Habitat for Humanity Prince William County celebrated its 16th Home Dedication with family partners, Tesfaye Abuye, and Wudasie Retta, on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the home that Habitat for Humanity recently rehabbed at 4602 Central Park Drive, Woodbridge. The Abuye-Retta family, including children Kidus, Haleluya and Levi, will purchase the home with an affordable, low-interest mortgage.
Grant funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a federal grant program that makes it possible for non-profit organizations to purchase homes that are in foreclosure and make them available to families who might otherwise not qualify for a mortgage, were used to finance the project. Habitat for Humanity Prince William County worked with Habitat for Humanity Virginia and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to access the grant money.
Community leaders, volunteers, donors and members of Habitat for Humanity’s Board of Directors joined the family and their friends to celebrate the Home Dedication. Briana Sewell, representing Congressman Gerald Connolly, attended and spoke to the gathering. She is pictured above (at left) next to Renee Woolfolk, Maggy Machado and Dave Williams. Five volunteers, Dave Williams, John Driscoll, Frankie Jackson, Joyce Hudson and Maggy Machado, were recognized for putting in a third of the total hours worked on the rehab of the home. In total, there were 65 volunteers who put in 1,100 hours of labor over 34 work days.
Larry Hughes, Habitat for Humanity’s Board Chair, presented the family with a Habitat for Humanity key chain for the keys to their home and a Bible.
Tezera Bekele, Minister at the International Ethiopian Evangelical Church, blessed the home during Habitat’s 16th Home Dedication.
Kidus and Levi thanked donor Rita McSorley with Mastercraft Design Inc., for the help she provided with cabinets in the home. Additional donors that helped with the rehabilitation of the home were Allied Building Supplies, Conway Energy Services, Cree, Major Home Inspections and Whirlpool.
The Olive Garden Restaurant in Manassas donated a superb spread of food and drink for the attendees. Confections Cupcakery made cupcakes and Flower Gallery – Manassas, donated decor for the 16th Home Dedication.
Habitat for Humanity Prince William County is a nonprofit, locally operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1994 Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has partnered with families, businesses and volunteers to make safe, affordable and decent homeownership a reality in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Habitat for Humanity Prince William County has completed 180 home ownership, home repair and community development projects including building new homes, rehabbing existing ones, major and minor home repairs and cleanups in neighborhood and public spaces. For more information, visit habitatpwc.org.