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2015 Building Hope Breakfast
Written by DPC Habitat for Humanity   
Saturday, 07 November 2015 13:59

2015 Building Hope Breakfast
Pictured are friends of Habitat from Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.

How to build a house: Lay block foundation. Install floor system. Build walls. Eat breakfast with friends.

Habitat friends old and new enjoyed good food and fellowship at the annual Building Hope Breakfast fundraiser held at The Institute on October 21. Guests heard an inspirational message from motivational speaker Patricia Farrell who challenged them to see the opportunities for giving and service that are all around us. They also heard from local Habitat homeowners who shared how the ministry of Habitat for Humanity has opened doors of opportunity for them.

Thank you to our 2015 Building Hope Breakfast sponsors:

Columbia Forest Products

Danville Regional Medical Center

Adams Construction Company

Hardy Petroleum

Piedmont Asphalt

Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.

Dr. Jamie Daniel, DC, Cornerstone North

River City Architecture

Virginia Bank & Trust

Danville Dental Associates


River Ride 2015
Written by DPC Habitat for Humanity   
Friday, 06 November 2015 15:12


On a cold October Saturday morning, 71 cyclists from Virginia and North Carolina, and as far away as Annapolis, rode 10-, 20-, 35-, 60, or 100-miles to benefit Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity.

Congratulations to the seven cyclists (four men and three women) who finished the 100-mile route; for five of the seven, this was their first Century!


Thank You...


To the River District Festival and Danville Parks & Rec for partnering with us on this event

To Race Director Dr. James Turner. Dr. Turner, clinical director for DOAR, is an avid cyclist, a physical therapist, a Riverview Rotarian, and an active Habitat volunteer!

To Ringgold Fire & Rescue, Hudson Heritage Farms, Riverview Rotary, and Thomas Day Foundation, for hosting rest stops along the way.

To Tunstall High School Interact Club for baking cookies for riders.

And a special thank you to our sponsors:




Building Hope Breakfast
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:53

The October 22nd Building Hope Breakfast was a wonderful success. Sylvia Oberle, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity for Forsyth County provided an inspirational message of hope and change in her presentation on what Habitat of Forsyth has done to help rebuild Winston-Salem neighborhoods. DPCHFH greatly appreciates the support of the community in responding to Sylvia’s message with a record donation for the Breakfast. Thank you!

DPCHFH Supports American Red Cross
Monday, 13 October 2014 08:44

Each year, home fires affect more Americas than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity (DPCHFH) is pleased to join with the American Red Cross as part of their nationwide effort to prevent and alleviate human suffering related to home fires. The American Red Cross has set a goal of drastically reducing the total number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% within five years.

A cornerstone of the program is working through coalitions of community partners and stakeholders to install smoke detectors and provide fire and disaster safety education through home visits to vulnerable populations in the community.

DPCHFH is joining the Piedmont Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross in this effort and encourages everyone to support two events that are part of this initiative:

Fire Canvassing: Saturday, October 25 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  We will be meeting at the new Danville Fire Department station downtown at 600 Main Street, with plenty of on-street parking.  Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes to walk for about 1.5 hours in any weather conditions.  Bottled water will be provided

Smoke Detector Installation: Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Volunteers should meet at the new Danville Fire Department station downtown at 600 Main Street, with plenty of on-street parking.  Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and shoes to walk for about 5 hours in any weather conditions.  We are requesting volunteers to bring folding ladders, cordless drills and screwdrivers if they have them.  Water, coffee, pizza and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

This is an excellent opportunity for church and civic organizations to get involved with this project.

To register for Fire Canvassing on October 25, copy and paste this link in your browser to register:

To register for Smoke Detector Installation on November 1, copy and paste this link in your browser to register:

Riding with the Godfather
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:07

When I came to Danville in 2012, everyone I discussed bicycling with told me that I had to meet Sherman England. One person called him the “Godfather of Danville Cycling.” It took a while but I am glad that the Tour de Habitat has brought us together. It seems we also share the cause of creating affordable housing for Danville and Pittsylvania County. Rather than try to tell the story of why he rides, I asked Sherman to write a brief bio. I hope other riders will join him on October 11th for the Tour de Habitat. Here is his story:

My name is Sherman England and I am a cyclist. I have been riding for the past 28 years and I have no plans to stop riding. Bicycling as a sport has helped me maintain a healthy lifestyle, control my weight and remain active into what many would call old age. Bicycling has allowed me to experience nature in a way that many others may have missed.

The Blue Ridge Parkway from a bicycle saddle is entirely different than from the seat of an automobile. On the bike I am a part of nature. I’m hot or cold and if it’s raining, wet. It takes six days to ride from Waynesboro to Cherokee with a total of 50,000 feet of climb. For many people that sounds like a lot of work, it is, but it is well worth the effort. The freedom that is experienced on a trip like that is amazing. The sense of accomplishment that I feel having ridden to the top of a mountain pass at nearly 11,000 feet cannot be duplicated by any other activity. Cycling builds the body, calms the mind and frees the soul.

I enjoy helping develop new riders whenever I can. Helping a novice rider adjust to the bike or learn how to fix a flat tire is rewarding. Encouraging a rider to achieve a milestone event, to do a 50 or 100 mile ride is celebrated by all of us. Not everyone wants to do century rides, but when a goal is reached, it deserves celebration.

When an opportunity to combine a sport that I love with helping a needy family comes along, well it just has to be done. I have been associated with Habitat and the Tour de Habitat for all of the prior events. I will be riding the 60 mile course this year. Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homes for our community and the support I give is put to good use. If 60 miles sounds like too big a challenge, the shorter routes will still deliver a rewarding experience. Come and join us for the Tour de Habitat, you’ll enjoy it.

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