Peninsula Habitat chapter breaks ground on latest home

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by Emily Rau

WVEC.com

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Updated Sunday, May 22 at 6:41 PM

HAMPTON -- Habitat for Humanity and Calvary Community Church broke ground on Sunday, May 22.

This will be the first home Habitat has partnered on with Calvary Community Church of Hampton, lead by Bishop L.W. Francisco III.   Bishop Francisco is the senior pastor of Calvary Community Church, and presiding bishop of Calvary Covenant Ministries Inc., an organization which provides spiritual oversight and counsel, as well as ministerial and administrative support to churches throughout the United States and abroad.  Along with his wife Natalie as Senior Pastor, the ministry has grown rapidly under their leadership.  Calvary Community Church is raising all the finances ($65,000) as well as providing all the volunteers to build this one-story, three bedroom, and two bath 1,500 square foot home.  


"Our mission is 'Initiate, Activate, Participate & Celebrate'," said Bishop L.W. Francisco III.  Calvary Community Church says it can think of no better way to build community, restore hope and transform lives than by building a home with Habitat for Humanity and a deserving family.

The excited homeowner-to-be is Veronica Preston and her two children, Khalil born in 2001 and Iyanna born in 2004.  Veronica has been employed with Eastern State Hospital since 1998.   The Preston family is more than a little eager to begin construction on their new home.  Veronica must complete 400 hours of sweat equity helping to build the house, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity.  She will also repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanitys objective to give families a hand up rather than a hand out. 

"I am so excited to own my home finally," said Preston. " I actually am looking forward to paying a mortgage instead of paying rent!"

The Peninsula Habitat affiliate, created in 1985, has built 121 homes and serves the communities of Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Williamsburg and York County, Va.  Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit homebuilding organization which helps families in need build and purchase safe, decent, affordable homes. Homes are made possible by sponsorship and volunteer labor, including 400 hours of sweat equity the homeowner must provide. 

We are proud of our work with our faith communities, said Alexis N. Swann, Habitat Board President. Hampton is a vital area to our region and needs more affordable housing for lower-income families.

Habitat ReStores are building material warehouses - similar to thrift stores - for new and gently-used building materials.  The local ReStore is located at 9614 Warwick Boulevard in the Hilton Shopping Center of Newport News and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday until 5 p.m.  All items in the ReStore are donated by individuals and businesses and are sold between 50-90 percent off retail value.  All profits from the ReStore are used to build more affordable housing on the Virginia Peninsula. 
 

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