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Habitat for Humanity plans grand opening

By Staff | Dec 16, 2016

Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle is proud to announce opening of a new office in Jefferson County at the New Street United Methodist Church, located at 202 W. New St. in Shepherdstown.

A grand-opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. The public is invited to share in Habitat’s expanded services in this location. Refreshments will be provided.

“We are very excited about this new venture into Jefferson County that will allow us to provide more services directly to the people in that area by having a physical presence,” said the Rev. Dr. G. Edward Grove, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle. “Our partnership with New Street United Methodist Church has been a wonderful experience as they have welcomed Habitat into their facilities in Shepherdstown. We thank them for their hospitality and for supporting the Habitat mission of helping families in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia to have and maintain safe affordable housing.”

The Rev. John Unger, development director for Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle and state senator representing Berkeley and Jefferson counties, will be the primary person operating out of the office.

He will be a resource for the people of Jefferson County offering information on what Habitat for Humanity offers in the Eastern Panhandle in programming areas such as: Reviewing the general application process for a Habitat home or a repair need for an existing; talking with area residents who are interested in volunteering for Habitat on a build, at the ReStore in Martinsburg or providing assistance at the Shepherdstown office.

“I’m really looking forward to continuing the work I began with Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle earlier this year as we open this new office in Shepherdstown,” Unger said.

“Being able to expand our physical presence at this new location at New Street United Methodist Church is a win-win for Habitat and the people in Jefferson County.”

Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle was founded in 1992 as a 501c3. Since that time, the organization has constructed 35 homes for people in need.