Fauquier Habitat for Humanity Installs New President for 2015


January 30, 2015
CONTACT: Brenda Drerenberger
540 349 4952

Warrenton, Va. – Fauquier Habitat for Humanity begins 2015 with the installation of new board members and a new President. Kim Forsten, owner of Old Town Athletics, has taken on the leadership of the Board of Directors of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity. Kim has served on the board since 2012 and has served as an officer for the last two years. Jim Hricko served as President of the Board for three years and retired at the end of December. Under Jim’s leadership, the Board set the path for completing the Sterling Court project by the fall of 2015. This project began in 2009 and has been Fauquier Habitat’s main focus. The Sterling Court Project is located in the Town of Warrenton and, when completed, will provide decent, affordable homes to 14 qualified, local families. “Sterling Court was a huge undertaking for our affiliate,” stated Dana Pappas, Treasurer of the Board of Directors. “We have been dedicated to this project since 2009; we look forward to taking on other challenges.”

“The coming year is an incredibly important year for Fauquier Habitat,” stated Kim Forsten “and I am honored to be asked to lead our board during this time. Not only will we be finishing the Sterling Court project, we will be setting the path for our affiliate for 2016 and beyond. It is a blank canvas – how many houses will we build, where will we build, and what other type of work can we accomplish that fulfills our mission and serves the most people, and most importantly, how do we support that work.”

New members joining the board this year are Ron Aiani, a local lawyer; Krista Coyner, former Chair of Women Build; Dr. Bonnie Foster, a local Dentist; Ray Knott, Sr. VP of Union First Market Bank; and Faye Walker, a Habitat homeowner. “Each year, as we look for new members to serve on the board, we try to identify what talents, expertise or business experience we need to add that will make our board most effective,” said Brenda Drerenberger, Executive Director of Fauquier Habitat. “I have truly enjoyed and been inspired by all of my board members, however, this year is such a critical year for our affiliate, that it was important that we reached out for very specific talent and expertise. I believe we have a board in place that will take us to a higher level of service, and I look forward to working with them.”

Since its inception, Fauquier Habitat has built and/or rehabbed 51 homes in Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties. This work is accomplished through the support of volunteer labor and community donations. For information about how you can support our work, please contact our office 540-341-4952 or email us at info@fauquierhabitat.org.

About Fauquier Habitat for Humanity: Celebrating over 20 years of serving our community, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with the Fauquier and Rappahannock County communities to eliminate the blight of poverty housing. Since 1991, it has built 48 homes and rehabilitated several others for qualified, local families that need a hand up. Like all Habitat for Humanity recipients, Fauquier Habitat For Humanity families pass a detailed qualification process, participate in a continuing education program, and invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat houses. Once they move in, they make regular mortgage payments and remain engaged in Habitat For Humanity’s ongoing education program as well as their community. Habitat mortgages are paid at cost; we make no profit on these homes. The principal portion of the mortgage payment when received is returned to the building fund to build future homes. Fauquier Habitat For Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

Fauquier Habitat is located at 34 Beckham Street, Warrenton, VA. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. You can follow Fauquier Habitat on twitter @fauquierhabitat and on facebook .