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Cascades Blog: A brush with kindness

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity's current building project, underway in Hamilton. Courtesy Photo/Loudoun Habitat for Humanity
Eight families in Sterling have earned Loudoun Habitat for Humanity homes since the organization first picked up a hammer in the county. Now, more families will benefit, due to a Habitat home improvement program newly launched in the area.

The program, known as A Brush with Kindness, will provide external home repairs to those in need, with significant funding targeted specifically for homes in eastern Loudoun. The project offers small external repairs and projects such as building a ramp to replace stair access, stair and deck repair, landscaping and more.

“We are actively seeking applicants that have a financial need,” Kari Murphy, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity director of resource development, said.

In addition, the organization is developing plans to launch learning resources in the area.

“We’re going to be developing a learning center to help individuals in the community with all things [related to] home ownership—how to own a home, how to get your finances in order and, perhaps, how to do some light repairs,” Murphy said.

The learning center is expected to be in operation by next summer.

Currently, Loudoun Habitat for Humanity offers one education course for home buyers. Attendance at this course is the required first step on the journey to earning a Loudoun Habitat for Humanity home.

The organization is also sprucing up existing resources. Loudoun Habitat for Humanity recently completed a makeover of its ReStore, located at 700 Fieldstone Drive in Leesburg. The remodeled space
resulted in a larger nonprofit home improvement store featuring building materials, furniture and appliances at discounted prices, with profits going to Loudoun Habitat for Humanity home-building projects in the county.

The organization’s next fundraising opportunity, open to the public, will raise money for home-building and home-improvement projects in the area. A night of laughs featuring the Capitol Steps will take place in the fall. Details will be posted online at loudounhabitat.org.

Requirements for participation in the home repair program and an application to participate are available online at loudounhabitat.org/home-repair-program/. Individuals without computer access can request assistance in filling out the application. For information, call 703-737-6772.

Kari Murphy will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 8 meeting of the CountrySide Women’s Club. She will discuss Loudoun Habitat for Humanity’s past work and future plans. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the meeting room at CountrySide’s Parkway Pool, located at 46020 Algonkian Parkway. Individuals who are not current club members are welcome to attend.

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