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Brechbill & Helman sent crews to frame Habitat house on Warm Spring Rd

Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County is pleased to announce that Brechbill & Helman Construction Company fast-forwarded a new construction project taking place on Warm Spring Road in Chambersburg.  The local builder offered crews, in successive days, to  get the home dried in by raising walls and setting trusses before the arrival of winter weather and the new year.

Mark D. Story, Community Engagement Director with Habitat notes, “We don’t often have professional builders donate such a significant amount of time at our projects. This was a great blessing and boost to us and is another example of how generous our Franklin County community truly is. The work completed by Brechbill & Helman will now permit us to build throughout the winter months.

We are grateful.” Barbra Runyon, Brechbill & Helman CFO said, “Brechbill & Helman Construction Company has a long-standing loyal relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County; their mission speaks to the supporting role our company strives to pursue in the communities we serve.

We are so honored to be able to help support their mission with over 335 hours of manpower during this holiday season. Looking forward to sharing the joy of the finished project with this outstanding organization!”

About Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County

HFHFC was formed in 1994 and to date volunteers have built or rehabbed 53 homes in Franklin County. These homes are sold at no profit to moderate income families in Franklin County and financed with a zero % interest loan. This helps to achieve our vision of “A world where everyone has a decent place to live” and ensures there is adequate affordable housing stock in Franklin County for everyone to live, work, worship, and play. To learn how you can make a difference in our local community through Habitat contact the office at or 717-267-1899. The office is located at 1502 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.


Donna L DeShong 1933-2024

Donna retired from Letterkenny Army Depot after thirty-three years. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Craig E Koons 1960-2024

Craig worked with his father at Koons AI in Waynesboro, as a livestock breeder for many years and was part owner of the company for the past 25 years.

Jack G “Digger” Mellott 1926-2024

Jack was a United States Navy Veteran serving at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, and Nagasaki during WWII. Jack enjoyed working outside and maintaining his home and property.

David M Lawver 1970-2024

Dave was a member of the Foursquare Church in Gettysburg, PA. He was employed at Shadowfax in York since 1990.

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