A goal of Habitat for Humanity is to create a community through building relationships. Building quality shelter for each family is important. But equally important is developing a safe, caring community that will continue to grow and prosper throughout the years to come.
Neighbors helping neighbors is a fundamental building block for a strong community. Partner families work on their own homes as well as their neighbors' homes during the building process. Habitat requires that each partner family contribute 400 hours of "Sweat Equity" before they move into their new home. Partner families and volunteers provide most of the labor necessary to construct a Habitat home. The process integrates the partner families into their new community before their home is completed. Throughout the six to nine month construction period, they will have worked on their own home as well as many of their neighbors.
Since 1989, Henderson County Habitat for Humanity has partnered with over 100 families, in nine communities:
- Our first homes were built on individual lots.
- Green Meadows was our first six-home development
- Seven homes were built in Jackson Heights.
- Four homes were built on Partner Drive.
- The eighteen-home project in Grove Hills won a Best New Housing Development Award from the NC Department of Commerce CDBG Small Cities Program
- Twelve homes were built on Kay Thomas Drive.
- Three homes were built in the King Creek Development.
- Seventeen home were built in Highlander Woods.
- Sixty seven homes were built in Shuey Knolls.
Shuey Knolls, our last home development project, is located in the Edneyville community. Habitat completed the development in 2012 with 67 homes developed on 60 acres. At the entrance to Shuey Knolls a community center has been constructed. The land for the center was sold by Habitat to the Edneyville Community Association (ECA) at no profit. The hard work of the volunteers involved in ECA resulted in the center being funded by a $500,000 grant from the State Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and a $500,000 matching grant from the Board of Commissioners. The Edneyville Community Center is a 5,335 square-foot center with meeting rooms, restrooms and a kitchen. The 15.12 acres of land around the center will include multi-purpose fields, a walking trail, and playground equipment. Future plans call for a baseball field, an enclosed gym, and pool. The ground breaking ceremony for the Edneyville Community Center was held on May 30th, 2008. Habitat believes that this is a wonderful endeavor on Edneyville's behalf, and we look forward to the entire Edneyville community benefiting from the center.