New Orange County Habitat for Humanity Community for Seniors is First of its Kind

September 29, 2019

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new affordable housing community for seniors on Thursday. The Crescent Magnolia community in Hillsborough is the first in the nation built by Habitat strictly to improve affordable home ownership for residents 55 years-old and older. Orange County resident and senior Michelle Porchia helped build one of the buildings by cutting insulation, hammering nails and screwing in doorknobs. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, she shared her memory of seeing the first one-story townhouse building be constructed. Read more

Orange High partners with Habitat and PHE Inc. for 11th annual Hands for Habitat

September 12, 2019

Members of the Orange County School district administration joined Orange County Habitat for Humanity, a class from Orange High School and financial partner PHE Incorporated to announce the 11th annual Hands for Habitat event Thursday morning. The event, which took place at 545 Homemont Avenue in Hillsborough, will see the construction traits class from Orange High School partner with Habitat for Humanity—with the help of a $50,000 donation from PHE Incorporated—who was represented by Katy Zvolerin, Director of Public Relations, to build a home at the site location. Read more

Orange County Habitat for Humanity talks home, health and safety in a new panel series

September 5, 2019

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County hosted a housing and health panel Wednesday to discuss the safety and health risks posed in some United States homes.  Habitat said, 45 percent of U.S. homes exhibit a health or safety risk, such as mold, broken stairs or windows and exposure to lead and other toxic chemicals.  This discussion was the first of a panel series, called Home is the Key, which is being hosted in celebration of its 35th anniversary. The series will continue through October and November with two more panel discussions.  Read more

Building Identity

July 19, 2019

Jonathan Reckford '84 stepped off the corporate path and followed his faith to the leadership of Habitat for Humanity, now a $2 billion builder that's also an agent for change in housing policies worldwide.  Read more

Tar Heels Team up to help Habitat for Humanity

June 7, 2019

UNC student-athletes and staff teamed up recently to benefit Habitat for Humanity, helping to put the finishing touches on homes in an Orange County neighborhood. Members of the rowing, women's soccer, volleyball and wrestling teams participated, along with several coaches and staff members. Read more

UNC Chapel Hill holds 2019 spring commencement

May 12, 2019

UNC Chapel Hill completed the 2018-2019 academic year by awarding degrees to thousands of students on Sunday. The featured speaker was Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan T.M. Reckford - a 1984 graduate Read more

Column: We need the people who need affordable housing

April 21, 2019

A home is more than just a roof and four walls. At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that owning a home doesn’t just provide shelter, but a home also builds strength, stability and self-reliance. This impact often breaks the cycle of generational poverty for families, changing the trajectory of their lives and the lives of their children. The impact, though, does not stop with that individual family. When more people in our community have a safe, decent, affordable home, it helps us all. Read more

Habitat for Humanity CEO to deliver Spring Commencement address

February 21, 2019

Jonathan T.M. Reckford, who graduated from Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1984, will deliver the Commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Spring Commencement on May 12. Read more

Hometown Hero: Susan Levy

January 14, 2019

This week’s Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Subaru Southpoint, is Susan Levy. Levy was the executive director of Orange County Habitat for Humanity for 26 years and stepped down at the end of last year. Read more

'The stuff of the gospel': Church hopes 3 tiny houses set an example for others

October 21, 2018

At the end of their morning service Sunday, members of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate left their sanctuary so they and the visiting bishop could bless and dedicate three small houses they are helping to build for the homeless. They didn’t have to go far. Read more