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, habitatadamspa.org and/or contact Bob Remaley at coachremaley@comcast.net.  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 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 or habitatadamspa@yahoo.com.

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.

 

Celebrating the 36th and 37th Homes Completed in Adams County!

Open House: The public is invited to come tour Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s latest completed duplex, 70-72 North Fifth Street, Gettysburg, on Sunday, June 14 from 1-3.

Open House: The public is invited to come tour Adams County Habitat for Humanity’s latest completed duplex, 70-72 North Fifth Street, Gettysburg, on Sunday, June 14 from 1-3.

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 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, 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.