Cold Lake family receives keys to a new Habitat home constructed by local volunteers.

COLD LAKE, ALBERTA (Feb. 20, 2018) – A local family of four received keys to their newly built Habitat for Humanity home in Cold Lake. The local Habitat committee has worked tirelessly to prepare the home for Jumboy, Jennifer, and their two children.

Andrea Sandmaier, Project Co-Leader, expressed the committee’s enthusiasm:

“The Cold Lake Habitat for Humanity committee is extremely excited to be handing over the keys to a well deserving family. This house was built with love, laughs and hundreds of volunteer hours, which we are so thankful for. We are all very honoured to be a part of such a meaningful initiative in Cold Lake.”

Support from the Government of Alberta has been strong for many years.

“Our government is proud to contribute to 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- and to the families who are starting a new life today, welcome home.”

The City of Cold Lake has been a tremendous support to Habitat since the charity began serving families in 2013.

“Affordable housing solutions are a big challenge in smaller, rural centers,” said Mayor Craig Copeland, City of Cold Lake. “Habitat for Humanity has been a key supporter as our city council has worked to help encourage a mix of housing options for people of all income levels. Access to affordable housing is a key component to the livability of any community and Habitat for Humanity has helped us take a big step towards our goal of meeting the housing needs in Cold Lake.”

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

“We are so blessed to have such an incredible group of volunteers in Cold Lake,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO. “The committee has built a home where Jumboy, Jennifer and their children have a firm foundation, and they have the stability of an affordable mortgage for an affordable home.”

Habitat families purchase the home from Habitat with a down payment of 500 sweat equity hours. They pay an interest-free mortgage with payments that never exceed 25 percent of the family’s gross household income.

Sixteen parents and 38 children receive keys to Habitat homes constructed during the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

CARTER PLACE, EDMONTON (Dec. 21, 2017) – Nine families proudly received the keys to their new Habitat homes that were part of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Carter were on site in July to help families build their own homes. President and Mrs. Carter spent time building homes at the Carter Place build site, which was named in their honour.

During a press conference this past July, president Carter said, “When we get through with this build here, we’ll look back and say, ‘This was one of the best we ever had. It’s because the people in Edmonton work so hard to make Habitat a success, whether we’re here or not.’”

When Carter Place is completed there will be 58 families with nearly 200 children living there. The project has been a tremendous undertaking, but the outpouring of support by volunteers and donors alike was like nothing Habitat Edmonton had ever seen. “The support for this build has been incredible,” said Alfred Nikolai, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “It’s rewarding to know that nine families will be in their new homes to celebrate the holiday season.”

The Government of Alberta was a Platinum Supporter of the 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Their support has helped to set 75 Alberta families on the road to affordable home ownership. The government’s ongoing support allows Habitat to make generational change happen for local families.

“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.”

The City of Edmonton has been a supporter of Habitat Edmonton for many years and was also a Platinum Supporter of the Carter Work Project. The City continues to support Habitat’s sustainable and affordable home ownership program. Mayor Iveson, many City Councillors, and City staff worked to build alongside families during the Carter Work Project and saw firsthand the impact the Habitat program has on families.

“Our vision for an uplifting and inclusive city depends on safe, affordable housing as a cornerstone,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Today’s dedication of these nine homes helps us achieve this vision but more importantly, it helps the families living in them feel part of a community that cares.”

Habitat Edmonton thanks everyone involved in helping local families achieve strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. The key presenters of these nine homes were Dow Chemical Canada, Lafarge Canada, Oilers Community Foundation, Qualico, Floform Countertops, The Kristie Charitable Foundation, Stantec, TELUS, and All Weather Windows.

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

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

HfH Edmonton’s Blog: Habitat for Humanity Edmonton to participate in Carter Work Project

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)
Floform Countertops
Kristie Charitable Foundation
Stantec
Qualico

Canada ($150,000 – $249,999)
Beaver Plastics
Lafarge

Bronze ($100,000 – $149,999)
All Weather Windows
Dow Chemical Canada
Enbridge
Fargey, James
TELUS
Winter, Bill & Paulette

Community Builder ($50,000 – $74,999)
CMHC
Raywalt Construction

Community Carpenter ($25,000 – $49,999)
Jatec
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.