Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity does more than build

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The Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is shedding light on a little known program the organization runs.

“Most people think of Habitat for Humanity as just building homes,” said Ryan Hall, the non-profit’s Marketing Manager. “But with this Repair Program we’re able to achieve our vision of providing safe and affordable homes to everyone by repairing homes that are already in existence and helping homeowners with critical home repairs.”

The Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity Repair Program allows the non-profit to fix up properties, and crews began yet another project in Frederick County for a property with an unsafe porch, marking the 41st project for the organization.

On Thursday morning, the repair team, made up of Habitat volunteers and United Bank employees, demolished the porch and dug the footers for a new deck. The team is also building a ramp to make the deck handicap accessible for the homeowner.

All of this work is being done at a fraction of the normal cost, thanks in large part to an Impact grant from the United Way. The resident is paying just $150 for work that would typically cost $6,000, and the organization was able to bring the total cost down to $3,000.

The team expects to finish the covered deck and ramp next week. 

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