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Lexington Habitat for Humanity receives $46,800 donation to fund Home Repair Program

Rusty Underwood, RCHF director and Rachel Childress, CEO of Habitat for Humanity The Realtor-Community Housing Foundation has donated $46,800 to Lexington Habitat for Humanity. The funds are to be used for Habitat’s Home Repair Program for projects that are currently not under contract due to no funds. Habitat for Humanity aligns with the Realtor-Community Housing Foundation’s goal to empower...

Lexington Habitat: Family from Republic of Congo will soon have a new home following project

Jacky Kapudi will join volunteers from Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe to begin building her Lexington Habitat home on July 27. It will be the first Habitat home sponsored by the restaurant. Taziki’s is providing a full home sponsorship and is welcoming community volunteers to join their staff in building the home. For Jacky and her family it is a dream come true that they will soon have their...

Lex Habitat’s ‘Love Your Neighborhood’ program gets state award; volunteer Dennis Pike also honored

Lexington Habitat received the Outstanding Program Award at the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Annual Conference held in Louisville recently. The award was presented in honor of Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood program, which focuses on revitalization in low-income neighborhoods through owner-occupied home repairs and neighborhood clean-up projects.   In addition to receiving an award,...

Scanlon bringing Taziki’s Mediterranean Café franchise to Lexington, will feature healthy fare

Taziki’s Mediterranean Café is coming to Lexington. Opening April 18 on Southland Drive in Lexington, the unique Mediterranean Café will provide insanely fresh, delicious, and healthy food for fast casual restaurant-goers. The Taziki’s franchise in Lexington is owned and operated by The Zenith Company, the next adventure of local entrepreneur and restauranteur, Mike Scanlon. Taziki’s commitment...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s Bids 4 Builds online auction underway; ends Nov. 27

Lexington Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring its fifth annual Bids 4 Builds online auction from Nov. 16 – 27. This project was created by Lexington Habitat’s Ambassador Program as an alternative way to shop for loved ones during the holidays while supporting Habitat. One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. More than 400 families in Lexington and 325 families...

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...

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...

Habitat's Bids 4 Builds online auction offers Black Friday shoppers deals for a good cause

Black Friday shoppers can add Lexington Habitat’s Bids 4 Builds online auction to their shopping list for one-of-a-kind items. Proceeds from the auction being used to build homes, community and hope.   This is the fifth annual Bids 4 Builds online auction, which closes Nov. 28 at 11:59 p.m. It will culminate in a Holiday Open House at the Lexington Habitat ReStore, 451 Southland Drive, from...

Habitat’s Bids 4 Builds online auction offers Black Friday shoppers deals for a good cause

Black Friday shoppers can add Lexington Habitat’s Bids 4 Builds online auction to their shopping list for one-of-a-kind items. Proceeds from the auction being used to build homes, community and hope.   This is the fifth annual Bids 4 Builds online auction, which closes Nov. 28 at 11:59 p.m. It will culminate in a Holiday Open House at the Lexington Habitat ReStore, 451 Southland Drive, from...

Everyday Heroes: Pat Smith’s passion lives
on through Habitat for Humanity endowment

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...

'Love Your Neighborhood' event part of effort to renew focus on public safety in Lexington

“We Care – Love Your Neighborhood” is a dual effort of Lexington Police and Lexington Habitat for Humanity. (Photo provided)   As part of the Lexington Police Department’s concentrated efforts to increase safety in the community, they are joining Lexington Habitat for Humanity in a “We Care – Love Your Neighborhood” event in the Georgetown Street area Thursday,...

‘Love Your Neighborhood’ event part of effort to renew focus on public safety in Lexington

“We Care – Love Your Neighborhood” is a dual effort of Lexington Police and Lexington Habitat for Humanity. (Photo provided)   As part of the Lexington Police Department’s concentrated efforts to increase safety in the community, they are joining Lexington Habitat for Humanity in a “We Care – Love Your Neighborhood” event in the Georgetown Street area Thursday,...

Refugee family thankful they'll 'have a better place to live' when Habitat home is finished

Young Mwanjuma is already dreaming of the day she will have her very own room. She knows it will be purple and she also knows that none of her three brothers will be allowed to enter – ever.   “I can’t wait!” she said.   Patu Venance and Mwashite Ramadhani and their four children will soon be able to move into a Habitat for Humanity Home now under construction. (Photo...

Refugee family thankful they’ll ‘have a better place to live’ when Habitat home is finished

Young Mwanjuma is already dreaming of the day she will have her very own room. She knows it will be purple and she also knows that none of her three brothers will be allowed to enter – ever.   “I can’t wait!” she said.   Patu Venance and Mwashite Ramadhani and their four children will soon be able to move into a Habitat for Humanity Home now under construction. (Photo...

Broken stove, lack of yard, problem neighbors soon will be a thing of past for Habitat family

When you ask Ablam Toulassi about the problems he’s had in his current home, he shares the story of the day the upstairs neighbors’ teenage son poured water through their deck floor onto his daughters.   “The water was all over,” he said, still visibly upset by the incident. “I was so very upset. I tell the landlord and (the landlord did) nothing.”   The...

Art in Unlikely Places: Group’s ‘Future Doors’ project brings art to those who need it most

People at the Christian Health Center take in Caitlin Serey’s work on the Future Doors project. Future Doors was the first project for Art in Unlikely Places, an arts organization launched by a group of UK arts administration students to bring art to Lexingtonians who need it the most. The group has begun seeking community support with their own Kickstarter campaign. (Photo from UKNow)   By...

More than 150 Habitat, police, church, city volunteers work to become 'Jesus in the skin'

More than 150 volunteers, including police officers, worked to clean up two neighborhoods and wooded areas in and around Martin Luther King Park off Russell Cave Road. (Photo from Lex. Habitat)   “Jesus in the skin” was how Center Point Church’s pastor described a joint task force of Lexington Habitat for Humanity volunteers, members of the Lexington Police Department and representatives...

Four Lexington architecture firms competing in 2014 Design Slam; local groups to benefit

Watch teams from Lexington architecture firms put together compelling designs for the corner of High and Broadway streets, catty-corner to Rupp Arena, at the 2014 Design Slam. This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, from 6-8 pm at West Sixth Brewing.   Admission to the event is $10 and includes a custom pint glass, an AIA EKC COTE sketchbook, and a vote for your favorite design. Additional...

Habitat house an answered prayer for family who 'just knew there had to be better life'

  For years, Juan Cervantes of Lexington tried to fix up his trailer to make it more comfortable for his family, but the temporary repairs to the 30-year-old home just have not helped.   The thermostat does not work. There would be a burst of heat, then nothing on winter nights when frigid air swept in through the thin walls and floor. There are only two bedrooms, so Juan and his wife, Leticia,...

Habitat house an answered prayer for family who ‘just knew there had to be better life’

  For years, Juan Cervantes of Lexington tried to fix up his trailer to make it more comfortable for his family, but the temporary repairs to the 30-year-old home just have not helped.   The thermostat does not work. There would be a burst of heat, then nothing on winter nights when frigid air swept in through the thin walls and floor. There are only two bedrooms, so Juan and his wife, Leticia,...