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Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to helping people in need realize their dreams of homeownership.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties has restarted its construction program after more than a year of being shut down because of COVID-19.

The new leader of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha-Putnam says he’s ready to tackle challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Andrew Blackwood will join the organization as its new executive director. Blackwood will assume the role held by Shawn Means for the past three decades. Means announced his retirement in January and will officially end his service on June 30.

On July 1, 2021, a new executive director will take over the reins of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam County as I retire from the position after 27 years. I first announced my intention to retire last November so the board of directors would have adequate time to find the person to lead Habitat into the next chapter of its story, so I have had lots of time to reflect on the past nearly three decades and how Habitat has changed over the course of my career.

As West Virginians continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and move toward greater economic stability, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam continues to raise funds to help families and individuals make a better life for themselves through affordable, safe housing. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, one in seven families was spending half or more of their income on their rent or mortgage. We can not do this without your help though.

Shawn Means, long-time executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, has announced that he will retire in 2021. Shawn’s last day with Habitat will be June 30, 2021 – 27 years to the day since he assumed the role of Executive Director.

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help Habitat for Humanity without having to leave your home.

At Habitat for Humanity, safety has always been a part of what we do. Now more than ever, we want to stay safe so that we can stay open.

The Charleston ReStore is planning to reopen during the first part of July. We are not accepting donations at this time, and our store remains closed to shoppers until then.

Families may find themselves in need of decent shelter due to a variety of circumstances — unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded living conditions, damaged or dilapidated structures, unsafe neighborhoods, or lack of access to land and affordable financing.

When families partner with Habitat, they start down a new path — one with far fewer barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life.

Join other Habitat for Humanity supporters for a culinary showcase that otherwise would have you travel over a hundred and fifty miles to Morgantown for only a selection of the items that Chef Ohlinger will offer up in Charleston on March 5, 2020. This is your chance to dive into the foods and flavors of one of West Virginia's destination restaurants - without leaving Charleston. 

Every parent, every person, should have the decent shelter they need to thrive. The families who partner with Habitat for Humanity to build and improve places to call home come from a variety of backgrounds and are selected at a local level. 

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.

Do you want to learn some homebuilding basics, but you don’t have any construction experience? No problem. We have an experienced construction supervisor on our Charleston job site to teach you what you need to know to help with the home building process.

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