If you drive by the lot at 7535 Leeside Drive in Birch Bay, you’ll see something that’s beginning to look house-shaped. If you drive by on a Wednesday or a Saturday, you’ll see volunteer crews busy helping one dedicated family build that soon-to-be home. We’ve still got a long way to go, but when a project starts looking like a house we get excited.
Help Turn This Project Into a Home
You don’t need construction experience to help build a Habitat house. Construction Manager Paul Stromdahl supervises all work and skilled volunteers are almost always on hand to help guide as well. Still, if swinging a hammer just isn’t your thing, we hope you’ll consider helping out in another way: by donating money to the project. For every house we build, we must raise about $150,000 for land and materials. This particular project cost us a little more due to an unexpected mitigation process. Donate securely by clicking here.
Started and completed 2 rehabilitation projects (with the Chapina and Gutierrez families)
Began a rehab project with the Lyons family
Welcomed 3 new partner homebuyer families to the program (see here and here)
Completed the complex mitigation process for the Leeside project and poured the foundation
Made real headway on our Telegraph Townhomes project, slated for groundbreaking sometime in 2017
… and more!
2017, Here We Come!
As we look ahead to 2017, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the generosity of our too-numerous-to-name donors and volunteers. Hope, too … for the year ahead, for our partner homebuyers, for Habitat, and for this community we’re so proud to call home. Our plans are ambitious:
Build a home in Birch Bay with the Ortiz family and our dedicated Women Build volunteers
Complete the Lyons family rehab project
Begin 2 to 3 more single-family ground-up builds
Break ground on our very first multi-family housing project, Telegraph Townhomes, in partnership with Kulshan Community Land Trust
Shepherd our new partner homebuyers through the sweat equity building proces
Grow Habitat Store sales so that it can provide even greater support for our mission to end poverty housing in Whatcom County
We Need Your Help
Without community support, all our plans are just beautiful ideas. As you make your own plans for the coming year, we hope you’ll consider dedicating some of your resources – whether it’s time, money, or expertise – to helping your neighbors achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through Habitat shelter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about volunteering at Habitat. Join the Carpenters Club by following this link and selecting monthly donation frequency. Donate to the Habitat Store. There are many ways to get involved. And together we can make 2017 Habitat’s most productive year yet!
Did you know that we offer a free pick-up service for large donations? Our friendly pick-up crew will drive out to your home, office, or storage facility, load your donation onto the Habitat truck, and drive it gratefully away. All you need to do is call the store at (360) 778-2036 or click here to schedule a convenient time.
What to Expect
When you call or click, we’ll ask you for some information about where you’re located, the items you’re donating, and the best time to come collect your donation. Please note that it is highly unlikely that we’ll be able to provide same-day service. More often than not, we’re scheduling about a week out. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get you on our calendar!
When Our Crew Arrives
Our truck is manned by dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to Habitat’s mission to end poverty housing. We do our best to screen your donation ahead of time to ensure that:
there’s enough room on the truck
nothing is too heavy for our crew to lift and load safely
From time to time, however, our crew arrives to find items they cannot take (a piano, for example, which we do accept but are unable to pick up). It’s best to give us a thorough list when you schedule your donation that way we can inform you of any conflicts immediately.
After they’ve loaded up your donation, our crew will ask you to complete a brief survey about the service we provided. They’ll also ask you for a monetary donation to help defray the cost of this free service. If you’re able, please give whatever your heart and circumstances allow so that we can continue to offer donation pick-up in Whatcom County. Finally, they’ll thank you – from all of us – for donating to Habitat.
#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.
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.
The affordable payment means there is reduced need to utilize other support social services.
The affordable payment means that children don’t move from school system to school system due to another rent increase.
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.
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
Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County
Things 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 email@example.com or call (360) 715-9170.
Work for Habitat
We’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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Click here and choose monthly donation frequency to sign up now. When you give, you build!
In Whatcom County, 42% of residents earn less than the basic cost of living. The average wage here is not enough to afford a 2-bedroom apartment. These circumstances set the stage for families living in overcrowded, substandard conditions. At Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County, we’re trying to do something about that. We work with qualifying families to build safe, decent, affordable homes and lives beyond the oppressive grip of poverty. But we can’t do it alone. And there are so many different ways to help us build.
When You Give, You Build
Paul and Linda Teater, relative newcomers to Whatcom County, exemplify the neighborly spirit of our community. They’ve long been generous promoters of the welfare of others and their gifts to Habitat continue that tradition. Owners of the local Budget Blinds franchise, they outfitted both the Van Dyken and Gutierrez homes entirely in blinds at no charge. Additionally, they’re covering our office windows here at Habitat – again, at no charge. Money we don’t spend to cover our office windows goes towards building shelter. Money the Van Dyken and Gutierrez families don’t spend to cover their windows is freed up for health care, education, and basic needs. This is the impressive impact of the Teaters’ gifts.
We had a great time at Whatcom County Association of Realtors‘ (WCAR) annual golf tournament! Each year, WCAR hosts a tournament at one of Bellingham’s beautiful courses to benefit a local non-profit organization. It’s a lot of work and we’re grateful that WCAR chose to make Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County the beneficiary of that work this year.
A Good Day for Golf
Janet, our Volunteer Coordinator, and Fred, our Resource Development Manager, spent the afternoon at hole #3, enjoying the sun and meeting the golfers as they passed through. The competitors were in good spirits and everyone seemed to have fun.
A Good Day for Giving
All said, about 75 golfers showed up to play. In doing so, each one gave of their time and their pocketbooks to help build safe, decent, affordable shelter for Whatcom County residents. We got to do a little giving of our own with a couple of drawings for $25.00 gift certificates to the Habitat Store. We notified the winners yesterday and hope they’ll find something they love on our sales floor.
Thank you to WCAR and to every golfer who came out for the tournament … we’re so grateful!