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.
Friday, April 1, 2016
HFH Gateway North News 01.04.2016
Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Sudbury ReStore in the News
Stephanie Long, Sudbury ReStore Manager (right), shakes hands with Shelley Peever, General Manager of the Lexington Hotel in Sudbury. Northern Life in Sudbury featured a great story about the items donated by the hotel.
In This Issue: * Sudbury ReStore in the News * Breaking News: From the CEO's Desk * Habitat Heroes * New Look for ReStore Staff & Volunteers * Egg-cellent Guess at the Bracebridge ReStore * Sudbury Easter Egg Hunt * Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed! * Support our Bracebridge 2016 Women Build by donating 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!
Over the past week, I had great fun moving from an apartment to a house (I'm only being slightly sarcastic about moving being fun). The process of packing up your entire life into boxes and relocating it to a new place is both daunting and cathartic. Moving just as we come into spring seems to add another level of meaning to the process.
Packing, cleaning, purging, painting, planning, organizing utilities, forwarding mail - all necessary steps in the process of moving. As much as there is action in the pre-move, it usually feels like slogging through the mud and getting nowhere. Boxes pile up as you sort through what to donate, what's trash and what is joining you in your new space.
And then you're in the new space with blank walls to decorate, furniture to place and more boxes (this time to unpack). Making the new space your own can take 5 minutes - unpacking that one knick knack that means you're moved in - or it can take weeks, carefully setting every piece of furniture and possession in its rightful place in your new home. I am amongst the smaller portion of the population who enjoy change, so I relish having blank walls and time to create a comfortable living space.
"If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn." - Bernie Siegel MD
The change of the seasons can be similarly transitional and chaotic. Mother Natures throws wrenches in the plan (higher than usual rainfall leading to flooding, swift temperature changes, snow in May). It's a time to mark your progress from the new year, whether you take 5 minutes or two weeks, and a time to evaluate your progress based on your goals.
This week at the Habitat office I felt a similar transitional pull, checking the rear-view to see where we've come from and looking at the goals we have yet to achieve. Some milestones are looming in the near future and others have a handy check mark beside them on the list.
Our annual build plan, Orillia ReStore relocation, family selection planning, fundraising goals - all on the books and well under-way are moving forward thanks to dedicated Chapter and ReStore volunteers and staff. Thank you to everyone taking part in the evolution and contributing to the progression.
Hopefully our kidnapped CEO makes it back to the office next week... we've got work to do!
Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,
BREAKING NEWS: From the CEO's Desk
Our CEO has been kidnapped by two assailants dressed as a banana and a dill pickle. Their demands include a donation of $1 million dollars for our Bracebridge Women Build.
Sean is a very hard worker. Sean has been volunteering at the Sudbury ReStore over a month and has never skipped a beat. Even though he is very shy, I see him regularly answering customers questions. Every time he is at the ReStore he makes customers, other volunteers and the staff smile.
Stephanie Long ReStore Manager, Sudbury
Ric Peca has been volunteering with the Huntsville ReStore for three months and he has done some amazing work all over the store. His enthusiasm, knowledge and hard work ethic have been a great addition to the Huntsville ReStore. Ric truly is an amazing person, who has gone above and beyond to bring the Huntsville ReStore to the next level. Thank you so much Ric for everything you do!
Justin Pritchard ReStore Manager, Huntsville
Linda is a hard working volunteer and has been helping out at the ReStore for 9 years. She is kind and has a big heart. We enjoy her company as she voluntters weekly and are so glad to have her as one of our great volunteers. Thank you Linda!
Jessie Kozack ReStore Manager, Bracebridge
Whatever you do, don’t leave a mess when Babs is in the house, or you will get the “look”. Babs has been with us for a couple of years now, and her organizing skills are second to none. Babs is a great asset to our team, and sincerely appreciated. Her specialty is her patience with sorting all of those boxes of odds & ends! The job that most of us find painful, Babs is in her element. A big thanks, from us all Babs!!
Marg Hamelin ReStore Manager, Midland
Sandy does whatever it takes to get the job done. That may come from her many years as a secondary school teacher! She is energetic, great with our customers and is a joy to be around which is very helpful for us when things get busy. We look forward to getting to know her better.
Donna Godfrey Assistant Manager, Orillia
New Look for ReStore Staff & Volunteers
Our Sudbury ReStore staff and volunteers were happy to show off their new threads. Customers are very happy with the new apparel because it is easier to identify who to ask for help. From left: Stephanie, Dylan, Jon, Sean, and Candice.
Egg-cellent Guess at the Bracebrigde ReStore
Edith Latter-Spence was the lucky winner of our Easter Egg Guess Contest. Her guess of 215 eggs was bang on and all of the ReStore staff were thrilled to hear that Edith was our lucky guesser. Pictured are Edith (left), her Mom and her Sister on Monday when Edith came to collect her delicious prize. Thanks to everyone who made a guess and helped contribute over $150 towards our Bracebridge Women Build.
Sudbury Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny was busy over Easter weekend at our Sudbury ReStore. He hid some very special eggs in store.
Two lucky customers both received 25% off cards to the ReStore for their egg fidning skills. Our Easter Egg Hunt winners were thrilled!
Quote of the Week
"If someone offers you a amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, say yes - Then learn how to do it later." - Richard Branson