Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a non-profit, multifaith-based housing program. Habitat invites people from the broad spectrum of social, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds to work in partnership to build homes and hope with families in need.
The Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins branches of Habitat for Humanity have pooled their resources with groups in Muskoka. A new regional organization has been created called Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
HFH Gateway North News 15.01.2016
Espanola Build Update
Espanola Express Junior A Hockey Team Players and Coach McCarthy were on site on Thursday, January 14, helping to stack lumber and shovel snow out of the basement. Due to cold temperatures, construction progress was limited but the team did some amazing work helping us organize the build site. Next week, Jeff Lapierre, Site Supervisor, with our volunteer crew will be getting the trusses in place.
In This Issue: * Espanola Build Update * From the CEO's Desk * Midland Mall Salvage * Putting the Fun in Finance * Sudbury ReStore Team * ReStore Volunteer Hours * Bracebridge ReStore * Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed! * Habitat Canada has launched the Brick for Brick Campaign. 1 in 5 Canadian families are living in unstable homes. But little by little, a brick for brick, you can help bring stability to the lives of many children from low income families. Because you're not just helping us put a roof over their head, you're helping us put the ground beneath their feet. For full details on the campaign visithabitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hello Habitat Gateway North Community!
Time is a funny construct. Sometimes hours pass quickly and minutes seem to stretch for eternity. Somehow, I've spent a lot of time organizing events - in work roles as well as personal ones. There's a phenomenon I've witnessed and I've dubbed it "The Slow-Down, Speed-Up Effect".
If you've ever been involved in event or project planning, large or small scale, you'll know what I'm talking about. The first time I experienced it was coordinating a wedding show. Six months out from the chosen date, everything felt slow. Calling potential vendors, caterers. Having drawn out planning meetings and making decisions on layout and flow. As the date crept closer, pieces began to fall into place but it still felt a little like walking through mud - you're getting somewhere, but it's a slow march.
Suddenly, it was the wedding show weekend and a million things were happening at once. Brides were flooding in through the doors. Vendors wanted to switch spaces. One DJ was playing music not during his assigned time period. Only half of the chairs showed up for the fashion show. It was planned chaos. And then it was over. The hours of planning boiled down to two days of non-stop activity. It was all worth it - the good, the bad and the ugly.
As we begin to tackle Habitat's exciting 2016 plans I can feel the Slow-Down, Speed-Up Effect setting in. Circling the issues, asking questions, slowly but surely making informed decisions. My calendar has a few dates circled on it and I anticipate they will be full to the brim of "Speed-Up" excitement.
Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,
From the CEO's Desk
Every week when I sit down to write this note, I swear I’m going to keep it short, but the strong-silent-type thing seems to only work for me in Spanish. That said, this week’s note will becorto!
I went into the Christmas holiday conscious of some mild anxiety around the New Year. “We have to hit the ground running,” I admonished anyone who’d listen, our 6-IN-’16 target needing to make the turn from objective to reality.
I’m not sure why I was anxious. Looking back, it’s almost impossible to believe New Year’s Day was only two weeks ago. Looking forward, it’s almost impossible to believe the year we have ahead.
Tomorrow, the HFHOGN Board of Directors will meet in Bracebridge. The outcome of two key strategic items on the Board’s agenda will set HFHOGN’s direction for the years to come and for generations of the families we serve.
I’ll look forward to filling you in on the Board’s discussion and so much more in next week’s issue.
Have a great week,
Midland Mall Salvage
The Midland ReStore is currently closed for some much needed renovations but that didn't keep the crew from working hard! On January 8, the staff from the Midland ReStore headed to the Mountainview Mall for a salvage. The former Suzy Shier location had all kinds of materials for us to pickup and the team did an awesome job! Everyone’s hard work helped Habitat Gateway North realize thousands of dollars in value of materials both for sale in the ReStores and as displays. Plus, we saved some great items from the landfill! Great job Marg, Tom, Lori and Kevin!
Putting the Fun in Finance
Finance is often the most confused and misunderstood department in an organization. When I started with Habitat, the questions started rolling in... "How do I budget for that?", "How do I read this statement?", "What's the point of a budget?". So, I decided I'd say a few words in our weekly newsletter and dispel some finance mysteries (hopefully!).
Simply put, a budget is an itemized summary of likely income and expenses for a given period. It helps you determine whether you can grab that bite to eat or should head home for a bowl of soup. It is typically created using a spreadsheet, and it provides a concrete, organized, and easily understood breakdown of how much money you have coming in and how much you are letting go. It’s an invaluable tool to help you prioritize your spending and manage your money—no matter how much or how little you have.
Stephanie Long (second in on the left), Sudbury ReStore Manager, has been working on our team for several months and was excited to share a fun photo. On Janaury 13th, Stephanie had the most volunteers join her to help out in one day since she began working for the ReStore! She couldn't resist giving a big thumbs up and a thank you to volunteers and staff for their support. (Congratulations to Stephanie on becoming an expectant aunt over the holidays!)
ReStores thank volunteers for over 14,000 hours in 2015
“It fills me with pride.”
Justin Pritchard manages the Huntsville ReStore. In 2015, his volunteers worked for 4,726 hours helping customers, processing donations, and stocking the shelves. It is an act he does not take lightly.
“It’s a huge boost,” Pritchard said. “They are happy, always polite, and they know their customers. I am very proud of the effort our volunteers show and just how dedicated they are to their community.”
ReStore volunteers are open to explore new tasks every day and take on projects they are passionate about. They are the pulse of an operation which has quickly become known for its unique shopping experience.
“There is so much more we can do with the help of the volunteers,” said Sudbury ReStore manager Stephanie Long. “We appreciate everything they do, and sticking with us.”
Fiona had a great time filling her cart with goodies at the Bracebridge ReStore! Thanks to the hard work of the Bracebridge ReStore staff and volunteers the newly moved and reorganized toy section is a treasure trove for shoppers, old and young alike!
Quote of the Week
"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it." - George Elliston