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Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta Partners with Hillsborough High School Habitat Youth to Support Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta Partners with Hillsborough High School Habitat Youth to Support Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

Hillsborough, New Jersey – March 18, 2024 – Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta, a local Hillsborough eatery, is joining forces with Hillsborough High School Habitat Youth to host a special fundraiser in support of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. On March 18, patrons who dine at Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta can contribute to the cause simply by enjoying a delicious meal.

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit charity organization dedicated to putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Their vision is one where everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live, echoing a broader aspiration for a world where everyone has a decent place to call home.

To help further this mission, Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta will donate 20% of its proceeds from the day’s sales to Habitat for Humanity. This generous contribution will directly support the organization’s efforts to provide affordable housing solutions to those in need within the local community.

Customers who wish to participate in the fundraiser must mention “Habitat for Humanity” when placing their order at Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta. By doing so, they will ensure that a portion of their purchase goes directly towards supporting the vital work of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity.

The fundraiser will take place on March 18, 2024 at Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta located at 378 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ. Whether dining in, ordering takeout, or enjoying delivery, customers can participate in this worthy cause and help build a brighter future for families in need by mentioning Habitat for Humanity.

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Sustainability Takes Center Stage: Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Celebrates First Recycled Home Dedication

Jamie Williams cuts the ribbon to her new home with Raritan Valley Habitat Construction Staff

Sustainability Takes Center Stage: Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Celebrates First Recycled Home Dedication

Franklin Township, NJ –­ On July 22, 2023, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) was proud to hold a home dedication ceremony for their first Recycled Home at 122 Sydney Place in Franklin Township. The event marked a new beginning for Habitat homeowner Jamie Williams and her family as they moved into their new home.

The Sydney Place home, initially built by Raritan Valley Habitat in 1999 as one-half of a duplex, holds significance as the organization’s first Recycled Home. Already the site of a Habitat success story, this home will now serve as a launchpad for a new family to build strength, stability, and self-reliance for themselves.

“This house was originally built 25 years ago for Phyllis Miller and her children,” says Melissa Flynn, Raritan Valley Habitat Executive Director. “Phyllis raised her children in this house, paid it off, and built a brighter future for her family. It has been an incredible opportunity to be able to partner with Jamie, who will also receive blessings as a homeowner.”

In attendance at this event were representatives from the Franklin Township Police Department Community Relations Bureau and Somerset County Commissioner Paul Drake. Their presence served as a testament to the unwavering support and collaboration from law enforcement and local government authorities for this transformative housing initiative. The shared commitment to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community was evident as they joined hands with Raritan Valley Habitat to celebrate the dedication of the Sydney Place home.

During the dedication, Jamie Williams and her family, the grateful Habitat homeowners, expressed joy and gratitude towards their family, Raritan Valley Habitat staff, volunteers, and the community for their unwavering support.

“I want to say thank you to everyone that made this day possible,” said Habitat homeowner Jamie Williams. “From the bottom of my heart, this is the best day of my life. Words cannot explain what this means to me.”

The ceremony concluded with Jamie cutting the ribbon and receiving the keys to her new home from members of the Raritan Valley Habitat build team including Danielle Matlack, Larry Cascio, and Adam Capone, symbolizing the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

Habitat houses are truly community projects. Volunteers and generous donors fuel every step–from planning to building to homeowner support. Raritan Valley Habitat recognizes and thanks every volunteer that helped make this project a success.

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) puts God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. Since 1991, Raritan Valley Habitat has been building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership opportunities.

Raritan Valley Habitat is currently building a duplex in Raritan Township for two new homeowner families, a Veteran home in Somerville and growing our Repair Program. To support these projects by making a donation, please visit www.rvhabitat.org/give or mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 330, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. For individuals and groups who would like to volunteer, visit rvhabitat.org/volunteer. To shop, donate, or volunteer at our ReStore, visit rvhabitatrestore.org.

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Announcing Hops for Homes

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Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity to Hold First Hops for Homes Event

Edison, NJ – Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity invites the community to join them for Hops for Homes, a lively fundraising event taking place at Cypress Brewing in Edison. Mark your calendars for July 23, from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m., as a portion of all sales during this event will directly support Raritan Valley Habitat’s mission to build and repair affordable housing in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Hops for Homes offers an opportunity to indulge in delicious local craft beer while making a meaningful impact in the community. Cypress Brewing will serve a tempting selection of their finest craft beers, allowing attendees to savor unique flavors and support a worthy cause.

“We are thrilled to partner with Cypress Brewing for Hops for Homes, a fundraising event that combines the love for craft beer with our shared commitment to affordable housing,” said Raymond Fry, Communications Specialist at Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. “By attending this event, guests can enjoy a great time while directly contributing to our efforts in creating safe and affordable homes for families in need.”

Exciting activities await guests at Hops for Homes:

Craft Beer Sampling: Immerse yourself in the world of local craft beer with Cypress Brewing’s delightful selection. Raise your glass, mingle with fellow supporters, and toast to the cause.

Corn Hole Tournament: Showcase your tossing skills in a friendly cornhole tournament. Grab a partner and compete for a chance to win the coveted “Brewer for the Day” prize, generously donated by Cypress Brewing. The tournament starts at 4:00 p.m., and the entry fee is $10.

Silent Auction: Take part in the lively bidding action at the silent auction, featuring fantastic items contributed by Cypress Brewing and Raritan Valley Habitat. Bid generously to support our mission and take home some remarkable prizes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable day of craft beer, camaraderie, and community spirit, all in support of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity.

For more information about Cypress Brewing, please visit www.cypressbrewing.com.

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) puts God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. Since 1991, Raritan Valley Habitat has been building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership opportunities.

Raritan Valley Habitat is currently building a duplex in Raritan Township for two new homeowner families, working toward building a Veteran home in Somerville and growing our Repair Program. To support these projects by donating, please visit www.rvhabitat.org/give or mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 330, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. For individuals and groups who would like to volunteer, visit rvhabitat.org/volunteer. To shop, donate, or volunteer at our ReStore, visit rvhabitatrestore.org.

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Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Announces Sydney Place Home Dedication Ceremony

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Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Announces Sydney Place Home Dedication Ceremony

Franklin Township, NJ – Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to announce the upcoming Sydney Place Home Dedication Ceremony on July 22 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at 122 Sydney Place, Somerset, NJ 08873.

Originally built by Raritan Valley Habitat in 1999 as one half of a duplex, the Sydney Place home holds a special place as the organization’s first Recycled Home. This project exemplifies Raritan Valley Habitat’s commitment to sustainability and community revitalization.

The dedication ceremony will be attended by Jamie Williams and her family, the grateful Habitat homeowners for this house, who will express their joy and gratitude for the support they have received.

We cordially invite community members, partners, and the press to join us in celebrating this significant milestone. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by contacting Jillian Kessler at jkessler@rvhabitat.org or (908) 704-0016 ext. 100.

Don’t miss this memorable event as we come together to celebrate the Sydney Place Home Dedication. Together, we continue to make a lasting impact on the lives of deserving families.

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) puts God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. Since 1991, Raritan Valley Habitat has been building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership opportunities.

Raritan Valley Habitat is currently building a duplex in Raritan Township for two new homeowner families, working toward building a Veteran home in Somerville, rehabilitating a home in Franklin Township and growing our Repair Program. To support these projects by donating, please visit www.rvhabitat.org/give or mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 330, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. For individuals and groups who would like to volunteer, visit rvhabitat.org/volunteer. To shop, donate, or volunteer at our ReStore, visit rvhabitatrestore.org.

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Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Selects Family for Rehabilitated Home in Somerset

The Williams Family

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Selects Family for Rehabilitated Home in Somerset

Bedminster, NJ (Feb. 17, 2023) Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) is excited to announce the selection of a new partner family to help rehabilitate and ultimately purchase a home in Somerset, New Jersey.

Jamie Williams is a single mom with three sons and one daughter: Eric (21), Jaimen (19), Jamila (13), and Jamil Jr. (9). As Somerset County natives, the Williams family is already rooted deeply in the community. Jamie works as a mini-bus driver for the Somerset County Department of Transportation. At the same time, Eric and Jaimen attend Rowan and Shippensburg University, respectively. The family is thrilled to partner with Raritan Valley Habitat to make their forever home in Somerset.

The Williams will work alongside volunteers, donors, and Raritan Valley Habitat employees to rehabilitate a single-family home on Sydney Place in Somerset, New Jersey. The family will contribute at least 250 hours toward working on their home, community support, and personal development. Once construction is complete, they will purchase the home.

The home on Sydney Place was initially built by Raritan Valley Habitat in 1999 as one-half of a duplex. Raritan Valley Habitat bought back the house last year with the intent to update and repair the home for a whole new Habitat partner family to achieve their dream of homeownership. This rehabilitation project is yet another step in the mission to build and maintain affordable housing in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties.

Raritan Valley Habitat Homeowners are selected through a rigorous application process. They purchase homes at a price they can afford and commit to monthly, interest-free mortgage payments, taxes, and insurance. In addition, each future homeowner commits to partnering with Habitat. They work on building homes, engaging with the community, participating in workshops and learning opportunities, fundraising, and more.

Habitat houses are truly community projects. Volunteers and generous donors fuel every step–from planning to building to homeowner support.

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) puts God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. Since 1991, Raritan Valley Habitat has been building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership opportunities.

Raritan Valley Habitat is currently building a duplex in Raritan Township for two new homeowner families, working toward building a Veteran home in Somerville and growing our Repair Program. To support these projects by donating, please visit www.rvhabitat.org/give or mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 330, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. For individuals and groups who would like to volunteer, visit rvhabitat.org/volunteer. To shop, donate, or volunteer at our ReStore, visit rvhabitatrestore.org.

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“Habitat Saved My Life”: Bridgewater Resident Receives Vital Home Repair Assistance

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Volunteers from Avison Young came out as part of their Annual Day of Giving.
Raritan Valley Habitat Construction Supervisor Larry Cascio Painting the Hessenthalers’ Home.

Bedminster, NJ (Oct. 4, 2022) Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) is proud to help Emma and Herbert Hessenthaler of Bridgewater, NJ rehabilitate their home.

The Hessenthalers have lived in their Bridgewater home for the past 42 years. Herbert, who has advanced Parkinson’s and A-fib, has been disabled for nearly sixteen years. This has kept him from being able to do any work around the house or even cut the grass. He is currently in hospital, where Emma has been going back and forth daily to help care for him.

Thanks to the assistance of volunteer groups from Verizon Wireless and Avison Young, Raritan Valley Habitat has been able to clean up the couple’s yard, perform minor carpentry repairs, replace the Hessenthalers’ mailbox and paint the home’s exterior.

“There are no words for your generosity,” says Emma Hessenthaler. “I didn’t expect such professional care, but God threw you people in our yard. You saved my life.”

As she travels between the hospital and home, Raritan Valley Habitat wants to ensure that Emma comes home to a safe and maintained home. The volunteers’ dedication has often caused Emma to cry tears of joy, and her gratitude has been reciprocated throughout the organization.

“Emma and Herbert have both been so appreciative of all the work our volunteers have done,” says Raritan Valley Habitat Construction Supervisor Larry Cascio. “Emma is brought to tears every time a group comes out, and that gratitude is something we want to show her as well. It has been an honor to help restore their home.”

Raritan Valley Habitat’s Home Safety and Repair program includes Brush with Kindness (small exterior clean-up and maintenance), Small Repairs (like installing sheetrock, flooring, cabinets, or window panes), and Critical Home Repairs (larger repairs like roof or furnace replacement). Homeowners in need of repairs should contact Jessica Abbott at 908-704-0016, ext. 117, or visit rvhabitat.org/home-safety-repair for information and application details.

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (Raritan Valley Habitat) puts God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. Since 1991, Raritan Valley Habitat has been building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership opportunities.

Raritan Valley Habitat is currently building a duplex in Raritan Township for two new homeowner families, working toward building a Veteran home in Somerville and growing our Repair Program. To support these projects by making a donation, please visit www.rvhabitat.org/give or mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 330, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. For individuals and groups who would like to volunteer, visit rvhabitat.org/volunteerTo shop, donate, or volunteer at our ReStore, visit rvhabitatrestore.org.

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RVHFH Teams Up with Somerset County VoTECH

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Teams up with Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Carpentry Program

Bedminster, NJ (June 16, 2022) Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RV Habitat) is proud to partner with the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) Carpentry Program on projects large and small. The students built and donated a playhouse, and are now providing crucial assistance in getting Eileen Strasko, a Bound Brook, NJ resident, back into her home following the devastation of Hurricane Ida.

Welcoming students onto the repair jobsite is a huge benefit to Strasko, RV Habitat’s volunteer team, and the students. “Having the students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity provided them with the opportunity to apply the skills they learned in the shop in a real-life scenario. It is one thing to learn how to install sheetrock in a shop space, but to actually enter into a person’s home and produce quality work that will last for years to come is quite another,” says SCVTHS Carpentry Instructor James Foley. “The students were eager to work and hopefully garnered great satisfaction knowing that with each piece of drywall hung up and each phase of spackling completed they were helping to get the house one step further to being occupied again. This volunteering experience also helps to build a sense of community among the students, everyone working together to achieve a common goal.”

Seventy-one-year-old Strasko has been displaced since Hurricane Ida hit in September 2021. Her home of more than fifty years was completely flooded in the storm, destroying the downstairs floors, walls, and appliances, as well as the entire electrical, plumbing, and heating systems. The SCVTHS students hung drywall and spackled, and will now install flooring. RV Habitat replaced the major systems with help from a grant provided by State Farm.

“We are thrilled to be working with such skilled and ambitious students,” says Jess Mauceri, RV Habitat’s volunteer coordinator. “Habitat’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. These amazing young people are our community and hope for today and tomorrow.”

Critical Home Repair is part of RV Habitat’s Home Safety and Repair program, which includes Brush with Kindness (small exterior clean-up and maintenance), Small Repairs (like installing sheetrock, flooring, cabinets, or window panes), and Critical Home Repairs (larger repairs like roof or furnace replacement). Homeowners in need of repairs should contact Jessica Abbott at 908-704-0016, ext. 117 or visit rvhabitat.org/home-safety-repair for information and application details.

About Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity
Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RV Habitat) puts God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a time when everyone in Hunterdon and Somerset counties has a decent place to live. Since 1991, RV Habitat has been building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership opportunities.

RV Habitat is currently building a duplex in Raritan Township for two new homeowner families, working toward building a Veteran home in Somerville, and growing our Repair Program. To support these projects by making a donation, please visit www.rvhabitat.org/give or mail a donation to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 330, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. For individuals and groups who would like to volunteer, visit rvhabitat.org/volunteer. To shop, donate, or volunteer at our ReStore, visit rvhabitatrestore.org.

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