CVHfH Names David Wenger New Executive Director

David Wenger, Executive Director of Central Valley Habitat for HumanityHarrisonburg, VA – July 10 – Central Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) this month announced that it has named Dr. David Wenger its new Executive Director. In this role, he will serve as the organization’s chief administrator, committed to the cause of affordable housing.


Wenger will take over responsibilities from Marsha Smith, who led the organization for 9 years. Smith plans to continue being an advocate for area families, by serving on one of CVHFH’s committees.   


“We are excited to have someone with David’s experience taking the lead,” said Gil Colman, member of the CVHFH Board of Directors. “With over 25 years as a school administrator, he has the leadership and management skills to help us continue doing great work in the community. Plus, he has the compassion and dedication that’s the heart of Habitat.”


“From meeting families and walking with them through the process to home ownership, to grilling hot dogs and writing grants, Marsha worked to make the world a better place,” Board Member Larry Brown added. “We believe David’s one who can bring this same kind of energy to the role.”


Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, Wenger worked as an administrator for six area elementary, middle, and high schools. Most recently, he was the principal of Fulks Run Elementary School, where he served for ten years.


He graduated from Bridgewater College in 1985, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He went on to University of Virginia, where he received his Master of Education degree in 1988 and an Educational Doctorate in 2004.


Wenger is a long-time member of the Fulks Run Ruritan Club serving in the past as a member of the board of directors and president. Additionally, he has served in the Broadway/Timberville Chamber of Commerce and supported other community service groups. He currently attends Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren.


“After a great deal of soul searching and prayer, I decided to retire from public education. I knew during the next “chapter” of my life I wanted to continue to serve families and members of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community. When I became aware of the opening with Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, I immediately felt led to explore the opportunity. I see this as a chance for change and a new beginning,” Wenger said. “I’m pleased to be joining the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity and its active and engaged Board. Together, we’re going to work hard to develop strong relationships with local churches, businesses, and organizations who support our mission.”


“Many in our community believe in helping low-income families achieve affordable home ownership. And they want to be a part,” he added. “We’re going to help bridge the gap, so everyone who wants to be a part, can share their time, talents and tithes. There’s a role for everyone to play.”

Thank you, Marsha!

Marsha Smith and Jimmy Carter

The Board of Directors for Central Valley Habitat for Humanity has accepted the resignation of Marsha Smith as their Executive Director.  Board members shared these thoughts “We have been blessed to have Marsha lead our organization these past 9 years.”  “We are sad to see her go, but excited for her as she enters the next chapter of her life.”  “Her love and dedication for habitat, the people and our community has shown me ways to be a better steward of our time, talents and monetary donations.”  “Marsha has excelled in every task with energy, compassion, laughter and most of all, her service to make this world a better place, one home at a time.” Read Marsha's thoughts.

New Construction at 637 Virginia Avenue

There is construction action taking place at 637 Virginia Avenue in Harrisonburg (across the street from our previous projects)!  The house is being sponsored by Skanska and they have engaged numerous subcontractors to contribute in various ways to the project.  Right now Nielsen Builders Inc. is working on the framing. 

  • Habitat for Humanity House Under Construction

  • Habitat House Under Construction

  • 637 Virginia Avenue

  • 637 Virginia Avenue

  • 637 Virginia Avenue

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Habitat for Humanity International

Our Vision :

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Mission Statement :

Seeking to put God's love into action, HfHI brings people

together to build homes. communities and hope. 

All are Welcome :

Habitat for Humanity has an open door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that Habitat will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

Working Together for a Better Tomorrow !!

Building Houses, Building Hope

Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International serving Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Since 1988, CVHfH has built simple, affordable homes for sale at no profit and no interest in partnership with volunteers, churches, businesses, civic groups, and the future homeowners who help build their own houses. Central Valley Habitat is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. We depend on contributions, donated land and materials, and volunteer labor to keep construction costs low. 

Central Valley Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that welcomes participants from all walks of life. If you share our vision that everyone deserves a simple, decent and safe place to live on terms they can afford to pay, we invite you to join in Habitat's work. 

CVHfH Mission Statement

Central Valley Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that works in partnership with God and people in the Central Shenandoah Valley by building houses that enable families living in inadequate housing, who otherwise would be unable to do so, to own simple decent houses in which they can live and grow into all that God intends.

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