Habitat for Humanity celebrates start of four houses in new Arden neighborhood

August 2, 2017

Next Friday, August 11thAsheville Area Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the start of four new homes in its Arden neighborhood. Upon completion, Presbyterian-United Methodist House #26 will be purchased by the Norris-Hunter family, the McCarson family will buy Episcopal House XII, the Parrot family will make Interfaith House #19 their home, and the Lester family will buy the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) House. These families are all working toward a better future and, together with Asheville Habitat and its generous sponsors and volunteers, they are taking the next step on their journey to self-reliance through shelter.

The families, volunteers, and donors from the various sponsoring groups will join Asheville Habitat at the construction site in Arden (34 Beale Road) on Friday, August 11th at 12:30 pm to enjoy lunch and fellowship and then participate in the build kick-off rituals of signing studs and gable sheathing. The media and public are invited to attend.
The SECU-sponsored home is part of the SECU-Habitat Mountains to the Sea Challenge, an initiative to build a Habitat home in every county (100) in North Carolina. The Presbyterian-United Methodist and Interfaith community sponsor Habitat homes annually. The Episcopal churches sponsor every other year.
Members of the sponsoring faith communities are as listed:

Presbyterian/United Methodist House #26:

Abernethy UMC
Asbury Memorial United Methodist
Black Mountain Presbyterian Church
Central United Methodist Church
Christ Community Church-Montreat
First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Groce United Methodist Church
New Hope Presbyterian Church
Oak Hill United Methodist Church
Oakley United Methodist Church
Reems Creek-Beech Presbyterian
Skyland United Methodist Church
Snow Hill United Methodist Church
Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church
West Asheville Presbyterian Church

Interfaith House #19:
Baha’i Faith Center
Basilica of St. Lawrence
Beth Israel Synagogue
Center for Spiritual Living- Asheville
Circle of Mercy
Congregation Beth HaTephila
First Baptist Church- Weaverville
First Baptist Church of Asheville
First Christian Church
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Jubilee! Community, Inc.
Lenoir-Rhyne University
St. Barnabas Catholic Church
St. Eugene Church
St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Trinity United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the
   Swannanoa Valley


Episcopal House XII:
Calvary Episcopal Church
The Cathedral of All Souls
Church of the Advocate
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community
Episcopal Diocese of WNC
Grace Episcopal Church
St. George’s Episcopal Church
St. Giles Chapel
St. James Episcopal Church
St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
St. Mary’s Parish
St. Matthias Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church

Asheville Habitat has built 300 single family homes in Buncombe County, and the neighborhood at Beale Road marks the first time Asheville Habitat has built in Arden. These four homes are part of a 21-house Habitat neighborhood on Jon Kraus Way. This parcel of land will become a thriving neighborhood full of folks investing in their community by shopping locally, paying property taxes, and making mortgage payments to Habitat; payments that will help others become homeowners.