It was a wonderful time of celebration as Habitat Edmonton and the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative wrapped up the sixth annual Interfaith Works Project! Since February, members of many different faith groups volunteered at various Habitat build sites in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan — there were over 220 participants this year! The capital region is truly blessed to have a very generous faith community.
The participating groups were:
The Hymning Birdays
Sherwood Park Alliance Church
Strathcona Baptist Church
Ellerslie Road Baptist Church
Joyce’s Interfaith Group
Budapest Interfaith Group
Unitarian Church of Edmonton
Holyrood Mennonite Church
Church of Scientology
Edmonton Jewish Community
Lustre Christian High School (from the USA)
Islamic Family & Social Services Assoc
The Friendshop Force of Edmonton
Edmonton Anglican Cursillo Community
McKernan Baptist Church
The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
St. Anthony’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Thanks to the group who worked to coordinate the Wrap Up Event:
Rabbinat Batya Friedman
Pastor Wayne McNeilly
Mike Van Boom
Special thanks to the Sikh community who provided lunch and Evangel Pentecostal who gave us a place to eat because it was too muddy on site to bring people in!
We need 300 more volunteers in both April and May at our Carter Place build, located in south Edmonton
No experience necessary!
- Individuals – No minimum number of shifts. Visit HFH.org to register as a volunteer – HFH.org. Schedule yourself for shifts online at your leisure!
- Groups can participate! Group sizes from 3 to 25 are welcome (dates are dependent upon our construction schedule)! We have slots on Saturday as well.
Other ways to help
- Provide a lunch for our dedicated volunteers.
Contact Karen (780) 451-3416 x 236, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Forward this information to a group who may want to volunteer (e.g. faith community, human resources, service club, etc.)
Everyone welcome – beginners to trades people
- We provide safety orientation, supervision, and hands-on training.
- All tools, equipment, and lunch are provided.
- Shifts are from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday
- Carter Place is located on the corner of 23rd Ave and 24th Street, Edmonton
Habitat Edmonton had an amazing year in 2016! Our volunteers made homes available for 59 families across northern Alberta. Here is a list of our volunteers who reached milestones in 2016:
3 Years of Volunteer Service
Colin Campbell, Sam Kelly, Wayne Pendrak
5 Years of Volunteer Service
Debbie Plaisier, Judy Paynter, Marilee Minion, Ryan Gruzin
10 Years of Volunteer Service
Bill Webb, Max Vandersteen
20 Years of Volunteer Service
Special Contribution Awards
Bob Miller, Dave Taschuk, Hugh Wyatt, John MacMillan, John Renfree, Peter Johnston, Simon LaTulippe
Group Volunteer Award
Alberta Job Corps.
Chuck Ziegler ReStore Award of Excellence
Construction Award of Excellence
Global Village HopeBuilder Award
150+ Hours in 2016
Alain Ntatenza, Allan Radakovitch, Anne Broomfield, Bill Webb, Cathy Hubscher, Colin Campbell, Dave Taschuk,
David Wangler, Delia Dixon, Diane Pelletier, Don Neufeld, Ed Glodek, Edgar Wierstra, Eric Williams,
Gary Gordey, Gaston Van Den Bosch, Gerry Borle, Gerry White, Glenda Wyatt, Grant Sim, Hank Fast, Harry Jones,
Hugh Wyatt, Jim Matheson, Joe Biggeman, John Van Landeghem, John Boeve, John Kendall, John Renfree,
Judy Paynter, Karl Roessler, Ken Gabrielson, Kristian Arnault, Len Rivers, Lloyd Noga, Margolee Horn, Martin Gillis,
Max Vandersteen, Michael Turner, Michelle Machan, Mike DeLong, Mohamed Ali, Murray Cowan, Nathanael Smith,
Norm Krahn, Orest Myckan, Oryssia Lennie, Oscar Johnston, Patrick Robertson, Penny Radakovitch, Rick Delorme,
Ron Chowne, Roy van de Kamp, Sam Kelly, Sam Yurkiw, Ted McClung, Terry Chantler, Todd Baynham, Tom De Beyer,
Edmonton, AB – Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is proud to be a part of the 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project – Habitat for Humanity Canada’s biggest build project ever – to help build 150 homes for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.
The Carter Work Project will take place in over 40 communities, including Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, with former U.S. President and Mrs. Carter focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Habitat Edmonton is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Canada, Habitat International and the Carters to help bring this project to Canada by committing to building homes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan to help reach the goal of 150 homes. Thousands of volunteers will be helping to build alongside future Habitat homeowners right across the country, and Habitat Edmonton is excited to be a part of this Canada-wide project to bring affordable home ownership to more families in need.
“We are very privileged to host President and Mrs. Carter. We are grateful for their dedication to providing families with an opportunity to build a better life for their children,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We are also grateful for the many volunteers and donors whose commitment to Habitat’s mission has helped us empower families with strength, stability and independence.”
Habitat for Humanity has a long history of providing affordable housing. One in eight households do not have a decent and affordable place to call home in Edmonton. Every day thousands of families are forced to decide between paying rent or putting food on the table. Habitat’s model of affordable home ownership helps to change that.
People living in Habitat homes not only help to build their own houses, they also pay affordable mortgages geared to their income. Habitat for Humanity’s innovative approach helps low income working families break the cycle of poverty – decreasing their reliance on food banks and allowing families to move out of social housing which frees up space for those on waiting lists.
The 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is about neighbours helping neighbours. People will have an opportunity to get involved in their local community to help more families have a safe, affordable and decent place to live in.
To learn how you can get involved and support the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit www.hfh.org/carter.
About Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project
Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat, to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.
Carter Work Project Supporters
City of Edmonton
City of Fort Saskatchewan
Government of Alberta
Silver ($250,000 – $499,999)
Kristie Charitable Foundation
Canada ($150,000 – $249,999)
Bronze ($100,000 – $149,999)
All Weather Windows
Dow Chemical Canada
Winter, Bill & Paulette
Community Builder ($50,000 – $74,999)
Community Carpenter ($25,000 – $49,999)
Steel-Craft Door Products
About Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
Founded in 1991, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is a charitable organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. They mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Visit HFH.org for more information.
About Habitat for Humanity Canada In Canada
Habitat for Humanity Canada has been working since 1985 toward a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to live. With the help of over 70,000 volunteers every year and 56 local organizations from coast to coast to coast, our mission is to bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. Worldwide, more than 6.8 million people have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. For more information, visit habitat.ca.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
Edmonton, AB — For the second time, the incredibly generous Daytona Homes has handed over house keys to a fortunate and deserving family. Habiba and her son Abdul are moving into a townhome that is nestled in a beautiful development in Edmonton’s Ellerslie community. Daytona Homes pledged the home to Habitat during the sixth annual Habitat Day in the Capital Region.
“Moving into a new home, especially a first home, is something people never forget and I love that we can help make that happen for a Habitat family,” said Tally Hutchinson, President, Daytona Homes. “A house is the home base of everyone’s life, and it means a lot to me that Daytona Homes can help give a family the security of a home and get them started on their way to a very happy future. Being able to help out a deserving cause by sharing something we’ve worked so hard on definitely has a positive effect on everyone at Daytona. As a home builder, we believe it is our responsibility to help establish strong communities for families.”
Habitat homes are made possible by donors, volunteers and innovative partnerships. The Government of Alberta is a key partner of Habitat and has been a tremendous supporter of their sustainable home ownership program. Their support allows Habitat to provide more and more opportunities to hard working families.
“Housing is a basic human right and affordable housing does more than just provide families with a safe place to live,” said Rod Loyola, MLA for Edmonton – Ellerslie. “It provides essential opportunities that help pull people out of poverty and leads to an inclusive, beneficial participation in one’s community and society. It gives me great joy that we have organizations like Habitat for Humanity working to uphold this important human right.”
“The team at Daytona Homes is a great partner of Habitat for Humanity,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “This is the second home that Daytona has gifted to Habitat through the Habitat Day program, and the family receiving the keys will soon be stable, safe and self-reliant.”
Habitat relies on partnerships to serve families in need of affordable home ownership. Habitat homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their household income. Partner families must invest 500 hours of “sweat equity” as the down payment for their home – this is why we call our program a “hand up,” not a handout.
Cold Lake’s Habitat for Humanity committee celebrates the beginning of a promising future for local families.
Cold Lake, AB — Habitat for Humanity supporters and volunteers celebrated the beginning of a new Habitat for Humanity project in Cold Lake. The local Habitat committee, Mayor Craig Copeland and many community leaders used ceremonial shovels to officially kick off the construction of the single family home.
“Habitat is all about serving families. Yes, we build houses, but our real focus is providing families with an opportunity to provide a bright future for their children,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “When families have an opportunity to save for the future, they are able to thrive and allocate finances towards their children’s sports and music activities and higher education. They are able to set a solid financial foundation for their children and generations to come.”
Habitat is not a stranger to the community of Cold Lake. There are currently 22 Habitat homes serving deserving families in the community. The City has been a huge proponent of affordable housing and Habitat’s unique home ownership program.
“Our city council has always seen the importance of having a wide variety of housing options in Cold Lake and we cannot thank the supporters of this project enough for helping to make that happen,” City of Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland said. “Habitat for Humanity is building more than homes in Cold Lake: They are helping to build a strong, inclusive community.”
Habitat for Humanity homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. Partner families must invest 500 hours of “sweat equity” as the down payment for their home. These home ownership opportunities are not possible without the support of dedicated volunteers, donors, and community partners. Habitat relies on partnerships to serve families in need of adequate housing.
Major supporters of the Cold Lake build to date are the Lakeland Catholic School District, ATB, CNRL and Lafarge.