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Donors make Habitat work in Middlesex

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Above, from left, on the back row are Bobby Spitler, Daniel Massengill, Trane representative Bill Adams, Chris Chelluck and his two sons, David Shields, John Hankins, Steve Smith, Gary Jones with his son kneeling, and William Hearn (kneeling). In the middle is Evelyn West, the recipient of the Habitat for Humanity house in Deltaville.

by Greg Chambers

It takes many things to make a home for Habitat of Middlesex.

First is a family willing to partner with Habitat, do 400 hours of sweat equity work, take classes in budgeting and home maintenance, and save toward a down payment. 

Second are willing volunteers. Habitat Middlesex has been blessed to have many community groups and churches help us build our 6th home, located in Deltaville.

And then are the resources with which to build. This includes land and all the materials required to build a home. Habitat relies on cash donations from the community and on the generosity of local businesses to donate time, materials and expertise.

One local business that has had a major impact on our current build is Peninsula Heating and Air Conditioning (PHA). We contacted Steve and Karen Smith about one of our largest expenses. They contacted Trane, who agreed to donate a heat pump system. PHA donated all the materials for installation and ducting, and had a huge team of volunteers come in on a Saturday to install the system. A few hours later we had a functional system and a warm home.

At Habitat, the team works to eliminate “substandard” housing in Middlesex. There are lots of county residents that struggle to adequately heat and cool their homes.

Habitat is almost done with construction in Deltaville, and has just started clearing a new site in Saluda on Raven Road. It is currently beginning fundraising for this home. If you’d like to make a donation of materials, please call Greg Chambers at 832-9496. Please send your tax deductible contributions to Habitat for Humanity Middlesex, P.O. Box 492, Hartfield, VA 23071.

posted 02.26.2014

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