Saturday, July 23, 2016

HFH Gateway North News 22.07.2016

Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
Port McNicoll Update

From Kate Arnold, Family Selection Chair, North Simcoe Chapter

With their two children, Sarah and David Ramsbottom moved into their new Habitat home in Port McNicoll last week. The family had been sharing living space with David’s parents, while dealing with the challenges of raising an autistic child – a potential flight risk. The Home Depot (Midland) donated a team and the lumber to fence in the yard for Cohen’s safety, completing the work of many hands in preparing the house for our new family. Kate Arnold provides this move-in report.

I met with our new family last night. They have moved in and things look wonderful. It was amazing to see how excited and happy they were to be in their new Habitat home. Their autistic child seems to have settled somewhat and their older child, although he misses his grandparents, enjoys all the rooms the house provides. Dad explained with excitement and pride the work he has done and skills he has learnt working on the house. Tools are on his Christmas list.

Thanks to the Home Depot team.  The fence has been installed and Cohen is now safe and secure to play in his yard.

As you can tell I am super happy with our new family. They have managed to pay off their two debts and are excited about managing their finances on a budget.

Thanks to all who worked on this project. On behalf of the Ramsbottom's a great big thank you!!!

In This Issue:
* Port McNicoll Update
* From the CEO's Desk
* Mondelez Canada Build Day in Huntsville
* North Bay Amazing Race Prize for Most Pledges Announced
* Biking for Builds Detour Group Ride
* Katrine Country Music Jamboree
* Sudbury ReStore BBQ
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
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Hello Habitat Gateway North!

Each week we work diligently to make things happen. Our Restore team gathers donated items, prepares them for the sales floor, merchandises new stock and works with our customers. Office staff ensure the administrative processes are followed so bills are paid, receipts are issued and any other paperwork (permits, licenses, etc.) are properly submitted. Our build crew keeps projects rolling; tapping volunteers to help on the build site, ordering gift-in-kind product, arranging inspections and so much more. In a perfect world, we have the answers to all of the questions and everything runs smoothly.

But of course, it's not a perfect world. Plans change, unexpected circumstances arise and there's no procedure to follow. Sometimes, a failure gets noted on the books. With a failed endeavour, many adults want to stop trying and stop searching for possibility.

Do you remember failing as a kid? When you learned to ride your bike you fell off. Over and over again. Maybe you scraped your elbow, bruised your knees, cried a little. And then you got up again. And you started pedaling. Soon you were riding your bike like you had done it all your life, like you always knew how.

"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." - Denis Waitley

If we, as adults, continued to face challenges, professional or personal, with the tenacity of a child learning to ride their bike, we would soon remember why failure is actually a wonderful thing. If we let go of the notion that failure is something bad, that we are too hard on ourselves and observe the failure without letting it become a part of how we identify our self, each experience becomes more about understanding than right or wrong.

A failure in planning or in putting on an event cannot be a make or break experience. We've got a mission to work towards and goals to achieve along the way. As we press on and create new paths to our goal, failures create momentum and strengthen our resolve to achieve. A failure is just a moment to take a breath, look at what happened and take new steps on the journey. Failure allows us to try and try again, until we're off to the races.

Be well, do good deeds and keep in touch,

From the CEO's Desk

As the week comes to a close, we’re off to the Irene Street, Huntsville build site to form the ICF foundation of our semi-detached. As anticipated, this build is all about learning.

It’s our first project with Randy Blain as our build lead and Randy’s first experience working with Habitat. Despite that, Randy absolutely “gets” the HFH mission and it’s been a joy working with him.

This is our first run at our first “standard” model, with its prefabricated steel-framed wall and roof sections provided free of charge by Green Terra Homes of Trenton. There have been growing pains in forming this relationship, but the Huntsville semi will be replicated later in the summer in Orillia and in many other communities, we expect, in the years to come.

Our move to prefabricated frame sections represents a different way of building – one that makes the job of closing in the structure faster and easier for our volunteers. That said, Huntsville will be our first experience of working with the panels and there will no doubt be hiccups.

All of life should be a learning adventure, in my view, so I find myself keen to get on with Huntsville, to hit whatever hiccups and lessons lie in our path, and to come out the other side with two more families served and one step closer to the “well-oiled" operation that lets us deliver on our potential to serve even more.

A note of welcome to Sarah and David Ramsbottom and family of Port McNicoll, our newest partner family. And many thanks to our entire North Simcoe Chapter team who helped make that so. Kate Arnold's note, included in this week's issue, so perfectly captures the spirit of Habitat for Humanity.    

Have a great week,

Mondelez Canada Build Day in Huntsville

On Friday, July 22 a group from Mondelez Canada Inc. installed ICF on our Irene St. property in Huntsville. Thank you Chris, Lory, Griffin, Korie, Jennifer, Emma, Nancy, Debbie, Phil and Alex for your enthusiasm, laughter and great work ethic. You were all a pleasure to work with.

A special thank you to the Huntsville Probus Club and Mr. Sub in Huntsville for providing delicious lunch for our volunteer crew. Your support is so greatly appreciated!

Thank you as well to Kory and Mike from Randy Blain Construction Inc. and Jen Hill for their guidance of the team. Thank you Terry, Norman, Andrew and Marian for lending a helping hand for the day. We couldn't do what we do without the support of individuals like you.
North Bay Amazing Race Prize for Most Pledges Announced

We want to thank Drew Kingston, General Manager, and Jason Ferguson, Assistant Manager, from the North Bay Best Buy Store 632, along with Scott Robertson, representative of CUPE LOCAL 122. Together they donated a 40 inch TV as a prize for the individual who collects the most money in pledges for the Amazing Race on October 1st, 2016. Thank you for your support. Registration for the Amazing Race is now open! Call (705) 495-6244 or email to enter your team.
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!

Currently underway - Huntsville Build at 11 Irene St.

July 31st - Biking for Builds Detour Group Ride

August 6th - Katrine Country Music Jamboree

August 17th - Orillia ReStore hosts the Chamber After 5

August 20th - Orillia ReStore Grand Opening Celebration

August 26th - Habitat for Humanity BBQ at the Sudbury ReStore

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

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." - Mahatma Gandhi

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