Month: November 2016

 

Washington Federal Supports Telegraph Townhomes Project

john-receiving-check-from-josh-guthrieJosh Guthrie, Branch Manager of Washington Federal’s Cornwall branch, stopped by yesterday with a quite a gift … a $1000 check to support our Telegraph Townhomes project! “Affordable housing is a passion for us,” he said, adding that it’s also a particular passion of his, having personally experienced the impact a safe, decent, affordable place to call home can have on families. He came into our offices to personally deliver the gift – from the Washington Federal Foundation – and wish us luck with the project, which will create affordable housing opportunities for 24 local families.

Thank you, Josh, and Washington Federal for helping to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. We are grateful!

We Need You on #GivingTuesday

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A message from our Executive Director:

#GivingTuesday is less than a week away and if you choose to participate I hope that you will consider Habitat for Humanity.A safe, decent place to lay your head at night is a basic human need.  Over 14,000 in Whatcom County will struggle this Thanksgiving to provide for their family, not only this coming Thursday, but every day, because their living conditions are substandard or – equally detrimental – unaffordable.

If you and only 99 others donate $25.00 by 11/29/16 we will be able to purchase the materials to put a roof on the home of Juana and Julio Ortiz and their 4 children and weather the house in.  Here are some additional ways your gift will be put to work:
  1. The Ortiz’s mortgage payment is based on cost, financed at 0%, and set at no more than 28% of the family’s gross income. This means the family can afford other basics such as food, clothing and health care.
  2. The affordable payment means there is reduced need to utilize other support social services.
  3. The affordable payment means that children don’t move from school system to school system due to another rent increase.
  4. At 0%, every mortgage payment builds 100% equity. It’s like putting the entire amount into a savings account.  The stability and ability to weather difficult times is priceless.
  5. Every mortgage payment helps the next family in need by providing unrestricted cash flow to support Habitat’s mission to eradicate substandard living conditions in Whatcom County.  Habitat founder Millard Fuller called this Biblical Economics.

Your gift gives in so many ways and it is needed more than ever. Please click here and make a huge difference in the prospects for this and many other future families in need of housing.

Wishing all a warm, safe and memorable Thanksgiving full of many meaningful moments with family and friends.

John P.C. Moon
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

Habitat Hero: Bill Brausieck

bill-brausieckIn these uncertain and troubled times, we at Habitat feel extra lucky to witness generosity, humility, and concern for the welfare of others demonstrated daily by our volunteers. Bill Brausieck, for instance. A retired engineer, these days Bill gets paid zero dollars and zero cents to help working families in our community achieve independence through affordable home ownership. And he does it with bill-brausieck-3the same regularity that the rest of us work paying jobs. Now more than ever, folks like Bill are heroes to us.

“A Blessing for Me”

Bill headed up the Haxton Way project last year, helping the Van Dyken family construct a safe, decent home and helping the volunteers have a positive and productive experience on the build site. Easily a full-time job, but Bill did it all pro bono. “I look at Habitat more as a blessing for me,” Bill says, “because it gives me a place to put my energy for wanting bill-brausieck-2to build things and help people. I get to feel partly responsible for the happiness of others.”

Cause for Hope

For 6 years we’ve had the good fortune to be Bill’s blessing and we hope to retain the privilege for as long as he’ll have us. With folks like Bill around, our community will always have cause for hope.

Habitat Happenings

pouring-the-footingThings are moving right along with our build out in Birch Bay. Last week we completed the formwork for the foundation footing. Yesterday we poured the footing and tomorrow we’ll set the forms for the stem wall. Once the foundation is complete, we can build a house with the Ortiz family! Want to help? Email Janet at volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org or call (360) 715-9170.

Work for Habitat

ashley-eric-amandaWe’re hiring in the store! We’re looking for a full-time Assistant Store Manager and a part-time Donation Ambassador/Warehouse Attendant/Driver. If you’re passionate about the need for affordable housing, Habitat might be a great fit for you. Come on in and apply!

Join Our Carpenters Club to Build without Lifting a Hammer

It takes more than labor to build a house. For every home we must raise about $150,000 for land and materials. We’ve relaunched our Carpenters Club giving program – an easy and convenient way to help build without ever breaking a sweat. By signing up to give monthly recurring donations through your credit card, debit card, or bank account, you help create a reliable stream of monetary support that is vital to building safe, decent, affordable shelter in partnership with working families. Call Hillary at (360) 715-9170 or email hillary.pritchard@hfhwhatcom.org to learn more. Click here and choose monthly donation frequency to sign up now. When you give, you build!

Meet the Lopez Family

whole-lopez-family_croppedErlin and Sergio Lopez live in a 3-bedroom apartment with their 4 children. Which would be a little snug but overall not too bad if it weren’t for the fact that they share that 3-bedroom apartment with several extended family members. As it is, Erlin, Sergio, and their kids live crammed into a single bedroom. Way beyond snug.

Working Towards Home Ownership

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Sergio Lopez at work on the Sumas rehab

Like so many Whatcom County residents, the Lopez family works, goes to school, and pays their bills … but still can’t afford safe, decent shelter through traditional channels. So when they heard about Habitat, they immediately applied to become homeowners. They joined our program in August and have been working hard on their sweat equity hours. When we asked Erlin and Sergio what they’re looking forward to most about owning their own house, they said, “Having a steady home where we’ll be able to see our kids grow.” They said the kids are already lobbying hard for a dog!

Proud Partners of Habitat

sergio-and-erlin_croppedWhen we asked Erlin and Sergio what they’d like people to know about them, they answered plainly, “That we’re not bad people.” Indeed, we’re proud to partner with this amazing family. But we know about the judgment and intolerance so many hard-working folks face simply because they can’t afford decent shelter in a world where housing grows more expensive and unattainable every day. We invite any who may have doubt to volunteer … we’re confident that if you work alongside any one of our partner homebuyer families, you will finish the day with a changed heart.

 

 

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