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Letter from the Director- The Power of Unity
A_Fraley 2_2017Amie Fraley
Executive Director
(910) 295-1934


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The recent Charlottesville riots and the flooding in Texas have certainly dominated our thoughts in the last few weeks.  Images of the violence or of flood victims clinging to each other as they leave their homes, possibly forever, is almost too much to bear.   We feel helpless when the issues feel overwhelming and far removed.  Our Habitat family has nearly 25 affiliates within the storm’s footprint. Our hope is that you will consider assisting in the recovery of affected communities in a way that speaks to your heart and resources. If you would like to take action through Habitat for Humanity, here are three ways you can make a difference:
  1. Come shop our Moore County Habitat ReStore on Friday, September 8th. We will be giving a percentage of sales to the Houston affiliates.
  2. Donations can be made to our Houston Fund at the ReStore register the entire month of September.
  3. Give directly to Houston Habitat by texting “Habitat” to
    512-402-6550 or visiting houstonhabitat.org
It is in times like this we need to remind ourselves of the good in this world and make an effort to work together towards common goals. Find a cause that is near to your heart and commit the time. We offer you the Habitat Build site because it is what we know, and we know it feels good to put our hands to work and feel a direct connection with others. 
We invite you to consider joining us on our construction site this fall, to experience the mission of Habitat first-hand.  When we are on a site together, sharing a workday with those of varied backgrounds and experiences, we begin to see how there really is more that makes us alike than makes us different.  While we build up the physical walls that create our homes, we are tearing down those mental walls that keep us separated in other parts of our lives.  
  
Whether race, economic status, gender or religious belief, differences seem to melt away with the sun and sweat of the build site.  Most build days include volunteers and future Habitat homeowners earning their sweat equity hours.  After sharing a corner of a workspace for a day, you can get to know people pretty well.  It is often after a first day like this that volunteers tells us they are even more invested in Habitat’s mission.  It usually goes something like this; “I knew this was a great program, but I hadn’t thought about how incredible the homeowners are or how hard they have to work.  It’s wonderful to know I can make a difference in their life by coming out and having such a great time with my friends.”  We just smile like it’s the first time we’ve heard it – because each time we hear it, our devotion to the mission is re-energized and our spirits renewed.The-power-of-unity-298x300

And don’t let a fear of the unknown keep you from joining us. Many novice builders show up on the site terrified they will mess it up or not be helpful.  However, we are dedicated to having qualified and patient construction leaders to help volunteers feel safe, comfortable and engaged in meaningful work.  If  you prefer, you can always help with some of the behind-the-scenes work like sorting, pricing and selling in our ReStore or serving on one of our committees. There is an enormous amount of work that happens before we can step onto that construction site. 
We will continue to keep the families impacted in Charlottesville and Texas in our thoughts and prayers, and find ways to support them.  We invite you to do the same, and to also consider addressing the local needs highlighted by both of these crises – a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.   We hope to see you on the build site soon.

2018 Blueprint Breakfast
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We are eager to share with you our “Success Story” for the last year. Thanks to our donors and volunteers we have been able to build across two counties and provide nine families with affordable, quality homes. Our Repair Ministry has completed twelve projects allowing elderly and disabled homeowners to remain in their home. With your support as a valued partner we are expanding our footprint in the NC Sandhills. 
We are committed to making this next year a continued success and we look forward to sharing our projects, plans, and teams!
Please join us for breakfast on Wednesday, October 11th 
at Belle Meade in Southern Pines at 8:00 am.
RSVP to Amie by September 27th to reserve your seat!

2018 HABITAT BUILD PROJECTS
5 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Call (910) 295-1934 to reserve your spot.
Women Build logo-01 2018 Gala COmmittee Recruitment
This fearless, enthusiastic group of women has a goal of raising $100,000 and there is no stopping. PR and Marketing plans are in motion; look out for “Betty Builder” in your local shops and our very own pink “Porta Jane” in a neighborhood near you! If you are a hands-on volunteer and want to meet some great women, this build is for you! Do you enjoy a good party? Have you been told you throw the best parties? Have a large network of friends? Believe in partying for a good cause? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then WE NEED YOU! Our first kick off meeting is Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00pm; please call Stacy.
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The overwhelming success of the 2017 Business Build mandates that we bring it back again. If you own a business or are a PR and Marketing person for a large company, we want to talk to you. Help grow your business and expand your reach within this committee. A strong base of networking partners can get your foot in the door. Build site opportunities make a perfect team building experience for your employees. Amie is in charge of this one. Call her today! Our strong faith and commitment to underserved families is the basis for our mission, so it makes sense that our strongest allies are our community churches. We have a remarkable network of people of all faiths who come together to build on site, help with fundraising, and act as ambassadors for Habitat. If your place of worship would like to host a Faith Build Luncheon to gather together approximately 20-30 interested church representatives of various congregations please call Rosemary.
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Richmond County has a strong sense of community, and has provided great Habitat partners in past builds in Dobbins Heights and Hamlet. If you want to be part of the committee to spearhead the Rockingham build on Greenlake Road, please call Kim.
 

Volunteer BBQ Party a Red Hot Success!
We can safely say that a good time was had by all who attended.   Mr. Ray Walters of the VFW cooked up a storm and provided an amazing meal of BBQ Pork, Chicken, and all the side dishes including the most wonderful homemade pound cake with the sweetest local strawberries handpicked by Ray himself, and then topped off with whipped cream. Habitat staff provided equally mouthwatering desserts that quickly disappeared.  We all left the room about 5 pounds heavier. 
 
Thank you to Ray Walters, the VFW and the Habitat Staff that helped put this together.
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Thank You to the Volunteers who do a Fabulous Job for Us Each and Every Day!

 
Please Welcome Robin Bruce
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Robin Bruce has joined the Habitat team as a construction supervisor and she has hit the ground running. Robin came from the Wake County Habitat where she served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for 2 years. We are fortunate to have her on board, and welcome her has one of the newest member of the Women Build team.
 
Stop by the construction site and introduce yourself.
 
 
Faith Relations Lunch
We meet the third Wednesday of every month at one of the community churches.
Our next meeting will be at Southern Pines United Methodist Church,
Please RSVP to Rosemary at 910-295-1934.
Betsy Thank-you to Culdee Presbyterian Church for hosting August’s Faith Relations Meeting.
One of our speakers for August was Mary Ingram, ReStore Customer Service Volunteer Lead; she spoke about her position in the ReStore and the Atlanta Training Session she attended recently. Betsy Barnard, a new volunteer, recently moved to North Carolina from Maine and gave a very inspiring overview of Habitat’s mission.  Betsy emphasized the fundamental values of Habitat as faith, home, holiness, hard work, hope, humility and humanity.
Thank you to Mary and Betsy.
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2018 Faith Build for Unity

The committee is thankful and proud to announce that $23,000 has been raised towards the $70,000 goal for this Habitat Build. We will be raising the walls at Gaines and West Connecticut in Southern Pines in September.  This is such an exciting time to be part of the wall-raising for this home, so please contact Rosemary Weber and schedule your church or organization to come out and help us build.  
Churches can contribute on various levels by pledging funds that can be paid through 2018.  We would be happy to come and speak to your congregation about Habitat and the Faith Unity Build 2018, as well as homeownership, repair ministry and volunteer opportunities at Habitat.

Next meeting is Friday, September 8th at the Habitat office

Women Build Saturdays in Full Swing
Women Build logo 5 On Saturday, August 19th, we kicked off  “Women Build Saturdays” which will be every third Saturday of the month.  Grace Church partnered with Habitat and brought 15 women out to construct the framing for the house on Gaines and Connecticut in Southern Pines. We will be breaking ground in September.  They had such an amazing time, that they came back out on Saturday August 26th to the construction site on Fullers Way to install windows and siding.  We are extremely thankful to Grace Church for all your support. 
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Our next Women Build Saturday will be September 16th. Bring your friends for a day of hard work, lots of fun, tons of laughter and a full heart knowing you are helping to build a safe, decent and affordable home for someone in your community. 
I Am Woman, Hear Me Hammer! 
We are still looking for committee members, so contact 
Rosemary Weber 910-295-1934
if you would like to be on this fabulous committee.
  

 
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Kim Kinney with Title 2 We are excited that our Stuff the Truck Events are back in full swing this fall. Our truck was parked at the Moore County Flea Market located at the Fairbarn in Pinehurst. The weather was fabulous, turning out hundreds of treasure seekers who saw the truck. Left over items were donated by the Flea Market vendors. This Stuff the Truck event is an annual event and we thank Danika Bunch for always thinking of us with this event.
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Pinewild days are back! This year we have reserved 4 Tuesdays in September solely for the Pinewild Community. This is the second year that we have this wonderful community involved with our Stuff the Truck events. Our donation ambassadors will be in the area helping the residents load their donations onto the ReStore truck.Pinewild Stuff the Truck Event 2

If you know of any church, school, or community that would like us to bring out the truck, please contact Kimberly Braddy at the Habitat ReStore at 910-295-1934. We are always looking for Stuff the Truck volunteers for these events as well. Volunteers will get 20% off of purchases made in the ReStore the day of their service.

I want to thank Brian, Nathan and Shawn, traditionally from our Moore County location, for helping in our Richmond ReStore in the past few months. They have been donation ambassadors in Richmond County and helping our new ReStore manager, Amy Guinn, get the ReStore back in order from our facelift changes in July. If you have not visited the Richmond County ReStore, please stop in located at 1300 E. Broad Avenue in Rockingham NC.


We are excited to announce the Silent Auction is coming soon to our Richmond County ReStore. This will be a weekly instore silent auction with unique, rare, or just plain whimsical items up for bidding to add a little fun in the ReStore.
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Moore County ReStore Update
 
Please remember to come shop with us on September 8th in honor of the hurricane victims in Texas. We are donating a portion of our sales to the Houston Habitat affiliate. We also are collecting donations the entire month of September. 

Christmas in the summer! ALL Christmas items are 50% off. So come on out and find those perfect decorative items.

We would like to say thank-you to all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication

Volunteers in the Spotlight
Moore County- Darren Howell
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Darryl Big Shout Out of appreciation and thanks to Darren Howell, September Volunteer of the Month. He volunteers in the hardware area and does a tremendous job. Darren goes above and beyond the hardware department; he helps assisting customers with furniture, answering the donation door, and also helps at the checkout. He’s definitely what we call an “all-around” volunteer. 
 
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Our fall Craft class is scheduled for Monday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m. at our ReStore.  Scarlett Rucker is the instructor. These classes have been very popular in the past as Scarlett has some really cute ideas for projects. The theme will be Halloween or fall décor for this class.  Snacks are served and afterward there is time for shopping the store with a discount for all participants.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the ReStore so we will have enough supplies for everyone who wants to attend.
Any questions please call Amy Guinn at 910-817-9576.

The “facelift” is continuing in our ReStore. The old carpet is out and the store has been rearranged so that it is more open with the different shopping areas easier to see from the front door.  The “Media” area now has brightly painted blue & green shelving that cheers-up that space.  Our women’s restroom has also been painted the Habitat blue and green. Customers have been complimentary about the changes and sales have been strong.  We had a record high sales day in July, so that is a great way to start out our fiscal year!  As always, thanks goes to the volunteers who have helped with these ongoing changes. Without them we would not be as far along as we are today.  
   
 
 
Volunteers Needed for Various Positions
 
We would be thrilled to have you, your church or organization come out and help us build houses, but we know that sometimes that is not possible.  There are so many ways that you can volunteer at Habitat and we can custom fit shifts and tasks.

ReStore Volunteers – Moore County and Rockingham
Construction Volunteers – Moore County and Rockingham (No experience or tools needed)
Office Staff – Habitat Office Receptionist, Data Entry, Special Projects
Committees – Serve on the Women Build 2018 Committee, Faith Unity Build, Gala Committee, Business Build Committee, Richmond County Build Committee
Muffin Mommas- Once a month, bake/provide snacks for our volunteers that work on our building sites.

 Please call Rosemary Weber at (910) 295-1934 to get more information.

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