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, July 9, 2016
HFH Gateway North News 08.07.2016
Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Huntsville Build Update
This week, excavation took place at our Irene & Walter St. property in Huntsville.Thanks to Gene Finch of Wes Finch & Sons Excavating for spending the day exacavating and thanks to Randy Blain, our 2016 build lead, and John Hiley of Coote Hiley Jemmett Ltd Land Surveyors for all of their work securing a build permit.
In This Issue: * Huntsville Build Update * From the CEO's Desk * Biking for Builds Detour Group Ride * Volunteer Spotlight * North Bay Amazing Race * Save the Dates * Quote of the Week
The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed! * Support our 2016 build projects across the region by donating online at canadahelps.com. * Our Espanola Build rolls on! Stay up to date with photos and more at the Habitat for Humanity - Espanola Build Facebook Page. * 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 Brick for Brick campaign visithabitat.ca/brickforbrick
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Hello Habitat Gateway North Community,
This week, the news is full of devastating stories across North America, in the United States in particular. Celebrities, news anchors, advocacy groups and more are speaking out on the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas. These acts are horrifying and leave everyone searching for a reason, an answer and someone to blame.
This morning, I read a post by author and the University of Houston professor Brené Brown I'd like to share:"I woke up this morning looking for someone to blame. Someone to hate. Someone who I could make the single target of my fear about the officers killed in Dallas and what happened to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It was such a desperate feeling to want to discharge the uncertainty and scarcity. Then it dawned on me that this is the exact drive that fueled what's happening right now.
Instead of feeling hurt we act out our hurt. Rather than acknowledging our pain, we inflict it on others. Neither hate nor blame will lead to the justice and peace that we all want - it will only move us further apart. But we can't forget that hate and blame are seductive. Anger is easier than grief. Blame is easier than real accountability. When we choose instant relief in the form of rage, we're in many ways choosing permanent grief for the world."
While Brené speaks to the current issues at hand, the general advice stands in all situations, for every test, trial or roadblock we encounter. It's easy to be angry, to blame, to make excuses. It's also unproductive and, in some scenarios, dangerous. It's impossible to control another individual's actions. However, you are the one responsible for your own reaction.
You may be asking yourself why I'm even writing about current issues this week. Habitat for Humanity is not an advocacy group for gun control. We have no direct impact on how these situations will play out. Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to live. And in that vision, shootings do not make headlines three times in one week. Shootings do not take place at all in that vision.
Within each of us is the power to forgive and the power to move beyond the rage and violence. We all need to have the courage to see a brighter future and the kindness to embrace it.
Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,
From the CEO's Desk
This week has at once been one of recovery and another monumental step forward.
We did the “soft opening” of our new Orillia ReStore last Saturday at 220 James Street West. For those not familiar with the term, it essentially means opening the doors for business without a massive fanfare. The idea is to settle in and make sure all of the business’s systems are functioning (e.g. there actually is a toilet installed in that them thar’ washroom) before exposing them to the stress of “grand opening” promotion.
I’m thrilled to report our Saturday sales were almost ten times the daily norm of our previous Orillia ReStore location. The new location will be open seven days a week, and our first Sunday matched the typical weekday sales of the previous location. As an aside, I’ll mention that, as of last weekend and for the summer months, our Bracebridge and Huntsville locations will also be open on Sundays. In all cases, Sunday hours are 11 am – 5 pm.
I know we all like to stay positive, but the simple truth is that everyone who has experienced the move of a ReStore describes the experience as “awful.” We were told the only thing that varies is the degree of awfulness. I think it’s safe to say we’ll now add our voices to that chorus. Shutting down a location is a monstrous enough task. Doing so while outfitting and stocking a new one elevates the challenge to a Herculean level.
Much work remains to be done before our grand opening on the afternoon ofWednesday, August 17th (details to follow), followed that evening by our hosting an Orillia Chamber of Commerce “After 5” gathering. In the interim, many thanks to the mini army of staff, volunteers and contractors who got us up and running last weekend thanks to the orchestration, if not gritted-teeth determination, of Marg Hamelin, Donna Godfrey, Meghan Smith and Lori Beecroft.
It feels like it’s been a longtime coming, but we landed a building permit for our Huntsville build earlier in the week. Thanks to Randy Blain, our 2016 build lead, John Hiley of Coote Hiley Jemmett Ltd Land Surveyors and, and Gene Finch of Wes Finch & Sons Excavating, we have a hole in the ground. Randy and his crew expect to form and pour footings by early next week.
Elsewhere on the construction front, Jeff Lapierre is rounding the home stretch on our Espanola semi-detached. We expect to move our two families in by early October. With the Huntsville project underway, we’ll be ratcheting-up our volunteer and partnership recruitment and management. Say, is that a knock on your door???
Have a great week,
One of our Bracebridge ReStore volunteers, Barbara Eden, is featured in the most recent issue of Lakeside Magazine. Barbara's dedication to helping out at the ReStore is exceptional and we love seeing her on a regular basis. Thank you Barbara for all you do!