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  • Share Shirley Huffman – At Home on Grissom Lane on Facebook Share Shirley Huffman – At Home on Grissom Lane on Twitter Share Shirley Huffman – At Home on Grissom Lane on Linkedin Email Shirley Huffman – At Home on Grissom Lane link

    Shirley Huffman – At Home on Grissom Lane

    by Shirley Huffman – At Home on Grissom Lane, about 2 years ago

    Shirley Huffman moved to Blacksburg, Virginia four years ago in search of a supportive senior community. She had been living in Radford, Virginia to be close to her daughter, but had a challenging time connecting with the people in her community. Shirley began looking for a new place to live in Blacksburg. She wanted to find a place where she could not only be a part of a community/neighborhood with others in a similar life stage, but also wanted to find a home where she would feel safe and comfortable.

    Shirley was familiar with the college town, having attended Virginia... Continue reading

  • Share Jenn Million: Walking and Biking from Home is a Top Priority on Facebook Share Jenn Million: Walking and Biking from Home is a Top Priority on Twitter Share Jenn Million: Walking and Biking from Home is a Top Priority on Linkedin Email Jenn Million: Walking and Biking from Home is a Top Priority link

    Jenn Million: Walking and Biking from Home is a Top Priority

    by Jenn Million, about 2 years ago

    Jenn Million and her family love being active. They spend their quality time together outdoors - kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, and hiking.

    Jenn loves living in Blacksburg, where she works at Virginia Tech and feels connected to the community of students she serves and works alongside. Being able to live in town was a top priority for her and her family, who place a high value on reducing their dependence on cars for transportation. Jenn is passionate about cycling and she devotes a significant portion of her time and energy to advocating for bike and pedestrian safety here in Blacksburg... Continue reading

  • Share Betty Whitlock Feels Lucky to Have Found 55+ Housing in Blacksburg on Facebook Share Betty Whitlock Feels Lucky to Have Found 55+ Housing in Blacksburg on Twitter Share Betty Whitlock Feels Lucky to Have Found 55+ Housing in Blacksburg on Linkedin Email Betty Whitlock Feels Lucky to Have Found 55+ Housing in Blacksburg link

    Betty Whitlock Feels Lucky to Have Found 55+ Housing in Blacksburg

    by Betty Whitlock, about 2 years ago

    Betty fondly remembers the Blacksburg of her youth – a downtown consisting of about 6 stores along Main Street, and beyond that plenty of cornfields. Saturday night’s entertainment was driving downtown with her family to sit on Main Street for a weekly chat with friends and neighbors. “Dad always parked on the right side of the A&P.” Born in 1938, Betty has seen a lifetime of changes in this community where she grew up, went to school, married, raised her children, and had a career.

    Her first home in Blacksburg was on "VPI’s campus." Her dad worked for the dairy... Continue reading

  • Share Brandie Lemmon: Building a Life for Her Family in Blacksburg on Facebook Share Brandie Lemmon: Building a Life for Her Family in Blacksburg on Twitter Share Brandie Lemmon: Building a Life for Her Family in Blacksburg on Linkedin Email Brandie Lemmon: Building a Life for Her Family in Blacksburg link

    Brandie Lemmon: Building a Life for Her Family in Blacksburg

    by Brandie Lemmon, about 2 years ago

    Brandie Lemmon moved to Blacksburg from Connecticut when she was nine years old. Her father is a VT alum and loved the natural beauty of this area, but the biggest reason they returned was for her sister. They felt that her sister would thrive in Blacksburg with its commitment to education and top notch special needs resources.

    Now Brandie and her husband Derek, alumni of Radford University and Virginia Tech, have settled here in Blacksburg with their two children. Brandie is a teacher at Blacksburg United Methodist Preschool and Derek works for Luna Innovations. They are active in their congregation... Continue reading

  • Share Crystal Hollins Needed a Safe, Affordable Home to Raise Her Children on Facebook Share Crystal Hollins Needed a Safe, Affordable Home to Raise Her Children on Twitter Share Crystal Hollins Needed a Safe, Affordable Home to Raise Her Children on Linkedin Email Crystal Hollins Needed a Safe, Affordable Home to Raise Her Children link

    Crystal Hollins Needed a Safe, Affordable Home to Raise Her Children

    by Crystal Hollins, about 2 years ago

    Crystal is from Blacksburg and works at Virginia Tech in mail services. Prior to partnering with Habitat for Humanity to purchase a home in 2012, Crystal lived in a two-bedroom trailer in Blacksburg with her son and daughter. The trailer needed significant and expensive repairs that were beyond the family budget. Also, her two children were growing and needed their own rooms. Crystal realized she needed a different housing option, one that was safe (not in need of repair) and provided more space. It was important to her that the family live in Blacksburg where she works and where her... Continue reading

  • Share For a single income family, housing will never be affordable on a teacher’s salary on Facebook Share For a single income family, housing will never be affordable on a teacher’s salary on Twitter Share For a single income family, housing will never be affordable on a teacher’s salary on Linkedin Email For a single income family, housing will never be affordable on a teacher’s salary link

    For a single income family, housing will never be affordable on a teacher’s salary

    by Megan Ihlefeld, about 2 years ago

    Megan Ihlefeld moved to Blacksburg in 2009 with her two young children after her husband passed away in 2008. She loves her job as a science teacher at Blacksburg Middle School, but has struggled to find affordable housing in Blacksburg. Megan lives with her two children in an apartment of a family-style home in a neighborhood that is a mix of student rentals and families. It is strange for her to see students renting a home in what is intended to be a family neighborhood knowing she can’t afford to rent the same home.

    Megan feels connected to Blacksburg’s mountain... Continue reading

  • Share Don't Forget Housing for Front Line Workers on Facebook Share Don't Forget Housing for Front Line Workers on Twitter Share Don't Forget Housing for Front Line Workers on Linkedin Email Don't Forget Housing for Front Line Workers link

    Don't Forget Housing for Front Line Workers

    by jjones, about 2 years ago

    “People saw us differently during the pandemic. It was not just doctors and nurses. We were front line workers. People have to eat.”

    John Jones has been a mainstay at the North Main Street Food Lion for nine years. He started his employment there as a student at Virginia Tech in 2013. John arrived in Blacksburg from a small town in Nelson County, Virginia. “My hometown has one traffic light and only 135 people in my graduating high school class.” Even though coming to a larger town was a transition, Blacksburg reminded John of his hometown. “It is a good... Continue reading

  • Share Certain Things become More Important as You Get Older on Facebook Share Certain Things become More Important as You Get Older on Twitter Share Certain Things become More Important as You Get Older on Linkedin Email Certain Things become More Important as You Get Older link

    Certain Things become More Important as You Get Older

    by lvoss, about 2 years ago

    Digitizing history: The final act of throwing out her baby book was painful for Lois but the process of digitizing her baby photographs and snippets of writings in her mother’s hand was particularly meaningful. Lois recognizes “if she doesn’t go through her belongings now so her family can enjoy them, they might be packed up and put in boxes until her children retire and have time to look through them.”

    Lois moved to Blacksburg five years ago. She and her husband lived in a house in Minnesota for 31 years before moving into an apartment when her husband needed... Continue reading

  • Share Finding a Home in My Own Hometown on Facebook Share Finding a Home in My Own Hometown on Twitter Share Finding a Home in My Own Hometown on Linkedin Email Finding a Home in My Own Hometown link

    Finding a Home in My Own Hometown

    about 2 years ago

    “There are a million reasons to live in Blacksburg.” 25-year-old Peter Sorensen grew up here and graduated from Babson College. When the pandemic hit he was living in Brooklyn, New York. As he moved to remote work, with the newfound flexibility to live wherever he chooses, he was drawn back to his hometown.

    In addition to being close to family, Peter was attracted to Blacksburg’s unique mix: a rural setting, where his love of nature was fed by opportunities for kayaking, fishing, and canoeing, blended with a city feel that comes with cool coffee houses and restaurants with menus in... Continue reading

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    A Habitat for Humanity Success Story

    by NMcBryde, about 2 years ago

    For the past 22 years, Nakia has worked her way up at Rainbow Rider Child Care Center from floater to overseeing teacher mentoring for the facility. Charles, her husband, has worked at Spectrum Brands for 9 years, currently as a Consumer Relations Specialist. Their oldest son, Christopher, was diagnosed with microcephaly resulting in developmental delays and is confined to a wheelchair. Their youngest, Christian, is a thriving 6th grader at Blacksburg Middle School who loves to read and play basketball. Nakia and her husband partnered with Habitat for Humanity in 2018 to buy their first home- an affordable townhouse... Continue reading