On April 6, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia honored Dr. Richard Semmler with the 100th house he helped build. Dr. Semmler’s long legacy of philanthropy and volunteerism is renowned in our community. A founding supporter and a volunteer Sandlot construction team member, he has been integral in helping Habitat for Humanity reach 100 Families Served. This was a great milestone in the 28+ year history – serving 100 local families, since its inception in 1990.
Dr. Semmler has been a loyal supporter of NOVA, donating 50% of his income to the NOVA Foundation to support several programs, including the Semmler Community Service Pathway Program. Students who participate in this pathway program do community service hours at Habitat for Humanity and build a home alongside Dr. Semmler.
More information about the house: This notable construction project began with a unique collaboration between Habitat NOVA and a US Vietnam Veteran. For months Jim, an Air Force veteran, observed the Habitat NOVA team and volunteers who built two new homes in his neighborhood and saw first-hand how transformational the opportunity was for everyone involved. When a devastating fire forced Jim out of his own home, he reached out in the hope that Habitat could provide him a similar lifeline.
Jim generously sold his property to Habitat at a deep discount with the goal of constructing two homes on the property. One home to be purchased by him, with aging-in-place features, and the other for purchase by a future Habitat NOVA homeowner. Now Jim’s dream of returning home gives another local family the chance to invest in their children’s future and support their community.