Rocky Mount veteran receives new roof through national program
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – A Rocky Mount veteran now has a new roof thanks to a nationwide effort giving back to those who have served our country. Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County identified a Navy veteran in need and teamed up with Vinton Roofing Company to make it happen. It’s all part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project. Vinton Roofing Company general manager Jason Webb said this home was in desperate need of repair, but the veteran wasn’t able to afford it on his own. The Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project has given free roofs to more than 225 military members.
Three families to receive new homes from Amherst Habitat for Humanity
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Three families will be able to have new homes thanks to a donation to Amherst County’s Habitat for Humanity. Habitat announced they are receiving three building lots from Robert Dawson and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Dawson Ford Garbee Realtors in Lynchburg. The homes will be built next to each other off Route 675. So, this is awesome to have,” said Debbie Habel, executive director of Amherst County Habitat for Humanity. They hope to start construction by fall of next year and have them completed by 2022.
‘Home for Good’ wraps up with home dedication, key presentation
Courtney Warren, her three children and her nephew moved into the home shortly after Friday’s dedication and celebration. “Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you,” Warren said. “We couldn’t do it without our WSLS family and our sponsors and volunteers, so thank you,” said Karen Mason, executive director for Habitat. Work to clear the lot where the Warren family home was built happened in December 2019, but construction was delayed in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is the sixth “Home for Good” project WSLS 10 has been a part of.
“Home for Good” project nears finish line
ROANOKE, Va. – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of rainy days and everything else 2020 has thrown our way, this year’s “Home for Good” project will wrap up later this month. WSLS 10 has been working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley, generous community sponsors and volunteers to help a deserving family in our area become homeowners. The journey to build Warren’s four-bedroom home started in December 2019 when crews cleared the lot on Moorman Avenue in Roanoke for the home. Since then, volunteers and sponsors have been able to safely return, and Chicosky said they have played a crucial role in keeping the build on schedule. Warren will get the keys to her new home during the October 23 home dedication.
Roanoke’s Habitat for Humanity recognized for its layered impact on community
ROANOKE, Va. – Making the dream of homeownership a reality and doing it in an environmental-friendly way. Now, that mission of Habitat for Humanity is being rewarded. Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley was named affiliate of the year for 2019 by Viridiant. Habitat Roanoke certified eight houses in 2019 as environmentally friendly, five of which were rehabs. The nonprofit said it hopes to continue making housing affordable for families and reduce energy.
Habitat for Humanity NRV builds through pandemic to finish biggest project yet
Thats why Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley worked through the pandemic to finish its most recent project. Several New River Valley families are waking up in new affordable homes because of it, but the organization said they cant take all the credit. The Homes on Church Street project located near Downtown Blacksburg is the first multi-family project, costing $1.4 million. Levonne Wallace (center) with her two children will move into their Habitat for Humanity home mid-September. Habitat for Humanity is working on a similar project in Floyd and plans to break ground next year.
Work continues at “Home for Good” site
ROANOKE, Va – Work on 10 News and Habitat for Humanity of Roanoke Valley most recent home for good project is nearly complete. “Home for Good” is done in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley and generous community sponsors. Saturday volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and JES Foundation Repair were on site finishing up windows and putting the final touches on the crawl space underneath the house. Courtney Warren was also on site helping with the build, she says she and her children will move in once its complete and can’t wait to call the house their home. “Working three jobs is kind of difficult but the kids are excited I’m excited and its even great just having my hands in it,” Warren said.
WSLS, Marvin Windows team up at Home for Good site
Members of the WSLS team and volunteers from Marvin Windows and Doors were at the site on Friday making progress on the home being built along Moorman Avenue in Roanoke. Da'Quon Turner, with Marvin Windows and Doors, said this was a great opportunity to give back to the community. Since then, the first floor has been laid out, and work is underway on the second floor. Chicosky said one of the highlights of this build has been the excitement of Courtney Warren, the homebuyer, and her family. The Warren family is just coming out full force to get their daughter and family member into a home, and thats what its all about, Chicosky said.
2020 “Home for Good” project officially begins
ROANOKE, Va. – 10 News officially kicked off the 2020 “Home for Good” project on Friday by raising the first wall of the home being built along Moorman Avenue in Roanoke. "Home for Good" is done in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley and generous community sponsors. “It feels really good in light of all the, kind of the bad news that we’ve all been surrounded with lately, it feels really great to come together and celebrate something that gives us a little dose of joy,” said Karen Mason, Habitat’s Executive Director, during Friday’s wall-raising celebration. Mayor Sherman Lea of Roanoke said it is the Roanoke way for everyone in the community to pitch in and help each other. Work on the home as a part of this year’s “Home for Good” project was originally scheduled to start in early April, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of construction.
Signs of hope: Construction begins on Habitat for Humanity home
ROANOKE, Va. – In four months, a deserving family will own the home of their dreams thanks to 10 News’ partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley and generous businesses. Habitat for Humanity cleared the lot in December 2019, but work on the home came to a screeching halt in March because of COVID-19. Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley had to get resourceful to keep its construction schedule on track. The Habitat ReStore is a reuse store that accepts donations and sells home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the cost. With the Commonwealth slowly reopening, so it Habitat for Humanity.
A local family is in their new home for the holidays
Va. – The Ramos family was welcomed to their new home in Roanoke on Saturday. The family waited two years for the home to be built by the city of Roanoke and Habitat for Humanity. The new homeowners said it took a lot of meetings and hard work to make it all possible. The homeowners said they can’t wait to use the kitchen during the holidays so their mother can cook.
5 years later: Roanoke family home for the holidays thanks to hard work, volunteers
ROANOKE, Va. – A lot has changed in the Garcia household in the last five years. Thanks to hard work, determination and volunteers, the Garcia family is enjoying the holidays in their very own home once again. Veronica and her kids moved to Roanoke from California in 2011 to escape domestic violence. “It’s great to see the changes in the family and the stability and the success that they experience,” Mason said. Even after five years, the Garcia family is still just as grateful as the day they received the keys to their new home.
Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County celebrates new beginnings with local community
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – The Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County store is now located in the Schewels Plaza at 1145 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount. Store manager Jake Robertson says this new store is at least three times bigger than their last location. With a bigger store they have more space for more items. Robertson is hoping that means more revenue because that funds building homes for local people in need. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. Festivities include free hot dog lunches, prizes and from noon to 2 p.m. adoptable dogs from Franklin County Humane Society.
President Jimmy Carter will teach Sunday school this weekend
Former President Jimmy Carter answers questions during a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity project on October 7, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter wears a bandage after a fall the day before at his home in Plains, Georgia. PLAINS, Ga. - Turns out, Jimmy Carter will be teaching Sunday school in Plains, Georgia, this weekend. "UPDATES: We are proud and relieved to announce President Carter has changed his mind and decided that he feels well enough to to teach," the church wrote on Facebook." It's Carter's second fall this monthAfter his fall last week, Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for a minor pelvic fracture, Deanna Congileo, director of communications for the Carter Center, said in a statement. On Thursday, the Carter Center announced that he had been released.
Famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree chosen
(CNN) - The 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has officially been selected, and it's coming from Florida ... New York that is. The famous tree will be coming from the Village of Florida in Orange County, New York. The tree is the Center's normal Norway Spruce, and was chosen from several submissions. After the tree is cut on November 7, the Center plants a young tree in its place. Then after the holidays, it donates the chosen tree to the Habitat for Humanity to be used for lumber on their home projects.
Kroger partners with Habitat for Humanity to help local families struggling to put food on table
ROANOKE, Va. - Kroger partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help local families struggling to put food on the table. On Wednesday, Kroger donated $100 gift cards to about 235 families who've worked with Habitat for Humanity to finally become homeowners. "I get to buy some of the things I love to eat as well as some of the things I really can't afford to buy all the time. So I can do it all at one time, today," said Patricia Boyd, homeowner. This is the first time Kroger and Habitat for Humanity have worked together, and they hope to make it an annual event.
Jimmy Carter back to building houses after hip surgery
Eddie Mullholland-WPA Pool/Getty Images(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter, who underwent hip surgery last spring following a fall, plans to resume his decades-long role as a volunteer house builder with Habitat for Humanity this fall, a spokeswoman for the Carter Center said Tuesday. The 94-year-old Democrat is set to construct 21 new homes alongside his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, in Nashville, Tennessee, in October. This year's build will come several months after the former president underwent successful hip surgery in May after falling at his home in Plains, Georgia. Carter, who became the oldest living president in U.S. history in March, last participated in the 2018 Carter Work Project in Mishawaka, Indiana, alongside Rosalynn. In addition to the hip surgery earlier this year, Carter has also undergone several other medical treatments, including successful treatment in 2015 for cancer spots on his brain and a separate operation that same year to remove a "small mass" from his liver.
WSLS-TV dedicates fifth Habitat for Humanity 'Home for Good'
Smiles, cheers, and well wishes greeted the Ayamba family in Roanoke as 14 family members stood proudly on their new front porch. WSLS 10 partnered with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley on the station's fifth project. "We are grateful for our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, our generous corporate sponsors, and our wonderful volunteers." This Habitat project was the largest build ever, featuring seven bedrooms. Habitat for Humanity Roanoke Valley has built 244 homes serving more than 1041 individuals since 1986Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Roanoke family now proud owners of latest 'Home for Good' project
Wednesday afternoon the Ayamba family officially received the keys to their new home. War forced the Ayamba family from their home in Central Africa. This year's Home for Good -The Apostles Build project also added more than 20 area churches as partners. "Our family is larger than average, and we have a seven-bedroom house for this family," said Brian Clark, construction director. This marked WSLS 10's fifth Home for Good project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Roanoke family now proud owners of latest 'Home for Good' project
Wednesday afternoon the Ayamba family officially received the keys to their new home. War forced the Ayamba family from their home in Central Africa. This year's Home for Good -The Apostles Build project also added more than 20 area churches as partners. This year's build was uncharted territory for Habitat for Humanity because it was the Roanoke chapter's biggest new construction project ever. This marked WSLS 10's fifth Home for Good project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Drawing found in New York thrift store could be worth $100K
A previously unknown drawing by Egon Schiele turned up in a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in Queens, New York, more than 100 years after the Austrian painter's death -- and it could sell for more than $100,000. (CNN) - A previously unknown drawing by Egon Schiele turned up in a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in Queens, New York, more than 100 years after the Austrian painter's death -- and it could sell for more than $100,000. The next set of photos was better, and she asked the man to bring the drawing to the gallery. If it sells, the man who found the drawing plans to donate some of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity New York City, Kallir said. Karen Haycox, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity New York City, told The Art Newspaper.
'Home for Good' project reaches halfway mark
ROANOKE, Va. - This year's "Home for Good - The Apostles Build" project reached a major milestone in June: Construction is at the halfway point. Ten News is working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley to build a home in Roanoke for a family of 13. "Our groups have been pretty spectacular," said Brian Clark, Habitat construction director. "We've had lots of people come out, lots of groups, and for a house this big, it's been absolutely critical." This is the fifth "Home for Good" project WSLS has been a part of.
Volunteers brave rain to keep Home for Good - the Apostles Build on track
Volunteers play an essential role in Habitat's mission to build safe, affordable housing -- including a core group of volunteers called the Builders Club. Volunteers from Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church braved the rain Friday to install siding, put in windows and doors and build a shed behind the home being built as part of this year's Home for Good- the Apostles Build project. Volunteers like Jim Sheahan pulled double duty Friday -- not only is he a member of Our Lady of Nazareth, he's also a part of Habitat's Builders Club. "I found this organization, which has a good purpose, building homes for a family." Jim and his wife Carol are the only husband-and-wife duo in the Builders Club.
WSLS 10 kicks off Apostles Build project with Habitat for Humanity
This year's Home for Good-The Apostles Build project also adds more than 20 area churches as partners. They will provide monetary donations, volunteers and food for volunteer crews throughout the more than four-month project. Lee said The Apostles Build has been a biennial project for Habitat, and in the past, 12 churches committed to donating $5,000 each to support the project. Lee said there are currently 22 churches participating in this year's Home for Good-The Apostles Build project. This year's build will be uncharted territory for Habitat, because it will be the Roanoke chapter's biggest new construction project ever.
10 News team volunteers at 'Home for Good' site
ROANOKE, Va. – The 10 News "Home for Good" project, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and generous community sponsors, is expected to wrap up next week. On Wednesday, a lot of familiar faces volunteered at the "Home for Good" site. Members of the 10 News team rolled up their sleeves and volunteered throughout the day. VIEW PHOTOS FROM WEDNESDAY'S BUILD"They've been planting trees. If you look over in the backyard, they've been planting those trees, working on the sidewalk.
'Home for Good' project approaches finish line
ROANOKE, Va. – It has been two months since the 10 News' "Home for Good" project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and community sponsors started, and now it is two weeks away from completion. Since May 9, Habitat staff and volunteers have put in a lot of hours and hard work to help expedite the construction process. "We're usually planning about a 4 1/2 to 5-month build time frame," said Brian Clark, Habitat's construction director. "It just lets us work with scheduling volunteers, which is sometimes a little more tricky than scheduling paid contractors. The "Home for Good" project will be finished in mid-July, about 10 weeks after construction started.
Roanoke store benefits Habitat for Humanity
That's why the proceeds from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke benefit Habitat. "Items that are donated to the ReStore don't necessarily go into a Habitat home, they actually are sold in the ReStore." You can see those proceeds at work in the Roanoke Valley. Habitat for Humanity also said it aims to be environmentally conscious on its construction sites and in its ReStore. Come on out and shop," Tucciarone said.
Countdown to completion continues in 'Home for Good' project
ROANOKE, Va. – 10 News, Habitat for Humanity of the Roanoke Valley and community sponsors are only one month away from dedicating the home being built during the "Home for Good" project. Wednesday, Brian Clark, Habitat for Humanity's construction director, gave 10 News a tour of the home and a construction update. "When you walk in now, it is actually starting to look like the final house," Clark said. Crews spent the day working both inside and outside of the house, including a family that will move into their own Habitat home later this year. Clark said there's still plenty of work to be done but construction is on schedule to wrap up next month.
"Home for Good" project reaches three-week mark
ROANOKE, Va. – The walls are up and the windows and doors have been installed as 10 News continues to build a "Home for Good" in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Roanoke Valley and community sponsors. Thursday, one of those sponsors put the finishing touches on the roof. Crews with Mountain Roofing Inc. spent the day installing shingles. The "Home for Good" project has reached the three-week mark as 10 News, Habitat for Humanity and community sponsors build a home for a deserving family in Roanoke. Construction should be complete in mid-July.
"Home for Good" project continues, despite wet weather
ROANOKE, Va. – The 10 News "Home for Good" project continued Tuesday with the help of a community sponsor, despite the rain. Crews from Bower Heating and Air Conditioning were on site working inside the home 10 News is building with Habitat for Humanity of the Roanoke Valley and sponsors. Bower Heating and Air Conditioning has partnered with Habitat on other home projects. "It's good to get out and help out," said Ryan Perry, with Bower Heating and Air Conditioning. The "Home for Good" project is expected to wrap up in July.
Roanoke native excited to become Habitat homeowner
ROANOKE, Va. – On Wednesday, 10 News will raise the walls on a home we're building in Roanoke, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley and generous community sponsors. Teyauna Hayes, a 25-year-old Roanoke native, is excited to move into the home this summer when construction is complete. Hayes said a desire to provide more for her two children motivated her to reach out to Habitat about becoming a homeowner. "I just wanted to scream, just scream, scream, scream," Hayes said with a laugh and big smile on her face. "It's not just they're going to give you a free home, it's, 'I'm going to work for this,'" Hayes said.