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4 affordable ways to stop renting and start buying your home in Calgary

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 9:15:03 AM

Buying a home can seem overwhelming to moderate-income Calgarians. There are many barriers to consider and many questions that come up along the way.

Like can I afford it? How do I qualify? Will it be a good investment for my family? Does renting give me greater flexibility?

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We asked kids to build their dream house out of Lego. This is what happened...

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 9:53:04 AM

How do you find young families to get the information out about Habitat for Humanity?

You need to go where young families are and do what young families do! This was the thought process behind the Habitat Lego Build.

I sent out a Facebook message asking for Lego and shortly thereafter I received a response from Eliza, who turns out is a kindergarten teacher at the Livingstone School in Lundbreck. She mentioned that they had some Lego and asked how they could help.

The opportunity sounded like a good fit so we worked out a plan, ran it past the school principal, set a date, and away we went.

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[Video] Thank You 2018

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 2:35:37 PM

We wanted to say thank you, in 20 different ways

We didn't ask anybody to say thank-you for this video, we just put together existing footage of all the times this year we’ve been caught on camera saying it. We said it often, but we just can’t say it enough!

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5 things you didn't know about buying a Habitat for Humanity home

Posted on Dec 11, 2018 2:25:00 PM

We’ve all heard of Habitat for Humanity. (I mean, if you hadn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this, would you?).

Here at Habitat, we know that there are lots of different ideas swirling around out there about how our home ownership program works and who it’s for.

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[Video] Bowness Home Dedication

Posted on Nov 23, 2018 5:27:45 AM

On October 19th, we celebrated the completion of a four-plex in Bowness that will provide affordable home ownership opportunities to four Calgary families. We were joined by sponsors, donors, community partners and volunteers who have helped to make the project possible, along with the new Habitat homeowners.

"Today is a moment of celebration of our community coming together to help one another. You can see by the amount of people that are gathered here that the construction of these homes is no small feat."

-- Laura Dickson, Director of Families and Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity SOuthern Alberta

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Safe and Settled

Posted on Nov 22, 2018 7:57:11 AM

Two Years Later

Kristen, Anthony and their two boys, Dominic and Marcus, have lived in their Habitat home for two years now. They are finally settled. They enjoy and truly appreciate living in safe, family-oriented community.   

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Volunteer Spotlight: George

Posted on Nov 22, 2018 7:39:26 AM

Volunteers are a vital part of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, and without these dedicated individuals it would not be possible for Habitat to help families in our community. Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to have met many amazing volunteers.

One volunteer in particular, George Proctor has been actively volunteering with Habitat for 26 years.


George began his journey with Habitat in 1992 when a member of his church signed him up for his first volunteer shift. That same year, Habitat was given the opportunity to repurpose wooden shelving from a local distillery as a way to raise funds.

George, who is passionate about repurposing, remembers dismantling and salvaging the wooden shelving units during his first shift with Habitat. 

When asked what motivates him to continue showing up to the construction site every week, he says it’s because of the stability young families find when they own a Habitat home. 

During a home dedication, George recalls watching a child excitedly run out of his new home with a massive grin and announce, “I have my own room!” This moment, and others like it, has stuck with him over the years. 

“The children get to have friends now that they aren’t moving” 

- George Proctor

Two years ago, George was hospitalized for 10 days because of a flu that progressed into pneumonia. He was given a 30% chance of walking out of the hospital by the doctors. George contributes his survival and longevity to his continued work with Habitat for keeping him active and fit over the years.




At his habitat volunteering retirement party that we had just last month, he told me he would see me the next day to volunteer, and he did.” – Dustin Burgess, construction site supervisor 

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Build update: here's what's happening with Habitat in southern Alberta

Posted on Nov 21, 2018 9:22:24 AM

 With 2018 coming to a close, it’s always nice to look back and reflect on how far we’ve come and how many people have been with us along the way.

There have been some incredible accomplishments, and it’s only possible through your support. Whether you’ve taken part in a Build Day, organized product at our ReStores, or made a donation large or small, every act of generosity is contributing to building a better community for us all.

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CREB® Charitable Foundation announces $1M legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity

Posted on Nov 21, 2018 9:11:29 AM

The room erupted with applause when CREB® Charitable Foundation president, Alyssa Campos announced a one million dollar partnership with Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta at the CREB® Charitable Foundation’s annual general meeting.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Loretta

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 4:04:07 PM

New to Medicine Hat, Loretta faithfully began volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore twice a week in January of 2018.

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