Checed Warwick Dedication Celebrates a Living Building
A building is just a building until it is filled with people who call it their home. On April 6, Community Housing Partners (CHPC) joined with its partners to dedicate Checed Warwick in Newport News, Virginia, which has transformed from a beautiful building to a vibrant community.
This 48-unit senior residential project began six years ago from the vision of Holy Tabernacle Housing and Economic Development Corporation (HTHEDC), a non-profit community development subsidiary of Holy Tabernacle of Deliverance Church. It faced many challenges on the way, but was completed as a result of the power of partnerships with Enterprise, Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA), and NeighborWorks®.
Orlando Artze, CHPC’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, “The culmination of a project like this is a lot like a symphony orchestra. There are all kinds of moving parts in order to make a beautiful sound.”
Dave Parrish, senior development officer for Enteprise, noted, “We knew there were a number challenges, but knew that CHPC had the expertise and resources to get it done. They are an organization we look forward to working with for a long time.”
But the real celebration was for the residents, who brought the project to life. CHPC President and CEO Janaka Casper said, “I have never been to a dedication that was more lively than this one today. I applaud all of the residents because you are the vital force that makes this a living building.”
Earline Jackson, a resident of Checed Warwick echoed this sentiment when she said, “I’ve been by myself for so long, and now here in this community, I’m never alone.”