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April 6, 2017

Local family to receive new Habitat home keys Saturday

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Carolina and Ramon Navarette and their three children put in 600 hours of “sweat equity” with Fauquier Habitat for Humanity.
By Rebecca Frye
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity
On Saturday, April 8, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity will celebrate with the Navarrete family, Warrenton’s newest Habitat homeowners, at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Supporters, volunteers and neighbors will gather to welcome the Navarettes to the community from 10 a.m. to noon at 110 Haiti St.

To realize their dream of home ownership, Ramon and Carolina Navarrete worked more than 600 hours — far exceeding required 400, “sweat equity” hours — building their home, taking homeownership education classes and, along the way, winning the hearts of everyone with their unfailing warmth, generosity and dedication. The couple will share the home with their children Marco, Wendy, Guadalupe and Raymond, as they now work to pay back the zero-equivalent mortgage.

The Volkswagen Group of America committed $60,000 to help build the home. In addition, Fauquier Habitat will recognize the contributions of several local businesses, churches and organizations that supported the project. The efforts of more than 200 building volunteers who gave a “hand-up” during construction will also be applauded.

“We are looking forward to dedicating the home to this wonderful family. It is going to be a beautiful and emotional moment,” said Kim Forsten, president of the Fauquier Habitat Board of Directors. “I am so happy for them, their effort and hard work. There’s lots to be thankful for, for everyone.”

Town Manager Brannon Godfrey will give opening remarks at the ceremony that will include a “pounding,” a tradition in which friends and neighbors give a pound of flour and other foods to stock the family’s new pantry, music and the handing over of keys. A tour of the home and light refreshments will be offered after the ceremony.
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BJ · April 13, 2017 at 3:27 pm
Wow, really, and how many of the negative commenters have family that receive SNAP, or frequent the Free Clinic, or obtain school supplies for their children from donations, or use Medicaid, or receive free lunch at school, or go to the Fauquier Food Bank, or the multitude of "free" services in this county? Best to clean your own house before thinking you need to clean (or comment) on someone else's. You said it correctly Jim. Ignorant comments are the norm these days all the way to the top of our nation's administration. Blaine Johnson
Jim Griffin · April 8, 2017 at 11:12 am
It is sickening to read ignorant Facebook comments questioning the location of Habitat's work, or the legal status of the family that put in 600 hours' work towards their dream.

LindaW, I agree with you wholeheartedly: Congratulations and "Welcome Home!" to the Navarette family.

Well done, Habitat, and thanks for helping a hard-working family and improving a neighborhood that needs polishing. Thank you for all that you do.
LindaW · April 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm
Congratulations and "Welcome Home!" to the Navarette family!! "Thank You!" to Habitat and the many donors and volunteers who helped make it possible for this family to realize the dream of home ownership and to raise their children in a safe and stable home.
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