Home Dedications At Christmastime Are The Best!



An Open House and Home Dedication was held at 9704 Bragg Lane on Thursday, December 10, 2015. In the photo above, Armando Vargas, our fifteenth Family Partner, receives a ceremonial keychain that will hold the keys to his new home when we go to closing in January.

Armando is the kind of guy who takes his time to make sure everything is neatly in place in life. He’s a U.S. Citizen who is originally from Mexico. He’s lived and worked in the Manassas area for the last fifteen years. Armando’s wife and child live in Mexico and he’s been working methodically to get their Visas so they may join him here in Manassas. One of the items on his bucket list was to provide a home where they can all be together. So, last spring, Armando placed his application with Habitat for Humanity Prince William County for a home. His wife doesn’t know about the house yet. She has seen his photos on Facebook, working on the house, but she doesn’t know that the home will soon be hers, too! By the time we close, Armando will have put in 250 hours of “sweat equity” in renovating the home and at our ReStore and he will purchase the home with an affordable mortgage.

Home Dedications are always joyous, but ones held at Christmastime are particularly festive. Many donors, volunteers and civic leaders celebrated the evening together. Incoming Virginia State Senator, Jeremy McPike, and City of Manassas Vice Mayor, Jonathan Way, were on hand to share their congratulations, as was City Councilman Ian Lovejoy. Col. Ulysses “Xerk” White, the founding Chair of the Board of Directors twenty-one years ago, made a surprise presentation of a hammer that was used at the very first home built by our Affiliate. The hammer was signed by all of the Board members at the time and was presented to him as a congratulatory gift when the first home was completed. Safely framed, it’ll now proudly hang in the Habitat for Humanity Prince William County offices.

Many donors were involved in the project, a major rehab of a fifty-year old 2-bedroom, two-level townhome in the Georgetown South neighborhood in Manassas. Sponsors included Fulton Bank, Manassas Presbyterian Church and Bull Run Rotary Club.  We appreciate the many contributions from our In Kind donors as well: Conway Energy Services, Cree, Flower Gallery of Manassas, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Heartwood Solid Surfaces, Lowe’s Manassas, Mastercraft Design, Inc. and Whirlpool. Olive Garden – Manassas were on hand to serve a delicious array of pastas and salad and L&L Delivery provided water for the event.

It took 45 work days to rehab the home and 59 individual volunteers logged more than 1,332 hours of labor on the project. Two volunteers, Arthur “Roy” Butt and Dave Williams, each logged more than 200 hours on the renovation work. We’re grateful to all of the volunteers who served.

We hope you’ll join us for the next Home Dedication which is expected to take place sometime in late 2016 at a townhome on Central Park Drive in Woodbridge. We are currently seeking a Family Partner for that home! Click the Apply button below to learn more about partnering with Habitat for Humanity Prince William County.

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