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In 25 years, Lexington Habitat for Humanity builds 381-plus homes; open house at Lyric


Lexington Habitat for Humanity Volunteers put finishing touches on a new home at 862 Charles St. with the help of Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company on Aug. 28. (Photo from Facebook)

Lexington Habitat for Humanity Volunteers put finishing touches on a new home at 862 Charles St. with the help of Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company on Aug. 28. (Photo from Facebook)

 
The month of September marks the 25th anniversary of Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s first home dedication and its celebration this Sunday, Sept. 22.
 
On Sept. 7, 1988, Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicated their first home at 222 Willard St. Since dedicating the first Habitat home in 1988, more than 380 Lexington Habitat families have become homeowners. Affordable homeownership has made a significant impact in the lives of these families and also helped strengthen the Lexington community.
 
Lexington Habitat will celebrate these accomplishments and share Habitat history through an open house event to be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Lyric Theatre. Photography, press clippings, memorabilia and displays from the past 25 years will help tell the Habitat story. A putt-putt course made from items donated to the Lexington Habitat ReStore as well as a giant Jenga game will be part of the interactive displays. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
 
This event will also feature Lextran Trolley tours through the neighborhoods surrounding the Lyric where Lexington Habitat has built homes. More than 40 homes will be featured during this 25-minute “habitour”. Habitour guides will share facts and stories throughout the rides. The tours will depart every 15 minutes from the Lyric Theatre. Mayor Jim Gray will join Lexington Habitat volunteers and supporters for the first trolley ride at 2 p.m. Jean Smith, wife of Pat Smith; Phyllis Hanna, first Habitat Board member; and Council Member Chris Ford are three of the special guests joining the first trolley ride.
 
“We are looking forward to celebrating with homeowners and those who not only believe in our vision that everyone has a decent place to live — but have given generously and compassionately through time and resources to make it possible for us to build homes, communities and hope in Lexington and around the world,” said Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Childress.
 
From LexHabitat


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