In 1992 Reverend Ed Wray of St. Luke's United Methodist Church put a stake in the ground to start the Habitat for Humanity Eastern Panhandle affiliate. The first several houses were completed in Berkeley County. The first house in Jefferson County was completed in 1997 and the first Morgan County home was completed in 2010. In 2014, Habitat EP will seek to build additional homes in Morgan and Jefferson Counties.
The ReStore was developed in 1999 as a project of the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders’ Association. In 2006 a grant enabled re-roofing of the building and GM workers retrofitted the facility.
Over the years, various parcels of land have been acquired. In 2002, a Federal Home Loan Bank low income housing grant was received to purchase 6 lots and acreage on Boston Street was purchased. The following year, Auburndale was re-designed and land development was started. In 2008 a state grant enabled land development to continue and that same year the affiliate became a designated Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO).
The partnership with Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association produced the first “Blitz Build” in 2006 and four more were generously built by them in the years to follow. One house was our first "Women Build." Habitat EP has been in partnership with The Berkeley County Cluster of United Methodist Churches since its beginning. Through the years, the Cluster has raised funds and built four houses, with the most recent being completed in March 2012. It was the first Energy Star rated home for us.
From 1995 to the present, thirty five homes have been completed. We are always looking for partner families and volunteers. Contact us to help!!
Retired -- Federal Home Loan Bank.
Retired -- Business Owner
Commercial Relations Manager, First United Bank & Trust
Mortgage Specialist, City National Bank
Executive Officer for Eastern Panhandle Homebuilders Association
Robin F. Kees: Executive Director
Karen Fairall: Office Manager