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Oaklawn Revitalization

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“Neighborhood Revitalization is the way of the future and is an essential element of Habitat’s work. By focusing on entire neighborhoods, we can greatly increase our impact.”

- Jonathan Reckford, CEO Habitat for Humanity International

Oak Lawn Information:

Oaklawn is an identified neighborhood located in Lincolnton, NC. It is an older, established community with mixed-use development, but mostly residential. This includes single-family residential, multi-family, housing authority, rental properties, and homeowner-occupied properties. Churches, medical facilities, shopping restaurants, and local services and businesses are located within the Oaklawn Community, however the prevailing perception of the Oaklawn community details a neighborhood in decline. Although crime stats don’t support it, Oaklawn has a reputation as a high-crime area. While there are some well-maintained homes, a vast amount of properties are abandoned, blighted, or in need of repair. Despite the amount of disrepair found in the area, Oaklawn’s well-maintained homes demonstrate that a sense of pride does exist among some residents.

Oaklawn-based organizations like the Coalition of Churches group, which has worked tirelessly to maintain a sense of community among residents, carry on the cultural pride found in the area. This legacy of pride, self-determination, and hope still alive in those who grew up in Oaklawn remembers a rich history that is something to be preserved and cultivated.

Contact Patrick Rust at 704-748-1800 ext 102 to get more information or to get involved with this community development project.

Newest Homeowners

Coming Soon...Two New Homes!

meagan dominiqueMeagan and Dominque

In March of 2015, Meagan attended a Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Orientation to learn how she could achieve the dream of becoming a homeowner. Meagan is currently married to Dominique; together they have 3 daughters, ages 1, 4, and 14. In June 2015, the family was officially accepted into the Habitat Homeownership Program. Since then, all members of the family have been diligently working towards their overall goal of a forever home.

As with many families, Meagan and Dominique have struggled to find decent, affordable housing for their family. They have moved to three different homes since beginning the program with all the homes being in substandard or overcrowded conditions.

Meagan and Dominique have successfully completed their financial literacy requirements and continue to work towards the 250 required sweat equity hours through construction, volunteering at our ReStore, and with other community agencies. Their oldest daughter and Meagan have contributed a total of 104 hours in the education category alone. This category provides an opportunity for partner family children and adult members to better themselves through letter grades on report cards and the completion of college courses.

To date, the family has earned a total of 238 sweat equity hours together. Construction of this family’s home is scheduled to begin mid-March. Through this family’s hard work and dedication, the help of volunteers and supporters, their dream of having a forever home is closer than ever.


mariaMaria Teresa

Maria Teresa applied for the Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program in February 2015. The dream of becoming a homeowner and providing a safe, decent home for her daughter, age 13, proved to be harder than expected. Due to the family’s limited income, obtaining a conventional mortgage was not an option.

Maria Teresa has displayed her passion and dedication to the Habitat Homeownership Program with her continued volunteer efforts. Maria Teresa reached the required 250 sweat equity hour requirement by the end of 2016. Unfortunately, adversity soon presented itself to this family. Maria Teresa, employed with the same company for over 10 and half years, learned that the company was closing its doors. However, this event did not dampen Maria Teresa’s dreams or ambition. She quickly found employment elsewhere and has continued with the Habitat Homeownership Program.

Maria Teresa and her daughter have solidified their dedication to the program time and time again. By the end of summer, Maria Teresa and her daughter will have successfully completed the program and achieved the dream of becoming a homeowner.


Rosanny
November 23, 2016

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    Rosanny, our newest homeowner, worked diligently in the Habitat Homeownership Program in order to provide a home for herself and her two daughters, Anali and Leanna. After volunteering at the Habitat Office, helping construct her own home, participating in homeowner education and taking financial classes, her hard work has finally paid off. Rosanny completed a total of 264 sweat equity hours and officially became a homeowner on November 23, 2016 with the help of James Hodges of The Pendleton Law Firm. Her heartwarming home dedication took place on November 13th, 2016 where she and her two daughters cut the ribbon to their beautiful new home. We are so proud of Rosanny and all she has accomplished and wish her the best of luck in her new life as a homeowner!


    Sandy
    February 10, 2016

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      Sandy started her journey after her acceptance into the Habitat Homeownership Program where she met and exceeded all requirements. She wanted to provide a home for her and her three beautiful children. Sandy and her family completed a total of 398 hours of sweat equity hours, attended 8 hours of homebuyer education, and participated in Community Building through other organizations. Sandy became an official homeowner on February 10th, 2016 with the help of James Hodges, of The Pendleton Law Firm, who donated his time and efforts as her closing attorney. Sandy is now a sales associate at our Lincolnton ReStore supporting Habitat's mission that is now very close to her heart.

      Habitat Readers

      Habitat Readers - Impacting Our Schools!

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      Last year, our Affiliate participated in a global program called Habitat Readers which focused on children, ages 5-8, and taught them about Habitat for Humanity and the need for everyone to have safe, decent and affordable housing.

      During the 2015-2016 school year, we read to 394 children (K-2) at two (2) elementary schools and covered topics such as dirty water, natural disasters and sub-standard housing.

      This year, we are happy to announce that HFHLC continues to implement Habitat Readers; and, we have added additional schools and grades with custom activities developed by our team. From global reads and making gingerbread houses to creating origami stars and building birdhouses, we are increasing our impact!

      Schools participating in the 2016-2017 school year are: Catawba Springs Elementary, G.E. Massey Elementary, Norris S. Childers and Pumpkin Center Primary.

      If you are interested in becoming a storyteller, sponsor, or, a school that would like to learn more about the Habitat Readers program, please contact our office.

      Habitat is reading at:

      HR Books

      EOY at Childerscrop

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      Habitat in the Community

      Habitat loves getting out in the community! If there’s an event going on and you want Habitat there, just contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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