Church donates $150,000 to Habitat for Humanity

ABINGDON, Va. - Often times it takes hundreds of people and thousands of dollars to build one home, but thanks to a generous donation from a local church the Washington County, Virginia

Habitat for Humanity will soon help built 5 homes for 5 different families in Southwest Virginia.

An empty lot on Taylor Street in Abingdon will be filled with gravel and dirt.
Thanks to a very big donation.

"I'm pleased to present this check to you from Emory United Methodist Church for Habitat for Humanity for this lot," David Jackson, Pastor of Emory United Methodist.

The Emory United Methodist Church which sits on the campus of Emory and Henry College donated more than $150,000 to the Washington County Virginia Habitat for Humanity.
The church's pastor David Jackson told News 5 that the church is giving back to it's community because of two his members gave so much to the church.

"The example of Loren and Alice Dow has really been compelling to us, because they were so generous to their church when they passed, they have left a legacy to be able to help others. And I really think that is what we are called to do people of faith," said Jackson.

News 5 learned that Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty all over the world.

And for the past 16 years the Washington County, Virginia has been changing its community one home at a time.

Just down the road, first time homeowners Michael and Cynthia Gravely are putting the finishing touches on their new habitat home.

"It's dream come true it's what we've worked for our whole marriage, for our relationship, for our kids to have a stable environment," said Cynthia Gravely.

The Gravely's have been helping to build their home since July and if they follow their to-do-list they'll move in just two weeks.

And they realize that it's people like Dow's and the Emory United Methodist Church who give them a place to call home.

"Thank you and God Bless you for giving us this chance to be homeowners, they do wonders for people who wouldn't normally be able to on their own," said Cynthia Gravely.

News 5 asked officials with Habitat how long will it take to build the new home on Taylor Street and they said they hope to have it complete before winter.

The money donated will go toward the purchase of 5 lots that homes will be built on during the next year.

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