Join us at Northwood High School for the Spelling Bee

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On April 28th, we are hosting a brand new event! 28 teams of four will go head-to-head for the championship title in a low-pressure adult spelling bee. Admission is free for spectators, and there is a prize for the team that has the loudest support – so come offer your support to your friends!

The Bee will be held at Northwood High School’s Auditorium at 6pm on Thursday, April 28th.

We are excited to announce that Zach Ward of DSI Comedy in Chapel Hill will be hosting this event, and we will also welcome a very special guest, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, June Atkinson!

Call Becky Loflin at (919) 542-0794 x207 or send her an email if you have questions!

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Announcing: Upcoming BBQ Fundraiser!

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Meet our Newest Families!

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The Hernandez Family

Welcome to the Hernandez family! This family of three will be purchasing our next remodel (to begin in the Fall) in Acorn Park Lane in Pittsboro.

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The Sanchez Family

Welcome to the Sanchez family! This family of five will begin building their house on north Chatham Avenue in Siler City this coming Fall.

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The Barillas Family

Welcome to the Barillas family! This family of seven will begin building their house on north Chatham Avenue in Siler City this coming Fall.

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Bittersweet Farewells

At Chatham Habitat, we are lucky to have a wonderful staff – it’s one of the things that makes us a great organization. Sadly, sometimes our staff changes, and this month, we are saying three very difficult goodbyes. All three of these team members have been a pleasure to work with, and they will all be missed as they embark on their next adventures. Read more about Steve, Doug, and Peter below, and be sure thank them for all their work if you see them!

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Steve Clark

Steve began work with Chatham Habitat two years ago, and quickly became an important fixture on the construction site. Always making volunteers laugh and taking “Steve Selfies,” Steve has made our construction sites a more fun, better organized, and safer place to work. Steve is leaving us to take on a full-time role at his lovely wife’s law firm, which will keep him closer to home. Although we’re sad to see him go, we couldn’t be happier for Steve!

 


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 Doug Gagnon

More than five years ago, Doug Gagnon began volunteering at the ReStores to make new friends. He quickly became one of the most reliable volunteers we had, and when a job became available, he was thrilled to join the staff team. Doug could sell ice to an eskimo, and the eskimo would have fun the whole time! Doug is leaving us to move back to his hometown in Maine, where he has purchased his childhood home.

 


 

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Peter Antonelli

Peter became part of our staff five years ago, and has been a huge part of our ReStore team ever since. Peter is a quietly hardworking guy who always has a kind word for the people around him. Including his job at the ReStore, Peter has three jobs, and is one of the most dedicated and reliable people you’ll ever meet. After years of juggling three jobs, Peter is taking the opportunity to slow down and work a little less, and we’re really glad he’s able to do so.

 

 

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Three Homes Under Construction in Pittsboro

Construction Updates:

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House #119

House #119, the Small House, is pictured above. It will soon become home to Kelsey Buckner, and she couldn’t be more excited to have a home of her own. At only 526 square feet, this Small House is an example of a new kind of housing that we can build to better meet the unique needs of our community. It’s been a learning experience and we’re excited for Kelsey to move in later this Spring!

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House #122

House #122 is coming along nicely! It’s situated at what will become the entrance to Robert’s Run, and it’s on a beautiful wooded lot with a stream through the back end of the property. This week, construction staff and volunteers are putting in cabinets and installing hardware, so it’s really starting to look like a home. The Usman Family just welcomed a new baby to their family, so they’re really excited to move in.

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House #123

Pictured here is the bottom floor of House #123, which was constructed from pre-cast concrete walls that were donated and installed by our friends at Superior Walls. This week, the floor trusses and subfloor is going in for the second story, and the framing will begin. This house is for the Vazquez Grimaldo Family, and they are a beautiful family of nine! In order to accommodate their needs, we are building this 1,848 square foot home with a unique floor plan.

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Chatham Habitat for Humanity Highlights of 2015

2015 was a HUGE year for Chatham Habitat.
Help us raise the money to build one house
by the end of the day, we’re almost there!
 
1. Purchased 28 Acres of Land in Pittsboro
In January 2015, we closed on a 28-acre piece of land in Pittsboro that will become our largest Habitat community to date, Robert’s Run. The land is located behind the Piggly Wiggly in Pittsboro, within walking distance to grocery stores, drugstores, doctor’s offices, and the center of town. In the next eight-ten years, Pittsboro will see immense growth, and with this neighborhood, we will be able to help make sure that everyone has a chance to live and work in the same place. We are currently developing a Master Plan for the community, and hope to have that available to share in the Spring of 2016!
2. Hosted the Most Successful Prescription Take-Back Day in Chatham County History
In March, we hosted Chatham Cares Pharmacy and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department for a Prescription Take-Back Day. While an event like this has almost nothing to do with our work in affordable housing, we are working to build stronger relationships with other non-profits in the community, and this was an exciting opportunity to help other organizations do their important work. Misuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem, and we are proud to have been a part of collecting 135 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs in Chatham County!
3. Completed Most Successful Apostle Build in Chatham Habitat History
The Apostle Build program brings together churches and faith communities in Chatham County to raise money for one family’s home. This year, 22 churches raised more than $34,000 to build the Johnson Family’s home in Bear Creek, making it the most successful Apostle Build program in Chatham Habitat history. At the dedication, many of those churches came to celebrate with the family, and it was an event to remember – the Johnson’s felt so much love from the faith communities who helped them build their home. It was truly a blessing to see.
4. Built the Margaret Pollard Tiny Home in Partnership with the Tiny Home Community Collaborative
Sometimes, all the pieces fall in all the right places to make a project that seems impossible happen, and this was one of those times. After talking with the Farm at Penny Lane about their interest in building tiny homes for adults with mental illness, we helped create a collaborative partnership with them to build a tiny home. The partnership grew to include the Chatham County Fair, Arauco Panels, Cardinal Innovations, Bold Construction, Triangle Community Foundation, the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, Grid Free, NC!, and Builders First Source. Before we knew it, we had built a tiny house (thanks to Bold Construction) at the Chatham County Fair, and today it is located at the Farm at Penny Lane, where it will soon become a research facility that will inform the continued development of this cutting-edge program aimed at serving a chronically under served population in desperate need of safe, affordable housing.
5. Began Largest Home in Chatham Habitat History for a Family of Nine
This year, we met a kind, hardworking couple who needed a safe, affordable place to raise their family – their family of NINE! Ana and Clemente Vazquez Grimaldo have seven children ranging in age from twenty to one. They found out about the program at Habitat many years ago, and have been working to qualify every since. This year, we began building their home, a five bedroom house with a finished basement. We were lucky to have the exterior basement walls precast and installed as a donation from Superior Walls. This house will be the largest one we’ve built to date! The photo above shows the progress as of the end of the year.
6. Galloway Ridge Became Major Investor in Robert’s Run Project
This Fall, Galloway Ridge Retirement Community in Pittsboro made a $100,000 pledge to support Chatham Habitat over the next five years, making them the first major investor in the Robert’s Run neighborhood. A major player in the Chatham economy, Galloway Ridge has taken the lead on this project, and will help us develop the infrastructure necessary to build in Robert’s Run for the next five years. We are so grateful to Galloway Ridge for this lead gift!
7. Opened a Community Meeting Space for Other Chatham Non-Profits
This Fall, we completed renovation of a large community meeting space at our offices in Pittsboro, which we have opened up to other Chatham County non-profits to use for board or committee meetings, workshops, classes, or staff parties. There are so many non-profits who are doing great work but lack the space they need, and we are happy to offer a large room that can hold up to 50 people, complete with audio-visual equipment, to those groups at no charge. This was a big project for us, and one that we are excited to share with the community! Contact Anna Spears at (919) 542-0794 or annaspears@chathamhabitat.org to schedule a time to use space.
8. ReStores See Significant Increase in Sales in December
To close out this year, our ReStores have had an extremely successful December, thanks to our loyal customers! We have recently introduced several new programs in the ReStores, including the sale of beautiful (and new!) area rugs, as well as bricks available in bulk from ReStore Too. If you haven’t had the chance, make the trip to the ReStores to see what they have going on!
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House #120’s Metal Roof Installed!

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Thanks to our lovely volunteers for working hard to make sure that the metal roof on House #120 got installed! It was hot, but they worked hard into the afternoon to make sure that everything went off without a hitch. Special thanks to Mark Stith of Roofcrafters for leading the roofing crew! Read more about metal roofing on an earlier blog post and on Mark’s website!

 

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Thanks to the Eastern Chatham Chapter of the NAACP!

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Thank you to the Eastern Chatham Chapter of the NAACP for coming out to Siler City this past weekend to work hard on our construction site! They came ready to work and got a lot of painting and tiling done while they were there.

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We are always glad to have groups from all over the county on the site with us – get in touch with Mechelle Thompson at (919) 542-0794 or mechellethompson@chathamhabitat.org if you’d like to organize a workday for your friends, classmates, church, or civic group!

 

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A Farewell from Kealia Reynolds – Summer Development Intern

Kealia Reynolds has been working with us this summer in the Development Department, and she has been a real joy to get to know. She’s a dedicated hard worker who has gone out of her way to help make a difference through this internship. We’re so sorry to see her go! Below are a few words from Kealia about her experience. -Anna Spears

unnamedFive months ago, working for Habitat for Humanity wasn’t even a thought that had crossed my mind. Instead I was prepping for finals, packing for a month-long trip, and trying to scrounge up any leftover money to pay for food for the rest of the school year. I was the epitome of a cliché college student – busy, exhausted and broke. All I needed to do was make it through the last couple of weeks and then my busy summer would start. I thought I was done with figuring out my summer plans – until I heard Anna Spears speak in my Advertising and Public Relations class about non-profits.

In the fall, I had planned to get an internship for the summer, but after being given the opportunity to serve at two YoungLife camps for weeks at a time, I decided that junior year would be a better option. But after I heard Anna speak about the development team at Chatham Habitat for Humanity and what working for a non-profit looked like (my dream is to work for a non-profit organization), I figured it wouldn’t hurt to shoot her an email to learn more about CHFH and see if there were any opportunities available.

Within the hour, not only did I receive more information about CHFH, but I was offered a position to work as a development intern for the summer. I was absolutely thrilled, but extremely nervous considering I didn’t know how I could fit another job into my already jam-packed summer. Fortunately, Anna was kind enough to work around my schedule and allowed my hours to be pretty flexible. After getting my feet wet by participating in their annual Women Build, I began a journey with an organization that impacted my life in the most positive way.

After the last three months, I’ve learned so much more than I ever could have imagined and gained experience in all kinds of different areas. I got to work on PR-related projects that encompassed social media and blog posts, newsletter articles, and video making. I also gained a lot of experience with event planning and learned a lot about what goes in to an event. The amount of fundraising, planning, and time dedicated to one event is incredible and it proved to me that time management really is an important skill to have. And we all know an internship wouldn’t be an internship if I didn’t have an abundance of administrative tasks to do (who knew that writing 400+ thank you cards could actually cause a hand cramp?), but at least I’m a certified pro at that now.

In addition to all of the experience I gained, I learned so much about affordable housing and CHFH’s mission to serve others. Before working here, I had very limited knowledge on affordable housing. My eyes were completely opened this summer, however, and I was able to see the difference this organization makes in people’s lives.

One of the last projects I worked on was a video for the 2015 Apostle Build. We interviewed a Habitat homeowner and asked what home meant to her. It gave her a sense of peace, she said. Just hearing that one simple line made me realize how big of a blessing it’s been to work with a non-profit so dedicated to making a change in people’s lives.

To all the staff, volunteers, and donors of Chatham Habitat for Humanity, thank you for all of your hard work, selflessness, and love. To the development team, thank you for the smiles, laughs, and wisdom. I will miss you all!

-Kealia Reynolds
Resource Development Summer Intern 2015

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6th Annual National Night Out in Westmont Community

Our Westmont Community hosted their 6th annual National Night Out celebration in Siler City last night! As always, there was good food, fellowship, and visits from the local police and fire departments, as well as Siler City Mayor John Grimes and State Representative Robert Reives. Check out the photos below!

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