Eastern Panhandle of WV

Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle

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Tackling Persistent Challenges: Habitat for Humanity of The Eastern Panhandle

Fighting Poverty and Homelessness

In our society, the enduring issues of poverty and homelessness have persisted for far too long. However, in the Eastern Panhandle, there exists a dedicated ministry tirelessly combating these challenges on a daily basis.

A Beacon of Hope: Habitat for Humanity of The Eastern Panhandle

Providing Shelter for All

Nestled in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle (HFHEP) is more than just a name; it’s a promise of housing for all humanity.

This non-profit Christian housing ministry is unwavering in its commitment to assist low-income families, with a core principle of non-discrimination based on age, gender, race, marital status, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Building Homes and Futures: HFHEP’s Journey

From Humble Beginnings to Significant Milestones

HFHEP embarked on its journey in 1992 and achieved a significant milestone in 1995 when they completed their first home for the Anderson family. Over the years, their unwavering dedication led to the successful completion of 35 houses by 2014.

Generous sponsors, including Dan Ryan Builders, Whirlpool, Hedgesville Church, and the Berkeley County Cluster United Methodist Churches, played a vital role in this success.

Green Initiatives and Community Impact

Eco-Friendly Housing and Support for Veterans

HFHEP is not just about building homes; it’s about building a better future. They have embraced eco-conscious initiatives, incorporating solar panels into some of their homes.

In addition, their efforts have made a profound impact on the lives of veterans and large families in need.

Partnership for a Better Future: Eligibility and Requirements

Qualifications and Commitment

To qualify for a Habitat house, applicants must demonstrate a need for affordable housing, the ability to manage a mortgage, and a willingness to actively participate in the partnership.

Building strong bonds with their partners is a central focus for the organization, with qualifications including maintaining a steady income for the past year and U.S. citizenship.

Sweat Equity: Building Together for a Brighter Tomorrow

Homeownership and Hands-On Contribution

What sets HFHEP apart is their insistence that prospective homeowners actively participate in the construction of their own homes.

This hands-on approach not only instills a profound sense of accomplishment but also offers an opportunity to acquire valuable skills. This active involvement helps keep costs down while strengthening the bond between homeowners and their homes.

ReStore: Affordable Resources for the Community (CLOSED)

Supporting the Community through ReStore

In their mission to provide affordable resources to the community, HFHEP operates ReStore, a discounted home improvement center offering donated items at reasonable prices.

Donations of furniture, playground sets, pictures, and other household items in good condition are welcomed. Proceeds from ReStore sales are reinvested in the building fund, furthering their commitment to serving the Eastern Panhandle community.

A Promising Future: Repair and Renovation Projects

Enhancing Homes Inside and Out

The future for HFHEP is filled with promise as they plan to undertake repair and renovation projects that will assist homeowners in improving the condition of their homes, both inside and out.

Joining Hands for a Better Tomorrow: Get Involved

Volunteering and Community Engagement

HFHEP extends an open invitation to all who wish to lend a helping hand, emphasizing that no prior experience is necessary, only a willingness to be involved.

Volunteers of all backgrounds, including those with carpentry skills or the ability to move heavy items, are encouraged to participate. This invitation also extends to church organizations, community groups, and schools, offering numerous opportunities to make a meaningful difference.

Be Part of the Solution

Contact Information

If you are interested in becoming a partner family or volunteering with HFHEP, please visit their website at http://www.habitatep.org/ or contact Karin Hammann Dunn, Operations Manager, at ops.hfhep@gmail.com. HFHEP, in its unwavering commitment, believes in lending a “hand up, not a handout,” and welcomes all those ready to be part of the solution.

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