The public is invited to an open house and celebration of Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest duplex home built by volunteers, 70-72 Fifth Street, Gettysburg, on Sunday, June 14 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.
“The craftsmanship achieved by community volunteers coming together to build these homes from the ground up is incredible,” said Pete Ricker, President of the Board of Directors. “We encourage the public—community leaders, neighbors, those interested in owning a Habitat home, anyone and everyone to come, visit and talk with Habitat board members, tour the homes and witness the Christian, community spirit poured into the homes.”
It took the combined efforts of about 140 volunteers to build the two-story duplex, just under a year to build the duplex, beginning with an initial “Blitz Build” in July-August of 2014 to kick off construction. Work took place mainly on Saturdays, with approximately 3,200 hours of donated manpower recorded.
Two partner 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.
Biglerville will be the site of Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s next home construction site, which will kick off with a Blitz Build in August. Prospective homeowners are encouraged to apply for the home, which will be a single-family dwelling. 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.
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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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, Family 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.