Monday, February 27, 2012

They are in!

This is the end of the story, and their beginning.
Both families are in their homes.
All is well with the world.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fundraiser "Run for the roof" - sledding


Daily Log February 15 & 16, 2012



Who was on site
Larry, Doug, Roy, Dorothy and Vince.

What Happened 
We are complete with everything. The occupancy inspection went very well Tuesday with only a minor deficiency, which we can remedy quite simply.

WE ARE COMPLETE,
excluding our top soil and seed in the spring!!!

Many thanks to all who donated time, energy, goods and materials.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Daily Log February 14, 2012


Who was on site
Larry, Doug, Roy, Duncan, Dorothy, Marj and Vince.

What Happened 
We are complete with everything, which makes us ready for our occupancy inspection
first thing this week and then the big clean can happen. The occupancy inspection went
very well today with only a minor deficiency, which we can remedy quite simply.


What next
We will be painting the remaining basement floors on our way out, as well the carpet
stair runner will be installed Tuesday, we are having our occupancy inspection Tuesday
as well, then DONE (till grading the site in the spring).

Still Needed
The occupancy permits.
Sump pumps will be going in Friday or Monday.

Monday, February 13, 2012

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Who was on site
Larry, Doug, Roy, Emily and Vince Tyler from Muskoka Air, Union Gas, McKenzie Aluminum and Vinyl.

What Happened 
We are complete with everything, which makes us ready for our occupancy inspection first thing this week and then the big clean can happen. The furnace and gas hook ups were successful on Friday. Mike McKenzie’s guys installed the eavestrough on Friday.

What next
We will be painting the remaining basement floors on our way out, as well, the carpet stair runner will be installed Tuesday. We are having our occupancy inspection Tuesday, as well, then DONE (till grading the site in the spring).
Still Needed
The occupancy permit. Sump pump will be going in Friday, or Monday. 

Volunteers
Many people have come together to keep this project moving forward, many thanks to 
you all. 
Further down the road                         
We will still need to do our final site grading and topsoil and seed in the spring.
Materials/Tools
All tools required are on site. We have our new saw.
Food and Drink
As per schedule.
Many thanx to our food teams, Especially to Mary Grey of Gravenhurst who continues to go beyond all expectations.

My thoughts
As a first timer with a Habitat Build this is truly great to witness and be a part. My, sincerest thanks to you all. We are done, it’s looking great. Wow people talk about stepping up to the plate, Larry and Doug my sincerest thanks, both of your dedication to this project goes above and beyond volunteerism. Roy boy, the paint toy, we thank you as well for staying the course and seeing this through. THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL!






Sunday, February 12, 2012

Testimonials by the house recipients 2012


Habitat for Humanity Muskoka Testimonial: 
The Gillmore Family
Why have you chosen to apply for a Habitat for Humanity House?
We chose to apply for a Habitat for Humanity house for three reasons….
1/ We had heard so many wonderful things about being a partner family with Habitat Muskoka.
2/ We were growing increasingly scared, frustrated and upset by our current living conditions.
3/ Opportunity – They were advertising the new build in Muskoka and were accepting applications so we decided to take a chance and apply. 

What have been the unexpected joys of this experience ?
Tom : The unexpected joys of this experience for me have all centered around my volunteering with Habitat for Humanity as the Social Media Volunteer. When I started off I was “just going to put in my sweat hours and then I’m done!” Well, that QUICKLY changed into “I want to DO MORE than just put in my sweat hours, how else can I help?” I am very passionate about the work I do for Habitat and I believe so strongly in what they do that I made a long term commitment to volunteer with this organization and help to make the dream of home ownership possible for many future families.

Another unexpected joy for me has been seeing how involved my 6 year old daughter Makenna was in the build process and how passionate she is about the organization as well. She has decorated a bird house for a Habitat fundraising event, baked cookies and other goodies for the volunteers at the build site, she came with us to help paint some trim a few weeks ago…she even proudly wears her Habitat Muskoka volunteer ball cap and t-shirt every chance she gets! To this day she still asks Jenn and I on an almost daily basis “Can I please do something else for Habitat?” 
“Can we bake more cookies for the builders today Daddy?” 
“Mommy, can we go and visit the volunteers today and say HI?” 

Jenn : The unexpected joys of this experience for me has been to help with organizing the food for all the volunteers to ensure that they get to eat some yummy food  . Another amazing joy was to meet all the wonderful volunteers working on our house and to see their dedication and joy on their faces and to get to talk to them when I would come on the build site. As Tom said also to see the joy in our daughter face and voice when she would talk about Habitat and wanting to always do something for the volunteers ! Just being able to make a connection and make friends with everyone at Habitat for Humanity is a true JOY 
What have been the challenges?
Tom : For me, the challenges have been working through my disability to be able to fulfill my sweat hour requirement. Thankfully due to the amazingly supportive staff of Habitat Muskoka, I have been able to contribute in many meaningful ways while still logging the required hours. The staff chose to look at my unique health challenges and found a way to work with my strengths rather than focus on my weaknesses. When I walk in to the ReStore or the Habitat for Humanity Muskoka offices I have always been treated with dignity and respect which is something that I am so thankful for and to me speaks volumes about what a classy organization Habitat Muskoka is.

Jenn : The challenges for me were being pregnant when the process started and trying to work as many hours at my 2 call-in jobs to be able to qualify for my unemployment, taking our daughter to her numerous appointments along with my appointments for my pregnancy. Then, when our son was born he had 2 hospital admissions as he had been fairly sick. All the while worrying how am I going to be able to do my part of the sweat hours. This is what warmed my heart about how amazing the people are at Habitat for Humanity are because they worked with me to find ways for me to be able to obtain my portion of the hours.
What will owning a home mean for your family?
Wow, I’m not sure I can even put in to words how much of a positive, life changing effect having a safe, affordable home will mean to our family! It will mean the achievement of a dream for Jennifer and I, the dream of having a home where our kids can be safe and healthy, an environment where everyone can heal, grow and prosper. After living in substandard housing for so long, we eagerly anticipate the safety and security that a new Habitat Muskoka home will provide us. 
What does “a hand up, not a hand out” mean to you?
What it means to us is that we weren’t just given a house, we were afforded an opportunity to own a home! This isn’t Extreme Makeover: Home Edition…we worked hard to be able to contribute to the building of our home and the feeling of pride that comes with not only building but paying for our own house is tremendous!

Testimonials by the house recipients 2012


Testimonial Emily Magee
Why have you chosen to apply for a Habitat for Humanity House?
One day in the winter of 2010, I was at my volunteer job as a tutor at the Literacy Society of Muskoka.  On the bulletin board was a HFH poster, calling for applicants.  I liked the logo, so I read and copied the phone number, and later requested an application.

After receiving it, I filled it out and submitted.

Three months later, I received a phone call from Habitat requesting a home visit.  I was surprised and very happy to learn that we had been selected as a partner family.

I have learned so much from my experience with Habitat.

What have been the challenges?
Everyone's challenges are different, and the ones that I experienced were juggling my regular job and present home/child care with my required 500 sweat equity hours.

What have been the unexpected joys of this experience ?
The volunteers involved with my build are more than that to me.  They are friends, and I am so grateful to them and for them.

Now that our house is nearly complete it is with mixed emotions in knowing that I will not
see everyone as much as I am accustomed to.
What will owning a home mean for your family?

Owning my own house is like having a living legacy.  It gives security, pride and a sense of belonging in a charming community.
What does “a hand up, not a hand out” mean to you?

Some people think that Habitat for Humanity builds the house, and then gives the house to the recipients.  I tell them this is not the case, and is by no means a hand out.  I have a mortgage like any other homeowner.  The difference of course was being present and fully participating with the build from start to finish, which I see as a huge advantage that I will always remember.

Emily Magee

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Daily Log February 7, 2012



Who was on site
Larry, Doug, Roy, Dorothy, Emily, Steve, Alex and Vince
What Happened
We are nearing completion with most everything. The closet shelves and knobs were completed last week; the tile on the stair landings was laid and grouted. The furnace and HRV are ready for the gas company to come and turn on the gas and of course we are near complete on the final painting. Which makes us ready for our occupancy inspection first thing next week and then the big clean can happen.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Home Tweet Home - Habitat Muskoka Fundraiser!

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We’d love to have you join us…and there’s a pre event opportunity to golf if you are interested! See below for further information…local artists have stepped forward once again to create unique pieces of art in support of Habitat. Don’t delay – tickets will sell fast.


and there’s more for those who love to golf  !!!!!!!!!

Arrangements have been made as a special offer to those who have purchased a ticket toHome Tweet Home and who wish to play golf before the event. A number of tee times have been blocked off by Muskoka Bay Club.

Don’t delay…space is limited – if you want to play you must reserve by April 15th.

18 hole foursome tee times start at 11am through to 12:10 pm (only 8 foursomes available)*

9 hole foursome tee times start at 1:30 pm through to 2:40 pm (only 8 foursomes available)**

*18 hole cost - $135 per person includes all taxes and power golf cart

** 9 hole cost -  $75 per person includes all taxes and power golf cart

To book your time call Gord Kidder at 705-385-8787
or email  gkidder@bell.net
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012