Sandston woman earns Habitat home
Staff members from Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity joined with representatives from Capital One and other sponsors Oct. 23 to dedicate the newly constructed Habitat house on Algiers Street in Sandston. Chevelle Athey, a single mother of six children who works full-time for the Virginia Department of Taxation, will move into the home with her family within a few weeks.
The new home was built from the ground up using hundreds of volunteers, and was sponsored by several local businesses in addition to Capital One, including Richmond International Forest Products, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia, Genworth Financial and Allianz. Among in-kind donors were James River Air Conditioning, Riverside Brick & Supply Co., Eidson Concrete, Allied Concrete, Bass Crane Service, and the Richmond Council of Garden Clubs. Gordon and Judith Angles (looking on, as Athey cuts the ribbon, above) donated the property.
The Atheys have been living in substandard conditions in a rental home that smells of sewage in the summer, and some of the children have acquired health issues. In preparation for moving into the new home, Chevelle Athey has attended mandatory homeownership and financial literacy courses as well as completing 350 hours of "sweat equity" volunteering at the Habitat ReStore and helping to build her own home.
On June 13, the Short Pump Rotary Club partnered with Schnabel Engineering for a day of volunteer work with Rebuilding Together Richmond. Team members (among them [from left] Chris Rufe, Melissa Abraham, Rick Naschold, and Micky Ogburn) completed a variety of repairs and home improvements ranging from painting and landscaping to cabinet installation and fence building.
“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
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