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 january 2017 edition

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Dear Friends, 

2017 is off to a great start here at Chatham Habitat - we're still building on North Chatham Avenue in Siler City, working on two remodels - one on Westmont Drive in Siler City, and another on Acorn Park Lane in Pittsboro. Luckily, the weather (with the exception of a few days) has been fairly mild, and we've been able to keep up the pace this winter - even hosting some special groups this month.

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

Gratefully,
your friends at Chatham Habitat 

We built a house!
 
The end of year push for our annual campaign is a huge part of our annual fundraising - and this year, we set a goal to raise $80,000 - enough to build one Habitat home. Thanks to your support, and the support of donors like you, we raised $89,360! 

Together we will change a family's life forever - studies show that children of homeowners are more likely to graduate from high school, go to college, and eventually become homeowners themselves. To all of you who offered your financial support--we are so grateful. It's because of your generosity that we will be able to help more families own safe, healthy, affordable homes this year and for many years to come. 

If you're still feeling warm and fuzzy, and would still like to donate to our annual campaign to build 6 homes in 2017, you can also make a safe, secure donation online right now by clicking HERE.You can also mail a check to P.O. Box 883, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or give us call at 919-542-0794 anytime. 
House #124 
Over in Siler City, house #124 is really coming together! We are currently working on tile grouting and sealing, trim work, and final painting inside, and finish up siding and soffit outside. We're looking forward to a late March or early April dedication for this home and its neighbor - so stay tuned! You won't want to miss these homes when they're done!
House #125
House #125 is a little behind #124 - we are finishing up the metal roof, and working primarily on siding. In the next few weeks, this house will catch up, and we can't wait to see the finished product. 
Come help us build!

No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and have
fun giving back. Call (919) 542-0794 to sign up!
Casey Mann with the Chatham Record was kind enough to join us on site on this special day, and she wrote such a wonderful summary of the day, we've reproduced it here in full. 

Duke Energy, Galloway Ridge
partner with Habitat for MLK Service Day 
By Casey Mann, published in the Chatham Record on January 19, 2017
 


Volunteers from Duke Energy, Galloway Ridge, and Charah teamed up with Chatham Habitat for Humanity to work on several homes in Siler City.

The event was spearheaded by Pat Richardson, Director of Communications & Community Relations for Galloway Ridge, and Indira Everett, Duke Energy's Government & Community Relations Manager for our region. The event was part of an MLK Day of Service through Duke Energy's philanthropic arm, the Duke Energy Foundation. 

Two homes on North Chatham Avenue are nearing completion, and representatives from Galloway Ridge were caulking, painting, and doing other interior work. On Fifth Avenue, Duke and Charah volunteers laid a foundation for the first home at what Habitat calls the Womble Property. That property is a two acre piece of land that will eventually hold eight Habitat homes. 

"We are really excited about the Womble property. That will be Habitat's work in Siler City for the near future," Jerry Wharton [sic], Habitat for Humanity's Executive Director said. 

Many of the volunteers noted how happy they were to be working on Habitat homes for the event. 

"I enjoy giving back to the community. I am thankful that Galloway Ridge gave us the opportunity to come out on a work day to do it," Victoria Brewer of Chatham County said. 

Leslie Dyess of Chapel Hill was painting a bedroom with a large roller as she described why she was participating with her Galloway Ridge coworkers. 

"I was an early volunteer with Habitat in the early 90's and it's great to come back and hear this is the 125th house they have built in Chatham. I do a lot of things like drop off food and clothing, but this is different. There is energy here. I love it," Dyess said.

The soon-to-be owner of the Fifth Avenue home, Grady "J.R." Rierson, worked with the Duke / Charah volunteers laying the foundation for his home. Rierson's home burnt down eight years ago and this Habitat home is providing him the opportunity to move back to Siler City to be close to his children and grandchildren.

While on the site, Rierson ran across a school mate from high school decades ago, Duke employee, Duncan Brewer, was a volunteer for the house. And while Rierson noted that Brewer was "a couple of years ahead" of him, everyone appreciated how things "come back around."

Adrienne Elder, a volunteer for Duke Energy noted that the Duke Energy Foundation tried to do events like this throughout the year.

"Duke provides a day of service in the communities we serve to help support the local community. It's great because you can get outside, get some exercise, and help those who need it. And it was great to meet the homeowner," Elder said. 

As lunchtime approached, Siler City Mayor John Grimes arrived to thank the volunteers. In addition, Mayor Grimes joined Everett in presenting a check to Chatham Habitat for $1000. 

"This is a great program, and I appreciate Duke for the contribution. Habitat for Humanity is on every continent in the world. This organization is helping countless people and families and helping to keep families together," Mayor Grimes said. 

"We really appreciate Galloway Ridge and Duke Energy. Mayor Grimes, Pat [Richardson], and Indira [Everett] have been great supporters. And thank you to all the volunteers. We don't do what we do without you. It makes a big difference in people's lives and I can't say enough about the great work that you do," Wharon [sic] said. 

"It feels great. I really appreciate everyone coming out here today," Rierson said. 


Huge thanks to Galloway Ridge, Duke Energy, and Casey Mann at the Chatham Record!
On Saturday, December 17th, the Chatham Habitat ReStores helped in the efforts to raise money for the Habitat Affiliate serving the Fayetteville area that was so decimated by Hurricane Matthew. Over 90 of their Habitat partner families have been displaced by flooding and other damage. ReStores all over the state have come together to assist how ever they can. We gave 25% of our ReStore proceeds on Saturday, December 17th to the cause. To all our ReStore shoppers, thanks for joining us in helping our brothers and sisters in need! Thanks to this effort, Chatham Habitat sent $1,500 to help the Fayetteville Affiliate assist their families.  

If you're interested in helping Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity rebuild further, please visit their website at fayettevillenchabitat.org and consider making a monetary gift to help their rebuilding efforts. They have a long road ahead. 
To you, and all our donors, volunteers, and supporters.

Also:

The Sewing Bee
Care-a-Vanners at the HFHI Office

Artist JR Butler for his work on our No Show 5K
Duke Energy
Galloway Ridge
Charah
Carmel Market in Chapel Hill
 
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