Thursday, March 24, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 24.03.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Easter Hours at our ReStores

Pleas take note! Our ReStores have modified hours due to the Easter holiday.

Friday March 25th, Good Friday - Closed
Saturday March 26th - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday March 27th - Closed
Monday March 28th - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In This Issue:
* Easter Hours at our ReStores
* From the CEO's Desk
* PJ Day Raises Dollars
* Save the Dates
* Happy Easter from the Bracebridge ReStore
* Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed!
* Support our Bracebridge 2016 Women Build bydonating online or joining our Women Build Team. Find out more by contacting usor calling (705) 646-0106 x205.
* Our Espanola Build rolls on! Stay up to date with photos and more at the Habitat for Humanity - Espanola Build Facebook Page.
* 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!

I am excited to announce our very first Wonder Woman (if you're wondering what that means, you'll have to stay tuned for full details)! Marian Burdsall graciously donated $1,000 to our Women Build Campaign this past week. The first donation towards our goal of raising $100,000 before our Women Build commences. While the official start date of our Women Build is fluid for the time-being (securing land, engineering, all the fun stuff!), our fundraising goal is firm.

While fundraising is one of the most important factors in the Habitat build process, recently I've noticed myself paying far more attention to the people and the stories I cross paths with on a daily basis.



Each volunteer, staff member, donor and Chapter member I talk to, has a Habitat story. There are always many experiences, but usually there is one specific story that stands out in their mind. The pivotal experience in their tenure with Habitat.

My favourite story, to date, is from our Gravenhurst home dedication last spring. The build was 95% complete and our two new partner families were thrilled to be moving into their new homes. We held the home dedication ceremony in one of the homes with a wonderful show of support from the community. After the formal portion of the ceremony, there were refreshments and photos to commemorate the occasion.

As I stood talking to a small group of people, I heard a voice beside me politely say "Excuse me, Meghan." I looked down to the daughter of one of our new homeowners. "Could I please have one of the balloons to keep?" She was referring to one of six balloons with "Welcome Home" emblazoned across them. Such a small ask, but it hit me right in the heart. I was thrilled to oblige and catch the look on her face as she happily claimed a balloon for herself.

It doesn't matter how you choose to be involved, but I can guarantee you can ask anyone who is part of the organization for their Habitat story. If you're willing to share your Habitat story, we want to hear from you! Get in touch with us and share yours.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

Meghan
From the CEO's Desk

It was easier to be thinking spring-like thoughts earlier in the week, but the paperwork popping up on my desk leaves little doubt build season is upon is. I thought I’d offer an update on our 6-IN-’16 build plans, although it’s with the caveat that our plans remain somewhat fluid.

(2 of 6): Thanks to site supervisor Jeff Lapierre, his trusty assistant Kris Kring, and volunteers, work continues on our Espanola semi-detached. When last I checked in, Jeff was aiming for an early June completion.

(3 of 6): Thanks to our North Simcoe Chapter, an area Habitat home will be given a “shave and a haircut” over the next few weeks in readiness for our next partner family.

(4 and 5 of 6): We discovered last week that our Huntsville build lot will accommodate our “Model ‘A’” semi-detached – the first of our standardized models – with room left over for a four-unit row house. Our game plan is to have the semi under construction by early June and to hold the balance of the land for 2017.

(6 through 9 of 6): We’re working on an opportunity that could (and I stress “could”) provides us with land in Bracebridge that would accommodate a four-unit row. This might necessitate our pushing the planned early July start of the Women Build ahead a few weeks, but I think the possibility of the Women Build delivering the completed exterior shell of a four-unit row, rather than the planned semi, is tremendously exciting.

(10 and 11 of 6): We are viewing an Orillia build this year as an absolute must. We expect Orillia Municipal Council will formally act on our request for the donation of a particular surplus piece of city land in early April.

(12 through 15 of 6): Once our focus can move off the front-end of the build schedule, we’ll be more actively working with our Parry Sound and North Bay Chapters on the prospect of a semi in each community. Land acquisition is a key factor.

I think I’ve given just about everyone cause to question my ability to count and/or plan. It’s a criticism I’ll happily accept if it means we’ll serve at least 11-In-’16, with the possibility that we could see 13 or 15 dedication services by year-end.

Without partner families, Habitat builds nothing but buildings. We have wonderful family selection committees across the region. Collectively, we have considerable communications experience and expertise at our disposal. It’s my intention over the next couple of weeks to pull together our resources with the aim of overcoming Habitat’s chronic and pan-Canadian challenge: How do we attract applications from “our” families?  

Whether it’s 11, 13 or 15, it’ll be fundraising that determines not only our service to families this year, but the foundations we put in place to serve even more in 2017 (the voice in the back of my head is screaming “17-IN-‘17”, but I’m prepared to settled for 20!). We’ll be ramping up our fundraising efforts in the coming weeks, beginning with implementation of our Salesforce database platform.

As evident by the prospect of 15-IN-’16, we have before us a tremendous opportunity to be of service. Like spring, build season is just around the corner, but construction is but part of the effort.

Have a great Easter and a great week,

David  
PJ Day Raises Dollars

Habitat Gateway North staff stayed in their pajamas on Wednesday March 23rd to help raise funds for the upcoming Women Build. Each staff member donated  to the campaign for the privilege to wear their pajamas to work.

From left: Greg Cowan, Aura Devy, Jessie Kozack, Kevin Manley and Hilary Kellam.
Save the Dates

We have several events already scheduled for this year, run by our Chapter Committees and third party groups. So mark your calendars or contact us to get involved!

June 11th - Band on the Run in support of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North

June 16th - Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Golf Classic presented by North Granite Ridge Golf Club


June/July - Women Build Bracebridge

July 2nd - Parry Sound Chapter's Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction


*NEW DATE* July 15th - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament

September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club

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