Lexington, Ky. (May 31, 2019) – Teams from CHI Saint Joseph Health began work this week on a Lexington Habitat for Humanity home on Betty Hope Lane in Lexington. Leaders from CHI Saint Joseph Health and LEX18 broke ground May 23 on the home.
“We are proud to be a part of this Lexington Habitat home build,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO, CHI Saint Joseph Health, and president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “At Saint Joseph, we believe that we are called to serve, and this is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate that belief. We have served our community since 1877 and we look forward to building on that strong connection of service through our ministry into the future.”
Over the next three months, more than 100 staff members from throughout CHI Saint Joseph Health will participate in the work on the home, including employees from Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph London. Volunteers represent all areas throughout the organization, including teams from the CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations, human resources, nurses, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists and marketing.
LEX18 is partnering with CHI Saint Joseph Health on building this Lexington Habitat for Humanity home. In addition to the build days for the station’s employees, some days will be opened to members of the public to volunteer.
“LEX18 is excited to partner with CHI Saint Joseph Health as we build a home – and raise awareness – for Lexington Habitat for Humanity,” said Pat Dalbey, president/general manager WLEX-TV. “We look forward to working side-by-side with people from all parts of our community, and encourage everyone to volunteer, donate and take part in this wonderful project.”
Over the past 30 years, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has built more than 450 new homes and worked with more than 75 owner-occupants to complete home preservation or critical repair projects on existing homes in Lexington. According to Lexington Habitat, it takes more than 1,500 volunteer hours to build a Habitat home and volunteers of all skill levels are welcomed.
The house is expected to be completed in early September. It will be home for Mona Ashby, who is raising her 7-year-old grandson. Mona says this is the biggest and best blessing she has ever received that “gives me great peace.”
“Because LEX 18 and CHI Saint Joseph Health have come together with Lexington Habitat, Mona will be able to not only achieve a dream, she will have the strength, stability and self-reliance which will enable her to have a strong foundation for her future and that of Ke’Andre, her grandson,” said Rachel Childress, CEO of Lexington Habitat for Humanity. “Today it is for Mona. For each and every day after, it is the beginning of an opportunity for all of us to find ways to love our neighbors.”
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
From the Bluegrass to Eastern Kentucky to Southern Kentucky, people count on LEX18 as their number one source of local news. weather, sports, and original programming. LEX18 is owned by the EW Scripps Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, which serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 52 television stations in 36 markets, Scripps is the nation’s fourth-largest independent TV station owner. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”
About Lexington Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has been building, preserving and repairing homes in Lexington for over 30 years. Lexington Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, donating to or shopping at one of our Lexington ReStore locations or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.lexhabitat.org.
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