Rock The Block

Rock The Block On Saturday, June 15th, over 100 volunteers will join us in picking up paint brushes, hammers and rakes at Habitat’s Rock The Block community repair event in Lancaster’s Southwest Neighborhood (SoWe). Eight homes will be the sites of free exterior home repairs that our team will be making that day. We’ll paint, mend porches and spruce up yards as part of Habitat’s partnership with the SoWe Neighborhood

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Meet Volunteer, Roy Hoglund

Roy Hoglund of Newmanstown, Pa has been a Lebanon regular since the spring of 2008 after retiring from the federal government at the end of 2007. Roy wanted to do something useful and found interest in Habitat for Humanity. “I have always been a handy guy and thought it was a logical fit,” says Roy.   One of his favorite parts of volunteering is the opportunity to make someone’s life better.

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Robert & Evelyn Celebrate Mortgage Payoff

Robert and Evelyn recently celebrated a milestone… after twenty years living in their Habitat home on Lancaster’s Euclid Street, the couple just paid off their mortgage. “I feel about a hundred pounds lighter,” Robert joked. “It’s a big weight off of our shoulders.” Robert and Evelyn are originally from New York City; Robert from East New York, Brooklyn and Evelyn from Harlem. The city they remember was a violent one. Robert witnessed his first murder at the age of 7 while riding a city bus with his mother. Evelyn said that her first husband died by gunfire, while her second fell to drug overdose. When the two married and blended their families, they agreed that NYC was no place to raise a family. So they moved to Lancaster. On the

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Emergency Shelters

As the temperatures dip to the dangerously cold, emergency shelters are going to be working overtime to help keep people safe. Below is a list of shelters in both Lancaster and Lebanon Counties that offer a warm place to stay. Lebanon County Community Action Partnership 503 Oak Street, Lebanon (717) 273-938Provides an array of services to Lebanon County residents through a variety of programs. Services include child care assistance, transportation, case management, rental assistance, shelter assistance, bridge & transitional housing, information & referral, job readiness, job placement, life skills education, GED preparation and the Female Offenders Re-Entry (FORE) Program. Agape Family Shelter139 S. 9th St., Lebanon (717) 272-6573Agape Family Shelter is a shelter for homeless women and their children. The average stay at Agape is between 2-6 months depending on

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A First Place To Call Home

Each family’s journey to Habitat homeownership is special in its own way. And the Kaberamanzi Family’s journey is no exception. In fact, their story is one that exemplifies that when community, commitment and faith come together, amazing things can happen. The family’s story is told through Marie Claire, the daughter of soon-to-be homebuyer Jean Kaberamanzi. Originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Marie Claire was around 4 years old when her family escaped the war of her country. Her earliest memory of “home” was the bush, where her family hid from the violence. Home then became a refugee camp in Zambia, which had its own dangers. In fact, despite her desire to educate her children, Marie Claire’s mother would not send her or her other children to school for fear

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Rock The Block: June 15th

We're getting ready to rock Lancaster's SoWe Neighborhood again with our Rock The Block community repair event and family fun fest on Saturday, June 15. Come volunteer with us and enjoy the post-work celebration!