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Jam House Wall Raising


Warren Haynes Joins Habitat for Humanity
to Celebrate the Start of the 2016 Christmas Jam House


Asheville, NC (November 29, 2016) – Proceeds from Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam recently surpassed the $2 million mark! Over the years, funds have built Habitat homes and also helped pay infrastructure and development costs of entire neighborhoods -- including the recently completed 25-house Hudson Hills subdivision named in honor of Warren Haynes’ and Stefani Scamardo’s young son Hudson.


The construction of the next two affordable homes being built by Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is made possible thanks to proceeds from last year’s Christmas Jam. The future home to three generations of the Heatherly-Leach family got underway in late November, and the future home of the Suber family starts next week. Both families will purchase their homes with an affordable mortgage through Habitat.


On Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th, Before the Jam, Lend a Hand volunteers will come from near and far to help build these homes. Local restaurants (12 Bones, Mellow Mushroom, and Village Wayside Bar & Grille) will feed the helpers, and Merrell will again sponsor the signature volunteer event that is in its 10th year. Kent Doobrow of Merrell notes, “This is such an incredible event to be part of. United by a common love for the music, Before the Jam volunteers expand their Jam experience by volunteering on the Habitat jobsite. We encourage them to take that spirit of community involvement with them and engage in their own community in the future – whether that’s Asheville, or elsewhere.”


On Friday, December 9th at 3pm, Warren Haynes will join these volunteers, Asheville Habitat supporters, and the two future homeowner families at the construction site for a short speaking program. The site is Habitat’s 10-house McKinley subdivision (GPS: 65 Taft Ave. 28803) in the Shiloh neighborhood of South Asheville. Afterwards, Warren and the crowd will jointly raise the first wall of the Suber family’s home. The media and public are invited to attend.


And although the 28th Annual Christmas Jam is sold out, there are still ways to get involved in the weekend of festivities and help Habitat:



·         There are still some volunteer slots available on Thursday, December 8th. Click here to see options and sign up.

·         Attend Jam by Day and/or the Christmas Jam Art Show. Proceeds benefit Asheville Area Habitat.

·         Raise a pint of Sierra Nevada Christmas Jam Ale! Proceeds support Asheville Area Habitat.

·         If you’re attending the Jam, stop by the Habitat table to say hello, learn about programs, donate $1 to sign a stud wall which will be used in the construction of a Jam House, and enter to win a guitar.

·         Donate to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity by visiting ashevillehabitat.org/donateonline. Select Christmas Jam in Area of Support.


About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Through Habitat homeownership and home repair programs, more than 1,350 adults and children in Buncombe County have achieved the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. A decent place to call home and an affordable mortgage enables Habitat homeowners to save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have greater financial stability. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat and how you can get involved at ashevillehabitat.org.