Springs High School’s Engineering Club recently held a fundraiser, selling sandwiches, to raise money for the non-profit organization Adams County Habitat for Humanity. The club, numbering about 20 students ranging from 9th to 12th graders, presented a check for $210 to the organization’s president.

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Pictured, from left to right, front row: Steven Brown, Principal, Bermudian Springs High School; C.L. Pete Ricker, President, Adams County Habitat for Humanity; John Tweardy, a senior member of the Engineering Club; and Albert Lowas, Advisor, Engineering Club. Second row: Jordan Withjack, Ryan Messinger and Wesley Nell. Third Row: Cody Inch, Robert Weishaar and Jake Blasone. Fourth row: Caleb Smith, Brennan Waltermyer, Sean Seksinsky, Corey Eckard and Mason Hart.

Adams County Habitat Kicks off 25th Anniversary with Open House

The public is invited to an Open House hosted by Adams County Habitat for Humanity on Sunday, April 28, 12-4 pm, at the non-profit organization’s latest rehabilitated home available for home ownership at 1554A Fairfield Road (route 116), Gettysburg. The event kicks off a banner 25th anniversary year of providing homes to partner families in Adams County.

“Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the open house,” said Pete Ricker, President of the Board of Directors. “It’s a chance to visit and walk through a Habitat for Humanity home and see  the results of volunteer labor, donated or discounted services and supplies, and tax-deductible community donations. Each home is a total community effort.”

The home at 1554A Fairfield Road is available through a monthly, interest-free mortgage to those who qualify. Applications will be available at the open house and are also available online at www.habitatadamspa.org. The townhouse-style home features three bedrooms and includes just over 1,000 square feet of living space. The organization is breaking ground on additional houses to be built in 2013 in Gettysburg and Biglerville.

1554A Fairfield Road, in Carpenter's Village

1554A Fairfield Road, in Carpenter’s Village

“Your group is so committed to building homes for low-income families. Your board and volunteers are such professional and caring community members,” wrote a 2012 partner family recently. In a thank you letter to the board, the family continued, “We are so happy with our new home… You will never know how much you have touched our lives.”

Since its inception in 1988, Adams County Habitat for Humanity has helped provide 32 homes to low-income families deserving of home ownership. Partner families invest up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” in their homes, working alongside community volunteers and skilled laborers who often donate their services in order to construct or rehabilitate the homes.

The Adams County chapter is one of 1,500 affiliate chapters throughout the U.S. and one of 2,050 Habitat for Humanity chapters world-wide. This nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry has provided more than 600,000 affordable houses to more than 3 million people since being founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.

In Adams County, more than 300 volunteers spent nearly 1,500 hours working on houses in 2012. Hundreds of additional hours are donated to the organization annually through the work of board members. The organization is run entirely by volunteers.

The last home to be completed in 2012 is located on Maple Avenue, Biglerville. The board is extremely grateful to donors who provided the following services or materials during construction:

  • Bob Crouthamel, Gettysburg, construction services
  • Patrick Foltz, Carlisle, Master Brand Cabinets
  • Zach Fontaine, Gettysburg, electrical services
  • Chris Groft, Orrtanna, plumbing services
  • Gary Hartman, Esq, Gettysburg, legal services
  • Gwen Leifeld; Minneapolis, MN; Valspar Paints
  • Rebecca McClear; Midland, MI; Dow Building Solutions Insulation
  • Bill McDannell, Gettysburg, masonry services
  • Mary Price; Benton Harbor, Michigan; Whirlpool Appliances
  • Rick Rovegno, Carlisle, insulation
  • Hubert Snyder, Gettysburg, architectural services and house design
  • Bob Teeter, Esq, Gettysburg, legal services
  • Ron Trostle, Gettysburg, flooring
  • Erik Vranich, Biglerville, engineering services

Fourteen covenant churches in Adams County provide financial support and volunteer labor to the organization: Chapel Hill Church of God, York Springs; Christ Lutheran, Gettysburg; First Baptist, Gettysburg; Gettysburg Church of the Brethren, Gettysburg; Gettysburg Presbyterian, Gettysburg; Gettysburg United Methodist, Gettysburg; Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian, Gettysburg; Prince of Peace Episcopal, Gettysburg; St. Francis Xavier, Gettysburg; St. James Lutheran, Gettysburg; St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, Littlestown; Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville; Trinity United Church of Christ, Gettysburg; and Zion United Church of Christ, Arendtsville.

To volunteer with Adams County Habitat for Humanity, contact volunteer committee co-chairs Bob Remaley or Christopher Roan at coachremaley (at) comcast.net or cvrvolunteers (at) gmail.com.

For more information, check the new Adams County Habitat for Humanity Facebook page at www.facebook.com/adamscountyhabitat or the website at www.habitatadamspa.org or call 717-334-5557.

Adams County Habitat Introduces Board Members

A mixture of long-time board members and newer members joined together at the organization’s monthly meeting in March 2013 for a publicity photo. Many thanks to everyone who serves!

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The 2013 Adams County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors

Front, left to right: Don Motaka, Secretary; Judy Leslie, Family Support; Amy Christopher, Mortgage Servicing; Karen Hendricks, Publicity.

Back: Gary Hartman, Attorney; Bill Leslie, Family Support; Bill Scott, Construction; Pete Wilson, Treasurer; Lynn Cairns, Church Relations; Bob Boehner, Mortgage Servicing Treasurer; Bill Tyson, Vice President; Pete Ricker, President.

Missing from Photo: Bob Crouthamel, Contractor; Steve Dague, Work Supervisor; Dan Ebaugh; John Philips; Sue Pindle, Selection Chair; Chris Roan and Bob Remaley, Volunteer Coordinators; Michael Rouse, Gettysburg College Habitat for Humanity.