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

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.

[Video] Bowness Home Dedication

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

Safe and Settled

...Two Years Later

Volunteer Spotlight: George

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 

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

 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.

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

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Loretta

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

How 30 Calgary faith groups have raised $800K for Habitat for Humanity

There's something amazing about seeing a diverse group of people come together, especially when they’re from all different backgrounds and faith communities.

Avon and Romano's journey to homeownership

Avon and Romano, parents of Lorenzo [8] and Niña [4], are future Habitat homeowners in Okotoks.

Over the years, the family of four has struggled to find adequate housing that has met their budget.

However, despite the challenges they have faced, their faith has given them the resiliency to endure. The family describes themselves as:

“a family united in love, a family of faith and commitment.” 

The Larry Carey Charity Golf Classic raises $40,000

We’re all about families here at Habitat, so thank you to everyone at Carey Management for adopting us into your family for another year as a beneficiary of the Larry Carey Charity Golf Tournament.

Build update: a quick snapshot of what's happening around southern Alberta

What goes into a home? We could all name a few things – a lot of two-by-fours, a few windows, paint, and all those little finishing touches, of course.

Hockey helps Habitat

Hockey Helps the Homeless had been a huge supporter of Habitat for several years, so I had let them know that I’d be happy to help on the day of the event in any way that might be needed.

Putting the "home" back in homework

With the upcoming school year fast approaching, many families are starting to think about buying school supplies and registering for extra-curricular activities. For other families without a permanent residence, other things come to mind.

Puppy tales: Freida's place in the family

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows that our furry (or in some cases, not so furry) companions are an integral part of the family.

Having a pet has both emotional and physiological benefits. The emotional bond that we form with our pets reduces stress and improves overall happiness.

[Video] Highlights from Women Build 2018

We were counting down the days to Women Build, presented by Excel Homes, all year and it didn’t disappoint! Your continued support has woven Women Build into the Habitat fabric, and made it something we can’t imagine going without.

[Video] Habitat welcomes families to the community of Pineridge

"Owning a home means putting down roots and having a space to truly call yours. This is a place where you can plan the future of your kids"

— Khalid, homeowner in Pineridge

On April 20, 2018, Habitat hosted a Home Dedication to celebrate completion of a multi-family development in Pineridge - future home to 24 families who purchased their new homes through our affordable home ownership mortgage program.

Build update: 6 months of activities in 6 minutes

It’s always amazing to see a home come together.

I mean, that’s what keeps us glued to every HGTV show until the last three minutes! (You do that too, right?)

But seeing a home come together is extra amazing when there are literally hundreds of people behind it and it’s transforming the lives of families.

Edgar (pictured below) is one of these families. He bought his Habitat home in Capitol Hill last fall and moved in with his two daughters, Natalia and Sofia.

“I saw the houses built by Habitat and was amazed with the attention to detail that goes into them; from the interior details, to the care and thought put into the design so that families not only have a house, but LOVE their home.”

- Edgar, homeowner in capitol hill

 

Because your support is at the centre of this success, we wanted to give you an update on where our builds are at.

Not because of the drywall and nails (although that’s fun too), but because of the way you have rallied behind these homes and these families, and because the impact you are having will last a lifetime. 

So let’s get into it. But be warned, cute children and heart-warming quotes to follow.

How to join or create a team fundraising page for Women Build

Sometimes you need a little team spirit to get you motivated for the task ahead. You can join or create fundraising teams in order to strengthen your cause, hold each other accountable, and have a blast learning and building together for Women Build.

1. Create a personal fundraising page.

Before you can join a team, you have to create your own personal fundraising page which you can learn how to do here.

How to create a personal fundraising page for Women Build

Your first step on your Women Build fundraising journey beings with setting up your individual fundraising page so that you can see and share your progress and have friends and family support your cause, no matter where they are.

Let's get started:

1. Become a Fundraiser

Head over to the Women Build campaign home page and click the blue "Become a Fundraiser" button 

Build Update - March 2018

Our current build projects in Bowness and Pineridge are providing home ownership for dozens of families in our community. This would not be possible without the support of our donors and volunteers. Because of you, these families can now build long-term strength, stability and independence.

15 most frequently asked questions about Women Build

Women Build, presented by Excel Homes, is one of our favourite times of the year.

It's amazing to see what happens when groups of inspired women come together and make a difference in their community.

Over the years, we've had lots of great questions come in from participants - from what to bring, to what's for lunch, to what kind of construction work is available - so we've rounded up the most frequently asked questions to help you know exactly what to expect!

From pipedreams to possibilities: Brandy's journey to stability through home ownership

 

Stuck by circumstance

Brandy is a single mother of Tyson (12) and Taya (7), living in Olds and working as a financial services representative at a major financial institution.

Every Kid Campaign - Daniela

“#EveryKid should have a home because it’s where they can go to feel safe and where they belong. If they have a rough day at school, they can come home and know that this is where they can be no matter what."

— Jessica, age 12

Video: Daniela and her kids speak to the importance of having a stable place to live 

From tragedy to triumph: one couple's journey to peace and stability

 

Sitting at the kitchen table in Kristen and Anthony’s charming home, you might think you're in the company of newlyweds.

This endearing couple playfully tease each other, laughing when their recollections don’t line up perfectly.

7 things to warm your heart on a cold November day

 

There's something bitter-sweet about the year coming to an end.

On the bitter side, there’s the weather (obviously), but on the sweet side, there’s the chance to look back and reflect on some pretty remarkable moments over the year.

A Quick Update on our Current Builds

Can you believe it's November? The year is quickly coming to a close and, as such, we thought that it was a good time to update you on some of the Habitat build projects in Bowness, Pineridge, and Olds. Check out the latest below:

Philanthropy in Action: Thank you to the Larry Carey Charity Golf Classic!

For 25 years the Larry Carey Charity Golf Classic has been raising money for local charities. This year they raised $35,000 in support of Habitat for Humanity!

Hosted by Carey Management and in honour of the late Larry Carey, founder of Wallace and Carey, this annual golf tournament brings together members of the Calgary community for a fun day of golf, food and drinks, all in the name of raising money for charity!

Think 130 golfers, over 60 dedicated volunteers, and (despite our record hot summer every other day), a freezing cold rainy morning topped with nostalgia and enthusiasm for a great cause.

This year for their 26th annual event they went above and beyond their fundraising goal of $25 000 (they raised $35 000) and had a great time doing it! Each hole had a unique 70’s theme (think Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Disco) and tons of food and prizes.

Ride through the Rockies provides passion with purpose

"It's difficult to put into words the feeling of pride we take away from this experience. We understand the importance of family and community and this will be our inspiration on our 2017 ride."

 - Dan and Toni Crockett

 

Introducing Sasha Petrovic: Ride through the Rockies Cyclist

Sponsored by Star Building Materials, "Ride through The Rockies" challenges cyclists to complete a four day, 410-kilometre journey through the Rocky Mountains. Together they raise money for Habitat for Humanity to help local families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership.

Introducing Yan Shedrick: Ride Through the Rockies Cyclist

"Great leaders don't set out to be a leader ... they set out to make a difference. It's never about the role-always about the goal".

Sponsored by Star Building Materials, "Ride Through The Rockies" challenges cyclists to complete a four day, 410-kilometre journey through the Rocky Mountains. Together they raise money for Habitat for Humanity to help local families build stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

Yan Shedrick (second from the right in the picture above) will be participating in his third consecutive ride this September. He speaks about how he got involved with RTTR and how his childhood passion for cycling made him a perfect fit. 

3 things businesses are doing for families in Calgary and how your's can get involved

Have you ever thought about how your business is contributing to the community that supports you?

It’s easy, it’s fun, and it will surprise you what kind of difference you can make.

When it all comes together, great things end up happening. Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta (HFHSA) has many great supporters in our community who go above and beyond to bring strength, stability, and independence to local families. One such company is Cabinet Solutions and the entire Legacy Family of Companies. Here’s how they have stepped up to the plate:

Introducing Joel Souchotte: Ride Through the Rockies Participant

"What started as a way to simply challenge myself physically has developed into something far more powerful for me on many levels".

- Joel Souchotte

Sponsored by Star Building Material, "Ride Through The Rockies" challenges cyclists to complete a four day, 410-kilometre journey through the Rocky Mountains. Together they raise money for Habitat for Humanity to help local families build stability and independence through affordable home ownership. 

Joel Souchotte will be participating in his third consecutive ride this September. Here's what he had to say about the annual fundraiser, his experience as a participant, and the impact it has.

4 Highlights from Women Build 2017

Calgary women join forces to learn, build and provide the foundations for a better future for families in Pineridge

"What an amazing day! Such a great opportunity to bond with the other women at work outside of the office setting! Thank you for letting us be part of this".

- WOmen Build Participant

Between May 4th and May 27th, more than 200 local women came together for seven build days. Along with fundraising and building Habitat homes in the neighbourhood of Pineridge, participants engaged with their coworkers and friends in a meaningful way, building lasting impact in the community.

Here are some highlights to celebrate the participants, the fundraising efforts, and their impact:

Homes by Avi takes on Habitat for Humanity Women Build

"Women build is so important because it is women helping women achieve the dream we all want.” 

Habitat for Humanity Build Days honour and remember volunteer crew leader Nigel Teucher

Sue said she was touched by Chinook Financial's initiative to organize Build Days in Nigel's memory

“I don't think there are many bosses who were so well loved that their organization would do something like this years after their retirement."

Nigel Teucher , a volunteer Crew Leader, passed away earlier this spring. To honour and remember his commitment to Habitat for Humanity, his former employer, Chinook Financial alongside his wife Sue Teucher , organized build days on June 8th, 20th, and 29th dedicated as “Nigel Builds.” Nigel was the General Manager/CEO of this local credit union from the mid-1990s to 2010 when he retired. 

Sue began volunteering with Habitat in 2007 and Nigel in 2012. Together they have amassed nearly 2,000 combined volunteer hours assisting at the Calgary ReStore, working with local Habitat chapters, and helping on the construction of 13 Habitat homes in southern Alberta. We posted a volunteer spotlight on the pair last year.

We spoke with Sue about her and Nigel’s time volunteering with Habitat and why “Nigel Builds” was significant to her.

Celebrating hard-working women this Mother's Day

"I build because it is the epitome of a community coming together for one purpose and serving a greater cause." 

susan, future habitat for humanity homeowner

Meet Susan, future Habitat for Humanity homeowner

Life is full of dreams and desires waiting to be fulfilled, as well as many hardships to overcome. Some people enjoy going through these processes, and all the ups and downs, whereas others can only find joy when the trials are over!

I can identify with all ends of the spectrum, but through my own journey, I’ve come to realize that contentment comes with being at peace and recognizing that each day is a gift. Opportunities are endless.  

I’m a big proponent of never giving up hope and of stepping out and trying something new - you never know what’s waiting on the other side! 

Excel Homes building futures with Habitat for Humanity's Women Build

 

Women Build is bringing the community together to build strength, stability and independence for families through affordable home ownership

As a fellow homebuilder, Excel Homes has a unique perspective on what this means for families in Calgary, and they've made a significant investment Women Build as our Building Futures Title Sponsor.

Introducing Sheri Bruneau: Women Build Fundraiser

"#IBuildBecause stable housing is one of our basic needs without which we cannot meet our other needs."

Sheri Bruneau, 2017 Women Build Fundraiser

Introducing Alanna Maria: Women Build Fundraiser

“#IBuildBecause as a mother I can’t imagine not having affordable, safe housing for my children.”

Alanna Maria, 2017 women build fundraiser.

Restore weekly product deals

Save on amazing ReStore weekly product deals while building stability for families in Southern Alberta

ReStore is a great place to find thousands of items under one roof at 40-60% below regular retail price. You can find new and gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, flooring, paint, building supplies and much more.

[Video] Introducing Tara Nelson: Women Build Ambassador


Tara Nelson of CTV Calgary is one of six women stepping forward to advocate for the need for affordable housing in our city

Right now, more than 4,000 people are on the waitlist for social housing in Calgary. Our city is expensive, and women and children are the populations most likely to be affected by unstable living conditions.

Tara, along with five other local women, has taken on the role of Women Build Ambassador, to mobilize the community to address the need for affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity's Women Build.

Restore weekly product deals

Save on amazing ReStore weekly product deals while building stability for families in Southern Alberta

ReStore is a great place to find thousands of items under one roof at 40-60% below regular retail price. You can find new and gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, flooring, paint, building supplies and much more.

Meet Brenda Fischer and her story of building change

#IBuildBecause I want to give back to my community and have a chance to work alongside crew leaders, volunteers and homeowners to make a difference for families.

- Brenda Fischer

“It is important to me that I’m able to give back to my community because I have lots of blessings in my life and housing is a basic need that I don’t think we pay enough attention to.”

[Video] Introducing Monica Kretschmer: Women Build Ambassador


Monica is one of six Calgary women stepping forward to advocate for the need for affordable housing in our city

Right now, more than 4,000 people are on the waitlist for social housing in Calgary. Our city is expensive, and women and children are the populations most likely to be affected by unstable living conditions.

Monica, along with five other local women, has taken on the role of Women Build Ambassador, to mobilize the community to address the need for affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity's Women Build

Restore weekly product deals

Save on amazing ReStore weekly product deals while building stability for families in Southern Alberta

ReStore is a great place to find thousands of items under one roof at 40-60% below regular retail price. You can find new and gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, flooring, paint, building supplies and much more.

[Video] Introducing Grace Dafoe: Women Build Ambassador


Grace is one of six Calgary women stepping forward to advocate for the need for affordable housing in our city

Right now, more than 4,000 people are on the waitlist for social housing in Calgary. Our city is expensive, and women and children are the populations most likely to be affected by unstable living conditions.

Grace, along with five other local women, has taken on the role of Women Build Ambassador, to mobilize the community to address the need for affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity's Women Build. 

[Video] Introducing Cassie Hawrysh: Women Build Ambassador


Cassie is one of six Calgary women stepping forward to advocate for the need for affordable housing in our city

Right now, more than 4,000 people are on the waitlist for social housing in Calgary. Our city is expensive, and women and children are the populations most likely to be affected by unstable living conditions.

Cassie, along with five other local women, has taken on the role of Women Build Ambassador, to mobilize the community to address the need for affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity's Women Build

ReStore weekly product deals

Save on amazing ReStore weekly product deals while building stability for families in Southern Alberta

ReStore is a great place to find thousands of items under one roof at 40-60% below regular retail price. You can find new and gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, flooring, paint, building supplies and much more.

6 Calgary women step forward as Habitat for Humanity Women Build Ambassadors

 

Local women working together to advocate for affordable housing in Calgary

Right now, more than 4,000 people are on the waitlist for social housing in Calgary. Our city is expensive, and women and children are the populations most likely to be affected by unstable living conditions.

5 things to know to prepare for your Women Build day

It's finally here. You've fundraised like a pro and now you're ready to get out and build!

If you've never participated in Women Build or been on a Habitat for Humanity site before, chances are you're wondering a few things. How do I get there? What do I wear? Will they feed me?

 Keep reading to find out exactly how to prepare for your Women Build day.

6 steps to becoming a successful fundraiser

How to go from a first-time fundraiser to an experienced pro

Fundraising can seem a little bit daunting at first, but all it takes is a little persistence and creativity, and we’ve got your back.

Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Bell

“#IBuildBecause its a way for me to stay involved with my community. It’s a way for me to help others that need a hand. It’s a way for me to see the significant impact that safe housing has on the children and the parents.”

— Peggy Bell

 

Meet Peggy Bell – one of the longest-standing volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity. She has started volunteering with us more than ten years ago, and since then she has contributed to many build projects in Calgary and around the world.

Build Update: January 23-29, 2017

Pineridge Place, Calgary

Pineridge is one of the biggest projects we’re working on right now. This development will consist of six four-plexes providing stable housing for 24 families in the community of Pineridgewill.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeffrey

Jeffrey has been volunteering with ReStore since February of 2015!

Foothills Chapter Annual Online Auction Returns

The Foothills Chapter is gearing up for our fourth annual online auction, hosted by Elevate Auctions.

Build Update: January 16-22, 2017

Pineridge Place, Calgary

This development is a new project that is located in the northeast Calgary community of Pineridge. The project will consist of six four‐plexes. Currently we have finished two four-plexes, and another two are being under construction.

Build Update: January 09-14, 2017

Pineridge Place, Calgary

Pineridge development is a new project that is located in the northeast Calgary community of Pineridgewill. The project will consist of six four‐plexes. Currently we have finished two four-plexes, and another two are being under construction.

Thank you for building strength, stability and independence

As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on what our community’s support has accomplished for families this year at Habitat for Humanity.

This year we completed 18 homes and began construction on 19 new homes in Southern Alberta. This means 63 children are enjoying this holiday season in a home they can call their own.

Give the gift of home for the holidays

We’re facing an urgent affordable housing crisis.

Right now, 1 in 5 Canadian families is spending more than half their income on housing costs alone. This leaves them living paycheque to paycheque, working multiple jobs to make ends meet, and sometimes, making the unthinkable choice between paying rent or putting healthy meals on the table for their children.

Habitat for Humanity Medicine Hat Wine Survivor

Why not let your love of wine help out a great cause by supporting the Medicine Hat Habitat for Humanity Chapter?

Habitat for Humanity Wine Survivor Raffle

Why not let your love of wine go to a great cause?

You can help two families move into homeownership with Habitat for Humanity in the Foothills

The Foothills Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will use proceeds from our Wine Survivor Contest to build our second affordable housing duplex in the Foothills.

Learn more about supporting the 2018 Habitat build in Okotoks.

Build Update: August 10, 2016

Pineridge Place, Calgary

Pineridge is a large neighbourhood in NE Calgary that’s near to Rundle and Marlborough. The Pineridge Place development will consist of six fourplexes built over several years. One fourplex is complete and two more are currently under construction.

Thank you, AREF and CREB!

Over the past year, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) and the CREB Charitable Foundation (CREB) have supported Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta with $50,000 in build funding. On top of that, 47 of their members have participated in 3 Build Days at the 24 home development in Pineridge, Calgary.

Volunteer at the Home + Design Show

The Calgary Home + Design Show needs your help. If you're willing to volunteer as a greeter or a ticket-taker then we can get you into the show for free. Parking and transit will be reimbursed and, even better, there will be food provided to all volunteers.

Family Story: Ali and Amina

My wife and I are very proud parents of four beautiful children. Over the years I worked hard, I even worked two jobs to provide financial stability and a better future to my children. Still, it is challenging for me to use only one income to provide for the whole family. More than fifty percent of my income goes to rent and utilities, even though we have tried to live in many different communities.

Build Update: July 25, 2016

Redstone, Calgary

Family Story: Susan

Seven years ago I became a single mother of two and returned to the workforce feeling unequipped and unprepared.

My dream of owning a home felt unreachable and homeownership was no longer one of my goals in life.

As my children's primary caregiver, simply generating an income to support my family with the basic necessities and being present to shape and influence their lives was my top priority! While we feel blessed to have all our current needs met, there is sacrifice and struggle to make ends meet each month.

Build Update: June 28, 2016

Redstone, Calgary

Family Story: Arshad and Sherin

My name is Sherin and my husband is Arshad. We are a family of six all together; we have two girls and two boys.

We have seen a lot while we lived in Kurdistan Iraq, the house my family owned was destroyed by the horrible war that started in 1991. We ended up homeless, so my dad said we needed to get out ASAP. We fled to Canada while Arshad left for Sweden.

Volunteer Spotlight: Nigel and Sue

Sue and Nigel Teucher are regular weekly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Sue has been volunteering with Habitat in Calgary since May 2008. It was a life long dream of hers to give back to the community through Habitat, and her retirement allowed her the time to fulfill this dream. In 2013, after three years of semi-retirement, Nigel retired completely which also allowed him to donate some of his time to Habitat.

Foothills Chapter June Newsletter

 

Check out our newsletter for upcoming events, supporter spotlights, volunteer opportunities and more!

Family Story: Azeb

Azeb immigrated to Canada after spending seven years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her brother lived in Calgary and she was grateful for the opportunity to be reunited, but life in a new city became steadily more difficult for Azeb as a single mother looking to establish a stable foundation for her daughter, Sipran.

One last round of thanks!

Women Build is a huge fundraiser and it takes a the entire city to make it a reality. The organizations below contributed in different ways - some cooked food, some donated money, some fundraised like crazy - but they all had to come together for the event to work. This is our final shoutout to everyone and every company who made Women Build such a great success!

Build Update: June 8, 2016

Redstone, Calgary

Thank you, Carrington Lighting

Building homes costs money. A single home will cost us around $250,000, once you've included the cost of land, permits, materials and skilled labour. Fortunately, we have community partners who support our builds and lower our costs by donating their building materials to us.

Volunteer Spotlight: Terry

Habitat for Humanity Foothills salutes another amazing High River volunteer, Terry, who signed up after attending the Ground-Breaking Ceremony and answered the call for local volunteers.

High River Elm Tree Provides New Life

When we had to remove one of the Elm trees from our High River Habitat build site one of our committee volunteers contacted her wood turner neighbour, Allan Palmer. Allan is a retired Vancouver police officer who moved to Okotoks ten years ago and was looking for a new hobby.

Volunteer Spotlight: Joann

Habitat for Humanity Foothills salutes our hard-working volunteers. Local High River volunteer Joann brings so much life and fun to our monthly Chapter meetings.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bill

A big shout-out to Bill, one of our new, very dedicated Habitat for Humanity Crew Leaders from High River. A Crew Leader is a volunteer who works on the build site leading teams of other volunteers.

Women Build YYC

Inspiring.

If we had to pick one word to describe Women Build YYC, that would be it. Calgary's women fundraisers smashed through their initial fundraising goal of $50,000 in less that two weeks and their final total was more than double that: $124,469. They showed us all that every woman has the power to change the world.

Build Update: May 25, 2016

Redstone, Calgary

New opportunities with Habitat for Humanity Mountain View

Are you looking for a hands-on way to get actively involved in your community?

Habitat for Humanity Mountain View is currently accepting applications for new members to join our Chapter Committee. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of one of the most widely-recognized non-profits in the world and bring strength, stability and self-reliance to families in Mountain View through affordable home ownership.

Volunteer Spotlight: Keith Thompson

Meet Keith, our Volunteer Extraordinaire! Keith has volunteered at ReStore once per week since September of 2014! Keith enjoys walking and shopping in his free time. When asked what he likes about volunteering with us at ReStore, he told us he enjoys making new friends and cleaning the ReStore to make it look nice.  The ReStore staff noted that Keith is a hard worker, determined, efficient, and always smiling and pleasant.

Build Update: May 12, 2016

Ravenswood, Airdrie

Thank you, Treval Foundation Spray

When you're building a house, every little detail matters. Small holes can let in wind and rain, going unnoticed at first but potentially causing huge issues in ten or twenty years. These issues can include strange odours, higher heating bills, damaged foundations and more.

Family Story: Brendan

I have three smart, beautiful girls who are my heart and soul, but we’ve had our fair share of heartache and struggle. It’s been a challenge to raise three young ladies on my own and I’m sure will it continue to be in every way. Our lives have changed significantly over the past three years and we’ve lost a lot.

Foothills Chapter April Newsletter

Check out our newsletter for upcoming events, supporter spotlights, volunteer opportunities and more!

Monthly DIY Challenge

You love to DIY. We love to see what you create. That's why we're running the DIY Challenge again in July.

Build Update: April 25, 2016

Redstone, Calgary

Family Story: Arienne

Arienne is a single mom with two children, Grayden, her 16-year old son, and Dominick, her 10-year old daughter. They share their home with two cuddly pet cats. Arienne works as a teacher’s aide for the local school board and holds another part-time job to help make ends meet.

The effects of housing insecurity on women

Women Build Ambassadors (from left to right): Carol, Saba, Tara, Angie, Nichole, Vanisha

Build Update: April 11, 2016

Pineridge, Calgary

Thank you, Bluebird Contracting Services

Bowness site prior to demolition.

Foothills Chapter March Newsletter

 

Build Update: March 16, 2016

Ravenswood, Airdrie

Family Story: Kerry and Randy

It’s a challenge for many families in Calgary to find affordable housing, but it’s especially difficult for Kerry and Randy’s family of nine. Over the past five years, the family faced homelessness three times. Confronted with yet another landlord looking to sell and driven to provide a sense of stability for their children and granddaughter, Kerry and Randy reached out to Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Bell

Peggy Bell is a woman who wears a lot of different hats. Lucky for us, some of them are hardhats.

Peggy started as a crew leader in 2005, the year after she officially retired. Since then, she has personally contributed more than 1,000 hours of her time towards building homes in and around Calgary. On the build site, she enjoys doing the notoriously finicky painting and finishing work inside the house, but she definitely isn't afraid to get out into the mud either.

Women Build Ambassador: Carol Rees

I’ve been a Habitat home owner for almost 15 years now. I’m a single mother of twin girls and before Habitat, I was struggling financially to support the three of us – in ten years we moved eleven times and it was very, very difficult.

Women Build Ambassador: Nichole Horvath

As a future Habitat home owner, this will be my first Women Build experience and I’m most looking forward to all of the people I’m going to meet.

I’m on my own journey and I’ve always wanted to be part of this world of empowerment, so to have it right front of me is unbelievable. I can’t even imagine what I’m about to go into, but I’m excited about it.

Women Build Ambassador: Saba Hailemariam

Last year was my first time at Women Build and I helped build a home all day long! It was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. To know that I was helping a family significantly is priceless – that feeling is priceless.

Women Build Ambassador: Tara Nelson

I’ve been part of Women Build for five years now and my favourite part about it is the solidarity between all of the women that are out on the work site.

Tara Nelson - CTV News anchor, Women Build Ambassador

Women Build Ambassador: Angie Shilliday

I love Women Build! It’s the best opportunity to prove to everyone that women can empower each other and help the community.

I love experiencing the female comradery and then seeing the final product after a day of work, knowing that what we’ve done is going to serve a family well for their future.

Angie Shilliday - Mrs. Canada International 2014, Women Build Ambassador

Women Build Ambassador: Vanisha Breault

I became a Habitat home owner nearly four years ago, and it felt like winning the lottery.

It’s been one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.

Having the security of owning my own home has allowed me to focus on so many other things in life. I don’t have the huge stressor of where my family’s going to live or if we can afford to live there anymore.

Build Update: February 29, 2016

Ravenswood, Airdrie

John Digman on the Pam and Peggy Show

Welcome to the team, Henry!

Henry working in Airdrie. February, 2016

Build Update: February 16, 2016

Pineridge, Calgary

Thank you, Fluor Canada

Homes aren't cheap to build. Even our homes, built in part by volunteers, cost around $250,000 per door once you've added everything up. Thankfully, there are companies in the communities we build in that see the lives they can change and offer us their support. Fluor Canada is one of these companies.

Volunteer Spotlight: Devin Skoblack

Devin has been volunteering for ReStore since October of 2014. He is faithful with his twice weekly shifts, helping ReStore sparkle and shine, no matter the weather!

Family Story: Janice and Tyler

My husband and I are the proud parents of four beautiful daughters. Our lives changed dramatically when our last daughter Katie was born.

Foothills Chapter January Newsletter

 

Build Update: February 1, 2016

Pineridge, Calgary

Thank you, Bravura Engineering

Redstone, Calgary - July 3, 2015

Build Update: January 18, 2016

Pineridge, Calgary

High River families get new start in Habitat homes

Approximately 50 people braved the cold with Macleod MP John Barlow today to celebrate the hand-over of new Habitat homes to two High River families. The duplex, located on 5th Avenue SE in High River, represents the culmination of years of work by the Foothills Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and contributions from across the community.

Volunteer Spotlight: Noel Thomas

Noel was introduced to Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta five years ago by fellow volunteer Clem Leforce. Noel has volunteered with many Habitat builds, special events and fundraisers. Now, he helps out at the Medicine Hat ReStore and is willing to lend a hand when needed.

Build Update: December 22, 2015

5th Ave, High River

Foothills Chapter December Newsletter

Progress in Pineridge

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta opened our latest build site to volunteers just after our official groundbreaking ceremony on November 12. If you saw the site then and now you would not believe your eyes. The first fourplex has gone from a hole in the ground to something that looks like a house, with a framed basement, first floor walls and a rough second floor. The second fourplex wasn’t even a hole in the ground during the ceremony, and now it’s ready for to have the first floor walls raised.

Family Story: Nichole

Nichole believes that where there is a will – there is a way! Her oldest children Robert (15) and Mykalya (14) were born just eleven months apart and Micheal (12) followed three years later. The family fled domestic violence in 2005 and Nichole has raised her children on her own for the past ten years.

Build Update: December 7, 2015

Pineridge, Calgary

Volunteer Spotlight: Johnathan

Johnathan has volunteered 220 hours since he began working with us in May! He enjoys skateboarding, interior painting, seasonal decorating, video games and he is an attentive big brother to his foster siblings.

Build Update : November 23, 2015

Pineridge, Calgary

Winter Warriors

A warrior is a confident, powerful change-maker. A warrior doesn’t shy away from a challenge. A warrior accepts the challenge and conquers the challenge. Do you have what it takes to be a true warrior?

Family Story: Yair and Diana

Life is the most amazing book that we write every day and the chapters already in it provide the strength to write the ones to come.

Build Update: November 9, 2015

5 Ave, High River

Foothills Chapter November Newsletter

Build Update: October 26, 2015

Redstone, Calgary

Sponsor Highlight: Quigley Electric

Quigley Electric is proud to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity project in High River.

Build Update: October 14, 2015

5th Ave, High River

Keep Calm and Build On!

Generation Y is a generation of doers. It’s a generation that knows the value of making meaning and making a mark. And it’s a generation that has the energy, the passion and the ambition to turn good intentions into tangible results.

Home dedication in celebration of World Habitat Day

Today at noon, we will welcome 14 families into homeownership at a home dedication in the northeast community of Redstone. Today also marks World Habitat Day – the one day set aside globally to reflect on the basic right to adequate shelter – so it is a special time to celebrate the impact that Habitat has made right here in Calgary.

Build Update: September 29, 2015

Redstone, Calgary

Ride Through the Rockies breaking the cycle of poverty

On Thursday, September 24, 26 cyclists embarked on the first leg of a four day journey through the Rocky Mountains as participants of the second annual Ride Through the Rockies, sponsored by Star Building Materials. The ride began in Cochrane and over the next four days, the cyclists travelled to Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis, and back to Cochrane – a 375 kilometre round-trip journey.

Build Update: September 14, 2015

Redstone, Calgary

Raise the Roof Dinner and Barn Dance

Do you enjoy Western music and love to dance?

Join the Foothills Chapter of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta, along with Glen Brown and the Western Swing Project as we continue to raise funds to complete our first duplex build underway in High River.

Foothills Chapter September Newsletter

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Medicine Hat Chapter Fall Newsletter

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25 Years - 25 Photos

As of Saturday, August 15, 2015, Habitat for Humanity has been building hope in Southern Alberta for 25 years. It's hard to believe that it's been that long, but we found photographic evidence to prove it! So, take some time and enjoy this journey through the ages, starting with our very first partner family!

Build Update: August 24, 2015

Redstone, Calgary

Volunteer Scott-light

We first met Dennis at our ReStore booth in the Fall Trade Show of 2014. He started volunteering two days per week, and was enjoying it so much that he extended it to three!

Invitation to Bid: Pineridge

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is now accepting bids for trades for the first 2 of 6 fourplexes in the northeast community of Pineridge. We are seeking trade partnerships, as well as donations of funds, products, services and labour towards the construction of this project, which will provide affordable homes for 24 hardworking, local families.

Build Update: August 10, 2015

Redstone, Calgary

Volunteer Spotlight: Les

Retirement means different things to different people. For some, it is a chance to travel the world, seeing spectacular things and meeting fascinating people. For others, it’s a chance to spend more time with their families, try new things or catch up on their ever-expanding reading lists.

Family Story: Debbie

I am a single mom of two amazing, energetic boys. Cole is 8 and Myles is 5. I work in Calgary as a Corporate Paralegal and I love this City!

Build Update: July 28, 2015

Redstone, Calgary

Volunteer Spotlight: Dana

Dana is a true adventurer. Now that her three boys have grown up she spends her days outside hiking, kayaking and working in the garden. When she isn’t off on some incredible adventure she can be found volunteering with the construction of new Habitat homes in Calgary, High River, or around the world as a Team Leader with Global Village.

Build Update: July 13, 2015

Redstone, Calgary

Family Story: Ramanpreet and Balbir


Ramanpreet and Balbir moved to Calgary eight years ago and have been transitioning from house to house since then. Buying a home of their own was impossible with high housing prices and anything that was within their range was unsuitable for Arvin and Gurshaan, their two young sons.

Volunteer Spotlight: Docia

Everyone loves Docia, and it’s not just because she brings baking into the Habitat for Humanity ReStore every Thursday. Docia’s energy fills any room she’s in, inspiring smiles, laughter and spontaneous hugging. When she isn’t at the ReStore, she applies her passion for helping others to her church and local political campaigns.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dennis McKernan

Dennis is an outstanding Chapter member in Mountain View County. He and his wife have lived in Olds for 37 years and feel a strong sense of pride in their community. So, in 2009, when he heard about the first Habitat for Humanity project starting in the town, he knew he had to find out what it was all about.

Shop social enterprise

Did you know you could shop, save and give back to your community? Look no further than the Medicine Hat ReStore.

Family Story: Darcy and Tiffany

Darcy and Tiffany are young parents who were trying to find their footing in life. They have two small children, Leah and Raiden, and even with their busy lives, make time to stay actively involved with their community and local church. Darcy’s career is in telecommunications and Tiffany is a stay-at-home mom.

Volunteer Spotlight: Craig

Craig Gleisner is one of the most faithful and long-standing volunteers at Medicine Hat ReStore. He has selflessly given his time to the store for two days every week over the past three years.

Unleash your inner superhero!

Women Build is a unique community fundraiser and volunteer activity designed to address the affordable housing crisis facing thousands of families across Southern Alberta.

ReNewal is glimmer of hope, promise of help

ReNewal teams have helped nearly 30 families

Volunteers needed to complete 14 homes

Nearly all of our Redstone partner families have completed their 500 sweat equity hours and are anxiously awaiting completion of the project.

Why do we volunteer?

Volunteers are the foundation that Habitat for Humanity builds on and their selfless donations of time and energy help bring our vision to life. In fact, almost every non-profit organization, from the Calgary Drop-In Centre to the Red Cross, relies on volunteers to further their cause in some way or another. The value that non-profit organizations realize from volunteers is clear, but what do the volunteers get out of the relationship?

Affordable housing crisis hits home in Alberta

More than 35,000 families in Alberta live month-to-month, making it nearly impossible for them to get ahead. They’re forced to decide between heat and rent – a choice no family should ever have to make, but it’s a choice too many families in Southern Alberta are familiar with.