Six families celebrate newfound home ownership of Habitat for Humanity homes built during the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN (Dec. 14, 2017) – Six local families were delighted to receive keys to their new Habitat homes in Fort Saskatchewan. The homes were constructed as part of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, a weeklong summer event that saw 75 homes under construction in the Edmonton area and another 75 across Canada. The new homeowner families have built their homes alongside local and international volunteers over the summer and into the fall.

“We have been building 16 homes in the Fort and we’re very proud that six families have their new homes before the holidays,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “There has been a lot of energy at this build site and it’s evidenced in part by the completed homes, but more so by the faces of parents, children, and the volunteers and donors who have made this build happen. It’s a good day to be part of Habitat.”

The Government of Alberta continues to address the issue of access to affordable home ownership. They have partnered with Habitat to make these Fort Saskatchewan homes a reality.

“Our government is grateful to invest in this important project that is making life better for Albertans,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “We share Habitat for Humanity’s belief that everyone should have a safe and affordable place to call home. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and staff who contributed to this transformative initiative.”

There are now 18 completed Habitat homes in the community of Fort Saskatchewan that are giving a much needed boost to local families. The City of Fort Saskatchewan has displayed leadership in affordable housing accessibility by supporting the Habitat project.

“It’s wonderful to see these families moving into their new homes after months of hard work,” said Mayor Gale Katchur, City of Fort Saskatchewan. “These Carter Project homes are a great news story not only for these families, but also for the City of Fort Saskatchewan and other local families who may soon get their own hand up. It was a joy to work on these homes, and we thank Habitat for Humanity for seeing a future in our community.”

Habitat Edmonton thanks everyone involved in helping local families achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The key presenters of these six homes were Dow Chemical Canada, Schneider Electric, CGC, Hunter Douglas, Owens Corning, and The Home Depot.

ROHIT Communities presents first key of Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project to a family in Edmonton.

EDMONTON (Oct. 23, 2017) – Smiles abounded as Jenna and her daughter Anabelle received keys to their Habitat home, the 75th home of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. In July, thousands of volunteers worked on 74 homes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, the remaining home built and donated by local homebuilder ROHIT Communities – their third donated home since 2011.

“Our team is excited to partner with the Habitat team once again,” said Rohit Gupta, President of Rohit Group. “We had a great opportunity to get our hands dirty earlier this year at the Carter Work Project, a true testament to the human spirit of giving with thousands of volunteers across Canada. Working with Habitat gives us the opportunity to eliminate poverty in our community, our Edmonton. It is Habitat’s hard work every day that ensures that our peers in the community have the opportunity at a bright future.”

“We are so pleased and proud to be part of a community with such generous people,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “I want to commend the leadership at ROHIT and all the staff who made it possible to present Jenna and Anabelle with an opportunity to change their future.”

The Government of Alberta has been a strong supporter of Habitat since 2005, and has made it possible for many Albertans to access affordable home ownership through the Habitat program.

“I am honoured to participate in this important Habitat for Humanity event,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister for Seniors and Housing. “Our government is working every day to make life better for Albertans with our Affordable Housing Strategy and commitment to strengthening the public services families count on. To all the families who are joining a new neighbourhood today- welcome home!”

Habitat thanks to everyone involved in helping Jenna and Anabelle achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership.

ReStore’s New Donation Pick Up Schedule (outside Edmonton)

In October 2017, ReStore is changing their donation pick up schedule for a few communities outside of Edmonton. Please note the following changes:

  • Devon/Nisku/Leduc: donations pick ups will happen on the last Saturday of the month (starting in October 2017)
  • Beaumont: donations pick ups will happen on the second Saturday of the month (starting in October 2017)
  • Morinville: donations pick ups will happen on the third Saturday of the month (starting in October 2017) 

Please note that all dates are subject to change in the event of a long weekend or other circumstances.

 

Questions can be directed to:

Shari Tymo
Donations & Distribution Manager
(780) 479-3566 x 242
stymo@hfh.org

Great Video from the 2017 Carter Work Project!

Interfaith Works Project Wraps Up!

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
Millwoods Assembly
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
Evangel Assembly
Christ Church 
St. Anthony’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Thanks to the group who worked to coordinate the Wrap Up Event:

Fraser Williamson
Rabbinat Batya Friedman
Pastor Wayne McNeilly
Mike Van Boom
Sofia Yaqub

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!

 

                                                     

 

*Urgent* – More Volunteer Help Needed!

We need 300 more volunteers in both April and May at our Carter Place build, located in south Edmonton

No experience necessary!

Opportunities

  • 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.

To set up a group shift: please contact Megan at mstannard@hfh.org or (780) 451-3416 x 237. More information about group volunteering is available at HFH.org.

Other ways to help

  • Provide a lunch for our dedicated volunteers.

Contact Karen (780) 451-3416 x 236, klofstrand@hfh.org

  • Forward this information to a group who may want to volunteer (e.g. faith community, human resources, service club, etc.)

FAQs

 Everyone welcome – beginners to trades people

  1. We provide safety orientation, supervision, and hands-on training.
  2. All tools, equipment, and lunch are provided.
  3. Shifts are from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday
  4. Carter Place is located on the corner of 23rd Ave and 24th Street, Edmonton

 

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Volunteer Appreciation 2016

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
Don Neufeld

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
Gerry Borle

Construction Award of Excellence
Max Vandersteen

Global Village HopeBuilder Award
Jim Matheson

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,
Wayne Hawker