"Everyone Deserves Good Design and a Green Habitat"
Spring 2008 Everyone Deserves Good Design and a Green Habitat American Institute of Architects Partners with RMHFH in Successful Sustainable Design Charrette T he American Institute of Architects (AIA), Richmond Committee on the Environment (COTE), and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) presented a Sustainable Design Charrette on Saturday, April 12 at Baskervill Architects. More than 30 architects, engineers, and designers worked with RMHFH staff, Timmons Group (RMHFH’s engineering firm of record), and Rachel Flynn, Director of Community Development for the City of Richmond, to evaluate house plans and elevations for RMHFH’s newest neighborhood. Known as The Pillars American Institute of Architects at Oakmont, the new mixed-income community at T Special Thanks to Street and 33rd Street Design Charrette Co-Chairs, in the city’s Church Scott Kyle, Full Scale Architecture, AIA, LEED Hill area will feature Michael Pellis, Baskervill, AIA 11 townhomes and four duplexes. The development represents RMHFH’s first foray into building attached residential units. Richmond Habitat will also build and extend Rachel Flynn, Director of Community Development for the City of Richmond, Laura three streets and an alley LaFayette, Vice President of Richmond Association of REALTORS and Richmond EarthCraft™ certified homes provide healthier way for urban connectivity. Habitat Board member, and Leisha LaRiviere, RMHFH Executive Director, discuss indoor air quality, lower utility bills, more durability green building strategies with AIA COTE co-chair, Scott Kyle, and AIA members. and less maintenance as well as greater comfort for homeowners and reduced environmental impact. Charrette participants mapped strategies to keep upfront and back-end construction costs affordable for homeowner families. In addition, AIA-certified architects made recommendations to expand the use of EarthCraft and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) build tactics in RMHFH homes. Richmond Habitat’s 1st Multi-family Development Energy Star qualified homes must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star tactics improve energy efficiency and reduce high energy bills, providing long term savings for our homeowners. Presenting LEED® The Pillars at Oakmont The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™, sponsored by the U.S. Green Council, encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. The Pillars at Oakmont Project The Pillars at Oakmont is an urban, in-fill community of townhomes and Development Costs: duplexes located at T Street and 33rd Street in Church Hill. The multi-family Materials and Supplies: $1,200,000.00 development received financial support from the Mayor and City Council Land: $110,000.00 through CDBG/Home Funding. Area residents have been supportive of Infrastructure: $1,100,000.00 the new community. Build out is planned for Summer 2008 - Winter 2009. (Roads, water, sewer, power, phone lines) HABITAT NEWS Affordable and Accessible for Everyone VCU Graduate Students Design Homes for Homeowner Clients with Disablilities T his semester, two graduate students had a unique opportunity to work with Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) on a project with a special objective: To bring accessibility to RMHFH in an affordable way for families with disabilities. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Occupational Therapy graduate students Lisa Richardson and Darko Grupce worked with RMHFH’s Executive Director and Director of Construction services to assess what kind of affordable, accessible housing RMHFH could provide. In the students’ research, results were found regarding a partnership between NC State Center for Universal Design and two Habitat for Humanity affiliates in North Carolina, Chatham County and Orange County. This project matched the recommendations that the VCU students planned to make to Richmond concerning the use of universal design principles. Ms. Richardson and Mr. Grupce contacted the Chatham and Orange county affiliates and discussed the pros and cons of providing affordable, accessible housing. The affiliates were very helpful and will continue to be a resource for RMHFH as the organization strives to provide affordable housing for people with disabilities. Lisa Richardson, VCU Occupational The grad students then took their findings to the RMHFH/ Therapy Graduate Student , con- AIA Design Charrette held at Baskervill in April. Serving centrates on interior ﬂoor plan de- as accessibility consultants, Richardson and Grupce sign for The Pillars at Oakmont at were advocates for families with disabilities during the the Sustainable Design Charette at Baskervill Architects. design process. Charrette results included Richmond Habitat home designs that are beautiful, sustainable, and also accessible to people with all types of abilities. In the future, RMHFH hopes to continue to partner with students like Richardson and Grupce. The lean staff at RMHFH is often strapped for time, and yet, staff members were able to sit down with students and share a vision, express homeowner needs, and craft goals with the Darko Grupce listens as Anna Karnas, RMHFH’s Director of Family Services, outlines Habitat homeowner needs and design preferences, identified in recent focus groups conducted by the nonprofit. VCU students. Having these needs met by students is a win- win situation because the students are able to learn about the interworkings of a non-profit organization, and the organization is better prepared to serve a population of potential clients more effectively. - Article submitted by Lisa Richardson & Darko Grupce Jen Hamiliton and Jennifer Farris from VCU’s Department of Interior Design assisted with ﬂoor plan designs for two-story townhomes for The Pillars at Oakmont. The new ﬂoor plans feature design elements that will address Habitat homeowner needs such as increased storage space as well as cre- ate a sense of family togetherness and honor individual privacy through design. Interested in Living in the Pillars at Oakmont? The Pillars at Oakmont will be a multi-family, mixed income community, including homes for sale from RMHFH in three income brackets: 1) 30-60% Area Median Income Earners (extremely low to moderately low income) 9 homes reserved 2) 60-80% Area Median Income Earners (moderately low to low income) 3 homes reserved 3) No Income requirements – (units sold on the open market through area real estate agents) 3 homes reserved This development offers a natural intersection of a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood in a walk-able, urban community. Interested applicants should call for additional information to reserve a space in this development. Those who have lived or worked in the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, New Kent, and Charles City are eligible. The project is slated for build-out in late summer/early fall of 2008. Call 804.232.7001 or anna@richmondhabitat for more information. Or, visit our website at www.richmondhabitat.org . DESIGN CHARRETTE continued from Page 1 Sample Elevation #1 Sample Elevation #2 Outcomes of the Design Charrette: S ketches, maps and plans reﬂected the desired product – a walk able, livable community featuring neighborly design and low- maintenance green building initiatives. New exterior elevations and facades, interior ﬂoor plans, a revised site plan by Timmons Group, architectural illustration of VCU interior design elements, and a list of tactical green building strategies were produced. Some “green items of note” on the design boards included: gray water collection cisterns for watering lawn and plantings; geothermal HVAC systems; tank-less water heaters; low VOC products; and much more! This significant new partnership between RMHFH and AIA will be developed into a program and recommended for use by other Habitat for Humanity affiliates and communities across the region and the nation. Sample Interior Floor Plan Illustration RMHFH’s Commitment to AIA Arichitects Bill Talley and Scott Wheeler use computer Green Building assisted design programs to create elevations of The Pillars At Richmond Habitat, community revitalization, at Oakmont to be viewed from economic development and good design are all angles. closely intertwined. Sustainable design which considers the long-term social, economic and environmental impact of our developments is just plain good economics. Cost is an important driving factor of our green build programs. As an Earthcraft-certified and Energy Star-rated Class A contractor, our green building tactics take into consideration low-impact building methods, environmentally-friendly materials use, and energy-efficient systems to provide measurable, Live SketchUp Drawing long term savings for our homeowners. (Rear Elevation) ANGUS ROAD - REGIONAL COOPERATION DEFINED! T he Angus Road Development is an in-fill community situated on a private cul- de-sac on Angus Road, off Walmsley Boulevard. It is the 1st neighborhood subdivision built in the City of Richmond in Richmond Habitat’s 22 year history. The Angus Road neighborhood is a unique study in regional cooperation. More The Carter Family than 6,800 volunteers, donors, and community sponsors involved in the build project come from all 5 jurisdictions served by Richmond Habitat, including the City of Richmond and counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, New Kent and Charles City. These community groups and individuals see the value of addressing the need for affordable, workforce housing because of its long term impact on the Greater Richmond region. Over 56 corporate, civic, and faith organizations and thousands Bon Air Friends of individual donors have contributed to the sponsorship of the 17-home neighborhood development. House sponsors provide the upfront construction The Koduah Family costs for each home. Twenty (20) adults and thirty-six (36) children will share a new beginning together when they purchase and move into their new homes. MA A Neighborhood with Unmatched Spirit Trinity United Methodist (Henrico) T rinity United Methodist Church has completed construction on a house built in memory of Mary Elizabeth The Elam Family Brooks, a former leader of the church’s youth group. Ms. Brooks died at the young age of 24, after a brave 5-month battle against leukemia. Two streets in the Angus Road development are named in her honor. Many volunteers and residents think of her as the angel of the neighborhood. Trinity United In March, two local women’s networking groups, Methodist River City Express Network (RCEN) and the Network of (Chesterfield) Enterprising Women (NEW), joined forces on a Women Build to construct a home for a single mother and her 5 children in honor of Women’s History Month. The home Women Build Co-Chairs is handicap accessible to accomodate the needs of the Cindy Mims (RCEN) and homeowner’s eldest daughter who has cerebral palsy. The Everett The Smyre Margaret Hill (NEW) One observer stated that the most Family Family beautiful women he had ever seen were those that were caked in mud while building this Habitat house for another women and her children. Next door, another deserving Richmond Habitat family will soon be able to afford a new home thanks SunTrust employees volunteer on Women Build. to the fundraising efforts of the UVA and Virginia Tech Richmond Alumni Chapters. UVA Alumni Philanthropy Chair Matt Shaver also has an emotionally vested interest in seeing the house constructed. He Melissa is a Big Brother and mentor to Dayvon Oliver, a 15 year old Richmond boy who will Chase live in the new home with his aunt and 4 cousins. Their relationship is just one piece and her of the thread of care that ties homeowners so closely together. assistant, Becca, rolled up “Neighbors helping neighbors - that’s what Habitat is all about,” says Homeowner Jonita their sleeves Jones. “Not only am I building my own home, but I am also helping to build the homes of and joined my new neighbors. Working together like this on the build site has given me the unique Richmond Habitat opportunity to get to know my new neighbors and bond with them in a really meaningful homeowner way, which I have really enjoyed. And , I am happy knowing that my mortagage payment will Donna Finney and Women Build volunteers to help to build more homes for other families like mine.” help build during Women’s History Month. Community Build The Howie Family Peace Build Presbyterian Congregations The Morris Family The Marks Family Employee Contribution Fund ARYBROOKS The Epps Family The Banguera Family COURT Fall Apostles Build The Neal Family MARYBROOKS LANE Brandermill The Finney Family Spring UVA/VT Church Apostles Alumni Build Build The Tofoi The Barcroft The James Family Family Family The Brown The Randolph Family Family ANGUS ROAD CONSTRUCTION COSTS Materials and Supplies: $1,400,000.00 Land: $50,000.00 Infrastructure: $636,000.00 (Roads, water, sewer, phone lines, power) PARTNERS IN FAITH R ichmond Habitat is a nonproﬁt, ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to working with all of God’s people to eliminate substandard housing in the Richmond Metropolitan area. The work of Richmond Habitat is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing – putting faith into action, the “theology of the hammer.” Richmond Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith into action. We have an open-door policy: all who desire to be a part of this work are welcome to partner with us, regardless of religious preference or background. This partnership is founded on common ground – bridging theological differences by putting love into action. Richmond Habitat’s commitment to the faith community has been reestablished with the addition of Ashley Daoust, Faith and Projects Coordinator. If your faith-based organization would like to join us in using the hammer as an instrument to manifest God’s love, contact Ashley at ashley@RichmondHabitat.org. We would like to thank our recent Apostle Builders, Faith Builders, and Faith Sponsors: Bon Air Baptist, Bon Air Presbyterian, Bon Air United Methodist, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Christ Church, Church of the Epiphany Commonwealth Chapel, Congregation Beth Ahabah, Congregation Or Ami, First Baptist, Gayton Baptist, Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal, Hindu Center, Holy Rosary Catholic, Huguenot United Methodist, Mt. Pisgah United Methodist, New Canaan Baptist, New Deliverance Evangelistic, North Star, Northminster Baptist, Redeemer Lutheran, River Road Presbyterian, Salisbury Presbyterian, Seventh Street Christian, Shady Grove United Methodist, St. Barnabas Episcopal, St. Benedict’s Catholic, St. Bridget’s Catholic, St. Edward’s Catholic, St. James Episcopal, St. Luke Lutheran, St. Mark’s Episcopal, St. Mary’s Catholic, St. Matthew’s Episcopal, St. Matthias Episcopal, St. Paul’s Baptist, Trinity Assembly of God, Trinity United Methodist (Henrico), Trinity United Methodist (Chesterﬁeld), First Presbyterian, Second Presbyterian, Brandermill Church, Velocity Church, Virginia Muslim Coalition, and West End Assembly of God. PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY T he essential need for affordable housing for a growing proportion of our population requires broader discussion and attention, as it affects the health and economic well-being of communities and people across the region. Current projections estimate that within the next 5 years over 25,000 Richmond area residents will need affordable, workforce housing. To highlight this shared concern, nine Richmond-area non-proﬁt housing organizations partnered together with Richmond Association of REALTORS and the Partnership for Workforce Home to hold the ﬁrst ever Affordable Housing Awareness Week, April 20-26, 2008. Affordable Housing Awareness Week was a week-long series of events intended to educate the broader community on the importance of providing safe and affordable housing in Richmond, as well as foster involvement with the local non-proﬁts who make this their mission. Over 500 citizens volunteered at the Richmond Habitat ReStore and at our Angus Road Neighborhood build site. Special thanks to the following businesses, civic organizations and faith groups for volunteering with Richmond Habitat. LandAmerica Brandermill Church Capital One Peace Build – Presbyterian Churches Central Virginia Baptist Ministries Gold’s Gym Central VA ASHI VCU US Inspect Meridian Title Homeward PricePoint Group Wachovia Bank Gateway Funding Wachovia Securities Weichert Realtors – Baron & Snipes Co. Saint Paul’s Baptist Church LAND Building More than Homes... The Board of Directors of Richmond Habitat for Humanity thanks all those who joined us for “An afternoon with Jonathan Reckford” CEO, Habitat for Humanity International in celebration of the launch of the “Land Bank” Campaign Jonathan T.M. Reckford is Chief Executive Officer of Habitat Historic Jefferson Hotel for Humanity International, whose more than 2,300 affiliates June 5, 2008 worldwide build and create access to decent, affordable housing solutions in direct relationship Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: with God, volunteers, supporters and families living in substandard housing conditions in more than 90 countries around the world. Habitat for Humanity has helped shelter more than 1.25 million people since its founding in 1976. The Need for a Land Bank as part of RMHFH’s Land Acquisition Strategy In central Virgnia, we consume land at an alarming rate. According to a recent report from the Southern Environmental Law Center and Virgnia LISC, the “Greater Richmond area faces a growing shortage of affordable housing. The median value of owner-occupied housing in the region rose by $60,000 per house between 2000 and 2005. This is an increase of over 50% in just five years.” “Similarly, land prices have increased at an average rate of 10% a year for the past five years. In the same amount of time, almost 59,000 acres were developed in this region. At that rate, more land will be developed in the greater Richmond region in the next 20 years than in the previous 400. But land is a finite resource. The demand for land and the limited supply of it mean only one thing--land prices will continue to escalate. Accordingly, sound fiscal management of Richmond Habitat’s resources dictates that we purchase land now for use in the future,” says Laura Lafayette, Richmond Association of REATORS, Senior VP of Public Affairs & MLS, and Richmond Habitat Board member. “Yes, Richmond Habitat can and is doing its part to control sprawl by pursuing in-fill development opportunities. But affordable housing opportunities are needed in all of the localities we serve, not just the City and the inner ring suburban neighborhoods where in-fill opportunities are more plentiful. To make possible these housing opportunities in the more rural areas we serve, we must make strategic land purchases now. Land banking is Richmond Habitat’s insurance policy; purchasing land now preserves our ability to continue our mission for many years to come,” says Ms. Lafayette. With a projected need for 125,000 new housing units needed by the year 2030, Richmond Habitat is preparing to meet these challenges for our homeowners. A RMHFH major initiative is the creation of a “Land Bank”. Getting its start through 22 parcels donated in December, Richmond Habitat has crystallized a land acquisition strategy – to publicly call for donated land, and/or monies to purchase land, offsetting skyrocketing infrastructure costs. Help us make that call for action, and join RMHFH on June 5th. BANKING LAND FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT Richmond Habitat receives largest land donation in 22 year history T he 23 parcels in Chesterfield County and Richmond offer build sites for twenty-four to thirty five homes, dependent upon zoning. The donations are significant because land costs in central Virginia have increased an average of 10 percent per year in the past five years. By getting lots at no cost, particularly when they’re clustered, Richmond Habitat can build more efficiently and invest some of the savings into making the homes energy-efficient. Retta Leigh Keil of Richmond donated seven parcels in Chesterfield County. Affordable housing for community residents is a personal commitment. “I believe in working with people and the nonprofits who serve them best to most effectively grow a strong Richmond region. Richmond Habitat has a strong reputation of service to families who are working towards self-sufficiency. And, I wish to be a part of that effort, and join in the Richmond Habitat movement,” says Ms. Keil. Retta Leigh Keil reviews land deed with Leisha G. LaRiviere, Executive In addition to the land, Ms. Keil has expressed her interest in Director of Richmond Habitat, and Andy Nea, Williams Mullen Pro taking part in construction of the homes, once subdivision Bono Attorney at the closing. plans are approved. Randy and Meade Welch of Varina made a donation that allowed Richmond Habitat to obtain 16 parcels from Glendale Homes. Randy Welch said he’s supported Richmond Habitat in smaller ways in the past and is gratified to know the efforts will continue. “I’ve been encouraged by the work they’ve been doing and greatly impressed by the amount of young people taking a strong, active part in building projects,“ Mr. Welch stated. These generous gifts of land are meaningful reminders of the variety of ways that Richmond’s citizens can help address the issue of affordable housing in our region. The Kingsport Lane development will provide an affordable community within close proximity to public transportation and businesses along the Midlothian Turnpike and Hull Street corridors. The in-fill, mixed-income development is located near the Cloverleaf Mall project. Richmond Habitat will extend a new road and water/sewer access lines. The Kingsport Lane area will feature pleasant streetscape, welcoming front porches, and green-space for community recreation and play. A Gem in Highland Park The Glendale Homes parcels are located in several areas of Richmond, with 13 of them located off U.S. 1 near Terminal and Lynnhaven Avenues. How do we make homes attractive AND affordable? This gem in Highland Park is built on a piece of land purchased from the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority for $1. Such a price enables Richmond Habitat to spend more monies on architectural elements that create a more aesthetically pleasing façade. In addition, dollars that would have been spent on land can – instead – be spent on the infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, etc.) required for the home, and “green building” tactics. The result? A more affordable monthly mortgage over the life of the loan, AND more affordable monthly energy bills! YOU CAN DONATE LAND – OR DONATE DOLLARS FOR LAND ACQUISITION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. By doing so… you are guaranteeing the quality of home and life for a family in Central Virginia! Making History with Record Growth! Proposed: 6 Lots, Single Family Zoned: A-1 Located off Route 619, Hopewell Road Improvements: - Subdividing original parent track for 6 lots - Construction of new road - Extending water and sewer lines - Installation of well and RMHFH’s septic Estimated Timeline: Eight Neighborhoods in Spring 2008 Development Hopewell Road - New Kent County • Angus Road, City of Richmond (17 homes) • T Street, City of Richmond (15 homes) - Mixed-income town homes and duplexes - Public/private partnership • Kingsport Lane, Chesterfield County (7 homes) • Springs Road, City of Richmond (12-16 homes) • Dale Avenue, City of Richmond (42-47 homes) • County of Henrico (12 homes) • Willcox Neck Road, Charles City (3 homes) • Hopewell Road, New Kent (6 homes) Henrico County Parcel Subject to zoning requirements (Under Contract) Proposed: 12 lots (Single family, two story homes) Extend proffers to Henrico County that match surrounding Proposed: neighborhood developments 2 Parcels Extend access and water/sewer lines Single family residential Improvements: Dale Avenue - City of Richmond Extend private Proposed: Single road and water/ family, townhouses and sewer lines duplexes 42 lots with commercial center 47 lots without commercial center Zoned: In rezoning process Located off of Jefferson Davis Highway between Bells Road and Walmsley Blvd Improvements: - Mixed-use, mixed income, in-fill community - Construction of a cul- de-sac road from Dale Avenue and extending vacated Berclair Avenue - Extending water and sewer lines Estimated Timeline: Fall Wilcox Neck Road - Charles City County ‘09 - Spring ‘10 Currently Under Contract How are houses made affordable for our partner families? It takes a community of givers. Because of generous house sponsors, individual donors, and pro bono partners like LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc., our homeowners (on average) have a principle mortgage of less than $90,000. A typical Richmond Habitat home appraises at approximately $150,000. Through the coordination efforts of Helen Parham, Vice President & Trustee of the Land America Foundation, LandAmerica experts have offered pro bono services to all 17 of our families who will live in the Angus Road community in Richmond. These services save our homeowner families thousands of dollars in closing costs. LandAmerica has been a long-time corporate partner in our home-building efforts in a variety of ways: sponsoring several homes, hands-on volunteering, serving as the title sponsor of our 20th anniversary celebration, and sharing expertise. We are especially grateful for the Chief Legal Officer of LandAmerica, Ms. Michelle Gluck, who has offered her volunteer service as a member of the Richmond Habitat Board of Directors for several years. This year, LandAmerica has been recognized - once again - as the number one most admired company on Fortune magazine’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies. We know why! “It’s an honor and a compliment for my team to be asked to provide title “LandAmerica focuses much of its charitable giving on making and closing services for deserving families in the Richmond area through the American dream of homeownership more attainable for those Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. We are happy to donate in need throughout the country. Our involvement with Richmond our time and expertise to the community, but the best part is knowing Habitat and similar programs aligns perfectly with our philanthropic that we’ve provided protection to the new homeowners. They deserve objectives. We certainly encourage other companies to find ways to to work with professionals who speak the legal language of the real support the important work of such organizations” estate transaction, and it’s been a rewarding experience to collaborate with everyone involved..” - Bill Thornton, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for LandAmerica - Peka Wade, Branch Manager, LandAmerica office on Midlothian Making homes more energy efficient The power of collaboration and corporate philanthropy became tangible in Charles City’s first Habitat home. Dominion’s support afforded Richmond Habitat the opportunity to build its first Energy Star efficient home in the Commonwealth of VA. “The results of this collaboration were both an affordable mortgage, and affordable utility bills in the years to come. “ says Leisha LaRiviere, Executive Director of Richmond Habitat. “Richmond Habitat is committed to continuing this energy efficient building trend.“ Dominion Resources was also the first company to support the Delegates Better Halves Build, a 2007 General Assembly project to build a home for a low-income family in partnership with Richmnd Habitat. Dominion was the single largest contributor to the bi-partisan This 1 inch wide is eager logo build project. 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Andrew Nea, Jr., the law firm of Williams Mullen offers the services of more than 320 lawyers – across a variety of disciplines. From the reviewing of deeds and contracts, to the due diligence activities of land acquisition and closing services, Mr. Nea has brought his own formidable talent to the table, as well as that of other Williams Mullen attorneys. To date, several attorneys like, W. Alexander Burnett, a specialist in construction law, and University of Richmond Puts Advocacy into Action From College Classroom to Construction Site The University of Richmond teamed up with Richmond Habitat and two other organizations this spring to build a Richmond Habitat for Humanity home in the Highland Park neighborhood. The collaboration was an important part of Build It, the university’s largest sustained community-engagement initiative coordinated by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). The effort brought together students, faculty and staff from the University of Richmond, Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA), and Boaz and Ruth, an agency dedicated to successful prisoner re-entry. The UR Bonner Center for Civic Engagement also planned educational programs on the issues surrounding affordable housing to complement the volunteer effort and educate students on the need for both advocacy and action. Funding for the home was provided by the University of Richmond, the UR Habitat Community partners John Sydnor with RRHA; Leisha LaRiviere for Humanity Chapter, and a generous donation by philanthropists Gilbert and Fannie with Richmond Habitat; Doug Hicks and Amy Howard with the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and Edward Ayers, President Rosenthal. “The partnership to build the Highland Park house is a historic first,” said of the University of Richmond; Martha Rollins with Boaz & Ruth; Leisha LaRiviere, executive director of Richmond and Frank Punch of RMHFH gather together at the dedication at Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. “Land for the the Coley Family’s new home at 1205 Highland View Avenue. home was purchased for $1 from RRHA, and this is the first time Boaz and Ruth volunteers have partnered with RMHFH to help build a Habitat home.” The homeowners, Kelvin and Geraldine Coley, are both graduates of the Boaz and Ruth program. The couple met through Boaz and Ruth, and, together, helped construct the home, along with volunteers from Boaz and Ruth and approximately 275 Richmond students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. University of Richmond Build It volunteers have been fully engaged in community service projects in Highland Park for the past three years, providing services for Reach Out and Read Virginia, Hotchkiss Community Center, Chandler Middle School, Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, and Boaz and Ruth. Each week, approximately 80-120 students served as tutors, read to children in pediatricians’ waiting rooms, served meals and The Coley Family at the reception coached youth athletic teams, among other activities. The following the dedication of their new home Highland Park Habitat home build is a significant example of the University’s continued commitment to citizens of this neighborhood. Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond Excerpts from his remarks at the Richmond Habitat House Dedication April 19, 2008 G reetings to all of you on this beautiful Saturday in Highland Park. I am honored to be here with our partners from Richmond Habitat for Humanity, Boaz and Ruth, and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. And to celebrate with the Coleys as you prepare to transform this construction site into a home. Thank you so much for allowing me, and my friends from the University of Richmond, to take part in this dedication. Abby and I enjoyed working here, and meeting the Coleys, last month. I am still sore, in fact, from my hammering. And I’m still glad I didn’t fall off the ladder. Last week in my Inauguration speech, I tried to outline—in twenty short minutes—where we, as the University of Richmond, have come from, and to set a vision for where we are going... One constant throughout our history has been the University’s engagement with the citizens of Richmond. Our greatest allies—whether they are financial supporters or employees or graduates—have come from neighborhoods across Richmond, including Highland Park. The partnerships that made this house build possible have their roots in that history. The University’s connection to Richmond Habitat for Humanity is longstanding; we have been one of the most active and productive Habitat campus chapters in the country. In the early nineties, the Bonner Scholars Program arose out of this period of student volunteerism and working with Richmond Habitat for Humanity. The Build It program, the University’s largest civic engagement initiative, has solidified our connection to Boaz and Ruth and other Highland Park partners. In this decade, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement grew out of this history and is enabling us to connect community work to our core educational mission. As we look forward, I am making one of the keystones of my presidency to be not only the University of Richmond, but increasingly to become the University FOR Richmond. If we are going to build up our contribution to our city and region, we must draw on partnerships like the ones represented by this event—and even more tangibly, by this impressive structure behind me. This house is a great symbol of what our partnerships can accomplish. Together we built this house on a firm foundation—the foundation of our sustained partnerships. So on this wonderful Saturday in front of this lovely house, I am asking all of you to help me. Our firm foundation for community engagement requires partnerships like this one—with friends and neighbors who are willing to invest yourselves and your organizations with us. We have more hammering to do side by side. We have teaching and mentoring of public-school students to do side by side. And we have public conversations about public health, public transportation, and regional development to pursue side by side. How can we build on this foundation that we have established together? Planning our community engagement requires that we follow the same wise principles that guided this house’s construction. We need to draft careful plans. We need to find the right places to build. We will build within our means and follow through on our plans. We need to work with well-trained experts from the University and our partner organizations who know their craft. And we will need many willing citizens—including University students, faculty, staff, and alumni—who will use their energies and talents to make our plans a reality. I will be turning to many of you to help us build on our firm foundation of partnership. MEET THE CONSTRUCTION CREW HAIL TO OUR CHIEF! RMHFH Construction Department President, Board of Directors Richard A. “Dick” Hazel has been an advocate for affordable housing for many years. Serving as President of the Board of Directors, Mr. Hazel will complete seven years of service to Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) in June of Lin Gregory, Bill Erhart, 2008. As an accountant and Director of Construction Senior Construction principal of Richard A. Hazel, Services Superintendent Inc., Mr. Hazel’s expertise has been an integral part of the fiscal strength and long-term viability that the organization now enjoys. Over the years, Mr. Hazel has served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Treasurer to the Board of Directors. He has seen many changes at both the BOD and staffing levels. During his tenure, the ReStore came to fruition, and headquarters for the organization moved from Roane Street to its current location on Dabney Road. Rob Schurz, Jerry Mialaret, Construction During a recent interview, Mr. Hazel stated that RMHFH Construction Superintendent has “grown by leaps and bounds.” Production of build Superintendent outs has increased dramatically: moving from around 20 homes built per year to 43 homes on tap for next year. “This is impressive growth – and represents real community support of the Richmond Habitat mission. In dollars and cents – it’s a bigger organization. Our annual operating budget has grown just in the past year by about $2.5 Million.” The service area of RMHFH also grew during Mr. Hazel’s tenure. The original service area included the City of Maria Tisdale, Paigh Bumgarner, Richmond, and the Counties of Chesterfield and Henrico. Junior Construction Junior Construction Now, both Charles City and New Kent County families Superintendent Superintendent have access to RMHFH’s homeownership programs. In fact, Mr. Hazel presided over the first RMHFH Five- Come out and meet them onsite! Jurisdiction Summit last August. At that gathering, County Administrators, Directors of Departments of Calling all Skilled and Unskilled Volunteers! Community Revitalization and Development, as well as the City Planner’s office reps, came together to Needed for Week day Builds strategize on RMHFH’s affordable housing and land Wednesday - Saturday acquisition strategies across the region. The event was 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. a study in successful regional cooperation. On June 30, 2008, Mr. Hazel hands over the President’s gavel to Frank Build site arrival time is 8:00 a.m. Mandatory safety training begins at G. Punch, III , Vice President, SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. 8:45 a.m. sharp! Please note that if you miss the safety training, you will be asked to volunteer another day. Thank you for your understanding. We follow Occupational Safety Plug In.... and Health Administration standards as well as safety recommenda- tions learned in our Red Cross First Aid/CPR staff-wide training. PICK YOUR PASSION! Select the committee that you find Please complete all waiver forms piror to arriving on site. All waiver the most interesting, the forms and build site directions are available on our web site www. most related to your skill richmondhabitat.org. For more information about volunteer- sets, or one that you want ing with RMHFH, contact April Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, at to learn more about. Simply 232-7001, ext. 109. email the address of the appropriate staff person listed on the following page. Raining? Call the Volunteer Hotline at 358-5899 RMHFH Committee Opportunities Human Resources - analyzes and approves corporate goals and objectives relevant to: 1) appropriate benefit plans for staff, 2) training and development opportunities, as well as other human resources-related policies. Chairman: Carolyn Boone, Board of Directors Email: Leisha@RichmondHabitat.org Leisha LaRiviere, Executive Director, Staff Liaison Finance Committee - reviews and makes recommendations on any and all strategies, plans, policies, and actions related to corporate finance. The committee also assists in the Board’s oversight duties relating to 1) integrity of the financial statements of the corporation, 2) compliance with legal requirements, and 3) qualifications and performance of the independent auditor. Chairman: TBA, (Position filled by the Treasurer of the Board of Directors) Email: Brad@RichmondHabitat.org Brad Herbst, Director of Finance, Staff Liaison Development Committee (NEW!) - assists in identifying, developing and maintaining relationships with individual, organizational, corporate, and congregational donors to ensure an income stream for the affiliate. This income supports sustained house construction and operations. In addition, the Committee will assist in organizing events for the purpose of fundraising and publicity. Chairman: Currently seeking a Chairman for this Committee Email: Van@RichmondHabitat.org Van Garber, Director of Development, Staff Liaison Family Services Committee – ensures that the Corporation is meeting its homeownership objectives: including, but not limited to, family selection, mentoring, training, and support to Habitat homeowner families. Chairman: Deborah Coleman, Secretary to the Board of Directors Email: Anna@RichmondHabitat.org Anna Karnas, Director of Family Services, Staff Liaison Construction Committee - helps RMHFH meet its building goals by providing the resources and expertise needed to provide oversight on construction related matters, and by overseeing the acquisition and development of building sites. Chairman: David Pritchard, Sr. Data Analysis Manager for Capital One Email: Lin@RichmondHabitat.org Lin Gregory, Director of Construction Services, Staff Liaison Public Relations Committee (NEW!) - assists in developing and maintaining relationships with the media (print & television journalists)and the community at large: including, but not limited to, the production of press releases, quarterly newsletters, website, brochures, site signage & video production. The Speaker’s Bureau also trains college and high school youth on advocacy issues in the area of affordable and workforce housing. Chairman: Currently seeking a Chairman for this Committee Email: Lisa@RichmondHabitat.org Lisa Bedell, PR & Events Coordinator, Staff Liaison Volunteer Committee (NEW!) - recruits and retains new volunteers for on-site construction, RMHFH committees, ReStore, and corporate offices. Assists with training and support of volunteers, and plans the annual volunteer appreciation event. Chairman: Currently seeking a Chairman for this Committee. Email: April@RichmondHabitat.org April Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, Staff Liaison Faith Relations Committee (NEW!) - works together to promote Habitat’s mission within the faith-based community. We seek to include any and all congregations and faith-based organizations in our mission, and the faith relations committee will coordinate outreach to and within Richmond’s faith communities through networking, build sponsorships, and occasional special events. Chairman: Currently seeking a Chairman for this Committee Email: Ashley@RichmondHabitat.org Ashley Daoust, Faith & Projects Coordinator, Staff Liaison SUPPORT US! RESTORE SPRING SALE!!! Refurbishing your home this spring? Shop at the ReStore! Name-brand building materials and home improvement supplies Cars for Homes™ 50%- 80% o select merchandise Your car donation can help a family build a home, and the hope BUILDING MATERIALS * CLEANING SUPPLIES * FLOORING * APPLIANCES * of a better life! Car, truck, boat and RV donations help Habitat DECORATIVE & ROUGH ELECTRIC * HARDWARE * HOME DÉCOR * KITCHEN for Humanity build houses in partnership with families in need of & BATH * LAWN & GARDEN * LIGHTING * MILLWORK – WINDOWS, DOORS, decent, a ordable shelter. Donate to Habitat’s Cars for Homes™ TRIM & MOLDING * PAINT & PAINT SUNDRIES * TOOLS & MUCH MORE! vehicle donation program by calling 1-877-277-4344 or visiting www.carsforhomes.org . OPEN TO THE PUBLIC * MON. – SAT. 9AM-6PM 1901 ROANE STREET * (804) 228-1305 ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS BUILDING HABITAT HOUSES IN THE GREATER RICHMOND AREA. UNIQUE & INTERESTING ITEMS ARRIVE DAILY! DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. CANS FOR HABITAT is a partnership New Management at ReStore between The Aluminum Association and Habitat for Humanity International that promotes the value of aluminum C ome by and meet our new store manager Billie Southworth and the assistant store manager Rebecca Skinner. can recycling. While you are there, check out our new shipment of furniture Habitat Through Cans for Habitat, aluminum cans are recycled from Virginia Beach. Special to raise money for Habitat for Humanity to build decent, thanks to Hanover Habitat a ordable housing with low-come families nationwide. ReStore for sharing a huge shipment of entertainment Richmond Habitat will work with civic associations, local centers, nightstands, headboards and more, generously businesses, and schools and universities to construct can donated by the Ramada Resort in Virginia Beach. In addition, we cottages that will be placed in strategic locations throughout have a huge selection of bath and shower enclosures available! our service areas for can collection. A volunteer corps of Can Couriers will help maintain the cottage sites and deliver the donated aluminum to the Richmond Habitat ReStore. HABITAT EVENTS Our Cans for Habitat program gives school-aged children a way to become involved with Richmond Habitat to support ASID | VIRGINIA CHAPTER our home-building program, while helping the environment at the same time. To learn more about the program, visit www. TWO cansforhabitat.org. Or, contact Ashley Daoust at 232-7001, EVENTS ext. 113 or by email at Ashley@RichmondHabitat.org . UNDER ONE TENT FURNITURE, FABRICS, CRAFTS, EVENT TO BENEFIT Pick a side, make a donation, and volunteer your time! ART, ACCESSORIES AND MORE Help the UVA and VT Richmond Alumni Chapters raise money to build a Noland Company (2101 Staples Mill Road) Richmond Habitat house. SPONSORED BY Build Date Begins July 16th Thanks to the businesses Thanks to MeadWestvaco for sponsoring and individuals that this unique partnership. made this annual event a success. WhiteEl.fp.c.my08RHo.indd 1 4/1/08 2:28:19 PM Please Keep Giving to Richmond Habitat – It’s easier than ever! T he gift of giving was never easier to provide housing for families in Greater Richmond. Your donation assists with costs of building materials, land and infrastructure. Funding for all of these items helps to keep the mortgage costs very affordable for homeowners. Every donation helps us to provide better education programs and more homes. Here are a few ways to give, and projects to which you can donate time and treasure. • Donate online at www.richmondhabitat.org • Pick a side to donate to the University Challenge – “Hokies vs Hoos” • Give to our Carpenters Club campaign • Volunteers on site can give $10 each and we will be able to build one more home every year! • If you are structuring your estate, there are many planned giving options such as remainder trusts, life insurance, or bequests. Please contact the Development Ofﬁce at 804 –232 7001 for answers to questions. VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION 2008 VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN VOLUNTEERING Glenn Thomason is an important part of Richmond Habitat’s founding and folklore. When RMHFH got its start in Aunt Sarah’s Pancacke House 22 years ago, Glenn and his wife Dottie were there with other caring citizens, sharing pancakes, fellowship, and a vision to break the Michael Francis, Construction Dot Johenning, Office cycle of poverty in Richmond. That collective visioning is now Richmond VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH Habitat. Two decades later, Glenn is • May/June 2007 – Rick Fish still an active member of the Richmond • July/August 2007 – Christopher Froelich Habitat family. You can find him • September/October 2007 – Dot Johening building a home alongside members of • November/December 2007 – Priscilla Eddings his church, taking a homeowner family • January/February 2008 – Randy Harden to church and Sunday supper, making • March/April 2008 – Bill Burch a home visit to a Habitat homeowner applicant family, ﬂipping hamburgers with Kiwanis high school VOLUNTEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR Key Club members at a home dedication, or leading middle school COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY STUDENTS students in a landscape project at a Richmond Habitat site. Whatever • Zach Lepine he’s doing, Glenn puts his heart and soul into his volunteer work. He • Bobby O’Brien is an inspiration and model for us all. We love you, Glenn!! OFFICE VOLUNTEERS OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEER • Tommy Brown Catherine Peterson wanted to give a family the • Diann Foster chance at a new life in a new home of their own. • Josephine Gruessing Catherine raises chickens called “Easter Eggers” • Dorothy Johenning in her backyard in New Kent County. She sells • Rita Pennell their muli-colored eggs to friends at church, at • Lynn Newcomb school and at her father’s office. Catherine chose to donate the money she had raised selling her WEEK DAY CREW – Wallace Robertson, Rudd Rosebro, Bill Burch hens’ eggs to New Kent Habitat, a Committee of • Kit Carson Rudd Rosebro, Michael Brooks RMHFH. To her it seemed like the right thing to • Paige Pierce Don Pennell Larry Buchanan do. Hopefully, with Catherine’s help, a New Kent • Buck Wiltshire John Miller Randy Harden family in need of a decent, affordable home can host an Easter egg • Russell Wilson Jim Collins Leonard Hopkins hunt in their own yard one day soon - colored eggs included. • Linc Sparks Rick Fish William C. LaBaugh III Thank you Catherine for your generous spirit! • Gen. Louis Schelter Jack Martin Michael A. Francis THANKS! to all our hardworking volunteers who make the ministry of Richmond Habitat possible. HEART OF THE HOME Poem by Krishawn K. Franklin, age 12 Daughter of Habitat Homeowner Crishette Anderson At the Dedication of her new home How can a family of grateful hearts describe the kindness of charitable others? How can we begin to thank those who rallied together for a common cause? Giving us a home in which to love and to call our own. There are truly no words to describe your compassion, no words to describe how intensely we feel. It is truly a blessing from God that a group of people such as yourselves could be so caring and would invest time and effort into Krishawn Franklin reads a poem she wrote to thank Richmond fulﬁlling the dream of a family. Habitat and Chester eld VoTech students at the dedication of Thank you Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and Chesterﬁeld Vo Tech. her new home. We will be forever grateful. Capital One employees decided to spread some holiday cheer this winter by building playhouses for several non-proﬁt organizations in the Richmond area. Richmond Habitat was one of the recipients of these special gifts. Seventeen (17) Habitat families received these play houses for children, along with a drill for repairs and a picture of the Capital One employees who built each playhouse. Capital One has buit 20 houses with Richmond Habitat since 1996. They are currently constructing two homes in our Angus Road subdivision in the City of Richmond. Shelter is a basic human need. Richmond Habitat plays a vital role in the supply of shelter in the form of homes for sale with a zero-interest mortgage rate. Residents who live or work in our service area and whose incomes fall into the 30-60% area median income are invited to apply for homeownership. (Other requirements must be met). For eligibility information, please log onto our website at www.richmondhabitat.org. There, you’ll also nd information about our intent to explore expansion of our service population to include income earners in the 60-80% area median income range. These earners include our police o cers, re ghters and teachers. Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity 2007-2008 Board of Directors Richard (Dick) Hazel, President • Frank G. Punch, III, President Elect Mike Liebschwager, Treasurer • Deborah Coleman, Secretary Carolyn Boone • Dr. Imad Damaj • Michelle Gluck • Mark Hill Laura Lafayette • Cassandra (Sandy) Reynolds, Past President Rev. Alton Washington • Leisha G. LaRiviere, Executive Director