Monday, January 23, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Muskoka Press Release

Habitat for Humanity Muskoka Revs Up to Open a New Huntsville ReStore 
Thanks to a $119,200 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Huntsville, Ontario (January 23, 2012): Thanks to a $119,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Habitat for Humanity Muskoka announced today the upcoming opening of their second ReStore. MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka Norm Miller and Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty joined OTF representative Glenda Davies and Linda Acton-Riddle Board President Habitat for Humanity Muskoka to announce the grant.

“We opened our first ReStore at the south end of Bracebridge in 2006 and it has been successful beyond our dreams. Now we’re thrilled to open our second ReStore in Huntsville in the spring of this year,” said Board President Linda Acton-Riddle. “With over 13,000 square feet and a great location on Crescent Road, we think the Huntsville ReStore is going to be a favourite destination for Muskokans in the Huntsville and surrounding areas.”Acton-Riddle went on to say, “A 2006 grant from OTF in was instrumental in the establishment of our first Bracebridge ReStore and now the Foundation has stepped up to the plate again.”

About the Habitat for Humanity Muskoka ReStore
Proceeds from store sales support Habitat’s goal of building affordable homes for low income families. Products that might otherwise needlessly end up in landfills are purchased by builders, contractors and the general public.

“You never know what you’ll find in our store...there is something for everyone, from gently loved furnishings to building materials and even that one-of-a-kind treasure you’ve been searching for,” said Retail Operations Manager, Kevin Manley.

The ReStore concept benefits both the wholesalers, retailers and individuals who donate products to be sold, as well as the consumers who purchase those products at a reduced cost.

Staffed mainly by volunteers, the Habitat Muskoka ReStore also works closely with the District of Muskoka and other community organizations and schools to provide leaning and work-place experience.

“When the first ReStore opened in Bracebridge, I remember how impressed I was with the concept. This latest grant will assist Habitat for Humanity Muskoka in their goal of helping to build affordable homes for families in Muskoka said Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka.”

About Habitat for Humanity Muskoka
Habitat for Humanity Muskoka was established as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2002. Our first home was built in 2003. Since 2003, twelve homes have now been built by Habitat for Humanity Muskoka for families across Muskoka who may not otherwise be able to experience the joys and responsibilities of home ownership.

Through volunteer labour, efficient management and donations of money and materials, Habitat homes are built and sold to partner families at no profit. They are financed with affordable, no interest mortgages, geared to the families' financial circumstances.

Habitat for Humanity is not a give-away program. In addition to the mortgage payments, each homeowner contributes 500 hours of unpaid labour into the building of their home and other homes. This is called "Sweat Equity". Sweat equity increase pride of ownership and reduces Habitat's costs.
Without the passion and action of our Habitat for Humanity Muskoka volunteers, none of this would be possible. It is with thanks and enormous gratitude that Habitat for Humanity Muskoka recognizes the impact volunteers have on the work we do.

A bright future for home building projects through Habitat for Humanity Muskoka and further north.....
Plans are already under way for a construction start of our 13th and 14th homes in spring 2012 in Huntsville, and through an Adopt-A-Home partner agreement with a group of dedicated volunteers in Parry Sound two homes are also slated for the Town of Parry Sound construction in 2012/2013.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation in Ontario
As a leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. 

Giving back to the community is a core value of Habitat for Humanity Muskoka. Through community programs, Habitat brings volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and monetary grants to help meet the critical housing needs of low income families.
This would not be possible without support received such as that from The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.

Ellen Frood
Executive Director Habitat for Humanity Muskoka 
Email: ellen @ 
Tel: 705-646-0106 
 1964 Muskoka Beach Rd. 
Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R1

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