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Asheville, NC (May 23, 2018) – Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is celebrating a “35 years and 500 families served” milestone the best way it knows how; by building a 35th Anniversary House. Key partner AvL Technologies stepped up with a lead gift, offering to match all donations to the house, dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000.

Folks can help Habitat raise $25,000 by donating online at or pledging support by texting Celia to 71777 from your mobile phone. “This is a great opportunity to double your impact, and we’re grateful for AvL Technologies for offering this matching grant. Whether $35 or $500, gifts of any and all amount are much appreciated and will help us reach our goal,” noted Kit Rains, Development Director.

Construction on the 35th Anniversary House, a 2 bedroom/1 bath home in Habitat’s Arden neighborhood, begins June 8th.  Upon completion, future homeowner Celia Ramirez will purchase the home from Habitat and pay an affordable 30-year mortgage. “My dream is to live with dignity, in a safe environment with my son, in a home full of love, peace and harmony,” said Ramirez.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300 new houses and repaired more than 200 homes since its inception in 1983. Mortgage payments made by Habitat homeowners are cycled back into the organization’s building program, helping to fund the construction of more homes. Asheville Area Habitat is the only local non-profit housing agency that focuses solely on ownership.

About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Through Habitat homeownership and home repair programs, nearly 1,400 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have greater financial stability. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat, a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, and how you can get involved at


Contact: Ariane Kjellquist, Communications Director                               

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity                                            

828.210.9362 |                       

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