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Community Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity of Prince William County


VF&N assisted Habitat for Humanity in opening its new ReStore in Woodbridge, VA  

At Vanderpool, Frostick, & Nishanian, P.C. community engagement is our priority. Our attorneys and staff are active in a variety of organizations, service groups, and nonprofits both personally and professionally. In this weekly blog series, Community Spotlight, we are highlighting these organizations and the value they provide to our community! This week, we’re featuring Habitat for Humanity of Prince William County for whom VF&N zoning and land use attorneys Karen Cohen and Paul Gauthier provided commercial leasing legal services for the organization’s new Woodbridge ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity Prince William President/CEO, Traci DeGroat said of Karen, “We are grateful for Karen Cohen’s legal expertise in the commercial leasing of the Woodbridge ReStore. It was such a joy to work with her. She is smart, articulate, responsive…her work impressed all of us. And because of her efforts, we are able to expand our services in the Prince William County community.”

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that works with families in need of decent, affordable housing to build, renovate, repair, and finance homeownership in local communities and around the globe. The Prince William affiliate is a locally based, community-level Habitat for Humanity office that serves the Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park area.

Habitat for Humanity believes in giving community members a hand up, not a hand out. Wages have not kept up with the cost of living, leaving many hard-working families struggling to afford decent housing. Partner families with the need for the organization’s services provide sweat equity – volunteer work in return for assistance – and can pay a low/no-interest mortgage or a portion of repair costs.

The ReStore receives building materials, appliances, furniture, tools, and more from donating corporations, construction companies, and individuals. They are then sold to the general public at 40-90% off retail prices, and the proceeds support the Habitat for Humanity’s housing initiatives. You can help support low-income families by shopping, donating or volunteering.