Month: June 2016

 

Telegraph Townhomes: Another Step Forward

Test Pits DigConstruction on Telegraph Townhomes isn’t scheduled to start until Spring of 2017, but we’ve got a lot of work to do before that phase of the project can begin. Last week we crossed another item off our to-do list with the digging of test pits on the property in order to get the geological information we need to make sure storm water flows off the site in benign ways.

It Started with a Poker Game

During a friendly poker game, Executive Director John Moon and Bellingham local Steve LeCocq got to talking about Habitat for Humanity and the challenges of acquiring buildable land in Whatcom County. As it happened, LeCocq owned some of precisely that kind of land out on Telegraph Road. Moon contacted Kulshan Community Land Trust … would they be interested in partnering up? “We bought the property years ago to develop it,” LeCocq says. “So to have someone as cool as [Habitat and Kulshan CLT] come along ….” In short order, LeCocq’s land became the future site of Telegraph Townhomes.

Steve LeCocq digging test pitsNow We’re One Step Closer

In addition to selling his land to Kulshan CLT and Habitat, LeCocq also helps maintain it by mowing the 2.5 acres regularly. And last week he even climbed into a digger and dug the pits for the engineer! Thank you, Steve, for helping to make our Telegraph Townhomes project possible and for continuing to help us get closer to making that project a reality.

Gutierrez Family Signs Home Purchase Paperwork

GutierrezPlease join us in congratulating the Gutierrez family on signing the paperwork for their new home! In a meeting with Executive Director John Moon yesterday, Jorge and Maria Elena signed the Purchase and Sales Agreement for what will be their 4 bedroom, 1 bath house in Sumas. The Gutierrez family joined Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County’s roster of Partner Homebuyers in early April of 2015. They got to work right away and quickly completed 500 hours of sweat equity. They’re very happy about their new home and are excited to move in. Construction Project Manager Paul Stromdahl says, “I’m aiming for the end of July,” for completion of the house. We can’t wait for the house dedication!

Celebrating the Store’s Second Anniversary in Bellingham

grand_opening_014In 2009, we opened Habitat Store Whatcom in Ferndale. In June of 2014, we opened another store in Bellingham. We’ve since closed the Ferndale location, concentrating our retail operation in Bellingham. It’s been a rewarding 2 years with plenty of challenges to keep us growing as well as daily inspiration that helps to keep our eyes on our vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We’re proud to offer Bellingham a retail outlet that actively helps bring that vision closer and closer to reality for our local community.
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Come Celebrate with Us!

Today the store employs 10 hard-workers who are excited to earn a living wage in a way that makes a positive impact on others. We’re excited to celebrate the store’s success in Bellingham with you and invite you to come by today for cookies while you browse!

Habitat Happenings

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Drive to Build

Get your clubs ready! Whatcom County Association of Realtors (WCAR) is hosting their annual golf tournament on August 4th for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County. Sign up individually or in teams for your chance to compete on the beautiful North Bellingham Golf Course.

Ryan BoudreauMoceri Construction Helps Out at Habitat Store Whatcom

Ryan, a member of the Moceri Construction Crew, showed up last week to volunteer at the store. He told us his boss sent him over when a mild injury prevented him from his regular duties but still left him able-bodied enough to work. Ryan spent the day building homes in a whole new way … by helping store staff receive and display donated furniture, building materials, and household items. Thank you Ryan and Moceri Construction!

Rehab Project Needs Volunteers

Our Construction Project Manager, Paul, is looking for volunteers for the next few Saturdays to work on a rehab project out in Sumas. This Saturday, June 11th, he plans to focus efforts on the outside of the dwelling, leaving inside repair and maintenance for the 18th and 25th. Interested? Give Janet a call at 360.715.9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org.

Western Students to Bike Across U.S. for Affordable Housing

Kendyl & Brooks (far left, right) with Mary & Dan VanDyken
Kendyl & Brooks (far left, right) with Mary & Dan VanDyken

Meet Kendyl and Brooks. Both seniors at Western Washington University, Kendyl and Brooks are preparing for a cross country bike ride that will take them from New Hampshire all the way back home to Bellingham – nearly 4,000 miles. Along the way they’ll help build safe, durable housing for families in need through Bike & Build, an organization dedicated to empowering young adults for service as well as to raising funds and awareness for affordable housing in the U.S.

Sharing the Affordable Housing Story

They sat down with Habitat homeowners Mary and Dan VanDyken to chat about Bike & Build, Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County, and the impact safe, decent, affordable housing has had on the VanDyken family. Kendyl and Brooks will take that conversation with them on the road, sharing the VanDyken’s story with the communities they visit along the way. This is part of a Bike & Build rider’s commitment: meet with people in the community affected by the affordable housing crisis and share what you’ve learned from them with others as you bike and build your way across the country. “Even when we’re not building, we’re interacting with communities and talking about affordable housing,” says Brooks.

The route Kendyl & Brooks will ride this summer
The route Kendyl & Brooks will ride this summer

Ride Along in Spirit

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In 2 weeks, Kendyl and Brooks will fly East. But the work has already begun. In addition to racking up at least 500 miles of pre-trip biking, riders must raise a minimum of $4,500 to participate. It’s a far cry from the typical American college student’s idea of summer vacation. Even so, when we talked with Kendyl and Brooks about their preparations and the ride ahead, they were all smiles and enthusiasm. Echoing one of Habitat’s messages, Kendyl says, “So much is dependent on a good place to live.” Like Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County, these 2 Western students believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live, and everyone can do something today to help make that possible for another family. It doesn’t have to be biking across the country, though. Instead, visit their donation pages to ride with them in spirit and leave the pedaling to Kendyl and Brooks!

 

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