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What’s happening on the job site

 

Framing Work for Leeside Build Begins This Saturday

At 7535 Leeside Drive, the site’s been cleared and the foundation’s been poured. It’s finally time to start building a house. This Women Build project has been in the works for some time now and we’re thrilled to get started on the framing this Saturday, January 7th.

Let’s Build Some Walls!

We’ll be working in the construction warehouse, located at 2918 Birchwood Avenue in Bellingham. Work starts promptly at 9am and continues on until 4 or 4:30 with a break for lunch around Noon. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring your can-do spirit … experience is optional.

If you plan to attend, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Janet, by calling 360.715.9170 ext. 1016 or emailing volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org and let her know you’ll be there. We’d love to see lots of ladies swinging hammers on Saturday but as with every Women Build project, all genders are welcome.

 

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 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!

Progress on Leeside Drive

clearing-at-leeside-croppedWe’re making real progress out in Birch Bay, thanks largely to the generosity of our supporters. On Monday, Mike Peetoom – owner and operator of Mike Peetoom Construction LLC – brought one of his earth movers out to the site and got to work. He scraped grass and topsoil and dug the trenches for the foundation. A lifelong Whatcom County resident, Mike was happy to be able to help. “I’m a dirt guy,” he said, grinning. “If you want me to swing a hammer, I’m worthless.”

You Don’t Have to Swing a Hammer to Help Build a House

mike-roberts-john-paradis-john-moon-2Like Mike, John Paradis of Umpqua Bank, supports Habitat generously. He served on our Board of Directors for 10 years and now serves as the Co-Chair of our Homebuyer Selection Committee. “I believe in what Habitat’s doing,” he says. “I’m all about affordable housing. And we’ve got some really great [homebuyers] we’ve been able to work with.” Today he presented us with a $4000 check from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation for the Leeside project. Women Build and Youth United Build teams will soon begin constructing the Ortiz-Mendoza home with the family.

Celebrate Progress with Us

Join us on Sunday, October 30th at the Habitat Store from 2 to 4pm for a Permit Party to celebrate the progress we’ve made so far. We’ll have plenty of cake and inspiration to fuel us for the next phase of the project … building a house!

 

 

Work Begins in Blaine

work-party-at-leeside-10-8-16It took nearly 4 years of persistent effort, but at the end of last month we finally received a permit to begin building on the Leeside Drive lot we acquired back in 2012. We celebrated Habitat style … by rolling up our sleeves and getting to work!

Building House Number 37

This will be our 37th ground-up build in Whatcom County and we’re partnering with the Ortiz family to make it happen. The Ortiz’s joined our program in December of 2011 and have already put in over the minimum 500 hours of sweat equity before we’ve even broken ground!  They were out at the build site this past Saturday working alongside volunteers and staff to clean up the lot and remove debris.ortizs-with-volunteers-on-10-8-16

Build with the Ortiz’s

There are many more work parties to come and we’ll need all the hands we can get to help the Ortiz family finish their home in time for the 2017/2018 school year. Please contact Janet Straka at 360.715.9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org to sign up to volunteer with Habitat. This project is led by Women Build volunteers. Habitat welcomes volunteers of all genders.

Every Home Is A Strong Foundation

front-with-hfh-sign-croppedIt was a beautiful day out in Sumas on Sunday as we gathered to welcome the Gutierrez family home. Executive Director John Moon opened the celebration with a reminder of the ripple effect that occurs each time another family is housed – their mortgage payments (made to Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County) create an income stream that helps make more homes possible for more families. In this way, the Gutierrez home is both a strong foundation for the family and a strong foundation on which we continue to build.

A Strong Foundation for One Family …

gutierrez-ribbon-cuttingEvery parent wants a better future for their family. Every child deserves to live in stability. As young Salvadore cut the ribbon on the home his family rehabilitated with Habitat, that better future and that stability came sharply into focus for all of us in attendance. It was a symbolic moment that embodied not just the work done to get to this point, but all of the work now possible beyond it. With a decent place to live and an affordable mortgage, the Gutierrez family can save more, invest in education, pursue opportunity, and have more financial stability.

… Is a Strong Foundation for Many Families

As we look ahead to more builds – including Telegraph Townhomes, the 24 home project slated for groundbreaking in 2017 – we do so from the vantage point of other, completed builds. Builds like this one, which will help to fund future projects. And the hand up multiplies, raising more people out of poverty and into stable, independent lives. Will you help to fortify this strong foundation by giving today?

Welcome Home, Gutierrez Family

On Friday, September 9th, the Gutierrez family’s home closed, becoming the 4th complete house rehabilitation we’ve performed. And what a change! Just look at a few before and after photos …

Before:

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After:

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Remarkable! The Gutierrez family has put in hundreds of hours of work to make their dream of home ownership a reality and we feel privileged to have partnered with these dedicated folks.

Join Us for the Dedication

This Sunday, September 18th, we’ll meet at 211 Front Street in Sumas at 4PM for a home dedication ceremony. All those with well wishes for the Gutierrez family are welcome. A home dedication is a moving, celebratory time to congratulate the family as well as to thank the many volunteers and donors who have helped bring about a permanent housing solution to yet another struggling family. We’d love to see you there!

The Fence the Gutierrez Family Built

Gutierrez fenceWe’re almost there! The Gutierrez family built their fence this past Saturday under Construction Project Manager Paul Stromdahl’s supervision. There was a fence in place, but it was in such substandard condition that we had to replace it. “It was pretty horrible,” says Stromdahl. But the new fence, as you can see, is sturdy and ready for duty!

What’s Left to Do?

Gutierrez fence 2Stromdahl’s leading a work party this Saturday, August 27th and is planning to tackle the following:

  • Installing bifold doors
  • Putting up towel bars
  • Installing door knobs, cabinet knobs, and drawer pulls
  • Starting on the shed

Want to help? Work starts at 9am (plan to get to Sumas by 8:30 – 8:45 for instructions from Stromdahl), breaks for lunch around Noon, and continues on until 4pm. Bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothes/footwear that covers your whole foot (no sandals or open-toed shoes). Call Janet at 360.715.9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org if you’re planning on coming out. It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend for building!

We Need Your Help in Sumas This Saturday!

Paul at SumasConstruction Project Manager Paul Stromdahl is burning the candle at both ends to get the Gutierrez family in their home before the kids are due back in school. We’d hate for the children to have to transfer after the school year has already begun. But to accomplish our goal, Paul needs all the help he can possibly get. If you’re available this Saturday, August 6th and willing to help out, we’d be grateful to have you. Paul plans to tackle flooring, counter tops, painting, and some yard work.

Call Janet at 360.715.9170 or email volunteer@hfhwhatcom.org to sign up. Plan to get to Sumas by 8:30 to 8:45 AM. We’ll take a lunch break around Noon and work until 4 to 4:30 PM. If you’re unable to stay for the entire day, please let us know so we can plan accordingly!

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