Biglerville Blitz Build Planned for Fall 2015

A “Blitz Build” is planned at Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s newest building site, located on Franklin Street, Biglerville, during the next two weeks—October 22, 23 and 24 and October 29, 30 and 31—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 38th 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, and/or contact Bob Remaley at  Volunteer hours during the Blitz Build generally run from 8 am through 4 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 37 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 38th home within the county.

Adams County Habitat for Humanity offers interest-free mortgages to families who qualify. Potential partner families are invited to submit applications—available online at

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

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 more homes to more than 1 million families, representing 5 million people, since being founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.


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)