It’s been less than a year since Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke became Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity. The change comes with the ability to advocate for and serve more families in the Shenandoah Valley.
“Our interest was there was a county that really was in need of housing and we have the capacity and there was a county in need and so it was a wonderful marriage.” Matthew Peterson of Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity says.
Peterson says there’s not only lots of need in Shenandoah County, but there’s also lots of land. The organization has started their first build with the help of skilled students.
“Blue ridge came into Shenandoah county and discovered that Triplett Tech career and technical center is right next door so what a better partnership, I guess you can say its all location location location.” Triplett Tech principal Connie Pangle says.
The three bedroom, two bathroom home is a Triplett tech design and is being constructed by students in three building trades programs, carpentry electricity and masonry. Masonry student Reice Kabler says working on an actual job site, in normal working conditions will prepare him for a future in the field.
“Anytime that this opportunity like this comes up in the future I will take up that offer because I’ve done it here I know what to do, I know that first steps and I’ll know what to do at the end.” Reice Kabler says.
The students don’t only feel good about building the home, but its who they’re building it for that makes it even more special.
“I like being able to help people and me knowing what to do will make someone’s life better.” Sean Morris says.
Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is still currently narrowing down choices for who gets to call the house a home, but they expect the new homeowners will be thrilled to know who helped build it.
“I’m hoping when this house is finally finished that my students get to meet that family that they built this house for and I think that really will bring it home for my students wow we build this for an actual family and they’re going to live in the house that we built,” Pangle says.
Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity and Triplett tech expect the home to be completed within a year and a half.