Building hope through homes with LowCountry Habitat

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Photo above: LowCountry Habitat For Humanity board member Graham Holcombe on right at the 25th anniversary celebration last month.

One month ago LowCountry Habitat For Humanity celebrated their 25th anniversary, but they still need your help to build their Silver Anniversary Home. We caught up with Janie Lackman, Marketing and Resource Development Director, to learn more about what LowCountry Habitat has accomplished over the past 25 years and how our community can stay engaged.

What impact has LowCountry Habitat For Humanity had on the Beaufort community over the past 25 years?

Chet Houston, LowCountry Habitat For Humanity Executive Director, speaks at the 25th anniversary celebration.
Chet Houston, LowCountry Habitat For Humanity Executive Director, speaks at the 25th anniversary celebration.

To date, LowCountry Habitat has completed 42 homes in Northern Beaufort County. Within the last 6 months, more than 185 volunteers have completed 8000+ volunteer hours. Our program provides a hand up to families and in the process adds the stability and financial help needed to build better futures. Since we hold the mortgages on our homes, we get the added benefit of seeing children grow and thrive in their new homes. We see parents go back to school and children graduate and go off to college or the military.

Why did you decide to host a 25th anniversary celebration? 

We decided the best way to celebrate 25 years of building homes, hope and community in Northern Beaufort County was to BUILD a 25th Anniversary home, so the goal of this event was to raise the funds to build our “Silver Anniversary Home”. These dollars allow us to buy the needed materials to build a home to serve yet another Beaufort family in need of a decent, safe and affordable place to live. The locations of this home and the family to receive it have not yet been defined, but it will be built in Northern Beaufort County. We came very close to our fundraising goal and would gladly accept additional donations to help build this home!

How else can supporters engage with LowCountry Habitat through the rest of the year?

We plan to continue the celebration of our 25th Anniversary with the building of the home. We will update the community as we progress with this goal and will have open events at the build site as this progresses. We are always in need of volunteers and host a monthly volunteer orientation on the second Saturday of each month at the Office at 10 a.m. And of course, there is still time to donate to the 25th Anniversary Home and be part of this amazing milestone.

Contact Janie Lackman at janie@lowcountryhabitat.org.