Photo Release — Newport News Shipbuilding Welcomes Family to New Habitat for Humanity Home

Photo Release  — Newport News Shipbuilding Welcomes Family to New Habitat for Humanity Home
Newport News Shipbuilding

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE: HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division is celebrating the completion of the 18th home its volunteers built in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.

18th Habitat For Humanity Home Built by Newport News Shipbuilders
Newport News Shipbuilding and Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg welcomed Donnika Stewart and her two children, Destiny and Damir, to their new home. It is the 18th home company volunteers have constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity since 2002. Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), elected officials and community leaders were not able to hold a ribbon-cutting event to formally dedicate the traditional ranch-style home in the city’s Southeast community. Instead, Donnika Stewart and her two children met privately with a Habitat staff member to receive their keys. They moved into their new home last week.

“We are proud to have helped build this home for the Stewart family,” said Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. “Building a Habitat home, much like building a ship, is no small task. Finishing a home during a pandemic was truly a labor of love and a memorable project for all of those involved.”

The three-bedroom home was built on 28th Street on land donated to Habitat for Humanity by the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

“This has been such a rewarding experience for me and a wonderful example to set for my children,” Stewart said. “They have seen that with perseverance, hard work, and dedication, you can make anything happen. I am actually looking forward to paying a mortgage instead of paying rent. Thanks to Newport News Shipbuilding and all of the volunteers who helped make this possible.”

Habitat for Humanity partners with area families, local government, businesses, faith groups, schools, associations and individual volunteers and donors to build and renovate affordable homes for sale to qualifying families. Newport News Shipbuilding has worked with the organization to build homes for families in the community since 2002.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, and nuclear and environmental services. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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