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
Habitat Build in Huntsville
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
Know someone who'd like to be involved with Habitat? Share the newsletter with them! Anyone who is interested in staying in touch can sign up for the weekly newsletter here!
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,

Meghan
   
(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.

With thanks,

Britta
                               
              (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
FULL STORY HERE

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.
Township of Perry Mayor Norm Hofstetter
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.
Pink Shirt Day

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Family Day!

Introducing our Huntsville Partner Families! 

(Left to Right) Joel Rhiness and Aly Guildford with newborn son Oliver. Alyssa Foran and James Speicher with son Ethan. Both families will partner with Habitat and purchase a side of the duplex in Huntsville at Irene and Walter Streets. Welcome to the Habitat family!

“I think I’m most excited to be giving my little guy the freedom to be a kid.”

Alyssa Foran, 30, and her husband James Speicher, 35, will purchase one side of the Habitat for Humanity duplex currently under construction in Huntsville. The young couple is excited for their son Ethan, nearly six-years-old, to grow up in his own home on Irene Street – right beside the local park.

“He’s so excited. He is over the moon,” said Foran. “It will be amazing having more space. If he builds a tower he won’t have to put it away because it’s also in the space where the dining room is. He can keep it built and come back to it. He can be excited, he can run and jump around. He will have the freedom to be a kid,” she says again.

Foran and Speicher have rented in Huntsville for nearly six years. The couple has been trying to buy a home for three years, but saving for a down-payment proved to be an arduous task. One day, Alyssa’s mother gave her Habitat for Humanity’s contact information from a poster in their church.

“I am excited to host Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, my grandparents on my side have been hosting since I was a kid. To be able to take that burden off of them and to give the family another gathering place – I’m looking forward to that.”

“She said ‘Just try it, what have you got to lose?’” Months later, Foran and Speicher received notice they would be able to purchase the home, once it’s completed, with no down-payment and with an interest-free mortgage. The family will provide “sweat equity” through volunteering on the build-site, the ReStore and local events. “We got the news and have been dying to tell everyone since. I like how Habitat works with the families and provides the flexibility. I like how the property tax is included in the monthly payment. We’re so excited to get started.”

For nearly six years, the young family has lived in a two-bedroom apartment rental. The windows are small, Foran is constantly worried about Ethan making too much noise for their neighbours below, and the heat is unbearable in both the winter and summer months. But, when asked what comes to mind when she envisions herself and the family in their own home she mentions gathering.

“I am excited to host Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving dinner, my grandparents on my side have been hosting since I was a kid. To be able to take that burden off of them and to give the family another gathering place – I’m looking forward to that.”

Another young, local family, will purchase the home next door. Aly Guildford, 21, and her partner Joel Rhiness, 22, will move from their rental in Dwight with their newborn-son, Oliver.

“We’re so excited to purchase our own home so young, it’s a blessing,” said Guildford. “It’s right in town, it is going to be so accessible for us to get to different programs and to volunteer.”

Guildford and Rhiness have had to drive into Huntsville to complete household tasks like laundry and shopping. With a new son they were quickly growing out of their tiny apartment.
“It’s a small place. Obviously our son is not able to walk yet, but when he does he wouldn’t be able to go very far.”

While a student at Georgian College, Rhiness volunteered on the Habitat for Humanity build in Gravenhurst in 2015. He knew about the program, and the young couple applied online and filled out an application with Habitat volunteer Sarah Patchett. The new homeowners look forward to the stability of a life in Huntsville.

“Our son will get to grow up in one home instead of moving from rental to rental like how I grew up,” said Guildford. “It’s going to be his base and he won’t have to be scared of moving all of the time . . . For us, it will set a foundation to grow.”

The two partner families will pay a monthly mortgage into Habitat’s “Fund for Humanity.” Those funds are used to build more local and affordable homes. Habitat families are constantly and continually funding additional Habitat builds.

“It’s a revolving door,” said Guildford. “It’s amazing to think about. We pay for our house and with that we’re helping to build other homes.”

Both families mentioned how important the businesses and volunteers in Muskoka are to the construction of local affordable homes, and now, the growth of their families.

“To allow these people to come together just out of the generosity of their hearts is overwhelming. You just want to find out who all these people are and say thank you, but it’s almost like thank you is not enough . . . there is no true expression to really explain how we feel . . . all of these businesses and people helping . . . wow, thank you, thank you thank you!”
 
Strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership

Thursday, February 16, 2017

HFH Gateway North News 02.13.17


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


With two families officially moved into their new homes in Espanola, the Habitat OGN "families served" count has climbed to 41.

With a build currently underway in Huntsville, and additional builds kicking off in South Almaguin, Parry Sound and Orillia - we're on our way to 50! Thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors throughout the years who've helped build homes, hope and communities! 
In This Issue:
* Families Served

* Celebrity Night
* Video of the Week
* A Feel Good Story
* Health & Safety
* Doors & Windows
* Epic ReStore Find
* Event Posters
* Save the Dates
* Quote of the Week
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
Know someone who'd like to be involved with Habitat? Share the newsletter with them! Anyone who is interested in staying in touch can sign up for the weekly newsletter here!
You are invited to attend the Boston Pizza Celebrity Server Event!

This Wednesday, February 15, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity OGN, North Bay and Blue Sky Region Chapter will be pairing up with servers at Boston Pizza to serve you and your friends hot, delicious meals between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

We are so excited about this fundraising event because it allows 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.

So, come eat some pizza and meet your local Habitat volunteer team while raising money to build affordable housing for local families. Name a better way to spend a Wednesday evening?!
Building homes for Yukon First Nations families
Habitat for Humanity Canada video:
Building homes for First Nations families in the Yukon. 
Feel good story . . .
Barbara had all but lost hope after Hurricane Sandy hit her beachfront town in central New Jersey in 2012, destroying her home and the family business and upending almost every aspect of life.
Barbara’s house, the one she grew up in, had survived other storms, but this time was different. She remembers watching “pieces of homes and things which once helped define our lives floating by.” A sidewall was ripped from the outside of the house, letting in the rain and snow.
“We were left with a lot of mold. You could actually taste it,” Barbara says. Her daughter, Harlea, began having serious health problems — her asthma flared up, as did skin and eye conditions, and she had to drop out of college. “It was just devastating to me as a parent, not being able to protect my child,” says Barbara. “I was at the breaking point.”
Then Barbara saw Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County offering its services to hurricane-affected families. “I called the number, and they actually called back,” Barbara says. “I said, ‘I have an extremely little amount of hope left. If you can’t help me, it is kinder to tell me that.’ And they said, ‘We are going to be with you through this.’”
“We have a beautiful and safe place to rest our heads at night. Habitat rebuilt our home and healed our hearts.”
— Barbara, Habitat homeowner
Barbara partnered with Habitat Monmouth to raze and rebuild her home. Harlea is now back in college, and Barbara has actually joined the Habitat Monmouth team, serving as an AmeriCorps member.
“We have a beautiful and safe place to rest our heads at night,” Barbara says. “Habitat rebuilt our home and healed our hearts.”
Health & Safety tip of the week: Slips, slides and falls. 

Falls in the workplace result in a significant number of workplace injuries in Ontario every year, and in some cases even death. Falls from heights, and same-level falls, can happen anywhere, anyplace, and anytime. Of course, these injuries and deaths from workplace falls are preventable.

When using a ladder always have a spotter nearby to help you in the event of ladder failure or a loss of balance. Furthermore, you should never do anything while standing on a ladder which will risk you losing your balance. Such common faults are reaching too far instead of moving the ladder or moving a heavy item. People often forget while standing on a ladder their level of mobility and support are greatly reduced.

Workers and volunteers don't need to be on a ladder or platform to suffer a serious fall. Slips and trips can be every bit as dangerous. To prevent these potentially dangerous follies make sure to clean up spills, clear clutter, and avoid running or sprinting.

With these simple tips and reminders the vast majority of workplace falls can be avoided. Watch your step.

Stay safe everyone.

- Brian Ingram, Health & Safety Coordinator 
Windows & Doors in Huntsville

Now that's a house! The duplex in Huntsville got a face-lift this past week when our friends at Muskoka Windows and Doors dropped by and shared with us their skill and expertise in installing the doors and windows. 
ReStore Find of the Year Already?
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Midland sent out this photo to its Facebook followers last week showing a recently donated piece of eccentric furniture.

The chair, in the shape of a rather ambitious piece of women's footwear, is being displaying prominently in the store until the right buyer comes along and purchases the piece for their martini bar.

You never know what you'll find at the ReStore! 
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
                                        
February 13th - Emsdale Community Conversation - Community Center 7:00 p.m.

February 15th - Boston Pizza Celebrity Server Night - North Bay | 5-8 p.m.

February 23rd - Dockside Publishing Adopt-a-Build Day in Huntsville

February 25th - HFHOGN Gravenhurst Winter Carnival Info Booth & Bed Race

March 17th - Wine Tasting in Espanola

May 27th - South Almaguin Music Jamboree - Katrine

July 29th - South Almanguin - Garage Sale 
POSTERS
It's the season of love and you're racking up optimum points like nobody's business, but you just don't know how to use them? Well now you can donate them to Habitat for Humanity. You're welcome! And thanks!

The Shoppers Optimum Points Donation Program offers a unique and easy way to help support the construction of local affordable housing.

By donating some (or all) of your Shoppers Optimum Points to our organization, you are making it possible for Habitat to use your points toward products and supplies we need for our ongoing activities. We could use the points to buy snacks for our volunteers on the build site, or materials for our fundraising and key ceremonies. The options to help are numerous.

Here's how to donate:

Visit this website and login with your Shoppers Optimum Card before donating your points to a great cause.

With your support, we can "optimize" our fundraising and construction efforts and provide even more affordable homes in the community.

Building Homes. Building Hope. 
BONUS PHOTO
Quote of the Week

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."

-Walt Whitman
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