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Work continues on homes for two Whatcom County families

Habitat for Humanity Whatcom County construction volunteer Noriko Lao installs decorative battens to the exterior of the home being built in Acme. Noriko has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years, mostly in construction. Photo by Marcie Miller

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County construction volunteers were hard at work on Saturday, April 7th, ensuring that another family in Whatcom county will soon have a place to call home.

Construction manager Paul Stromdahl and a half dozen volunteers worked throughout the home on Poppy Lane in Kendall, just off the Mt. Baker Highway, putting up drywall as a forecast of rain and wind derailed roofing plans.

The home is a double wide modular, donated to Habitat by Bellingham business owner, Roger Jobs. It was moved to the site, which was already owned by Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County, last year. After permits were in place, renovation and enlargement of the home began this year.

Participating in the project are the home’s future owners, Mario Mata and his family of 7 children. The Mata family work on the 1600 square foot home, contributing the required “sweat equity” as their contribution to the home building process.

Paul explained the future homeowners have to agree to put in 500 hours of sweat equity in total as part of their downpayment, with at least 100 of those hours going into the construction of their home. The other hours can be completed volunteering in other capacities for Habitat for Humanity.

As well as keeping construction costs down, according to Habitat for Humanity, sweat equity teaches the future homeowners new skills and instills in them a sense of pride and ownership. They are truly invested in their home.

Habitat home also under construction in Acme

In addition to the Mata home, Paul and his crew of volunteers are also working on an 850 square foot home for Linda Clow in nearby Acme. She currently lives on the property in two old logging cabins, cobbled together into one dwelling, Paul said.

“She was a bus driver in the community for years,” Paul said. “Everyone knows her.”

Paul said that Linda put in her hours in the Habitat store on Cornwall, as well as on her future home.

“She’s well beyond the hours that she needs,” he said.

He also pointed out that volunteer opportunities are available for all levels of abilities.

“She makes great lunches, and that is worth a lot,” he added.

Linda’s future home, built from the ground up, will have even better energy efficiency than was possible with the Mata family’s pre-built modular home, Paul said. Sustainability is key to Habitat for Humanity’s mission.

“This will allow the homeowner to be less impacted by rising energy costs,” Paul said. “We want them to stay in the community and to be a part of the community.”

Habitat homebuyer, Linda Clow. Photo by Malie Laolagi.
Linda Clow's current home in Acme is no longer livable.

Construction volunteers always needed

If you would like to help out a Whatcom County neighbor on their path to home ownership, construction volunteers are always welcome. No construction skills are needed as there is work available for all skill levels. This year Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County will undertake its largest project ever, 52 townhomes on Telegraph Road, in cooperation with Kulshan Community Land Trust. Many, many hands will be needed to make this project a reality.

To volunteer apply online here.

Volunteer Abroad with Habitat

In Whatcom County, we’re already working in partnership with low-income families to build safe, decent homes where they can live and grow into their fullest potential. Now
we have the opportunity to extend our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live beyond Whatcom County by traveling abroad to build alongside some of
our international neighbors.

Join Us In …

At this time we have build trips scheduled for:

All Q&A Sessions are at the Habitat Store. No question or concern is too large or too small! If you can’t attend a Q&A
Session, don’t worry … it’s not a requirement.

Learn More

To sign up for a Q&A Session, schedule an informational call, or get more details, call or email Sarah: (360) 715-9170 ext. 1016 sarah.bond-yancey@hfhwhatcom.org. Download a printable flyer here.

Spotlight on the Store

Do you have retail experience and a passion for affordable housing? We need you on our Store Advisory Committee! The committee is made up of volunteer members who share their knowledge in an effort to make the Habitat Store a more successful retail outlet. We need members with skills in the following areas:

  • retail
  • merchandising
  • marketing
  • and/or P&L

Proceeds from the store support our mission to eliminate poverty housing conditions here in Whatcom County and throughout the world. If you’re interested in helping us make the store the best it can be, please contact:

 Amy Mitchell
(360) 778-2036
amy.mitchell@hfhwhatcom.org
– or – John Moon
(360) 715-9170
john.moon@hfhwhatcom.org

Parking at the Habitat Store

We were moved this past Saturday to see so many of our community members exercise their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. But we were somewhat dismayed by the corresponding takeover of our parking lot.

And the proof is in the numbers: the Habitat Store saw a reduction of $1,328.00 in sales compared to the same Saturday last year because regular customers did not have access to the parking lot.  If you parked in the Habitat Store lot, your voice was paid for by Whatcom County’s poorest in the amount of $26.56 per parking spot. This is hard cash that will not be available to purchase lumber, ironically for the current Women Build project in Birch Bay.  If you parked at Habitat, please consider sending a check for $25.00 or whatever your heart and circumstances allow, to Habitat for Humanity, 1825 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 98225 or donate online at networkforgood.org. Please help turn this problem into a blessing.

Volunteer at the Habitat Store!

carmenOne of our most steadfast, dedicated store volunteers is leaving us next month. A military veteran, Carmen approaches her job in our receiving department with the kind of thoroughness and inexhaustibility one might expect from a former member of the armed forces. We are sorry to see her go but very grateful for all she’s given us.

Train with Carmen

Carmen works Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm. We don’t expect to find one person to replace her, but if you’re interested in helping out at Habitat and are available for a regular shift sometime within Carmen’s working hours, let us know! Carmen will be leaving us mid-January so new volunteers who start soon will be able to train directly with her.

Get Started Today!

If you’ve never volunteered with Habitat before, you’ll need to:

If you’ve already completed your orientation, paperwork, and background check, contact Janet to sign up for a shift. Carmen will be happy to show you the ropes!

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.

Shop. Donate. Volunteer. Buy Coffee on October 7.

Habitat for Humanity doesn’t give houses away. We sell them at cost, with a 0% mortgage, to hard-working, responsible families in need.
That means that when you make a donation to Habitat, what you’re really doing is investing in our partner families. A $3 donation can allow Habitat to purchase one framing stud for a home. When a partner family buys that home, they will pay Habitat back your $3 investment in their mortgage.
When we get that monthly mortgage payment, we will use it to buy more framing studs, more nails, more siding, for more houses for more families.
So your donation to Habitat never goes away. In fact, it grows over time. It’s a hand up, not a hand out.
Next week: Find out how our volunteers’ hands and feet and hearts keep Habitat building.

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