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2019 Design Slam benefitting Lexington Habitat for Humanity set for October 4 at Rock House Brewing

The Design Slam, a live design competition between members of Lexington’s architectural community, has been scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 pm, October 4th at Rock House Brewing. Moving into its 5th year, the event is open to the public. Teams of designers are given a prompt at the beginning of the competition and have an hour to develop a design, presentation materials, and a pitch. “It’s a fun...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity to dedicate new home on Georgetown Street at 4 p.m. on Saturday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the completion of Isaac Lameke and Estella Hamenyimana’s home with a dedication this Saturday (Aug. 10) at 4 p.m. at 697 Georgetown Street in Lexington. Home dedications are a time to celebrate the family achieving their dream of homeownership and recognize all those who helped make it possible. The highlight of this celebration will be when the family...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity to celebrate another family’s completed home on Saturday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity will celebrate completed the construction of Joshua Muhonja and Charlotte Bihango’s new home on Saturday, July 13, from 2-3p.m. at 1805 Russell Cave Road in Lexington. The couple will share their new home with six of their children, who are all excited to have a yard where they can play soccer together. “Joshua and Charlotte understand that owning their home creates...

Country artist Chris Stapleton makes $10,000 donation to Lexington Habitat for Humanity

Chris Stapleton (Photo from Wikipedia) Chris Stapleton continuing his quiet support for the communities of Central Kentucky, including his hometown of Lexington. The five-time Grammy Award winner, and his wife Morgane, recently made a $10,000 donation to Lexington Habitat for Humanity. “We were thrilled when the check came in the mail. It was completely unexpected,” said Rachel Childress, Lexington...

Lexington Habitat celebrates dedication of new home for Lily Milan family, just in time for Christmas

Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrated it last new home of the season for homebuyer Lily Milan and her three children at 1873 Costigan Drive. Lily lived in Southern California before putting roots down in Lexington and now she can make those roots grow deeper with homeownership! When asked what having a Habitat house means to her she said, “It means stability, ownership and building a foundation...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home for Nelvi Ponce and her daughters

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home for homebuyer Nelvi Bocanergra Ponce and her two daughters, Nelvi (1 year) and Yatziry (5), on Sunday at 1737 Elverton Road in the Brookfield Chase Subdivision just off of Russell Cave Road. Nelvi has been building her life in Lexington for the last 11 years. After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Nelvi started working at Amazon...

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...

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...