Monday, February 29, 2016

Winter 2016 HabiChat e-Newsletter

2016 Builds: Cousineau Street Update and Announcement of New Property in Orléans 
Cousineau Street Construction: Despite a number of delays, our Construction Manager Steve and our volunteers have been working overtime to finish our four homes in Orléans. Three of the four homes are at the painting stage and drywall is going up in the fourth home. The Dedication Ceremony will take place later this spring once the driveway and parking pads are completed. Stay tuned for more event details. 

Please check out our Facebook page for regular updates on the progress at the build site.
Special thanks as well to all of our volunteers, Adopt-a-Day teams, sponsors, food donors, suppliers and tradespeople for helping make the dream of homeownership a reality for our four Habitat Partner Families. 

Phase 1 of Jeanne d'Arc/Fortune Property: We are pleased to announce that Habitat GO has purchased its largest property to date at the corner of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard and Fortune Drive in Orléans. Habitat GO plans to build 16 townhomes on the lot over the next three years, starting with four townhomes in Phase 1 this year. We are currently seeking sponsors for the project. Please visit the Sponsorship section of our website to learn more. Our Groundbreaking Ceremony is expected to take place at the end of April or in early May. 
Build Hope Through Monthly Giving 
Join Habitat GO's Builders' Club
By opting to make a monthly gift, you will join our Builders' Club
and your regular, ongoing support will ensure that Habitat GO can continue
to build homes and build hope in our community. 
For more information, click here or contact Julie
or 613-749-9950 ext. 233.
Habitat GO's New Chapters Need Your Support 

Plans for both of our Chapters in Carleton Place and Perth are well underway, with the steering committees meeting regularly. Both Chapters recently received $20,000 each from the Lanark County Council's Investment in Affordable Housing Home Ownership program. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to join both Chapters. If you have a background in fundraising, administration, social work or construction and are interested in helping in Carleton Place or Perth, please contact Sandra at chapter@habitatgo.comor 613-749-9950 ext. 257.
Join Women Build 2016
Last year, our Women Build teams amazed us with their fundraising expertise, sense of fun and community spirit. These women, who came from all walks of life, addressed the housing crisis facing thousands of families across our city in a concrete way by raising more than $114,000 for Habitat GO. Way to go, ladies!

This spring we will launch our 2016 Women Build program, an initiative to encourage women to give back to their community while helping Habitat GO make a difference in the lives of low-income families. We're looking for 15 teams of women who are enthusiastic about Habitat GO's mission to build safe and affordable homes. No build experience required! Click here to learn more.
Register Today for the ReStore's New Upcycle Workshop

Liberate your creative self and support Habitat for Humanity at the same time! Habitat GO's ReStore has joined forces with Ottawa designer Lee-Ann Lacroix to present our new Upcycle Workshop Series. 

The workshops will be a series of fabulous, fun and decorative "upcycle" workshops. The first workshop will take place Monday, February 29 from 7-9 p.m. at our ReStore at 768 Belfast Rd. and feature an accent shelf made with materials from the ReStore. 

All shelf materials and chalk paint by RustOleum are included for only $75, plus free parking. Very limited spaces available! Register online today.
Upcoming Habitat GO Events
  • Ottawa Home & Garden Show:March 25-28, 2016 at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., featuring the Upcycle Challenge!
  • Canadian Stone Carving Festival:Join us from July 22-24, 2016 in Perth, Ontario as stone carvers from Canada, the U.S. and Europe will gather to display their skills and creativity. The one-of-a-kind creations will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to our Perth Chapter. Last year's festival raised more than $11,000.
  • 4th Annual Zombie Run for Humanity: Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2016for an exciting 5 km obstacle course as a survivor or a zombie. Register today!
  • Save the date for the 11th Annual Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Canadian War Museum. Please click here to view photos from this year's successful event, which raised more than $75,000 for Habitat GO.
Calling All Volunteers!

Sign up today to volunteer on our build in Orléans and help us finish the four homes on Cousineau Street. We will be building up until March 19 and then taking a short break. We'll be back at work on April 4

Click here for our online volunteer application or here to learn more about our Adopt-a-Day program.
Food donations (lunches and/or snacks) are also always needed for our Orléans build to help feed our hard-working volunteers. 

We're also looking for people to join our Habitat GO committees. To offer your services or for more information, please contact Alice at 613-749-9950 ext. 229 or
Evergreen Celebration

We love Chris Smith at Habitat GO! He's been donating the proceeds from his annual Christmas tree and wreath sale since 1999. These legendary evergreens have a very loyal following!

He stopped by our office on Belfast Road last month to present a cheque to Alexis Ashworth, our CEO. This year's donation was for a remarkable $3,900! Big thanks to Chris and his team for helping us build more homes in our community!

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