Biglerville Blitz Build Planned For Adams County Habitat For Humanity

(GETTYSBURG, PA – September 14, 2016)—A “Blitz Build” is planned at Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest building site, located at 39 Franklin Street, Biglerville—September 22, 23 and 24, September 29 and 30, and October 1—bringing together a volunteer community workforce to begin constructing a home for a deserving area family.

Volunteers are welcome during this period of intense building, designed to jump-start construction of a new single-family, one-story home—the nonprofit organization’s 39th home within the county. Core volunteers are supplied by the congregations of 14 covenant churches in Adams County, however additional volunteers are always welcome.

To volunteer, complete a volunteer form found on the organization’s website, habitatadamspa.org and/or contact Bob Remaley at coachremaley@comcast.net. Volunteer hours during the Blitz Build generally run from 8 am through 3 pm, depending on the weather. Snacks and lunches are provided by partnering covenant churches.

“Our Habitat chapter is unique in that we are not focused on just one community,” according to Pete Ricker, President of Adams County Habitat. “Instead, our goal is to provide housing to hard-working, deserving families throughout the entire county, so it’s wonderful to focus on Biglerville for our next project.”

“Our partner families normally cannot qualify for other forms of housing assistance,” Ricker explains. “Yet they would otherwise slip through the cracks and fall into a cycle of reliance on rental properties, if it weren’t for the helping hand of Habitat for Humanity, following the model established by this incredible Christian-based non-profit.”

Since its inception in 1988, Adams County Habitat has provided 38 homes built by community volunteers to low-income families, who otherwise might not own homes, in various locations in Gettysburg Borough, several townships surrounding Gettysburg, plus Biglerville and Arendtsville. This fall’s Blitz Build commences work on the non-profit organization’s 39th home within the county.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity offers interest-free mortgages to families who qualify. A Habitat family makes monthly mortgage payments, but the family only reimburses Habitat for the actual cost of building the house. Habitat makes no profit. Potential partner families are invited to submit applications—available online at www.habitatadamspa.org.

The majority of each Habitat home’s construction is completed by volunteers, side-by-side with partner Habitat families, as well as skilled laborers—many of whom donate or discount their services. Costs are kept as low as possible so that homes are affordable to partner families. To offer professional services or donate supplies, please contact Adams County Habitat at 717-334-5557.

To follow the Blitz Build’s construction progress from the ground up, check the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Facebook page for updates.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity, a 501 (c) (3), 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.

The Adams County chapter is one of nearly 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 homes to more than 1 million families, representing 5 million people, since being founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.

Open House and Dedication Photos

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Members and friends of the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Board participated in a dedication of the newest home completed. From the left facing the camera, Bill Tyson, Stacy Gross, Jennifer Gross, and Lynn Cairns.

Group photo taken during the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Dedication and Open House on June 12, 2016.  From left to right:  Front row: Sarah Ricker, Bill Tyson, Jennifer Gross, Stacy Gross, Jim Martin (County Commissioner), Mia Ricker, Pete Ricker (SVP-ACNB Bank).  Middle row: Lynn Cairns, Dottie Cairns, John Phillips, May Phillips, Bill Leslie, and Judy Leslie.  Back row: Bill Scott, Carolyn Scott, Susan Tyson, Betty and Don Howard.

Group photo taken during the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Dedication and Open House on June 12, 2016.
From left to right:
Front row: Sarah Ricker, Bill Tyson, Jennifer Gross, Stacy Gross, Jim Martin (County Commissioner), Mia Ricker, Pete Ricker (SVP-ACNB Bank).
Middle row: Lynn Cairns, Dottie Cairns, John Phillips, May Phillips, Bill Leslie, and Judy Leslie.
Back row: Bill Scott, Carolyn Scott, Susan Tyson, Betty and Don Howard.

On June 12, 2016, the Habitat for Humanity Board and members of the community joined together to welcome Jennifer Gross and her daughter to their new Habitat for Humanity home, the 38th home completed by the Adams County nonprofit organization.

Prospective homeowners are encouraged to apply for a home. 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 at www.habitatadamspa.org.

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.

Join us Sunday June 12 at 1 P.M.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity Open House.

GETTYSBURG, PA (June 7, 2016)— The public is invited to an open house and celebration of Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest home built by volunteers, 40 Franklin Street, Biglerville, on Sunday, June 12 at 1 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.

This is the 38th home completed by ACHFH in Adams County. It took the combined efforts of 122 volunteers six months to build this single-family home. Work took place mainly on Saturdays, with many hours of donated manpower recorded. The majority of each Habitat home’s construction is completed by volunteers, side-by-side with partner Habitat families, as well as skilled laborers—many of whom donate or discount their services. Costs are kept as low as possible so that homes are affordable to partner families.

Prospective homeowners are encouraged to apply for a home. 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 at www.habitatadamspa.org.

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.

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.

ACHFH Thanks Adams County Commissioners

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Adams County Habitat for Humanity thanked the Adams County Commissioners who then recognized the work of the nonprofit in providing much needed low income housing in the region. Left to right: Commissioner James E. Martin, Bill Scott ACHFH Board member, Commissioner Randy I. Phiel, ACHFH Board President and Senior Vice President/ACNB Bank Pete Ricker, Commissioner Marty Karsteter Qually, and ACHFH Board member and REMAX Real Estate Agent Sue Pindle.

GETTYSBURG, PA (May 25, 2016)— The Board of the Adams County Habitat for Humanity thanked the Adams County Commissioners for their continued support for the construction of homes for deserving families in Adams County. On March 23, the Commissioners approved a grant for the Adams County Habitat for Humanity, funding they have approved since 1999. ACHFH Board members attended the commissioners meeting Wednesday, May 25 to thank them and underscore the need for affordable housing in Adams County.

The Adams County Housing Committee reviews grant requests and makes recommendations to the Commissioners for allocation of funding from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which is set aside for projects that serve low to moderate income people.

“Using this funding source, the County has been able to assist in providing much needed affordable housing to people who otherwise would not have quality affordable housing,” Anne Thomas, Grants Coordinator, Adams County Planning & Development.

The grant to ACHFH was targeted to “support the development of three single-family detached residences in Biglerville Borough for any Adams County income qualified households.” Combined with other donations and support from local churches, businesses, groups and individuals, Adams County Habitat for Humanity makes it possible for qualified partner families to have the benefits of home ownership.

This spring 2016, Adams County Habitat for Humanity completed its 38th home and is in the planning stages for the next.

To offer professional services or donate supplies, please contact Adams County Habitat at 717-334-5557 or habitatadamspa@yahoo.com. 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.

Celebrating the 38th home completed in Adams County

 

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A Blitz Build begun in August 2015 brought together a volunteer community workforce to complete this home for a deserving family in Biglerville.

GETTYSBURG, PA (May 11, 2016)— It took the combined efforts of 122 volunteers six months to build this single-family home. Work took place mainly on Saturdays, with many hours of donated manpower recorded. A partner family has moved in and, as part of the process, they were required to supply up to 250 hours of “sweat equity” in their new home.

The majority of each Habitat home’s construction is completed by volunteers, side-by-side with partner Habitat families, as well as skilled laborers—many of whom donate or discount their services. Costs are kept as low as possible so that homes are affordable to partner families. To offer professional services or donate supplies, please contact Adams County Habitat at 717-334-5557 or habitatadamspa@yahoo.com.

This home was the 38th home the non-profit organization completed within Adams County since its inception in 1988. Adams County Habitat for Humanity offers interest-free mortgages to families who qualify. Potential partner families are invited to submit applications—available online at www.habitatadamspa.org.

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
  • Alex Isaacson in the office of Bernard A. Yannetti – 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 and installation
  • Whirlpool – refrigerators and ranges
  • Sherman Newberry, Newberry Mill Works – All interior trim and doors

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.

Twenty-two community members serve on the organization’s board of directors including Pete Ricker, President; Bill Tyson, Vice President; G. Edward Ommert, Treasurer; Lori Wright, Secretary; Bob Boehner, Mortgage Servicing Treasurer; Susan Bonser, Publicity; Sue Pindle, Family Selection Chair; Lynn Cairns, Church Relations; Chris Roan and Bob Remaley, Volunteer Committee Co-Chairs; Bill Scott, Construction; Judy and Bill Leslie, Family Support Chairs; Steve Dague, Work Supervisor; Bernie Yannetti, Atttorney; Bob Crouthamel, Contrator; Mark Reaver; John Phillips; Dan Ebaugh. Nicole Hinkle is the liaison to Gettysburg College.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity, a 501 (c) (3), 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.

The Adams County chapter is one of nearly 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 homes to more than 1 million families, representing 5 million people, since being founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.

ACHFH Recognizes Karen Hendricks

 Adams County Habitat for Humanity recognizes Karen Hendricks for her service. Board members presented a plaque, left to right, Bob Boehner, Pete Ricker, Karen Hendricks and Lori Wright.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity recognizes Karen Hendricks for her service. Board members presented a plaque, left to right, Bob Boehner, Pete Ricker, Karen Hendricks and Lori Wright.

GETTYSBURG, PA (April 10, 2016)— Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s Board of Directors wishes to recognize and thank communications professional Karen Hendricks for her outstanding service to the non-profit organization. Hendricks, owner and president of Hendricks Communications LLC, provides compelling public relations and marketing services to her clients. She joined the ACHFH board as a volunteer in December 2012 and stepped down in December of 2015 due to her relocation outside the Gettysburg area.

Karen Hendricks demonstrates a love of writing and communicating in all she does. In her role as Publicity Chair and ACHFH Board member, she wrote with passion and commitment about the people and activities of the local Habitat for Humanity. Importantly, she also moved the organization forward by launching a WordPress web page and enhanced social media presence on the Internet.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I congratulate and thank Karen for her years of selfless dedication and expert guidance provided to Adams County Habitat,” said Board President C.L. “Pete” Ricker. “Karen’s expertise was essential to the public relations efforts of our organization. We owe Karen our thanks and wish her well in her new ventures.”

Thank you, ACNB!

Adams County Habitat for Humanity recently received a $2,500 contribution from ACNB Bank. This community organization builds and renovates homes for families in need, as well as provides financial education. Since its inception in 1988, Adams County Habitat for Humanity has helped provide 35 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, covenant church partners, and skilled laborers who often donate their services in order to construct or rehabilitate the homes. To learn more or to make a donation, visit habitatadamspa.org.

Check Presentation - Adams County Habitat for Humanity

ACNB Bank’s contribution was acknowledged with a check presentation. Taking part in the presentation are (left to right): James P. Helt, ACNB Bank President; C. L. Pete Ricker, ACNB Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Lending and President & Chairman of the Adams County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors; and, Cara Lynn Clabaugh, ACNB Bank Vice President/Compliance & Community Reinvestment Act Officer.