Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity celebrates partnerships and dedicates homes in its “Circle of Faith”

Asheville, NC (July 21, 2014) – On Friday, August 1st at 3:30pm, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) will joyfully celebrate and dedicate homes in its Circle of Faith. The Circle is a cul-de-sac of homes built in the Swannanoa subdivision off Dennis Street that highlights Habitat’s roots as a faith-based ministry and honors long-standing faith communities as mission partners. It includes the 22nd Presbyterian/United Methodist House, the 15th Interfaith House, Episcopal House X, and the 30th Anniversary House, which also happens to be the 10,000th Habitat house built in North Carolina! The 30thAnniversary House was supported with donations from the community and matched by Blue Ridge X-Ray Company. The 2013 Thrivent/Lutheran House was also included, and Habitat celebrated the completion of that home at the Circle of Faith kickoff event last September.

This event, called “Let Us Gather”, is an ice-cream (and watermelon) social and is open to the public. It will include a short program and tours of the dedicated homes. All of these homes have been purchased and are occupied by families who went through Habitat’s rigorous homeownership process. Each family contributed at least 200 hours of sweat equity (200 hours per adult and 50 per child age 16-17), including homeownership classes, volunteering on the jobsite, in the ReStore, and in this case, many visited their sponsoring organization’s place of worship. The homeowners will repay a 30-year, interest free mortgage to Habitat. Habitat will use this money to build future homes.

About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has welcomed 258 Buncombe County families to safe, decent and affordable houses since 1983. Habitat homes, which are Green Built North Carolina certified, are sold at no-profit to partner families, who pay back a 0% interest loan. The non-profit also offers a home repair program for low-income homeowners. Asheville Area Habitat is proud to be a Charity Navigator 4-star rated non-profit. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat by visiting ashevillehabitat.org.

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