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ABOUT
BLUE RIDGE
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

One piece of the global housing organization, working with people of all backgrounds, to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

our
story

Shortly after it's inception, the community of Koinonia Farm attracted unwanted negative attention. Violence towards the pacifist group erupted during the politically-charged 1950s. Not to be deterred, the residents of Koinonia Farm responded with prayer, nonviolent resistance, and a renewed commitment to their mission of radical acceptance of all people regardless of race or religion.

 

In 1976, they began to focus on building decent, affordable homes for their neighbors. Koinonia Farm's self-proclaimed "housing ministry" evolved into Habitat for Humanity International

The Habitat for Humanity Winchester-Frederick-Clarke (HFHWFC) affiliate was founded in 1997 and is a 501(c)(3) housing nonprofit committed to giving hardworking, low-income people a hand up, not a handout.  In 2018, HFHWFC expanded into Shenandoah County and was renamed Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity (BRHFH).

Non-Proselytizing Statement

All are welcome!  Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity (BRHFH) has an open-door policy:  All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live 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. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize, nor will Habitat for Humanity work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with Habitat for Humanity. This means that Habitat for Humanity will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must (i) adhere to or convert to a particular faith or (ii) listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Value Statement

Our organization 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. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serve people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

At Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity, we work to replicate the spirit of Koinonia by evoking Martin Luther King's Beloved Community philosophy in which BRHFH seeks to create redeeming goodwill through access to safe, affordable housing.  We can accomplish that by bringing people together to build, revitalize, restore and educate our community using shelter as a foundation while catalyzing a wide array of safe, decent, affordable housing solutions. In doing so, we will build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

THE NEED

Affordable housing is a key economic driver in our community. To grow our community, we have to have housing and it has to be marketable to the clientele that lives and works in our community. The stronger our housing stock, and the more diverse our housing stock in the community, the better we can respond to any company or any business that is coming in to provide services and jobs. Housing affordability is the foundation of every community sector. As housing availability shrinks and costs rise, families with limited incomes face housing instability and become at risk for falling into a cycle of poverty which has a ripple-effect within the community at large.

Unstable housing can:

  • Lead to overcrowded and substandard living conditions

  • Cause health problems such as asthma and depression

  • Hinder a child’s performance in school

  • Leave little to no money in savings for a family’s future

  • Directly correlate to attracting people who want to live, work and do business in the community

  • Create neighborhood disparities and a sense of disinvestment

  • Increase local, state, and federal government expenses through a reliance on social services 

  • Strain the local healthcare system

 

Habitat opens doors of access and opportunity so that families have a foundation upon which they can build a safer and more secure future.

Studies show that homeownership leads to positive growth across the entire quality of life spectrum.

Education

  • Habitat opens doors of access and opportunity so that families have a foundation upon which they can build a safer and more secure future.

  • Studies show that homeownership leads to positive growth across the entire quality of life spectrum.

  • Children of homeowners have higher educational attainment.

  • Young children of homeowners see higher achievement in math and reading and exhibit fewer behavioral problems.

  • Teen-aged children of homeowners are more likely to stay in school.

Community Life

  • Homeowners spend more time and money in maintaining their homes, contributing to the value and image of a community.

  • Homeowners are shown to be more involved in their communities, with a higher likelihood of volunteering.

  • Homeowners are more likely to be engaged in civic and community activities.

Economic Development

  • Affordable housing is a key driver of economic growth and is central to creating a just, equitable economy.

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our
team

Staff

Kim Herbstritt, Executive Director

Jason Jarrett, Director of Finance

Greg Shanholtz, Director of Construction & Safety

Kimberley Wilt, Director of Development & Marketing

Adin Kines, ReStore Manager

Liz Gordon, Assistant ReStore Manager

Richard Day, Senior ReStore Associate

Connor Barauskas, ReStore Associate

Cathy Schwartz, ReStore Associate

Jamie Owens, Construction Manager

Jolie Williams, Homeowner Services Program Manager

Brittany Day, Aging in Place Coordinator

Board of Directors

Rachael Hite, President

Heather Arnold, Vice President

Millie Ketron, Treasurer

Cary Kimble, Secretary

Wendy Conner

Audra Gollenberg, PhD

Tony Landa

Harry Neidig III

area
partners

our 
financials

Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity has been awarded GuideStar's Platinum Seal of Transparency.

Like GuideStar, we believe in providing information that advances transparency, enables our community to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving to our organization. We work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and choose to make our current and previous year IRS Form 990 available for review.

We are 501(c)(3) and our Tax ID is 54-1816368. 

IRS LETTER OF DETERMINATION

FY 2021

FY 2020

FY 2019

Available for download here 

compliance

To access the machine-readable files created and published by UnitedHealthcare, please click here.

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