Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

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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2020 Raise the Roof Auction

It’s finally time for our 18th Annual Raise the Roof Auction! Join us this October 2nd, as we go live to raise money to build much needed safe, affordable housing in our community. Bidding will start on Monday, September 28th, culminating in a live stream event. We will have guests, games, and most importantly, we’ll …

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Our Bramble Way Home Is Complete

The Santiago Reyes family came to Washington in 2006. They came to work in agriculture, on a raspberry farm in Lynden, Washington. Life in a small farm cabin was very difficult, especially in winter. There was a stove, electricity, and a small refrigerator, but no bathroom and no running water or heat. Today, Eli works …

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Thank You St. Paul’s!

We’re so happy to welcome back St. Paul’s Habitat Build Team to the Telegraph Townhomes this July.  One year ago, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church formed the Habitat Ministry Team (pictured below, back when humans could stand next to each other) and invited members of their church to volunteer with us each month. We welcomed this …

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2020 WCAR Tees for Keys Fundraiser

Join WCAR for a virtual auction fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County on Friday, August 14th, from 6 to 7:30pm. In lieu of the annual golf tournament the WCAR golf committee is organizing a super fun, free, and interactive virtual fundraiser! We will be bringing the fun, games and auction items online …

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Partner Homebuyer Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan moved to Bellingham in 1975 to study Sociology and Criminology at Western. After graduating she worked as a counselor at a work-release center, helping young people rehabilitate to society. But only a couple of years into her career the program was defunded. “They made it coed,” she said, “and got rid of the …

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Kulshan Homebuyer Greg Meling

Greg remembers vividly the day he left his old life behind. He was carrying his granddaughter, Keeley, up the driveway 12 years ago, and while he was looking down on her, “I heard God’s voice tell me,” he said “‘It’s time.’” For 37 years leading up to that moment, since he was 16-years-old, Greg struggled …

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Juneteenth

On June 19th, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Union Army General Gordon Granger announced the total emancipation of enslaved people in Texas with this statement:  “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights …

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Our Commitment to Racial Justice

Many of our supporters know the story of Koinonia Farm, the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity, in Americus, Georgia. For the simple act of being proudly inclusive to all races, residents of that farm were repeatedly victims of vicious terrorism. In the 1950’s, the farm was bombed multiple times, set on fire, and crosses were …

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Bobby’s Journey to Homeownership

For Whatcom County residents who struggle with affordable housing, this love for our little corner of the world leads to some sad but necessary conversations. With the median price of homes at over $400,000, many have to decide between living in a place they know and love, or moving somewhere where they can find affordable …

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