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 march 2017 edition

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Dear Friends, 

As the weather is warming up, we're working on seven homes, including six in Siler City - two on North Chatham Avenue, three on East Ninth Street, and one remodel in the Westmont Neighborhood. The last home is another remodel on Acorn Park Lane in Pittsboro, which we just dedicated last week. 

We had a great fundraiser in Siler City this month, we've had students from five universities spend their Spring Break with us, and we're getting ready for a three-in-one home dedication this weekend. We're marching into Spring, and doing our best to keep building safe, healthy, affordable homes in Chatham County. 

We have some exciting new events coming up this Spring, so be sure to read on to make sure you don't miss anything!

Gratefully,
your friends at Chatham Habitat 
House #124 
House #124 is almost done! Volunteers are working on final touch ups and we're close to getting a Certificate of Occupancy on this house so that we can move toward closing. This house is located next to House #125 on North Chatham Avenue in Siler City. This is one of the homes that we will be dedicating on Saturday, March 25th at 11:30am.
House #125
House #125 is a little bit behind #124. This week, volunteers are installing appliances and finishing up trim work and the porch railings. This is the second of the homes that we'll be dedicating on Saturday, March 25th at 11:30am. 
House #127
Thanks to the Collegiate Challenge groups that we've had here this month, House #127 has gone from a foundation to a fully framed house. This week, volunteers are finishing up framing on the porch, and will be ready for the roof soon! This house is located on East Ninth Street in Siler City, alongside houses #128 and #129.
House #128
House #128 has also made huge progress this month. Volunteers this week are working on interior framing, and will be ready for roof trusses in the next few days. This house is on the same 2 acre piece of property as #127 and #129.
House #129
House #129 is the third house on East Ninth Street, and right now, it's not much to look at. But, later this Spring, we'll have this one framed like its neighbors. 
Westmont Remodel
In Siler City's Westmont neighborhood, we're working on remodeling a four bedroom home. We bought this house back from its former owner so that they could move for a new job. When possible, we try to buy back Habitat houses so that we can renovate them and sell them to another family who needs a safe, healthy, affordable home. This week, volunteers are working on touching up the interior paint and doing some major landscaping. This is the third house that we'll dedicate on Saturday, March 25th at 11:30am - it's on Westmont Drive, right around the corner from North Chatham Avenue. 
Acorn Park Lane Remodel
The last of the seven houses that we're currently working on is on Acorn Park Lane in Pittsboro. We also bought this home back from its original owner, who moved up north to be closer to her family. This is a sweet little two bedroom home which will now be home to Mary Anna Harris. We dedicated this home just last week (read more below)!
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Every year, we host college students from across the country who want to spend their Spring Break working on our job sites! This year, our students were hosted at Tyson's Creek Church in Bear Creek and at Camp Royall in Moncure. 

We welcomed students from Boston College, DeSales University, the University of Illinois, Hamilton College, and Endicott College, all of whom helped us move our construction schedule forward. Here are some photos of these great students. 
We couldn't do Collegiate Challenge every year without the help of our board members, volunteers, local churches, and community partners. Please take a moment to look over our Special Thanks section at the end of the newsletter!
Springtime is a great season for dedications! We just dedicated Mary Anna Harris' home on Acorn Park Lane in Pittsboro last week, and on Saturday, March 25th at 11:30, we're dedicating three homes in Siler City! 

If you'd like to see the three Siler City homes be dedicated, join us on Westmont Drive in Siler City at 11:30am (we'll walk to the other two homes). 
We brought our fundraising activities to the West Chatham Senior Center Thursday, March 9, for the Raise the Roof with the Band of Oz Event with a shag dancing theme featuring the Carolina's favorite beach group. The standing room only crowd - numbered at nearly 250 - enjoyed a buffet laden with Southern fried chicken, barbecue, slaw, fruit, vegetables, cheese, and sweets followed by a night of shag dancing to the music of the Band of Oz. Sponsors for the event were Raymond and Renata Morgan of Siler City’s Crossroads Grill.

WNCA’s Barry Hayes began the festivities with a welcome to those seated around the dance floor and then introduced Mayor John Grimes, who introduced his special guest, Sylvia Hatchell, UNC women’s basketball coach. The mayor and his wife Cecilia then took to the floor and danced the first dance and were soon surrounded by other dancing couples. The evening found the dance floor always full, with enthusiasts ranging from age 6 to age 89 dancing the night away. 

Encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response to the event, we hope to make this dance an annual event!
Twenty five teams of four will compete for the title of Champion Speller in this low-pressure competition. Teams can enter the competition for $100. Spectators are welcome - there's no admission fee.
Click Here to Register Your Team for the Spelling Bee!
Click Here to Register for the No Show 5K Today!
Click Here to Let Us Know You're Coming!
To you, and all our donors, volunteers, and supporters.

Also:

Regular Weekday Construction Volunteers (pictured below in their new hats)
Care-A-Vanners
HFHI Collegiate Challenge Program
Boston College
DeSales University
Hamilton College
Endicott College
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity from the University of Illinois
Anna DeConti (board member, collegiate challenge and landscaping volunteer extraordinaire - pictured below with her Landscaping Crew)
Landscaping Crew
Tyson's Creek Church in Bear Creek
Camp Royall
Siler City Presbyterian Church
Siler City Community Baptist Church
Siler City First Baptist Church
Governors Club
Siler City First United Methodist Church

To the following churches, partners in this year's Apostle Build:
Pittsboro United Methodist Church
Brush Creek Baptist Church
First Baptist Church Siler City (pictured below with Mechelle Thompson)
First Missionary Baptist Church of Pittsboro
Rocky River Baptist Church
Christ United Methodist Church
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
Union Grove AME Zion Church
St. Julia Parish
Word of Life Christian Outreach Center
Brown's Chapel United Methodist Church
Healing Waters Christian Fellowship, Inc.
First United Methodist Church, Siler City
Healing Waters Christian Fellowship, Inc.
Hanks Chapel Church
Corinth AME Zion
Wednesday Regulars in their new hats!
Thursday Regulars got new hats, too!
Anna DeConti (second from left) with the All-Star Landscaping Crew
Mechelle Thomson accepting an Apostle Build contribution from Tony Capehart, pastor of First Baptist Church in Siler City
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