Archive for month: March, 2019

GuideStar’s Highest Seal of Transparency

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam today earned the 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

By sharing metrics that highlight the progress Habitat is making toward our mission, we are giving our donors the best possible means of evaluating how their donations are being used.

“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Shawn Means, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. We can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters, donors, peers, and the media.”

View Habitat’s GuidStar Listing by Clicking Here!

Saying Goodbye to Bill

Bill Andreas

After five productive years of raising support for Habitat’s work, Development Director William “Bill” Andreas is moving to North Carolina to be nearer to family. Bill’s last day with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was March 3.

Bill started with Habitat in 2014 after moving to West Virginia from Fort Wayne, Indiana where he had spent many years working for Easterseals. During His five-year stopover in Charleston, Bill helped expand Habitat’s signature annual fundraising event “A Taste of… in Charleston” where each year a restaurant from hours away comes to Charleston for one evening in support of Habitat’s mission. He created the “TGIF Builder’s Club” that helped bring out an additional 300 volunteers each year, and Habitat’s Legacy Society, a planned-giving program.

As one of his final achievements with Habitat, Bill helped secure an Affordable Housing Program grant that will help complete the North Hills Drive neighborhood on which Habitat has been working for the last several years.

Bill is moving south to be closer to his family. He says he is excited to watch his 15-month-old granddaughter grow and spend time with his son and daughter-in-law. He will be living in Wilmington, North Carolina and spending his free time fishing the waters of the Atlantic. If you go looking for Bill, you will find him smiling on Carolina Beach with a fishing pole in hand.

Eliminating Debt & Empowering Homeowners

Habitat for Humanity empowers future homeowners to successfully own and maintain a home. One such way we achieve this is by teaching our Habitat partners about financial responsibility. We use a proven course that started out as a small class taught in a church. From that, Financial Peace University was born. Twenty years after the course was developed, its creator, Dave Ramsey, continues to teach people God’s way of handling money. Lisa, a recent course graduate says, “Dave explains so much about money and how to handle it the way God intended. You will learn a lot about money.”

debt free familyRamsey is a personal money-management expert and popular national radio personality. His seven best-selling books – Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership, The Complete Guide to Money, Legacy Journey and Smart Money Smart Kids – have sold more than 10 million copies combined.

Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, the Financial Peace University course presents practical, biblical steps to win with money. You’ll learn how to walk out of debt, build significant savings, and leave a lasting legacy for your family, church, and community. You will also learn the truth about credit cards and credit bureaus, how marketing can sway your spending decisions, what insurance you actually need, and how to plan for college and retirement.

The cost of the nine-week course is $75 dollars. Habitat homebuyers get a rebate once they complete all nine classes. Kelli, a current Habitat homebuyer says, “The great thing is you pay for the class, but get back so much more.”

The course is structured around a seven-step plan.

  • Step 1: Save $1000 in a beginner emergency fund76% of Homeowners live paycheck to paycheck.
  • Step 2: Pay off all debt, except mortgage
  • Step 3: Put three to six months of expenses in savings
  • Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into retirement
  • Step 5: Save for your children’s college
  • Step 6: Pay off your mortgage early
  • Step 7: Build Wealth and Give

Course instructor, Janie Hamilton, says that each step is achievable, but moving from step one to step seven takes time. “It can take three to four years before you make it past step three, but it can be done,” Hamilton explains.

The Financial Peace University course is offered twice a year on Monday nights at the John L. Dickinson Homeowner Education Center at 815 Court Street in Charleston. Each class runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you miss a class, you can make it up during the next course offering.

Schedule & Lessons

• Lesson 1 –  Super Saving
• Lesson 2 – Relating With Money
• Lesson 3 – Cash Flow Planning
• Lesson 4 – Dumping Debt
• Lesson 5 – Buyer Beware
• Lesson 6 – The Role of Insurance
• Lesson 7 – Retirement and College Planning
• Lesson 8 – Real Estate and Mortgages
• Lesson 9 – The Great Misunderstanding

For more information, including cost, or to purchase your class materials and register, contact Janie Hamilton directly at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or email Janie at

1 Year of Support

March 8: International Women’s Day

Celebrating Women Volunteers

March 8, 2019 is International Women’s Day. As part of the mission of Habitat for Humanity, we engage community members to give them volunteer opportunities. Most of our construction volunteers are men, but we do see our fair share of women on Habitat job sites. Many of our Habitat Homebuyers are women, and many are single women raising children on their own.

girls groupWe want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our female volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to Habitat for Humanity. We also want to commend our female homebuyers for their dedication to bettering the lives of their families.

Homeownership empowers women here in West Virginia and around the world. Owning an affordable home can remove barriers to opportunity and success and lead to improved health, stronger childhood development, and financial stability.

This International Women’s Day, take some time out to recognize the women in your life that are working hard to better the world around them.


Volunteer opportunities are available. Click here to view Habitat’s Construction Calendar or call the Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Hotline at 304-720-4470 to learn more.


Click HERE to make a secure, online financial contribution.