GHP and Lowes teams posing in front of lumber


The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $42,700.00 grant to Housing Partnership Inc. for “Ramps United.” The “Ramps United” project is a joint project between two partner agencies of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (UWVP): House Partnerships, Inc., and Gloucester Housing Partnership. The $42,700 will pay for approximately 12 handicap ramps to be constructed to assist those with disabilities in accessing their home. The entire project serves disadvantaged and disabled individuals who are at or below the poverty level and have the medical necessity for a handicap ramp on their home. Ramps will be built in Gloucester County, James City County, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York County.

To date, 150 ramps have been built to provide individuals with a safe living environment year round. Dawn Helterbran and her son, a recipient of a home ramp states, “Housing Partnerships was such a blessing. I don’t know what we would have done without them. My son was in a major car accident a year ago and he now has a crushed pelvis and multiple other injuries, making him wheelchair bound. We were unable to get him into the house and thanks to the guys with Housing Partnerships, he is now able to get in and out on his own and can go outside and get some fresh air and go up and down the driveway as he pleases. I can’t say how much that means to us. There is no way to express it.”


About United Way of the Virginia Peninsula

United Way believes we can achieve more together than any of us could do on our own. That’s why our board is committed to our mission of uniting people, organizations, and resources to improve lives in the Virginia Peninsula. By fostering community partnerships, we can champion shared goals and align resources to deliver innovative, holistic solutions to our community’s most pressing issues, with a focus on coming together to break the cycle of poverty.

Whether United Way is funding others to provide services, delivering services or coordinating collaborative programs, we are working together to create a path to stability and self-sufficiency. By focusing on the building blocks of health, education, and financial stability to create “Pathways Out of Poverty”, we don’t just change lives – we change what’s possible. Learn more at

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on k-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit the Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom at or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

About Gloucester Housing Partnership

The Gloucester Housing Partnership (GHP) was originally formed from the Samaritan Group and in 1992 was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We focus on making homes “warm, safe, dry, and accessible” for Gloucester County homeowners who are elderly, disabled, or of low-income — at no cost to the homeowner.

About Housing Partnerships Inc.

Housing Partnerships Inc. was founded in 1985 with a mission to provide our neighbors with safe, warm, and dry homes. We work to restore and replace substandard housing in Williamsburg, James City County, and York County. HPI is a locally-funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital home repair services for families experiencing low income or disability situations.