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 29, 2016
HFH Gateway North News 29.04.2016
Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Espanola Build Update
Our 2016 build project in Espanola rolls on! With insulation in and the vapour barrier complete, the crew in Espanola is moving on to boarding and drywall. The snow seems to have finally disappeared and we are ready to 'spring' into build action!
Photos by Sheri Commission
In This Issue: * Wonder Women * From the CEO's Desk * ReStore Sales * In The News * Habitat Heroes * Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show * Volunteer Appreciation in Sudbury * Spring Has Sprung * Save the Dates * 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!
I looked at my calendar this week and panicked a little. It's the end of April! How can it possibly be the end of April? It seems like only moments ago it was the new year with fresh ideas percolating, streamlining of processes and new adventures awaiting.
However, as I took a step back, I could see the paths that have led us to the end of April. I can see well-trained staff and volunteers in our ReStores doing an amazing job keeping things clean and organized and ready to help customers with any questions. Hilary, our Administrative Assistant (including volunteer coordinating and SO much more), has been doing a wonderful job out in the community presenting to service clubs, arranging activities at libraries and assisting with planning our Golf Classic as well as fundraising for our Women Build. Our finance office is working on our annual audit, in addition to providing streamlined reports to our ReStores and Chapters.
Our Chapter Members are all available for a quick phone call or email to discuss build plans, family selection, fundraising - and they're all so helpful! We have active volunteers in each and every Chapter and each and every ReStore in our region. Our Board members are quick to respond when a matter is brought to their attention. Further, open and honest discussion occurs before a decision is made.
We're getting in the habit of communicating often with our weekly newsletter. But that also extends to wanting to communicate with community members, municipal government, donors, and volunteers. We've stepped up our intentions to communciate with the community about what we do and how we do it. Greg, our new-ish Communications Officer, has taken up the charge with ease identifying new channels to work through, smoothing out ideas and strengthening partnerships with local media.
I look at the last four months and see a lot of work completed. Does that mean we're done yet? Absolutely not! If we stopped now, we wouldn't be achieving our mission. After four months of 2016, I see great growth in Habitat Gateway North. I also see so much more to come. Some of the exciting updates David shares today in his column pave the way for the next few months of acitivity for our affiliate and chapters.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates as they come. If you'd like to get involved, whether on our build projects, in our ReStores or on a Chapter Committee, get in touch today by firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (705) 646-0106. We are active in the community and we want you to be part of that.
Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,
Ginger Barkey Lori Beecroft Tanya Blain Marian Burdsall Kelly Haywood Carol MacLellan
From the CEO's Desk
Now that a couple of items have been formalized, there’s some great news to share this week.
Board member and Orillia Chapter chair Murray Bieman and I were at Orillia municipal council on Monday evening to hear council debate a committee recommendation that we been given two in-town, serviced building lots. Council’s debate became a bit of a nail-biter at one point, but we came away with a lot at 499 Bay Street that will accommodate a semi-detached. We’ll build on it in the fall. We were also given a lot at 75 Victoria upon which we’ll build a single-family home next spring.
Mid-week, we closed on our land purchase at 189 Muskoka Road in Bracebridge, at the intersection of Woodchester. What’s particularly exciting about this acquisition is that the lot will accommodate a four-unit row house – a first for our affiliate. We’re working with a planning consultant on required approvals and permits. The game plan is to focus our upcoming Women Build on fully completing the exterior of the building. We can then take a more leisurely approach to completing the interiors.
For those keeping an eye on our construction calendar: we’re awaiting engineering drawings through our partnership with Green Terra Homes. Green Terra, in turn, is waiting upon its engineering consultants. We expect to see the drawings imminently, at which time we can firm-up our build dates.
And while we’re gearing up for construction, our family selection committees are busy identifying and qualifying prospective partner families. Remarkably, finding families is a challenge for Habitat across North America. In a climate of non-stop information, getting the attention of the working-poor, who are likely holding down multiple jobs while raising children, is difficult. We’ve ordered 5,000 copies of a family “recruitment” postcard and will be sitting down with the family selection experts from our various chapters the week of May 9th to brainstorm methods to more effectively reach our target audience.
On another front: we’ll be running somewhat with skeleton staffing next week. Habitat Canada’s 2016 national conference and AGM is taking place in Kitchener/Waterloo, and we’re taking full advantage of it being within driving distance.
Our ReStore management team is booked in for “ReStore University,” which runs Mondaythrough Wednesday. I’ll join the Ontario Caucus of affiliates for an afternoon-long meeting on Tuesday, followed by a day-long session on Wednesday with the Canadian affiliate leadership. The HFHOGN management team will then join me for the formal conference that runs Wednesday evening through Friday. The annual assembly will wrap up with the AGM on Saturday.
I’m excited by the prospect of our wonderful team meeting the fine people I’ve come to know with Habitat Canada, and vice versa, and our team members having the opportunity to engage in shared learning and, of course, social interaction with their peers from across the country.
Have a great week,
This Saturday all purchases at the Bracebridge and Huntsville ReStore will be 50% off the sticker price. One day only. Come early and don't miss out.
ReThink. ReShape. ReDecorate. ReTrofit. ReStore.
Stay Tuned for More Great Savings! May 7th - Midland May 14th - Orillia
In The News
This week Habitat Gateway North received media coverage across the region. To check out the full stories, click on the link provided.
Pat is one of the hardest working volunteers we've ever had. Plus he always brings a smile and some tasty treats for everyone. Pat is definitely a part of the team and we appreciate everything he does.
Stephanie Long ReStore Manager, Sudbury
Brenda Crewson is an AMAZING volunteer. She is friendly, kind, outgoing and an overall great ReStore Team member! She is an excellent help with our monthly auctions and is always willing to help operate the cash register and answer the phone. Thank you for all your hard work Brenda!
Jessie Kozack ReStore Manager, Bracebridge
Gayle Annis has recently become a part of the ReStore family. She is very helpful, hardworking, and she has become a valuable asset. Gayle goes above and beyond and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team.
Donna Godfrey Assistant ReStore Manager, Orillia
Sandra Collins has been with us from the beginning, and makes everyone feel like they belong, with her kind and caring personality. Sandra loves to chat with the customers, especially when a dog lover comes in because it gives her the chance to brag about her puppy "Emma". Sandra volunteers on Thursday afternoons, and is happy to fill in when needed. We are so lucky to have her. A big thank you Sandra!
Marg Hamelin ReStore Manager, Midland
John Tomkins has been volunteering with the Huntsville ReStore since 2012 and everyday he comes into the ReStore with a smile on his face and a great attitude. His hard work ethic and up-beat attitude have been a great addition to the Huntsville ReStore. John will face any task with perseverance, an open mind and a smile; he will do whatever he can to help the Huntsville Store succeed. Thank you so much for everything you do at the Huntsville ReStore John!
Justin Pritchard ReStore Manager, Huntsville
Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show
Habitat Gateway North staff and volunteers had a great time at the Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show this past weekend in Gravenhurst. The crew welcomed over 1,000 guests and enjoyed spreading the word about Habitat for Humanity. A big thank you goes out to all of our volunteers and the Muskoka Builders' Association for allowing us to be a part of something great!
Kara and Kate (below left) had a lot of fun building bird houses at the Muskoka Builders' Association Home & Cottage Show. They both were happy to take home their bird houses and special Home Depot Aprons. Thanks for visiting us at the show Kara and Kate!
Volunteer Appreciation in Sudbury
On Friday April 22 the Sudbury ReStore held a Volunteer Appreciation Day. Staff and volunteers enjoyed a lovely lunch and delicious cupcakes made by Stephanie, the ReStore Manager. Sean was thrilled to pose with the delicious cupcakes for a photo. Thank you for all your hard work volunteers!
Spring Has Sprung
One of our amazing volunteers Doug Bohem found his look-alike this week at the Bracebridge ReStore. Although Doug didn't want to take his mini-me home, it is safe to say it is finally spring - garden gnome season.
Cheers to Spring and thanks for all your hard work Doug!
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
July 15th - North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter Golf Tournament
September 12th - Parry Sound Chapter Golf Tournament at Rocky Crest Golf Club
October 1st - Amazing Race, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter
Quote of the Week
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore