10/20: Fall Carnival & Ground Breaking

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, The New River Valley Habitat for Humanity will host a Fall Carnival and Ground Breaking Ceremony from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. There will be carnival games and races, prizes, kettle corn and candy. Music will be provided by Bobby Parker and Kat Mills. The Christiansburg/Blacksburg Holiday Inn catering staff will be selling hotdogs and hamburgers.

This event is open to the public and meant to share information about the seven townhomes that will be built on the property across from Blacksburg Presbyterian Church located at 701 Church Street in Blacksburg, Virginia. This congregation has been very instrumental in helping the NRV Habitat start this project dubbed The Homes on Church Street.

“Catherine Taylor, the pastor at BPC, was listening hard when I presented to the Blacksburg Pastor’s group in our search for available land to build affordable homes. She and her congregation had been looking for a logical and inspirational project for the vacant lot they owned across from the church. From that day on Catherine worked hard to put HFHNRV and the congregation together. The Manna Team from within the congregation chose this project to fund the roof of each home as well, providing for seven families top to bottom!” said Shelley Fortier, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity”

One game included at the carnival will be H.O.M.E. Bingo, which will include four stations where attendees can see the plans for the new Homes on Church Street project, learn how Habitat works, learn who buys a Habitat home and how they buy a Habitat home. Those who collect stamps at each of the four stations receive a free raffle ticket for a brand new Nintendo Switch. Raffle tickets for the Nintendo Switch can also be purchased for five dollars each. Tickets for carnival games will be given out for a suggested donation of fifty cents each, or whatever you can afford.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a ground breaking ceremony and short presentation about the Homes on Church Street project and an opportunity to ask questions. Chadd Yeatts will present $6,000 to Habitat for Humanity for this project, money that was raised during the Eddie Yeatt’s Memorial Golf Tournament held in May of this year.

About Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley:
Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley serves Montgomery, Giles, Floyd and Pulaski counties and Radford City. It is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize; Habitat does not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.