Month: December 2016
Our Plans for 2017
2016 was a productive year for Habitat! We:
- 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!
Donating to the Habitat Store Couldn’t Be Easier!
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
- every item can be resold in our store
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.
Unsinkable: Melody & Tyler
Meet one of our newest homebuyer families: Melody, Tyler, and their 4 children (only the youngest is pictured here). These folks have weathered some serious storms, most notably a wind storm that dropped a tree through their motor home and left a gaping hole. But they never give up. After the wind storm, they bought what they could afford to replace the ruined motor home – a small school bus approximately 20 feet by 8 feet – and kept living, kept working, kept going to school.
An Expensive Way to Live
When a generous donor gave Habitat a trailer, Melody and Tyler were able to upgrade their living conditions somewhat. There’s a leak in the roof and they aren’t hooked up to water, power, or sewer so they run a generator and have an outdoor toilet. Both the generator and the toilet are costly to use – at least $20 per day for gas and $100 per month for the toilet. “It’s a pretty expensive way to live,” Tyler says.
Examples for Us All
Melody and Tyler learned about Habitat from the Ferndale Food Bank and applied. They joined our program this past year and are highly motivated, already working hard on their sweat equity hours. They still have to make difficult choices sometimes, like whether to heat or eat. But they refuse to sink. They are energetic, dedicated examples for all of us who have struggled to stay afloat in one way or another … and that’s everyone, isn’t it?
Volunteer at the Habitat Store!
One 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:
- Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form
- Complete a liability waiver
- Schedule an orientation with Janet, our Volunteer Coordinator, by emailing email@example.com or calling 360.715.9170 ext. 1016
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!