Currently Building: Houses #124 & #125


Houses # 124 & #125 in Siler City are coming along! Exterior walls are up on House #124, and will soon be on #125 as well. Join us any Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am to lend a hand!


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Farewell to Eva!

A note from Eva Marie Faison, our Summer Intern who just finished her work here:

This summer I was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Summer Resource Development intern at Chatham Habitat for Humanity (CHFH). I am so grateful for every day I spent interning at Chatham Habitat. Over the course of my time here I managed our social media presence, press releases, communicated with donors, aided in event planning, applied for grants, and recorded contributions and donations on our donation database, Etapestry. These highly valuable skills are ones that I will be able to carry with me to aid in future endeavors in non-profit work, which I hope to pursue after college. I have learned so much being a part of the Chatham Habitat organization, the most important of which is the value of community. I so admire the level of commitment CHFH show to their volunteers and donors, and above all the families who apply for Habitat homes. It is inspiring to be included in a group of individuals who have so much passion for providing affordable, safe, decent housing for Chatham families in need. Another aspect of CHFH that I admire is their ability to make every component of the process, big or small, feel significant. Many mornings were spent addressing dozens of envelopes by hand or entering contact information in to excel, which could at times be tedious but it was always met with unfailing gratitude and appreciation from my supervisors and co-workers. It helped me to realize how critical it is to let donors, families, and community members know that they are our priority and that we are working for their specific needs. Some of my most meaningful moments occurred when I was able to get out from behind the desk and try my hand on the construction sites. Seeing the tangible results from the hard work that is being done by Habitat staff and volunteers was so rewarding. It was  humbling to work alongside several of the homeowners in Siler City, all contributing towards the same goal. I want to thank everyone at CHFH for being so welcoming, never failing to make me laugh, and teaching me so many skills that I will able to translate into future jobs. I would encourage everyone whether it’s in the office, the ReStores, or on the construction site to come and volunteer at Chatham Habitat; it was such an amazing experience for me and I know that it would be for others too!IMG_3796

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2015-2016 Impact Report

2015-2016 Impact Report

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Thank You to Our Apostle Build Churches!

As we finish out our July-June fiscal year, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the churches who supported this year’s Apostle Build Fundraiser. A few are pictured above, but there were so many more who stepped up and helped us build the Vazquez Grimaldo Family’s home through their financial contributions and the gift of their time. 

2015-2016 Apostle Build Churches
Alston Chapel United Holy Church
Asbury United Methodist Church
Brown’s Chapel United Methodist Church
Cape Fear Community Youth Group (pictured bottom right)
Chapel in the Pines
Christ United Methodist Church
First Church of God Christian Fellowship
First Missionary Baptist Church
Hamlet Chapel Methodist Church (pictured top right)
Hank’s Chapel Church
Healing Waters Christian Fellowship
Heaven’s Manna Ministerial Alliance
Meroney United Methodist Church
Mitchell Chapel Church
Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
New Salem Church
Orange Chatham Ministerial Alliance
Pittsboro Church of God (pictured top left)
Siler City First Baptist Church
Siler City First United Methodist Church
Siler City Presbyterian Church
South Fork Friends Church
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church (pictured bottom left)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pittsboro
The Council of Churches of Siler City
West Chatham Ministerial Alliance
Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Project
Word of Life Christian Outreach Center

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AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leaders 2016-2017 Service Year

We are excited to introduce our AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leaders for the 2016-2017 service year! Mary (top) and Moya (bottom) will join our construction team on August 23rd to help us build houses 124 and 125 in Siler City, finish house 123 in Pittsboro, and start house 127 later this fall. 

Mary O’Brien is a social worker, phlebotomist, and EMT who has dedicated her life to helping others. She has extensive experience working with high risk youth, foster children, new parents, the aged, inmates, people in recovery, and people with special needs. Mary has supported Habitat for Humanity since her college years, volunteering in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Kentucky, and the Dominican Republic. Although her two rescues, Bell the dog and Jazz the cat, keep her busy, Mary also enjoys horseback riding, camping, kayaking, traveling, learning about other cultures, studying naturopathic medicine, and is a martial artist of 15 years. Mary says, “I’m honored, thankful and feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with AmeriCorps and hope to continue my life of service through Habitat after my AmeriCorps service year.”

Moya Hallstein describes herself as a cross-pollinator. Her life is rich with a broad diversity of experiences, skills and passions. She has worked as a carpenter for a custom builder, turns wrenches to keep her ’93 Toyota pick-up truck running, and has a thorough background in sustainable, organic farming. She plays the bassoon with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia and is bilingual in Spanish after living in Latin America for years. Moya is also a beekeeper and President of the Chatham County Beekeepers Association and she farms part-time, raising chickens to sell eggs and growing garlic, shallots, and leeks. When she has time to play, Moya can be found rock climbing and sailing with her father in New England. Moya says, “I find working with Chatham County Habitat deeply rewarding – connecting with volunteers and families, empowering people through new skills, and coming together in community to build affordable homes. I am super excited to take this work to another level and join the AmeriCorps team.”

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Mary and Moya will be working with us through June of 2017. Please help welcome our new AmeriCorps members to Chatham Habitat!

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Cars for Castles Update

Our Cars for Castles Cruise In is not too far away, folks. Don’t forget to buy your $1 apiece raffle tickets! The purchase of raffle tickets can help you to win some fabulous prizes including a 40″ Sanyo HDTV and a Char Broil 3-Burner grill. Even if you cannot attend the event you are still eligible to win. For the lucky ones who can attend the Cruise In car show you will also have the chance to receive door prizes and more! As a reminder the event is held on September 10th. For more information, attached below is the flyer elaborating on the details of the event. We cannot wait to see you there!

An example of the grill that could be yours at our Cruise In Raffle!

An example of the grill that could be yours at our Cruise In Raffle!

The Sanyo TV that could decorate your living room by entering the Cruise In Raffle!

The Sanyo TV that could decorate your living room by entering the Cruise In Raffle!

Cars for Castles Flyer 2016


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Foundations in Siler City

We have begun work on our Siler City homes for the Sanchez and Barillas Families! Pictures below show the steady progress on the foundations of the homes. Our construction in Siler City will continue through out the summer! As always, volunteers are more than welcome. Follow our progress on these two homes by keeping up with our Facebook posts and blog updates on the Chatham Habitat website.IMG_3583 IMG_3584 IMG_3585

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Construction Update!

On this week’s construction update, we are happy to announce that we passed the rough-in inspection of House #123 last Friday. Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who made that possible! Over the next couple of weeks our subcontractors will be blowing in insulation and hanging drywall. During that time, we will be focusing our efforts on our next two houses in Siler City which are located at 1208 and 1210 N. Chatham Ave. Come by and check out the progress, or even better come lend a hand and a hammer! We would greatly appreciate your help if you’re able to do so. This week’s agenda includes installing mud-sills, installing foundation insulation and vapor barriers, as well as other miscellaneous site preparation. Please remember when you come out to volunteer that on-site safety is our top priority. Our biggest safety reminder…mind the heat! On these hot summer days remember to wear a hat and sunscreen, and drink plenty of water before, during, and after the work day. It’s important to take as many breaks as you need, and do not feel ashamed to head out early if you feel that’s best for your health. We can’t wait to see you on site!5 Bedroom Home

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A Big Thank You to All Our Volunteers!

On Sunday, June 5th we hosted a lunch at our office to honor and celebrate our wonderful Habitat volunteers. We thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication! We are so grateful that you all could join us in acknowledging the contributions of our valued volunteers.

Featured below are our award winners, they are (from left to right):


Ed Davis, who was awarded the Construction Most Valuable Volunteer; Dixie Cline, ReStore  Too Rookie of the Year Volunteer; Jim Rupkalvis, ReStore Too Most Valuable Volunteer; Megan Lynch, ReStore Rookie of the Year; Daisy Womble, Family Services Rookie of the Year; Ieva Spons, Development Rookie of the Year; Randel Sink, Golden Hammer Award winner; and David Piet, Construction Rookie of the Year.

Last, but certainly not least: Toni Conrad, Family Services Most Valuable Volunteer and Sheryl Forbis, Development Most Valuable Volunteer, who are not pictured.

Once again, thank you too all of our volunteers!

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Triangle Community Foundation, Chatham County and United Way of Chatham County Announce Collaborative Grant Winner

It is with great excitement that we announce the partnering of Triangle Community Foundation, Chatham County, and United Way of Chatham County in declaring the winner of the new pilot grant focused on a collaborative approach to affordable housing challenges in Chatham County. In support of the grant, each organization provided $10,000 to the $30,000 grant.

A panel of volunteers from all three agencies selected a project called “Land Becoming Home” as the 2016-17 grant recipient. Land Becoming Home involves a collaboration of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, Chatham Habitat for Humanity, and Chatham County Council on Aging.

“At Chatham Habitat, we get calls every day from people who own land in Chatham County but who cannot afford to repair their existing homes,” said Anna Spears with Habitat for Humanity. “In some cases, this may mean no running water, extremely high utility bills and massive structural damage. The repair costs could be enormous or the home is simply not repairable.” For these families, staying on their land is of the utmost importance,” Spears said. “Family members may be close by, or the land may be their only asset. People in these situations may have no alternatives.”

Land Becoming Home focuses on this reality and tests a unique solution with two key elements:

*         It will identify a low-income household on family-owned land where the home structure is beyond repair. Land ownership will help leverage a zero-interest loan to replace the failing home with an energy-efficient, low-cost tiny home (less than 800 square feet) that is less costly to operate and maintain. The tiny home will be sold to the owner through a zero-interest loan.  Utility cost savings will help the owner cover the small mortgage involved.

*         A second component involves a tour and other strategies to educate public officials and the community about substandard housing conditions in Chatham. Follow up discussions will focus on how people end up in such poor housing situations and the barriers that prevent them from leaving.


Habitat for Humanity will handle the loan financing, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle will manage the building project and the Council on Aging will provide follow-up wrap-around services and help identify potential homeowners in need. Many of the homeowners in these situations are age 60 and older and often come to Council on Aging for help.

The three agencies involved in Land Becoming Home could not have supported the project alone, according to Daniel Sargent, director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. “We are so fortunate that our partners across Chatham County were willing to look at challenges in new ways and then roll up their sleeves and work together to give neighbors a safe, healthy home to live in.”

Similarly, this is the first time that the three funding agencies have come together around a collaborative grant in Chatham County. “This joint grant indicates a special level of commitment to collaborative solutions with a broader impact,” said Dina Reynolds, executive director of United Way of Chatham County.

According to Lori O’Keefe, president and CEO of Triangle Community Foundation, the selected grant project is a unique approach to addressing affordable housing in rural areas, which has many root causes that are intertwined. “If successful, the concept developed in this program has tremendous potential for broader replication.”

County Manager Renee Paschal agreed. “Addressing affordable housing needs is a top priority of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. The selected grant project has opted to focus on a need that is often overlooked. We salute the grantees for spotlighting and addressing situations like this.” One of the grant partners, the Chatham County Council on Aging, consistently works hard to help older adults live in their homes as long as possible. Executive Director Dennis Streets said, “We offer meals-on-wheels, in-home personal care, minor home repair, donations of assistive equipment and other such assistance. But, if the house is structurally unsafe, these services are not enough to maintain a senior’s independence and well-being. That is why the idea of the ‘tiny home’ is so vital and exciting.”

Land Becoming Home is a one-year-pilot that gets underway July 1, 2016. The three partner agencies have a specific timeline to accomplish their key steps. At the project’s close, they will produce a final project report detailing the outcomes of their new and exciting mission to benefit the Chatham community.

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