Habitat Cabarrus to Build Its 150th Home
Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County was created to serve as part of a solution to a housing need in Cabarrus County. Inspired by a presentation regarding Habitat for Humanity’s work in Charlotte, Reverend Jim Holderness and an Elder Dr. Peter Chikes of First Presbyterian Church in Concord reached out to community members to discuss forming a Habitat affiliate in Cabarrus County.
In the fall of 1989, Habitat Cabarrus became a chartered affiliate with an elected Board of Directors and a supportive core group of individuals, churches and local businesses. The first Habitat Cabarrus home, for Angela Grier and her daughter Fallon was completed in the summer of 1990. This was the beginning of a life changing movement in Cabarrus County.
In 1998 the First Collegiate Challenge was hosted in Cabarrus County which consisted of college students from across the U.S. spending their spring break building a home for a local family. Churches and other community organizations worked with Habitat Cabarrus to provide accommodations and meals for the out of state students. This demonstration of God’s love in action has continued each year and is one of the most exciting builds for Habitat Cabarrus. In 2007, Habitat Cabarrus built its Centennial Home for Melissa Ford. This milestone, met in less than twenty years of service, propelled Habitat Cabarrus forward and helped to open doors for additional services to benefit a greater number of families. Since 1989, Habitat Cabarrus has been blessed to serve nearly 1000 people in Cabarrus County through new builds, rehabs, critical home repairs and transitional housing.
As Habitat Cabarrus reflects on its past, it looks forward to the future with great expectation of making a greater difference in the lives of community members who need a hand up, not a hand out. Next week, Habitat Cabarrus will begin building its 150th home, which also happens to be the Collegiate Challenge build, fully sponsored by Publix Supermarket. The supportive core group of individuals, churches and businesses that helped to create the foundation for Habitat Cabarrus in 1989 has grown stronger today. Habitat Cabarrus is proud to work with community members to make the dream of homeownership a reality for so many deserving families. Habitat Cabarrus recognizes the importance of the collaborative efforts that have made it possible to build 150 homes and is looking forward to the next 150 and beyond!
The first Habitat Cabarrus home, for Angela Grier and her daughter Fallon was completed in the summer of 1990. This was the beginning of a life changing movement in Cabarrus County.