Lexington Habitat builds 12-15 homes per year in Lexington, and since 1986 has helped over 425 low-income families achieve homeownership. By adding to the base of homeowners in the Lexington community, Lexington Habitat’s work additionally benefits the wider community significantly by improving whole neighborhoods, replacing vacant “eye-sore” lots with decent homes, removing vacant, dilapidated, and dangerous structures, and adding to the property tax base in the city.
Lexington Habitat accomplishes its mission because of the generosity of a multitude of groups including leading businesses, churches, a wide variety of individuals, and assorted grant funders who share the belief in the need for affordable housing. Additionally, Lexington Habitat relies on scores of volunteers contributing tens of thousands of hours of volunteer labor in service to Lexington Habitat and its partner families.
Also unique to Lexington Habitat is the ReStore located at 451 Southland Drive. The store is open to the public selling donated new or gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories and building supplies. Donations may be dropped off or a pick-up service is available. Additionally, the ReStore diverts reusable materials out of Lexington’s waste stream.
Our families are hardworking folks whose incomes fall below 60% of area median income. Families do not qualify for traditional mortgages. We offer them the opportunity to build the home they will purchase alongside donors and volunteers.
Families must first undergo financial screening, home visits, and approval by our Board of Directors. Once in the program, the families participate in 40-50 hours of homeownership training and education. Families must also commit to serving 250-500 hours of sweat equity!
We have served over 425 families in Lexington. As part of our partnership with Habitat International, we send “tithe” funds for each house we build. Our tithe funds currently go to Malawi Habitat for Humanity, the Orphans and Vulnerable Groups fund and the Global Mission Fund. In 2014 we achieved a huge milestone - tithing over $1 million dollars. Because of the compassion and dedication of this community, more nearly 700 families worldwide now live in simple, decent, affordable housing.
Streets and Neighborhoods
Lexington Habitat has traditionally built on in-fill lots in downtown Lexington (east and west ends), the Georgetown street area and in Winburn. One house at a time, one street at a time, we are working with the generous folks of Lexington to help improve our community.
We accomplish our mission through partnerships. We offer opportunities for folks to share their resources in many ways:
Lexington Habitat changes the lives of those who serve with us – it reaches in and grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. Come, join the family!
Lexington Habitat for Humanity
· CEO, 11/07-present
· Associate Executive Director, 10/06-11/07
Lexington Theological Seminary
· Registrar & Director of Student Services, 1/96 – 7/06
· Interim Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, 11/01 – 7/05
SCT Government Systems/Mentor Information Systems
· Product Marketing Manager, 5/94 – 1/96
· Administration Manager, 1/91 – 5/94
· Administrative Support Manager, 3/89 – 1/91
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Department for Military Affairs, Division of Disaster and Emergency Services
· Director of Support Services, 9/88 – 3/89
· Disaster Assistance Coordinator, 5/84 – 9/88; Outstanding Employee, 1987
Cabinet for Human Resources, Department for Social Insurance
· Food Stamp Program Automation Team, 11/82 – 5/84; Employee of the Year, 1983
· Procedures Development Specialist, 8/81 – 11/82; Employee of the Month, 11/82
· Food Stamp Program State Outreach Coordinator, 11/79 – 8/81
· Eligibility Worker, 6/78 – 11/79
Fayette County Adult Education
· Sign Language Instructor (part-time), 9/81 – 11/82
Zondervan Family Bookstore
· Clerk, 6/76 – 9/78
· Food Handler, 5/74 – 8/75
· M.A., Lexington Theological Seminary, May 1994, Final Project: In the Marketplace: A Review of Christian Ethics in Business; (12 additional hours post-graduate work also completed)
· B.A., Sociology, University of Kentucky, May 1978, Dean’s List, Honors Program, Honors in Sociology, magna cum laude
· Central Baptist Church: Moderator, Deacon (Chair), Choir, Personnel Committee (Chair), Sunday School Teacher/Director, Missions (Chair), Worship (Chair), By-Laws (Chair), Long-Range Planning, Pastor Search Committee (Chair), Interim Preaching Team
· Baptist Women in Ministry
· American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
· Kentucky Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
· Association for Theological Schools Registrars and Admissions Officers
· Association for Theological Schools Student Personnel Administrators Network; workshop panelist, 2005
· Kentucky Association for Higher Education and Disabilities; conference planning committee, 2002
· Collegiate Personnel Administrators of Kentucky
· Emergency Preparedness
· Kentucky State Government Career Management for Supervisors
· Management Skills: Discipline/Evaluation, Difficult People, Communication, Stress Management, Time Management, Quality Enhancement, Product Management, Team Building, Accounting
Pink roses dot the landscaping in front of Jackie Boone’s Habitat house. From the first nail to the finishing touches, Jackie had Lexington Habitat staff, volunteers and donors by her side helping her gain the skills and confidence she needed to become a first time homeowner. It was important to Jackie to have a home for her grandchildren. Since becoming a homeowner in 2008, Jackie has been promoted to team leader at her job and she has maintained spotless credit. She learned the importance of financial management during Lexington Habitat homeownership classes. She is a shining example of Habitat’s emphasis on homeowner education paving the way for successful homeownership.
God has used a myriad of unique and gifted folks to share God’s love with a new voice which has echoed through the centuries.
Listen, can you hear it?
I can. . . and what I hear it saying is that God has and will continue to use willing and steadfast people to help ensure we all have a decent place to live and, if we listen, God will continue to show us how.
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