Grande Prairie girl is runner-up in Meaning of Home contest.

Julia from Grande Prairie was selected as a runner-up of Genworth Canada‘s Meaning of Home contest! She wrote about what “home” means in her piece entitled “Home is where the Heart is” (you can read it in the photo below). Julia chose Habitat Edmonton as the recipient of a $5,000 grant (Habitat Edmonton builds in Grande Prairie), and enjoyed a Pizza Party today with her classmates!
 
Thanks very much Julia, and congratulations!

The 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project is now complete!

A special thank you to all of the participants of the 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project! We had 19 different faith communities participate, and volunteers gave a total of 433 volunteer shifts! WOW! We’re so incredibly thankful.

Below are a few photos of the ceremony – and we look forward to joining hands with you throughout the summer and into the 9th Annual Interfaith Works Project!

 

Six families in Edmonton become homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity and supporters.

CARTER PLACE, EDMONTON – Six families received keys to their Habitat homes at Carter Place, a Habitat development in Edmonton’s Laurel community. Habitat’s newest homeowners will join the 33 families already at home in the development and will be paying an affordable mortgage, with payments that do not exceed 25 percent of their income. Carter Place was named in honour of former US President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, who visited to help with the build in 2017.

“Spring is the perfect season for our partner families to move into their Habitat home,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat Edmonton. “Springtime is full of new beginnings, and today it is a new beginning for our families who are starting a new chapter in their lives. Each of our families receiving a key today has worked hard to become a homeowner by contributing 500 hours on a build site or in a ReStore.”

The Government of Alberta has been a supporter of Habitat Edmonton’s work in the province and was a supporter of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, and have supported Habitat Edmonton since 2005.

“I am so happy for the families receiving the keys to their new homes today,” said the Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “This celebration is an example of Albertans’ can-do spirit and what’s possible when government supports civil society organizations to make life better for all of us. Welcome home!”

The City of Edmonton continues to support Habitat Edmonton’s work for local families and was also a supporter of the Carter Work Project and Mayor Iveson, City Councillors and staff built alongside families.

“Safe, affordable housing is a critical need and everyone deserves a place to call home,” said Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton. “These additions to Carter Place welcome hard working families who can now call the community home and I’m so pleased that the Edmonton Metro Region was part of making that a reality for them.”

Habitat Edmonton thanks everyone involved in helping local families achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The major donors towards these six homes were:

  • Alberta Forest Products Association
  • Bill & Paulette Winter
  • City of Edmonton
  • Dentons Canada LLP
  • The Fargey Family
  • Florform Countertops
  • Government of Alberta
  • Insight Insurance


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Volunteer Appreciation Night – Recognizing the Accomplishments of 2018

What an amazing night! Our volunteers are incredible and we are blessed that they continue to choose to spend their time with Habitat for Humanity. Below are the awards and some photos from the night.

150+ Hours of Service in 2018

These awards were presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors) and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipients: Allan Byer, Bernie Gerbrandt, Bob Atlee, Bruno Enderlin, Calvin Byers, Candace Callaway, Clark Bertagnolli, Cynthia Davis, Darrell Gagne, Dave Taschuk, David DeLisle, David Wangler, Don Neufeld, Edgar Wierstra, Elaine Wagner, Fred Coffey, Gary Gordey, Gaston Van Den Bosch, Gerry Borle, Glenda Wyatt, Grant Halliday, Hank Fast, Hillary Harrison, Horst Depner, Ian MacDonald, Jack McLean, Jack John Lee, Jerry Derejko, Jim Matheson, Jim  Lesjak, Joe Biggeman, John Renfree, John Kendall, Judy Paynter, Kathryn Morris, Kristian  Arnault, Lina Liew, Margolee Horn, Mariam Djalili, Marjorie Keay, Marty Clark, Merle Morrisseau, Mike DeLong, Neil Calhoun, Neil Watkins, Norm Krahn, Orest Myckan, Oryssia Lennie, Oscar Johnston, Patrick Robertson, Peter Mickelsen, Peter Malcolm, Peter Johnston, Rick Delorme, Rizal Vega, Robert Lloyd, Ron Leaf, Ryan Caruso, Sam Yurkiw, Sheila Scrutton, Spencer Potts, Steve Waite, Ted McClung, Terry Chantler, Tom De Beyer, Wayne Hawker, and Yaseen El-Hakim.

3-Years of Volunteer Service

These awards were presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors) and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipients: Gary Gordey, Joe Biggeman, and Janet Yoneda (Laurie Watson and Ryan Caruso in absentia).

 

5-Years of Volunteer Service

Recipients: Karl Roessler, and Mariam Djalili (Sam Kelly in absentia).

10-Years of Volunteer Service

These awards were presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors) and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipients: Terry Chantler and Neil Watkins

Special Contribution Awards

The award was presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors), and Kristian Arnault (Construction Manager), and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipient: Nisha Handa.

Nisha began in May of 2018 at the Carter Place build site. She volunteers every Friday and has welcomed literally hundreds of new volunteers, helping them to feel welcome, find their gear and get signed in. Nisha is always friendly and full of positive energy. She helps everything run smoothly – from getting the volunteers ready in time for orientation, to helping them to navigate those complicated vests to help the site staff start their day smoothly.

The award was presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors), Lynn-Marie MacDonald (Lunch Coordinator), and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipient: Minchau Childcare & Out of School Care.

Once a month, Minchau Childcare and Out of School Care hold a staff team-building event to make lunch for our volunteers. For the past nine months, the people from Minchau have come once a month, quietly dropping off a delicious meal for everyone and then leaving. They’ve left an impression because I have heard specifically from people how much they have enjoyed their meal.

 

Group Volunteer Award

The award was presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors), ReStore Managers, and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipient: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

LDS has been involved with Habitat for the past five years and they have made an extraordinary contributions, specifically at our Restores. These young people come with a heart to serve. They bring laughter, they bring enthusiasm, and they work hard.  LDS has sent nearly 300 people to help us since 2013 and these volunteers generally volunteer several times. Every week 28 young people come out to volunteer for ReStore for a half day. They are organized so that each store gets four full shifts of volunteers.

 

The Chuck Ziegler ReStore Award of Excellence

(The award is named in memory of Chuck Ziegler, a longtime ReStore volunteer who exemplified excellence in volunteerism at the ReStore).

The award was presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors), Chris Gibson (Director of ReStore Operations), and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipient: Horst Depner.

Horst was instrumental in helping start the first ReStore in Edmonton, and then envision a larger location. He had the vision to acquire our current property and was able to negotiate trading the former ReStore and obtaining a significant donation to help make that happen. Horst became the project manager at 8210 Yellowhead Trail (Habitat Centre). 

Horst has a long history with Habitat and was instrumental in setting up the north AND the east ReStores. He is now a regular volunteer at ReStore South, and specializes in fixing all things electrical and electronic (and has contributed nearly 400 hours at the store!). We are very pleased that Horst Depner has received the Chuck Ziegler ReStore Award of Excellence!

 

 

The Construction Award of Excellence

Recipient: John Kendall (in absentia).

John has a great work ethic, is humorous, always smiling, and knowledgeable. He is a crew leader who began volunteering with Habitat in 2011. Since that time John has contributed over 2,400 hours. He is fast and accurate framer who leads crews in our Prefab Shop. John is an ambassador for Habitat, and he has a tremendous amount of patience – he takes the time to teach new volunteers how to perform tasks properly and safely. We are so pleased that John has received our Construction Award of Excellence.

 

The Don Neufeld Outstanding Volunteer Award

The award was presented by Chris Bruce (Vice Chair, Board of Directors), Don Neufeld (award namesake), and Karen Stone (President & CEO).

Recipient: Oryssia Lennie.

Oryssia is humble, yet she has a long list of accomplishments, honours, and awards (such as the Order of Canada). She is strategic and compassionate; a leader who has shared her wisdom and expertise to a wide array of boards. In 2012, we were extremely fortunate to have Oryssia join our Board of Directors. Her contributions helped Habitat grow to be the largest Habitat in Canada.

Oryssia was Chair of Habitat Edmonton’s board of directors from 2016 to 2018, and she was instrumental in setting the stage for the future – including the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Work Project. During her 7 year tenure on the board, there were very few Habitat events that Oryssia had to miss – she is very dedicated to Habitat’s mission and took every opportunity to share Habitat with others and to ensure that they understood how our program works. We are very pleased that Oryssia is the recipient of the Don Neufeld Outstanding Volunteer Award. 

Slave Lake family receives opportunity of a lifetime!

SLAVE LAKE, ALBERTA – A local family of four received keys to their newly built Habitat for Humanity home in Slave Lake. This home is the fourth home built to help local families. The new homeowners, Blessing, Florence, and their children, are grateful for the opportunity to have a fresh start and to build equity with every mortgage payment.

The Town of Slave Lake has been a tremendous supporter of Habitat since the charity began serving families in the town in 2013.

“Seeing a deserving family move into the fourth Habitat home in Slave Lake is such a rewarding experience for our community, and we are so excited for this family,” said Tyler Warman, Mayor of Slave Lake. “To know that our community is working hard to find ways to provide housing for all our citizens is something to be celebrated.”

The Slave Lake build came under the guidance of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

“We are so blessed to be able to help our fourth family in Slave Lake,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO. “We know that this Habitat home will be a place where Blessing, Florence and their children can make lasting memories and benefit tremendously from the stability of an affordable mortgage.”

Habitat families purchase the home from Habitat with a down payment of 500 sweat equity hours. Their mortgage payments never exceed 25 percent of their gross household income.

 

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Qualico announces their support of Habitat for Humanity by donating a house in the community of Devon to the Habitat program through the Habitat Day in the Capital Region initiative.

EDMONTON – For the ninth year a local home builder has announced their support of the Habitat program and donated a home to Habitat for Humanity. Qualico, in partnership with Pacesetter Homes, is donating a home in the community of Devon. Since the inception of Habitat Day in 2010, there have been 33 homes donated to the Habitat program.

“Habitat relies on the generosity and innovativeness of forward-thinking community leaders like those at Qualico and other local home builders and developers,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “It’s truly amazing that 33 homes have been donated through the Habitat Day initiative. Habitat is truly grateful for our partnership with our home builders and developers.”

This year Qualico has stepped up to help a family achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. Their donated home will be the first Habitat home in the community of Devon.

“Qualico is proud to sponsor Habitat Day in the Capital Region,” said Shane Erickson, Regional Vice President, Northern Alberta, Qualico. “Over the years we have experienced first-hand the tremendous impact Habitat for Humanity has had on so many families. In addition to the satisfaction we glean from presenting a family with keys to the home they help build, our employees take great pride from working alongside the benefiting families and many generous trades and suppliers who participate in constructing these homes. Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization to partner with, and we are privileged to be able to host Habitat Day for 2019.”

Habitat also wishes to thank the Leduc Regional Housing Foundation for their support of the Habitat Day initiative.

Habitat’s home ownership program would not be possible without strong community partners like Qualico. Habitat is grateful for the business leaders in the capital region who have spearheaded and sustained the Habitat Day initiative since 2010. The home builder community has been an integral part of Habitat’s success and has played a significant role in helping Habitat Edmonton become the largest Habitat affiliate in Canada.

 

Final Dedication Ceremony in Fort Saskatchewan: families receive keys to their homes as Habitat for Humanity completes the 16 home build that was part of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – The 16-home Habitat for Humanity build that was started in 2017 as part of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project has now been completed. Habitat supporters celebrated alongside the families who received keys to their homes on Canyon Road. Over 1,600 volunteers spent a combined total of 31,550+ hours on the 16 homes. The new homeowners will pay affordable mortgages with payments tailored to their income and that will never exceed 25 percent of their household income.

“We are thrilled to be completing the build here in Fort Saskatchewan,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “The community has banded together to help their fellow citizens attain affordable home ownership, and they should be proud of what they have accomplished over the course of this project.”

The first Habitat build in the Fort was completed in 2008, and since that time, Habitat has served 39 families in the community. Under the leadership of Mayor Gale Katchur, the City of Fort Saskatchewan has been a tremendously supportive partner of Habitat and proponent of affordable home ownership.

“The City of Fort Saskatchewan is thrilled to see these final few homes from the Carter Build finally finished and going to local families,” said Mayor Gale Katchur. “We are happy to have worked with Habitat for Humanity on this build and look forward to many more years of positive collaboration.”

Habitat for Humanity thanks everyone involved in helping families gain access to affordable home ownership. The key presenters for these homes were Dow Chemical Canada, End of the Roll, and Qualico.

We kicked off the 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project!

On March 5th, we kicked off the 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project at ReStore South. The project runs from March 5th until June 5th. We are empowering local faith communities to recruit 600 volunteers to help us build homes and volunteer in our Prefab Shop and in our ReStores. The Kick Off was an absolute blast and Habitat is thankful for all who were involved.

 

Four families receive keys to their Habitat for Humanity homes – only four homes left in 16 home Habitat development.

FORT SASKATCHEWAN (Oct. 18, 2018) – Four local families had been working hard over the past year and a half to earn the keys to their new Habitat homes. The families each put in 500 hours of sweat equity and will be paying an interest-free mortgage to Habitat with payments no more than 25 percent of their household income. The Habitat mortgage affords the families more disposable income for building a brighter future for their children.

“It’s encouraging to see how the community has rallied around this project,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “Each family is now in a position to build equity with each mortgage payment they make. They no longer need to decide between paying the rent and buying winter clothing for their children. This is a huge win for the community as a whole.”

The Government of Alberta began partnering with Habitat in 2006 and continues to work toward a province where everyone has a safe and decent place to call home.

“I am proud of our government’s support for the Habitat for Humanity Carter Build,” said the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “Providing safe, affordable housing for those who need it is part of creating an economy that works for everyone. To the four families who are moving in today: welcome home.”

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has 25 Habitat homes serving families in the community.

“It’s a pleasure to celebrate the dedication of four more homes from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Habitat for Humanity build,” said Mayor Gale Katchur, City of Fort Saskatchewan. “On behalf of the community, it is truly a joy to see so many more people getting the hand up that they need and deserve.”

Habitat for Humanity thanks everyone involved in helping families gain access to affordable home ownership. The key presenters for these homes were Canadian Tire, Shell Canada, REALTORS® Community Foundation, and ladies who participated in Habitat’s 2018 Women Build.

 

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Local family receives keys to Habitat for Humanity home – the third family to benefit from the Habitat program in the community.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE – Dave, Stephanie, and their children proudly received keys to their Habitat home in Rocky Mountain House. The home ownership opportunity was made possible by a strong local committee, volunteers, donors and a generous donation by the Cote family in memory of the late Honourable W. Helen Hunley. The local Habitat committee spearheaded the fundraising for the home on 53A Avenue that was renovated by local volunteers.

“It’s been a very rewarding experience to mobilize volunteers and donors to raise funds and complete this home renovation,” said Clark Bertagnolli, Project Leader, Friends of Habitat Edmonton – Rocky Mountain House. “What’s even more rewarding is that a local family now has a bright future ahead of them.”

The project in Rocky Mountain House was completed by local volunteers and a local committee, and is overseen by Habitat for Humanity Edmonton.

“All of us at Habitat are delighted to celebrate alongside Dave, Stephanie, and their children, as well as the local Habitat committee here in Rocky, who have done an incredible job of engaging the community to renovate this home,” said Karen Stone, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We are so grateful to them for addressing the need for affordable home ownership in their community, and helping us to ensure that families can succeed.”

The Town of Rocky Mountain House has been a supporter of Habitat’s work in the community.

“Families are the heart of our community,” said Mayor Tammy Burke. “On behalf of the entire Rocky Mountain House town council, I am thrilled to welcome the family to their new home and thank Habitat for Humanity for its ongoing presence in our community as a partner in providing safe, affordable housing for our residents.”

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton thanks each and every member who has served on the Rocky Mountain House committee for their leadership and commitment to helping families achieve strength, stability, and independence in Rocky Mountain House.

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