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Second Lexington Habitat for Humanity ReStore location, on Winchester Road, is now open

Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s second ReStore location opened its doors on Thursday, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Lexington Habitat for Humanity also operates another Lexington ReStore location at 451 Southland Drive. The newly renovated 17,000 square foot Winchester Road ReStore space, located at 817 Winchester Road, Lexington, is located directly between the Liberty Heights Shopping District...

For student volunteers, WKU Habitat for Humanity changes lives both personally and professionally

Photo from WKU Next week, nine members of Western Kentucky University’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be spending their spring break volunteering in Greenwood, South Carolina. Since 2003, more than 850 WKU students have worked on Habitat projects in more than 90 locations as part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program that builds houses and hope in communities. “Habitat for Humanity...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates 442nd family served through homeownership program

Susy Alonso-Rios and her children, Susy (15), Chris (11) and Sadie (7), became the 442nd family served through Lexington Habitat’s homeownership program when the family celebrated the dedication of their new home on Russell Cave Road. Representatives from Thrivent Financial and Lexington Restoration Churches, who provided a homebuyer sponsorship and volunteers, were on hand to present a hammer, bible...

Giving Back: EKU baseball team puts in day of service working with Habitat for Humanity

The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team gave back to the Richmond community by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity earlier this week. The project was done in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. The EKU baseball team helped organize the Habitat for Humanity warehouse (EKU Athletics Photo) “We just wanted to give back on the day of service,” EKU Head Coach Edwin Thompson...

City’s Green Business Challenge award winners are Habitat for Humanity, Lucia’s World Emporium

Lucia’s World Emporium and Habitat for Humanity are the winners of Lexington’s 2015 Green Business Challenge. The challenge, organized nationally by the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), is designed to improve community sustainability by providing tools and technical support for business who wish to incorporate green business practices into their operations. Lucia’s...

Habitat for Humanity’s Bids4Builds auction ends soon; make your last-minute purchases now

Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s 6th Annual Bids4Builds online auction ends at midnight on Black Friday. Started by Habitat’s Ambassador Program as an alternative way to shop during the holidays, the auction offers all kinds of desirable and useful items just right for that special gift you are looking for. And — your bid does double-duty, as 100 percent of the proceeds help Habitat...

Lexmark dedicates 20th Habitat for Humanity house for family in Lexington

  After more than 1,800 hours of construction by about 100 Lexmark volunteers, a Lexington family has received the keys to their new home.   Lexmark’s 20th corporate-sponsored Habitat for Humanity house was dedicated last week in North Lexington. Construction began in mid-May and continued just about every Friday and Saturday until the home was recently completed.   The new homeowners...

Habitat's Catholic Build to start construction on new house after public site blessing Aug. 19

On Aug. 19, Lexington Habitat for Humanity will launch construction on the Catholic Build in honor of Pope Francis following a site blessing at 10 a.m. at 1680 McCullough Drive. The site blessing is open to the public and Bishop John Stowe will share a blessing during this exciting celebration.   Maria Robles and her four children (Photo provided) The Catholic Build will be partnering with Maria...

Rep. Mike Denham: Volunteers and nonprofit organizations should be recognized for service

FRANKFORT – Those who say you can’t get something for nothing apparently have never met a volunteer.   About two-thirds of adults in our country actively help others like a neighbor, while roughly a fourth go a step further and donate time through their churches, civic groups, charities, schools and other helpful organizations.   That group provides about 8 billion hours of work for free...

Parker Scholarship helps student become teacher, encourage others to follow dreams

  Larry and Kitty Parker generously established a scholarship program in 2013 to further assist students who have resided in a Lexington Habitat for Humanity home. The scholarship is open to those who plan to continue their education in a college or vocational school program.   Heaven Penney and Larry Parker (Photo provided) Heaven Penney was a Parker scholarship recipient in 2013 and in...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity hosts fifth annual auction to raise money for new homes

This December, a family from the Congo — Memba, Anjelani and their five children — will become Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s 400th family served through homeownership.   Having fled their beloved Democratic Republic of Congo due to war, they lived for many years in a refugee camp in Mozambique. They are grateful to live in Lexington and are looking forward to the stability of...

Burundi family await funds to build a Habitat home; journey takes them to four countries

Lameke and Jackeline Yawez with daughters Minani, right, and Mapendo (Photo from Habitat)   The Yaweza family of Lexington speaks almost as many languages as volunteers who are working to build them a new Lexington Habitat for Humanity Home. The Burundi natives arrived in the Bluegrass four years ago by way of Burundi, the Congo, Tanzania and Tennessee.   Lameke and Jackeline Yaweza were...

Home builders to run through streets for Habitat's Shamrock Shuffle 3K fund raiser

Definitely a shuffle pace at last year’s Shamrock Shuffle 3K on March 20, 2013. This year’s is Saturday, March 15. (Photo from Habitat for Humanity)   There’ll be home builders running through the streets on Saturday, March 15, when Lexington Habitat for Humanity holds its largest annual fundraiser – the Shamrock Shuffle 3K – through downtown.   The event is...

Habitat's Bids 4 Builds online auction hopes to raise almost 30 percent more this year

Lexington’s Habitat for Humanity is hosting its fourth annual Bids 4 Builds Online Auction from Nov. 29 through Dec. 8, and hopes to raise close to 30 percent more than the 2012 sale.   This 10-day auction will be followed by a Holiday Open House at the ReStore at 451 Southland Dr. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 14.   Winning bidders can pick up their merchandise purchased online at...

Habitat finds more than 98 percent proudof home; one family moved in, one awaits

Staff report   Lexington Habitat for Humanity partnered with Georgetown College professor Stephanie Holcomb-Kreiner to conduct a Homeowner Outcome Study with all current Lexington Habitat homeowners. More than 98 percent of them say they are proud of their homes.   The exact number was 98.4 percent.   One resident family   The Escobar family is certainly proud of their home. Milton...

Lexington Legends donate old sod to Habitat for Humanity for its resale at their ReStore

New sod will soon be installed on the field at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, home of the Lexington Legends, and the old sod will find a new home – in fact, it likely will find several new homes.   Sod is taken up at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark where the Lexington Legends play. (Photo from Legends) Part of the sod that is being taken up at the ballpark has been donated to Habitat for Humanity, where...

Everyday Heroes: Habitat volunteer was ‘ordinary man who did extraordinary things’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   This story about Pat Smith is taken from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes. The Pat Smith Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund, established by the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Lexington Habitat for Humanity, continues to raise money to build Habitat houses locally and around the world. With the blessing of...

Habitat for Humanity’s third annual Bids 4 Builds online auction begins on Black Friday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity is hosting the third annual Bids 4 Builds online auction from Nov. 23 through Dec. 2 at bids4builds.com.   This 10-day online auction will culminate in a Holiday Open House at the Lexington Habitat ReStore, 451 Southland Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8, when winning bidders can pick up their purchases and check out great deals in home-improvement merchandise.   ...

Habitat for Humanity completes home
for African family, among many others

  Hammers used by Lexington Habitat for Humanity volunteers rang in rhythm as they were recently used to build a new home for Pierre and Henriette Ngog’s seven-person family.   The build in north Lexington’s Konner Woods Drive neighborhood — sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church and the University of Kentucky Habitat for Humanity chapter — is the first time the church has helped...