Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

Homebuyer Advocate, Shirley Jacobson

Shirley and her husband, Gary, moved from Montana to Seattle in 1966. At the time, Gary worked in the aircraft industry and was recruited by Boeing. Eventually, Shirley would work in parts procurement with both Hexcel and Boeing. Through that position, Shirley got to live in both China and Malaysia.  After returning to Seattle from …

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Construction Manager, Paul Stromdahl

I started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Illinois, in the spring of 2011. We were renting our place at the time, so I had no “home” projects to work on and needed an outlet. I knew a bit about Habitat and went to an orientation. The volunteer coordinator, Ryan Mobley, enthusiastically welcomed me …

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Edie Stickel Update — One Volunteer’s Pathway into the Building Trades

Edie Stickel at Telegraph

Edie Stickel Update — One Volunteer’s Pathway into the Building Trades We were so happy to learn this year that one of our former construction volunteers, Edie Stickel, has been accepted in the UBC, Local 70 Carperter’s Union Apprenticeship Program, and is well underway to becoming a certified carpenter.  What is a Carpenters Apprenticeship Program? …

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Habitat Homebuyer, Andy Koch

Andy Koch is a musician, puppeteer, clown and balloon twister, thespian and director, entertainer, educator and advocate for the arts, and all-around-storyteller — he will also soon be a Habitat homebuyer. At the time we spoke to Andy, a friend was sailing him to Point Roberts to perform as a clown and balloon twister. “I …

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Habitat Homebuyer, Kelly Klein

Kelly Klein grew up in Montana, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, located near Glacier National Park. “I’m mixed heritage,” she said, “My mom is Native American, a Blackfeet tribal member, and my dad is Jewish from New York City. My dad was in the Air Force. That’s how he met my mom in Montana. He …

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Women Build Continues!

Women Build Continues! We are currently assembling teams and sponsors to participate in the construction of four more affordable homes at our Telegraph Townhome community, as well as help raise $20,000 to help us finish these beautiful and energy efficient homes.  We are looking for volunteers, as well as Team Leaders. Each Women Builder commits …

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NSEA and Wild Whatcom Riparian Mitigation

We’re incredibly grateful to NSEA (the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association) for organizing a work party at our Telegraph Townhomes construction site. In the morning they led a team of volunteers, and in the afternoon they were joined by the Coyotes–a group of 11 fifth graders who are part of Wild Whatcom’s Explorers Club.  Together the …

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The Hubbard Family

By the time she was 18, Brynne and her mother Dawn had been forced to move at least 10 times. “As a single mom, I would have to move from place to place,” Dawn said, “to be able to afford what’s available at that time. And working 3 jobs, you don’t get a lot of …

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The Telegraph Townhomes Wins the Luminary Awards for Impactful Project!

We are incredibly proud to share the Impactful Project award with Kulshan Community Land Trust for our work on the Telegraph Townhome project. We believe projects like these are crucial to bringing much needed affordable housing to our community, and we’re so grateful for Kulshan Community Land Trust and the Whatcom Community Foundation for partnering …

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Honoring the Legacy of Noriko Lao

Noriko was an amazing person and an amazing volunteer. No words can describe how inspiring she was to see in action. And for the vast majority of us who struggle with being selfless, and struggle with making time to serve others, Noriko showed through her actions how easy it all was. Her kindness was natural …

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