A New Beginning

TracyNewest Habitat Home Recipient
By
 Carol Roop

The words “persistent” and “enthusiastic” only begin to describe Tracy Fields.  She and her son are the newest partner family for an Orange County Habitat for Humanity home.  Twenty five other families have preceded her.  Her smile flashes 100 watts when asked about her journey to home ownership. ..
            Originally from Harpers’ Ferry, West Virginia, Tracy has lived in Orange County for five years.  She says that she prayed for those five years for the opportunity to give her son, five year old Josiah, a safe place in the country to play.  She has often worked two jobs to provide for her son.  Living in a dark, forty year old trailer, she is unable to cook, do laundry or have a space of her own. “It is depressing,” she says.  Habitat has helped her to do something that she was desperately trying to do: get a place of her own to come home to.
            She sought assistance from Ruth Bramlett of Skyline Community Action.  After many determined visits and phone calls by Tracy, Ruth got the call that set things in motion.  A foreclosed home, ready to be refurbished, had been purchased by Habitat.  Ruth thought immediately of Tracy.  When the Habitat Family Selection Committee came to Tracy’s door with the news, her reaction was, “What! Are you serious?”
            Tracy was extremely fortunate that things fell into place so quickly.  She met all the qualifications required.   Since Habitat for Humanity projects are “A Hand, Up Not a Hand Out,” Tracy, as a prospective homeowner, must have the required down payment, sufficient incomefor mortgage payments, taxes & insurance and the willingness and ability to put in 150 Sweat Equity hours.
            When asked what she is most looking forward to, she sits back, sighs and smiles widely.  “Birthday parties and sleepovers for my son.  Holidays will be wonderful.  Baking cookies in my kitchen and watching the snow fall in the trees.”  She continues,” I thought, how will I ever afford a normal life for my child?  Never in a million years did I think it would happen.  God is good.” 

Tracy Fields' new home was dedicated
on November 13, 2011.

Dedication of Tracy's new home

Orange County Habitat for Humanity partnered with Habitat Virginia and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to purchase a foreclosure house on the Lahore Road. The house has been refitted with a new repaired roof, new appliances, new carpet and other flooring, other minor repairs and a new paint job. The old fiberboard siding was replaced, new energy efficient windows and a heat pump were installed. The house has now become a home for Tracy and her son Josiah.

Special thanks goes to:  Whirlpool, Bill Nowers, Bud Dominick, Tim Tignor, Richard Coleman, 84 Lumber, and the other volunteers that helped when needed and those that provided the funds needed to purchase all the materials.

Tracy recieving the keys to their new home from Cindy Reid, OCHFH President.
Tracy, with her son Josiah, receiving the keys to her new home
from OCHFH President Cindy Reid.

 

Dedication Day at Tracy's New Home

Bill, Bud and John
Bill Nowers, Bud Dominick and John Henry
Presentation of basket
Pastor Denise Hall & Debbie Rexrode presenting
the gifts fromt he Homeowners Basket to Tracy.
Below, Scouts Aidan Stakem, Connor Hogsten, Tanner Hogsten and Taylor Gibson from Cub Pack 14
planted organic tulip bulbs donated by EcoTulips beside the front steps of Tracy's new home.
Cub Scouts ready to plant tulip bulbs Starting work up ground
Cub Scouts planting tulips Cub Scouts planting tulip bed
Tracy's son Cub Scout troop 14 did the planting

 

Working on Tracy's Home

Richard Coleman and crew volunteering their time to put a new roof on Tracy's home.
Bill installing new window.
Bill Nowers, our Construction Supervisor,
installing a new energy efficient window.
Tom sanding walls.
Tom sanding walls to prep for paint.
John folding drywall tape.
John folding drywall tape.
Jim cutting drywall.
Jim cutting drywall (above) and cutting vinyl siding (to right).
Jim cutting vinyl siding
$974.13 Raised by Woodberry Students for Tracy's!!!

Woodberry students

Woodberry sutdents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodberry students

Woodberry Forest School students man the concession stand at all home football games with all proceeds going to Orange County for Habitat for Humanity. Every football game was a fundraiser supporting a new home for a needy Orange County family.

THANKS!