Community partners step up to help Habitat for Humanity

LEX 18 CHI Saint Joseph Health Habitat House 2019!
Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 15, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Habitat for Humanity works every day to make sure people in Central Kentucky have an affordable, safe place to live. They're able to do this work thanks to the help of community partners.

More than 500 homes have been built or repaired and many more lives changed by Lexington Habitat for Humanity over the last three decades. They are happy for the countless volunteers, donations, and community partners.

"Housing is complicated and it impacts every part of life for our community. So a partner like CHI St Joseph Health that sees the health issues with that, and for a partner like LEX 18 that sees the stories that aren't being told in our community," said Jeremiah Myers, the Lexington Habitat Program Support Manager.

This summer, LEX 18 and CHI St Joseph Health are helping make the dream of home ownership a reality for Mona Ashby on Betty Hope Lane.

John Brothers with CHI St Joseph Health tells LEX 18 that partnering with Habitat was a no-brainer, as the non-profit hospital tries to carry out their mantra, "Called to Serve."

"We recognize without adequate housing it could cause issues regarding people's health. And the individuals who are fortunate enough to participate and own these homes after the build, we know that their health care is going to be better," he said. "We're here to serve our community, so if we see a need it's our job to address the needs that are here."

Employees from all different St Joseph locations have come together to pitch in.

"We're confident that Lexington as a community will rise to that challenge, so we can meet the need for affordable housing in our community," said Myers.