About Builders Blitz
Builders Blitz began in 2002 when local custom home builder and visionary Tom Gipson recruited 12 builders to construct one house each in a five-day period. He asked the builders to donate the labor, secure the assistance of subcontractors, and seek donations of the needed materials, from frame to finish. The results were astounding: Twelve homes were completed in five days at a total cost to Habitat (not including land) of $84,000. In addition to the donated labor and materials the builders raised $100,000 in cash donations.
In 2006, the Home Builders Blitz became a national model: More than 1,000 professional homebuilders teamed with 130 Habitat affiliates across the United States, building 459 homes which provided housing for nearly 2,000 people. For his leadership in this effort, and for helping to impact so many lives by providing affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity, Gipson was recognized as an “Ultimate Volunteer” by The View in 2009.
Gipson’s leadership is significant in Wake County: To date, 75 of the 450 homes Habitat Wake has completed were constructed by professional builders during the Builders Blitz. The 2014 Builders Blitz June will be held 9-13 and will construct four homes to help end the cycle of poverty for four additional hardworking Wake County families.
All Habitat Wake Homeowners contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity,” pay a $1,500 down payment, and have an affordable, 20-year, zero percent interest mortgage. Because Builders Blitz homes are built in one week, the owners of these homes have the opportunity to contribute sweat equity hours building the homes of their neighbors.
For more information on the 2014 Builders Blitz, read the 2014 Press Release.
Completed Homes! Take a look at the week’s progress in photos.
Builders Blitz 2014 Sponsors
Fonville Morisey Barefoot has operated from its home base in Raleigh since 1983, providing builders and developers with the knowledge and manpower to market and sell new homes in more than 475 of the ﬁnest new home communities in the Triangle.
For more details, www.FMBnewhomes.com.
Home Builder Sponsors
Robuck Homes, based in Raleigh, is a fourth generation family owned and operated company that has built more than 5,000 homes in Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, and surrounding areas. Robuck Homes recently has completed homes in Abbington, Heritage, and Jamison Park neighborhoods.
See more at www.RobuckHomes.com.
Savvy Homes, headquartered in Raleigh, is actively selling in more than 30 communities in seven metropolitan areas including Raleigh, Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Pinehurst, Sanford, and Beaufort, NC, and Huntsville, AL. Savvy has built more than 1,000 homes since its inception six years ago.
For more details, visit www.SavvyHomes.com.
Learn more at www.WadeJurneyHomes.com.
Builders Blitz 2014 will take place in Raleigh in the Maybook neighborhood. Habitat Wake began building in this neighborhood in early 2014.
Future Homeowner: The Best Family
Building Partner: Savvy Homes
Christina was born in New Bern, NC, and moved to Raleigh when she was six. She is a single mother of two sons. Her oldest son is eight, and her younger son is five months. Christina cherishes time with her boys, though it is limited because of her rigorous work schedule. She is very thankful for the opportunity to be a homeowner, and she is prepared to put in the work to get there.
Future Homeowners: The Mbgua Family
Building Parnter: Wade Jurney Homes
Esther is originally from Nairobi, Kenya, but now lives in Raleigh. She is a single mother of two daughters, who are 22 and 14. She works full time and attendscollege. Her oldest daughter also attends college and working part-time. Her youngest daughter is in 9th grade. Esther works as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at North Hills Senior Home, along with her oldest daughter. Though they rarely have time together as a family, on Sundays, they go to church at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and enjoy attending the coffee hour social. Much of their time together is spent working on school assignments, although they have occasional movie nights. Esther learned about Habitat through a close friend who is a Habitat homeowner. In addition to owning her own home, Esther is excited about being a part of the community and having the opportunity to meet and socialize with other homeowners.
Future Homeowners: The Nyaoro & Opiyo Family
Building Partner: Robuck Homes
David and Caroline have two children and immigrated from Kenya in 2011. Upon entering the US, they joined StepUp Ministry after being referred by Wheels for Hope. “We were looking to get a car but God had his own plans… as it says in Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Their two children are ages 17 and 9. It has always been the family’s dream to own their own home. Currently, they live in a two-bedroom house. The two boys share one bedroom. The family is looking forward to beginning sweat equity hours on their house and others. “A journey begins with a step. Our transition from Kenya to the US is definitely God’s work.” – Caroline
Future Homeowner: The Steward Family
Building Partner: Habitat Wake
Charlene was born in Raleigh, but grew up in Hampton, Virginia. For 15 years, she has worked at WakeMed as a CNA. Charlene has a 13-year-old daughter. They currently live in Wake Forest. During their free time, they like to window shop. Her daughter is the catcher for her middle school softball team. Charlene also attends Durham Tech to prepare for a career as a surgical technologist. She belongs to Olive Branch Baptist Church in Wake Forest. She learned about Habitat Wake when she attended an information session at the church. She is looking forward to beginning the build cycle, and she wants to continue to volunteer even after she completes her needed hours and moves into her home. Charlene says “It is such a blessing to see so many people coming out to help others. Thank you, Lord.”
Additional Blitz Sponsors
Carolina Custom Heating & Cooling
Comfort Air, Inc.
|AC Gutter Co.
Atlantic Coast Cabinets
All Max Plumbing
All Pro Insulation
Bateman Civil Survey
Brock Cabinets Inc.
Builders Insulation Inc.
Carey Sound & Security
Chili’s Restaurants in the Triangle
Coleman Floor Company
Construction in Motion
Elite Building Services
Finish Line Hardware
Fransico Britto Painting
Gordon’s Plumbing Inc.
Home Team Pest
Majestic Marble & Glass
Migel Agular Framing
NC Ice House
Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC
Renn Building Products
Service Building Supply
The Chef’s Academy
Tijuana Flats Burrito Company
Triangle Seamless Gutters
Universal Forest Products
Willoughby’s Enterprises Inc.