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.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
HFH Gateway North News 02.27.17
Serving Orillia Lake Country, North Simcoe, District of Muskoka, Parry Sound District, North Bay and Blue Sky Region and Sudbury District
On February 23, volunteers from Dockside Publishing, team members from Habitat for Humanity and homeowner Alyssa Foran fitted insulation and installed vapor barrier at the Habitat build site in Huntsville.
Habitat's Adopt-A-Day program provides businesses and organizations with a unique opportunity to help break the cycle of poverty in their community through affordable homeownership.
Dockside Publishing raised $2,500 for the opportunity to teambuild and give-back by working at the Habitat buildsite. In doing so, they have helped ensure a local family will be able to enjoy the benefits of strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.
All of the money donated will go directly to the buildsite, as our ReStores cover all of Habitat for Humanity's overhead and administrative costs.
The team from Dockside made quick work of their assigned tasks, and will leave knowing their handiwork has made a lasting difference in the lives of two families. Habitat homeowner Alyssa Foran says it best in the video above.
"It's overwhelming and the only thing I can say is thank you very much for the bottom of all of our hearts."
If your team is interested in Adopt-a-Day find out how to get involved HERE.
In This Issue: * Dockside * Britta's Piece * Big Tip! * A Feel Good Story * Kick Off! * Winner, Winner * Pink Shirts * Event Posters * Save the Dates * Quote of the Week
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The Newsreel: Quick Facts to Keep You Informed! * Support our 2017 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
Hi Team Habitat Gateway North!
For being the shortest month of the year, February has been full of activity! So much for winter being the quiet time…
We started off the month welcoming two new families to Habitat homeownership in Espanola. Leading up to Family Day, we introduced two families as our partner families for our Irene St. build in Huntsville and we ended last week with an energetic Adopt-A-Day with Dockside Publishing. Through the month we’ve had great donations to our ReStores, some which we’ve featured in our Insider’s Report on Facebook. We’ve submitted for building permits across our region and have prepared build schedules through the year. We’re excited to start new projects and to try out a few new techniques we’ve prepared through the winter.
The winter has been productive (no hibernating in this part of the north!) but as the snow starts to melt and the sunlight stays around for that little bit longer, I always start to think of spring cleaning. I can’t wait to open the windows and let in some fresh spring air, just like I can’t wait to put away winter coats and boots, clear out the closet and clean the house. It’s usually part of the list to rearrange furniture in the house and maybe even paint a room or two.
It looks like I’m not the only one with a spring cleaning routine. Sunny days mean we have a significant increase in the number of drop-off donations at our ReStores. We’re so grateful for those who think ReStore when they have useful materials they no longer need.
If you’re taking your spring cleaning a step further this year, we want to help! If you, or someone you know, is renovating your kitchen, our salvage crew can remove the cabinets at no charge. We’ll save you contractor fees and disposal costs, as well as issuing a charitable tax receipt once the items have been sold in the ReStore. Your old kitchen finds a new life and you can move ahead with your spring renovation on time. Get in touch today if you’re renovating.
Spring is definitely in the air. Stay tuned for more build updates, Carter Work Project events, volunteer week activities and great ReStore finds! Better still, if you have news for us, let us know! We want to hear from you.
Be well, do good deeds, and keep in touch,
(Presentation to The Manor - Retirement Residence Gravenhurst)
"We are not building for a few years, we are building for a lifetime" - Abe Reichental
February has been a month filled with momentum throughout Ontario Gateway North. It has been a month filled with community conversations, press conferences, Adopt-a-Day builds, presentations to sponsors, grant applications and land acquisition meetings.
February began with presentations to both The Manor & The Atrium Retirement Residences. Both locations have partnered with Ontario Gateway North for 2017. Their annual campaign will include yard sales, bake sales, galas and a donation drive to help support our builds in Muskoka.
We were invited to speak at the Rotary Clubs of Huntsville & Penetangusihene. It was an honour to meet with both clubs. We thank them for their warm welcome and the prospect of future partnership. The Rotary Club of Huntsville has committed to a paint day at our Huntsville build. We look forward to having them participate in the coming weeks.
The South Almaguin Adopt-a-Home project held a community conversation and press conference to officially launch their upcoming build. The meeting was well attended and garnished commitments from various local sponsors to support the Emsdale build. The build and fundraising committees are moving full steam ahead to begin building this spring.
Dockside Publishing graciously partnered and participated at our Huntsville build site. The day was a wonderful example of community rallying to support Ontario Gateway North's mission of mobilizing volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing. Thank you to Andrew, Melanie and the entire Dockside team for your support! We would also like to thank both Dino and Bessie of the Family Place Restaurant for donating a homemade lunch for our build day.
Muskoka Lighting has joined us as a sponsor for our Huntsville build. The owner, Jeremiah Tilstra has generously committed to donating the interior and exterior lighting for the duplex. We are grateful for their wonderful support!
We also met with the Township of Archipelago to review potential land prospects for a 2017 build. The Pointe au Baril Adopt-a-Home committee is currently reviewing strategic planning with the hope of launching a build in the area this summer.
All in all, it has been a productive month. We have been laying the foundation for a busy build year ahead. Thank you to all of the volunteers that serve on our Board, in our Chapters and Adopt-a-Home projects for your tireless dedication. Our combined efforts will impact the lives our partner families and their children not only for a few years but for a lifetime.
(Rotary Club of Huntsville Presentation)
Boston Pizza Customers Leave $250 Tip for Habitat Servers
BJ, Charlene, Cheryl and John our Celebrity Servers. (Absent from picture Alexis, Peter and Kelly.
The Boston Pizza Celebrity Server Event raised $214 for Habitat for Humanity in North Bay, and not one drink was spilled!
On Wednesday, February 15, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity OGN, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter paired up with servers at Boston Pizza to serve the public, friends and supporters. hot delicious meals between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
We are so excited about this fundraising event because it allowed us to meet more members of our community. Part of the proceeds from the food sales will be used to help with the next Habitat build in North Bay.
Of course, and as always, 100 per cent of the proceeds will go toward the next Habitat build in North Bay!
Community Rallies Behind Habitat Following Theft at ReStore
The Habitat for Humanity ReStores are getting reinforced security systems thanks to a swell of community support and the generosity of a donor.
News of the break-in at the Huntsville ReStore sent an uproar throughout the community with people lamenting the robbery of an affordable home-building charity. One community member heard about the robbery on Hunter’s Bay Radio, and immediately contacted a relative who works in commercial security systems. They have since pledged to donate the new security measures, free of charge, to Habitat.
“The safety of our staff and volunteers is of paramount importance. The security measures and policies we have in place reflect that,” said the local Habitat’s Director of Development and Communications, Britta Gerwin. “However, after the recent break-in and outpouring of community support, we are thrilled to really enhance the technology component of our current systems.”
Disappointment on Wednesday morning following the theft was met with inspiration in Habitat circles. Dockside Publishing and Community Living volunteered at the Irene Street build site in Huntsville and installed insulation and vapor barrier alongside Habitat homeowner Alyssa Foran.
“Thank you,” said Foran at the build site. “The only thing I can say is thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts.”
South Almaguin Adopt-a-Home Build Kicks Off in Emsdale
EMSDALE — A new, affordable four-bedroom home is on the verge of being constructed in Emsdale.
Less than two years later that question has been answered. Volunteers were able to successfully form a project committee, build committee and collect the resources needed to make the project a go.The recently formed South Almaguin chapter of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North announced on Feb. 13 that they are ready to move forward with the construction phase of their project.
On March 31, 2015 several questions were posed at a meeting in Emsdale: Can a committee be formed and do what is necessary to build a home in the region?
A total of $25,000 in cash donations have been pledged to the build, along with $75,000 of in-kind donations, such as labour, materials and expertise. While the project still needs to raise approximately another $40,000 before completion, more than enough resources have been compiled for the build to move forward.
“We decided what we are going to do is try to build as locally as possible. To encourage local people to contribute, to donate their time, to donate their resources and I am happy to say it happened,” said Myles Donahue, chair of the local project.
The Township of Perry and Mayor Norm Hofstetter have been instrumental in pushing this project forward over the past few months. The township has donated a lot off Station Road for the home to be built on.
Other local contractors and businesses have joined in, donating their time and resources to help with the home. The Home Building Centre in Burk’s Falls will be helping compile the building materials and organizing the project budget and ClayMar Electric will be donating labour on all the electrical work needed.
“We have people from as far away as Sundridge to do the plumbing, someone from McMurrich/Monteith is doing the wiring, there are contractors in Kearney that are going to come forward. We are not just Perry, this is everybody in the local community,” said Hofstetter.
The Emsdale Lions Club has also pledged a donation of $5,000, and put a call out to other local Lion’s Club’s in Burk’s Falls, Magnetawan and Kearney to also make donations.
“We have been asked to create a legacy and I can’t think of a better legacy than building a home,” said Jim Hilt of the Lion’s Club.
Everything is on track for the local project and officials expect work to begin as soon as the snow melts. Once the build gets underway, sometime in the spring, it is expected to take three to four months to complete.
“An effort like this, and what habitat does, really isn’t just about building a house,” said CEO David Morris. “It is about communities coming together as you folks have come together. It has been a year and a half effort of a community coming together to help a neighbour … a neighbour you haven’t even met yet.”
A selection committee is in the midst of being formed, which will oversee an in-depth family selection process.
Hockey Hat-Trick Raffle Raises over $5,000
(L to R) Repeat winner Shannon Lynn, Habitat Volunteer Ab Fuller, Raffle winners John Doran and John Jr.
PARRY SOUND, ON – In its fifth year, the Habitat for Humanity Hockey Hat-Trick raffle raised the bar once again in raising over $5,000 for an upcoming build.
Three pairs of Toronto Maple Leaf tickets were up for grabs in the prize draw held on January 27 at the Legion Hall in Parry Sound. First-prize winner is Aaron Barsanti from Bracebridge. Aaron plans to give the tickets to his father from Thunder Bay who will enjoy watching the Leafs battle the Bruins on March 20 at the Air Canada Centre. The second-prize goes to a lucky repeat winner Shannon Lynn from Parry Sound. Shannon won tickets, again this year, to see the Leafs beat-up the Islanders (7 - 1) this past Valentine’s Day. Finally, John Doran from Parry Sound won a pair of tickets to watch the Leafs take on the Florida Panthers, March 28, and picked up the prize with his son John Jr.
Habitat would like to thank Ross McKerron, Don West, Aird and Berlis LLP, SCOTT Bicycle and Winter Sports and 4 Sports Parry Sound for their ticker donations and support of the Hockey Hat Trick Raffle.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. The local Parry Sound Habitat for Humanity is already in the planning stages of a 2017 build, and the $5,000 will go directly to helping local families own a home for the very first time.
The Parry Sound Chapter is currently looking for two families interested in becoming homeowners. Interested families should contact Gregg by calling (705) 744-4210.
If you would like to help Habitat hit its next fundraising goal, the 6th Annual Giant Yard Sale and Auction is scheduled for Canada Day, July 1, volunteers, donations, and support are always welcomed.