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Warren Haynes Joins Habitat for Humanity to Celebrate the Start of the 2017 Christmas Jam House


Warren Haynes Joins Habitat for Humanity
to Celebrate the Start of the 2017 Christmas Jam House


Asheville, NC (November 30, 2017) – Music continues to build houses and communities in Buncombe County thanks to the annual Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam. To date, more than $2.1M in proceeds has built nearly 40 Habitat homes and helped offset infrastructure and development costs for entire Habitat neighborhoods in the Asheville area.

This year’s Christmas Jam House, being constructed with funds from last year’s benefit concert, is located on Jon Kraus Way in Arden. It is one of 21 houses being built in Habitat’s newest neighborhood. Upon completion, and after 200 hours of Sweat Equity, the Hutchinson family will purchase the 4 bedroom house from Habitat and make it their home. They will repay a 0% interest mortgage over 30 years.

Wednesday, December 6th through Friday, December 8th, Before the Jam, Lend a Hand volunteers will come from near and far to help build the Christmas Jam House and other homes in the Arden neighborhood. Local restaurants (12 Bones, Mellow Mushroom, Village Wayside Bar & Grille, El Rebozo Mexican Restaurant, and Chik-fil-A) will feed the helpers, and Merrell will again sponsor the signature volunteer event that is in its 11th year. Kent Doobrow of Merrell says, “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 8th at 3pm, Warren Haynes will join these volunteers, Asheville Habitat supporters, and the future homeowner family at the construction site for a short speaking program. (GPS: 34 Beale Rd. Arden, NC 28704) Afterwards, Warren and the volunteers will raise the first wall of the Hutchinson family’s home. The media and public are invited.  Arden Directions

And although the 29th Annual Christmas Jam is sold out, there are still ways to get involved in the weekend of festivities and help Habitat:

  • There are still a few Before the Jam volunteer slots available on Wednesday, December 6th and Thursday, December 7th. Click here to see options and sign up.
  • Attend Jam by Day and/or the Christmas Jam Art Show at the Satellite Gallery. Proceeds benefit Asheville Habitat.
  • Raise a pint of Sierra Nevada Christmas Jam Ale! Proceeds support Asheville Habitat.
  • Donate to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity online at org. Select Xmas Jam in Area of Support.
  • Text Jam2017 to 91999 from your mobile phone to make a donation of any amount.
  • 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 VIP package for the (2018) 30th Annual Christmas Jam!


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, nearly 1,400 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, a Charity Navigator 4-star non-profit, and how you can get involved at


Shaneise Hutchinson

“A Habitat home is exactly what my family and I have been praying for over the past three years… a place to call HOME.”   ~ from Shaneise Hutchinson’s application letter

Shaneise is a modern day super woman. As a single mother of 4 managing two jobs and a 50 or more hour work week, one might expect to find a woman stretched to her limits, but that’s not Shaneise. Shaneise takes it all in stride. She manages her schedule and her household like a CEO of a Fortune 500 company; everyone knows their role, respects the boss, and the work gets done on time and under budget!

Having recently completed her CNA coursework, Shaneise plans to continue her education to become a respiratory therapist. In the meantime she works 40+ hours per week for Adecco and part-time at Mission as a Transport Tech. Working as hard as she does is challenging, but she is committed to giving her children the very best, even if it requires some sacrifice on her part.

And sacrifice she does.  Instead of applying for assistance to rent a larger apartment, she chose to show her children that she could make it on her own. While 5 people in a 2 bedroom apartment is not ideal. Shaneise made the decision to put safety and self-sufficiency above comfort and space.

That being said, it’s understandable why Shaneise was drawn to Habitat’s program of homeownership. The Habitat model of “a hand up, not a hand out” has given her the opportunity to provide a home for her family in a way that she can be proud of.  Soon the rest of the world will be proud too when she purchases her 4 bedroom/2 bathroom house in Arden, which is being sponsored by the W&S Charitable Foundation with proceeds from Warren Haynes Presents: The Annual Christmas Jam.