Written by Traci DeGroat, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Prince William County
There’s a story behind every Habitat for Humanity project
Dee Vanterpool moved to her Manassas townhouse in 1992. A quaint townhouse facing the community pool, it is well-kept and Dee is content there. Dee retired from the Federal Government where she had worked at the Pentagon in Logistics as a General Supply Specialist. Today she lives quietly, enjoying her church in Burke, Virginia, playing Solitaire, watching Christian TV and walking at the mall. Her son lives in New Jersey. Her daughter and sisters all passed away in the last five years. Dee has suffered from arthritis since childhood and has experienced significant illnesses in her adult life so she could use Habitat’s assistance to correct some minor home issues.
What Habitat will do for Dee
Habitat for Humanity will relocate a bathroom vent that discharges improperly into the attic, rebuild a fence gate and strengthen its posts and paint the exterior trim on the front entry door. We’re looking forward to giving this deserving resident a hand up with home preservation services that will make her home safer and more secure.
How our program works
Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) program engages residents and other community partners to revive neighborhoods and make them safe, inviting places to live.
The Neighborhood Revitalization program delivers a wide array of housing solutions such as making minor exterior repairs; providing critical home repairs that alleviate critical health, life, and safety issues or housing code violations; rehabbing vacant and foreclosed homes or building new homes to provide home ownership opportunities for low-income families; and improving the energy efficiency of homes through weatherization.
If you’d like to learn more about the application process, including income criteria and other requirements, please click here to be directed to the Programs section of Habitat’s website.
How you can help Dee and others
Habitat’s Home Repair programs, including its Home Preservation program, rely on the support of your donations and volunteer time. Your generous donations make it possible for us to purchase the needed materials and tools for repairs. Your volunteer hours help us save money on labor. Please partner with us on Dee’s Home Preservation project in Manassas! To give and to volunteer, click the links below. To watch the repairs as they progress, check in frequently by clicking the Family Story button below.