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Celebrating Phil Burford

Phil BurfordIt is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Philip Burford, one of our employees at the Lincolnton ReStore, passed away recently, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his brother, his mom, her pastor and his wife. Phil had been with Habitat since March of 2014, our second longest tenured employee.

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We're Moving Into a New Office

Your local affiliate is moving its office downtown!! We are currently renovating it and plan to move next month. If you are interested in volunteering contact Kelly McLain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 704-747-1800 ext. 102.

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    Habitat for Humanity Helps Woman Become Homeowner

    Rosanny homeowner article

    MICHELLE T. BERNARD
    Staff Writer

    Even though she has held a full-time job at a bank for almost five years, Rosanny Cruz couldn’t obtain a mortgage from a conventional bank.

    “I didn’t make enough for the banks to give me a loan,” she said. “Friends told me about Habitat so I went and did the orientation and was approved for a mortgage in 2014.”

    In order to get the mortgage and have a house built by Habitat for Humanity, Cruz also had to put in a minimum of 250 sweat equity hours taking classes, volunteering at the ReStore, helping with the construction of her own house and volunteering at Lincoln Charter School, which her two young daughters, Anali and Leanna, attend. Her daughters also got sweat equity hours for the grades they received in school. After putting in that many hours of volunteer work, Cruz said it was worth it.

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    Habitat for Humanity ReStore Moving to New Home

    New Restore inside

    MICHELLE T. BERNARD
    Staff Writer

    The Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity (LCHH) ReStore has outgrown its former space on East Sycamore Street in Lincolnton and is in the process of moving to the storefront formerly occupied by Big Lots on North Aspen Street.

    “My goal was to get us a larger and more visible spot,” executive director Terry Laney said. “We looked at the old Harris Teeter and Staples store locations but the former Big Lots space was exactly what we needed. There was very little that we needed to do to get it upfitted.”

    Another goal of LCHH is to make the shopping center on North Aspen Street more vibrant and to help fill the vacant space by the traffic that they’ll draw to the site, according to Laney.

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