Habitat Pushes to frame six homes in seven days
Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of enthusiasm and hard work from over 200 community members, Habitat framed six homes in just seven days during the Wickham Pond Framing Push, significantly expediting construction on our first mixed-income community in Crozet.
The unusually hot September days didn’t slow down our eager volunteers, and the bare foundations were quickly transformed to the frames, walls and roofs of six new Habitat houses, bringing our Partner Families closer to the day they will walk through the doors of a home of their own.
“I worked on my home for the first time during the Push with my dad, brother, and friends. It was an amazing moment. Watching my dad help work on my home almost brought me to tears,” said future Wickham Pond homeowner Tywanna Brooks. “I am so excited to be living at Wickham Pond. I have moved many times in my life, and it feels unbelievably good to know that soon my children and I will have stability.”
Setting out to frame six homes in seven days was ambitious, but the Habitat construction staff was confident that the Push would be yet another testament to what can happen when great people in a community work together.
“The Push was a huge success, thanks to the help of lots of volunteers, Partner Families, family advocates, and Crozet neighbors,” said Morgan Reitz, Habitat Assistant Construction Supervisor. “It is a joy to see all kinds of different people work together for a common goal, and the Crozet community members who brought cookies, lunch, and water to the job site made everyone feel welcome.”
And welcome a diversity of volunteers we did. The Push coincided with United Way’s annual Day of Caring, a national day of service promoting the spirit and value of volunteerism while simultaneously benefiting hundreds of local nonprofits.
Day of Caring brought a group from CFA Institute to the Wickham Pond construction site.
Darin Goodwiler, the Chief Compliance, Risk, and Ethics Officer of CFA Institute, said that the day’s work was a wonderful opportunity to work side-by-side with colleagues from across the organization.
“We were happy to spend the day with Habitat in hands-on service to our community,” said Darin.
With support from developer Vito Cetta and the County of Albemarle, the Wickham Pond project will serve as the blueprint to create affordable housing opportunities throughout the Albemarle County growth area, while demonstrating that Habitat homes will enhance and strengthen new communities across the Greater Charlottesville region.
“This project is special,” said Habitat President and CEO Dan Rosensweig, “because Wickham Pond is a beautiful, family-friendly neighborhood. Crozet has seen prices skyrocket in recent years so we’re thrilled to begin to address the affordable housing crisis in Albemarle County.”