Chester Kamuda has Penchant for Trains, Dogs

The next time you’re near a train station or train tracks, don’t be surprised if you see family partner, Chester Kamuda, with his canine buddy of 14 years, Shadow. A train enthusiast, Chester has traveled thousands of miles across the rails as both a passenger and observer.

Originally from Connecticut, this retired Army veteran ended up in Manassas after being assigned to the Pentagon. Chester is disabled and has had many surgeries on his knees, including total knee replacements. He’s lived in his Manassas townhouse since 1990 and has owned it since 2005.

All of the windows in Chester’s house are in need of repair as cold air streams through during the winter months. The back door, exterior siding, plumbing and electric wiring need repair. The home needs insulation and both bathrooms need to be caulked. Both outside faucets are damaged and will be replaced. For added safety, we will install grab bars in the bathrooms. These repairs will help ensure that Chester and Shadow have a safe and comfortable home for years to come.

Want to Help?

We need sponsors/donors and volunteers for all of our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) projects like this one. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please call Traci DeGroat at 703-369-6708 or email

Thanks in advance for helping Habitat build a better community — one house at a time!



August 2014