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.