Christmas Jam House, in memory of Brandon Church
About the House
TYPE: 2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath
STYLE: Arts & Crafts
HOUSE SIZE: 884 square feet
LOCATION: Lot 5, Construction site off Old Haywood Rd in West Asheville, New Heights
CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
STATUS: interior paint and touch up; shelving for closets
Meet the Future Homeowners
“Ever since I was a kid, I have dreamed of living in a place I could call my own, be responsible for, to take care of, and to be proud of to call mine”
~from Jesse Gingrich’s application letter
At the core, Habitat’s mission is one of self-empowerment, to help members of our community secure independence and stability for themselves. Jesse Gingrich is a shining example of this mission in action, and he is more than excited to become a Habitat homeowner!
A steadfast volunteer at the annual “Before the Jam, Lend a Hand,” Jesse became acquainted with all things Habitat. A huge fan of Warren Haynes, Jesse was thrilled to be involved in Habitat’s annual Christmas Jam, but more importantly, he loved the people he met while volunteering. “The people at Habitat are my family. I want to be close to my family.” That feeling of belonging led Jesse to become a core volunteer at the Habitat ReStore, where he is known for his can-do attitude.
Not an easy task when you consider that Jesse was born with Cerebral Palsy, and spent much of his youth dependent on his family and friends for his day-to-day needs. He has worked hard to gain independence- finding a place of his own, paying his own bills, and still finding time to volunteer on a regular basis. Still, Jesse’s rental left him feeling less than secure, with crime in the area and management that neglects essential repairs. This got him thinking, “Could Habitat homeownership be a solution for me?
Jesse has already proven he can put in the work. But now, as a Habitat homebuyer in process, his hard work will result in a safe and secure affordable home that he can truly call his own. Jesse’s 2 bedroom/1 bathroom single family home will be on New Heights Drive-the perfect name for Jesse’s journey to heightened independence!
About the Sponsor
His home is made possible with funding from the W&S Foundation this year in memory of Brandon Church, the brother of Warren’s friend Eric Church (proceeds from the 2018 Christmas Jam). The Adopt-A-Lot sponsor is Jerry Sternberg, in honor of Jeff Fobes, editor of the Mountain Xpress, for his many years of promoting housing and social justice issues in the Mountain Xpress.