Our Current Project, the Habitat Veterans Build
Warren County Habitat for Humanity announces the Habitat Veterans Build project. This new build in Washington Township is in partnership with a local family. Bob McManus and Heather Freeman have been selected to be the latest WCHFH partners in home construction. Their roots in the community run deep. They are lifelong residents of the Washington area. Both attended Warren Hills Regional High School. They are the parents of a six year old daughter and a one year old son. They currently live in Washington, and both are employed by local businesses.
The parcel of land for the new home donated to Warren County Habitat for Humanity came with a request. The hope was that it would be used to build a home with the family of a veteran or an active duty military member. In addition to the usual qualifications for Habitat ownership, partner family applicants for this project needed to also meet this service requirement. Heather served for six years in the Army National Guard. The assignment included a one year tour of duty in Iraq. This service to country fulfilled the requirement placed by the donor of the property.
Veterans Build Initative
Groundbreaking for the project occurred on June 3rd at a site on Pleasant Valley Road in Washington. The project is part of WCHFH participation in the Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to provide volunteer, homeownership and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families. Our Warren County Habitat affiliate will have the full support of Habitat for Humanity International in terms of administration, education, national level partnerships, advocacy and networking. You can learn more about the Veterans Build Initiative at this website.
With this build, Warren County Habitat for Humanity continues its history of support for families having a member who has served their country. In addition to partnering to build a home with this veteran family, the local Habitat for Humanity team will show its appreciation and support of veterans in a number of other ways. WCHFH will provide volunteer experiences that can bring together veterans and military families with their communities. It will also host and support special events which pay tribute to veterans, raise awareness and mobilize volunteers.
Veterans are welcome and encouraged to participate
Warren County Habitat for Humanity depends on the community spirit and generosity of those volunteering their time or donating their money to offset the high cost of home construction. The typical Habitat volunteer experience is to help build the Habitat home at the job site by doing prep work, construction, or interior detailing.
As always, skilled and unskilled volunteer participation at the construction site is welcomed and valued. Anyone wishing to participate as an individual in the construction of this Veterans Build home can click on the “Volunteer to Build” button below. We ask that veterans identify themselves by answering yes to the question “Are you a veteran?”
Larger roles on the Veterans Build include sponsoring a veteran volunteer day, organizing a group of veterans to participate, or providing goods or services to veteran volunteers. If you are interested in these roles, please call our office on (908) 835-1300, #1. Ask to be put in touch with our Veteran Outreach Coordinator.
If you would like to participate in a manner other than construction, such as fundraising, public relations, or volunteer coordination, please call our office on (908) 835-1300 and you will be directed to the right person to get you started.
Our build projects only succeed because of the generous spirit of the Warren County community, in terms of both their time and their money. If you would like to volunteer to work on this home, you can start the process by viewing our Volunteer to Build page. If you would like to donate money for materials for these homes, please link to our Donate page.
Along with all of us at Warren County Habitat for Humanity, the partner family moving into this home thanks you for your continued support.