HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for second time in Hinton!

Hinton, AB — Friends of Habitat Edmonton Hinton (FOHEF) committee members and Hinton residents gathered at the future build site on Boutin Avenue to officially kick off the Habitat build by turning sod. This second Habitat build in Hinton will provide four families with the opportunity for a better life.

“Our government is committed to providing affordable housing to all Albertans, and we know that this can only be achieved through strong partnerships,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Greg Weadick. “We are proud to support the work of Habitat for Humanity and the Hinton committee in their united effort to meet the community’s housing needs and bring more home ownership to Alberta’s families.”

“Habitat for Humanity provides housing choice for residents in our community, as a possible first step for families to enter into home ownership,” Mayor Rob Mackin stated. “Hinton is a diverse community that works and builds together—and for me, this spirit is reflected in the time and effort that has gone into the Habitat homes in our town.”

FOHE-Hinton has been diligently preparing to bring more affordable home ownership opportunities to Hinton. The ground breaking denotes the beginning of what will be an exciting opportunity for four local families and for volunteers to join together in the spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour. bHabitat welcomes volunteers from beginners to professional tradespeople.

“The local Habitat committee is very excited that we’re building again in Hinton,” said Bill Bulger, Project Leader, FOHEH. “Volunteers are ready to get started with building homes for two families. Our greatest joy will be to give them keys to their own homes.”

Habitat homes are affordable because families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. However, these home ownership opportunities are not possible without the support of dedicated volunteers and donors. Habitat relies on partnerships to serve families in need of adequate housing and is thrilled that the Province of Alberta, Town of Hinton and many others are stepping up to make this build a success.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago that Habitat was in Hinton breaking ground for the first time,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO. “We are very proud to be working alongside the local Habitat committee as they bring lasting change to local families. We look forward to the day when construction begins, but more importantly, to the day when the four families open the doors to their homes for the first time.”

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat Edmonton wins three awards at National AGM.

Calgary, AB – A wonderful time of Yahooin’ and cowboy hats added a splendid touch to Habitat for Humanity Canada’s national Annual General Meeting, May 21-24. It was a great time for affiliate learning and networking as we all rallied together about the cause closest to our hearts – affordable home ownership.

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton is excited to announce that our affiliate received three awards thanks to the efforts of volunteers, donors, partner families and staff.

1) Outstanding International Contribution Award (Large Urban 541K+). This award recognizes an affiliate that goes above and beyond in their involvement in the International and Global Village programs.

2) Marketing and Communications Award. This award recognizes affiliates for their Marketing & Communications initiatives and accomplishments, strategic messaging, creativity, and exceptional results.

3) Safety, Health & Environment Award. This award recognizes affiliates for their commitment to going above and beyond to ensure that the work and volunteer environment is safe and healthy.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Generous home builders announce support of Habitat – five homes pledged to help capital region families.

Edmonton, AB — For the fifth consecutive year business leaders and dignitaries gathered to celebrate Habitat for Humanity’s work in the capital region. Christenson Developments, Landmark Group of Builders, Dolce Vita Homes, Sterling Homes in partnership with Qualico, and Tristate Signature Homes announced that they would each provide a home for the Habitat program.

“What makes a leader great is the ability to step beyond what is satisfactory to accomplish what is extraordinary,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Each of the home builders involved with Habitat Day has demonstrated the extraordinary. Each builder that has donated in 2014 has donated at least one home previously showing that they’re committed to reinvesting in the community.”

In 2010 the three Habitat Day pioneers, Christenson Developments, Landmark Group of Builders and Rohit Group of Companies, recognized how the Habitat program transformed families’ lives. Families pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 percent of their income, and each payment they build equity in their home. The Habitat Day luncheon has since blossomed with 24 homes donated through the annual campaign – these homes help parents to provide a bright future for their children.

To date, over $6 Million in assets has been gifted to the Habitat program through Habitat Day in the Capital Region.

Habitat’s home ownership program would not be possible without the support of dedicated donors and volunteers. The sustainable Habitat program is contingent upon forward-thinking community leaders and the participation of the community at large – including donors and volunteers. Habitat relies on partnerships to serve families in need of adequate housing and is thrilled that local home builders have made Habitat Day in the Capital Region a huge success! The builder partnership has been significant in helping Habitat Edmonton to become the largest affiliate in Canada.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: All Weather Windows holds 4th Annual Window Blitz in support of Habitat for Humanity.

Edmonton, AB – For the fourth consecutive year, the leaders of All Weather Windows (AWW) have mobilized their staff to volunteer a day to build windows for Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada. Staff at two plants – one in Edmonton and one in Mississauga – will provide windows for 40 Habitat homes: 20 in Western Canada and 20 in Central and Eastern Canada.

Lisa, a partner family with HFHE, expressed her gratitude. “The opportunity to partner with Habitat has changed my family in so many ways… I truly believe now that hard work does pay off and that there are such things as second chances and new starts. There are no words to explain how grateful we are to have this opportunity to partner with this amazing organization and to have this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“All Weather Windows has been a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, HFHE. “Habitat’s relationship with All Weather Windows began here in Edmonton and then blossomed into a relationship that has given a huge boost to Habitat affiliates across the country. Every Habitat affiliate and Habitat ReStore has been touched by the generosity of All Weather Windows. We’re so grateful to have such an amazing and generous corporate leader on the Habitat team.”

“All Weather Windows is a platinum national supporter of Habitat for Humanity and we are proud of our partnership,” said Henry Banman, Senior Vice President, All Weather Windows. “Our vision is to improve the lives of families, one family at a time. We want to thank our wonderful staff who are giving their time to build windows, volunteer on build-sites, and work at Habitat Restores across the country. We are grateful to our suppliers who also partner with us in this venture.”

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Grande Prairie students present ginormous cheque to Habitat for Humanity.

Beaverlodge, AB — It was a special day for the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools (GPDCS) and Habitat for Humanity Edmonton (HFHE) as students proudly presented a cheque for $126,000 to HFHE President Alfred Nikolai. The funds will be used to build Habitat homes for two families in Fairview, Alberta. The students began raising funds for Habitat in 2013.

“Habitat is very proud of these students for their hard work, commitment and the fun they had in raising funds for us,” said Alfred Nikolai. “It is very true that the spirit of neighbour-helping-neighbour is thriving in our children. It is exciting to see that they are socially conscious at such a young age. There is a promising future ahead for the communities of Grande Prairie, Fairview and Beaverlodge.”

The GPDCS students held a variety of activities to raise the funds. It is a testament to what children are capable of accomplishing when a need arises.

“What a tremendous gift and legacy to be able to share with all of students, staff and parents, that a dream that began over a year-and-a-half ago has now been fulfilled because we all have worked together and achieved this goal as a whole school community,” said Russ Snoble, Principal, St. Mary Catholic School, Beaverlodge. “God has richly blessed the efforts of us all and we are truly thankful to God and to one another that we have not only reached, but exceeded, our goal.”

The two Fairview families selected for the Habitat program will pay an interest-free mortgage that is never more than 25 per cent of their income. This will enable them to build equity in their home and provide them with greater disposable income.

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: All Weather Windows holds Canada-wide volunteer blitz in support of Habitat for Humanity.

Edmonton, AB – For the third consecutive year, the leaders of All Weather Windows (AWW) have mobilized their staff to volunteer a day to build windows for Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada. Staff at two plants – one in Edmonton and one in Mississauga – will provide windows for 40 Habitat homes: 20 in Western Canada and 20 in Central and Eastern Canada. Other AWW staff were onsite at Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s ReStore West location (16811 – 106 Ave) with a semi filled with donated windows for Habitat’s ReStore West. AWW were on hand to answer customer questions about window installation. And other AWW staff simultaneously volunteered at Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s Neufeld Landing, currently the largest Habitat build in Canadian history.

Loreana, a partner family with HFHE who will be moving into Neufeld Landing, expressed her gratitude to the AWW staff. “I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to thank each and every one of you. I know that there are many other things you could be doing on your day off, but you’ve chosen to volunteer your time,” said Loreana. “I want you to know that your generosity today has a lifelong effect on hundreds of families. You’re not only building windows for our houses – you’re helping to build the dreams of my family and so many other partner families.”

“All Weather Window has been a huge supporter of Habitat for Humanity,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, HFHE. “Habitat’s relationship with All Weather Windows began here in Edmonton and then blossomed into a relationship that has had a profound impact on Habitat affiliates from Vancouver to Halifax. Every Habitat affiliate and Habitat ReStore has been touched by All Weather Windows. We’re so grateful to have such an amazing and generous corporate leader on the Habitat team.”

“All Weather Windows is a national supporter of Habitat for Humanity and we’re proud of our partnership,” said Henry Banman, Senior Vice President, All Weather Windows. “Our vision is to change the lives of families – one family at a time. We are also very proud of our staff across the nation who are giving their time to build windows, volunteer on build site and work at Habitat Restores across the country.”

(Photos below: an AWW team in Saskatchewan wen to volunteer earlier in the week)

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HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Brookfield Residential donates new home to wonderful family with six boys.

Edmonton, AB – Bashir and Fouzia were grateful to receive a “hand up” from Brookfield Residential as they were presented keys to their beautiful Habitat home in Edmonton’s Edgemont community. The couple will now be able to provide a promising future for themselves and their six sons. The home was pledged by Brookfield Residential during the fourth annual Habitat Day in the Capital Region.

“Bashir, Fouzia and their boys are now able to plan their future instead of just dream about it,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “When a generous company like Brookfield commits strengthening the communities where they live and work, it causes a ripple effect that touches many, many people. Others begin to ask themselves, ‘How can we better our community? How can we make it a place where dreams are realized?’ This is the significance of what Brookfield has accomplished.”

The Government of Alberta has supported Habitat’s sustainable program for many years and continues to champion affordable housing across Alberta.

“Making sure families can obtain affordable housing is a top priority for our government, which has proudly supported Habitat for Humanity to build nearly 600 home across the province,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Ken Hughes. “We rely on strong partnerships to support our affordable housing programs, and Habitat for Humanity and Brookfield Residential are to be congratulated for strengthening the Edgemont community and bringing home ownership to this family.”

Brookfield Residential has demonstrated the importance of giving back to the community in a way that will benefit families and communities years down the road.

“Brookfield Residential is honoured to have been part of providing Bashir, Fouzia and their beautiful boys with a new Habitat home. At Brookfield, our company believes in the spirit of community. We are very proud of our employees’ hard work in creating a place for Bashir and Fouzia to raise their family, and lead a happy, healthy life,” said Louise Gibson, Vice President, Operations, Brookfield Residential. “We would like to congratulate everyone involved in this project for making Edmonton one of the best cities to call home.”

Habitat for Humanity is grateful to Brookfield Residential for investing in the lives of families through the Habitat program. Their contribution will provide ongoing stability, equity and hope for a family. Since Habitat homes remain in the affordable housing pool, if a family decides to move on, the house is sold back to Habitat and another well-deserving family will be served. Brookfield’s contribution will serve families for years down the road.