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Letter from the Director- Blueprint Breakfast
On October 11th Sandhills Habitat celebrated another successful year of building and repairing homes with 150 new friends and current supporters. The Blueprint Breakfast was hosted by St. Joseph’s of the Pines, a longtime partner of the Habitat. St. Joseph’s partnered with Habitat and the Martin Family, who worked over 300 hours of “sweat equity” to be able to purchase their home from Habitat with a 0% mortgage. The home was built in Aberdeen and dedicated in the spring of 2017 with over 100 supporters present to wish the Martins well on their new journey. Once again, St Joseph’s will partner with the Ayres family and Habitat to build a new home in 2018.
 
Our community and Habitat volunteers made 2017 an outstanding year, building nine homes from Robbins to Rockingham. A community united allowed Habitat to reach out to the far corners of both Moore and Richmond Counties.  In Moore County, the 2017 Apostles Build raised the funds and volunteers needed to build the William’s Family home in Robbins which was dedicated in the summer. Recently, we celebrated the dedication of the Terry Family home in Dobbin Heights made possible by local donations and a grant from the Cole Foundation
We hosted a neighborhood Chili Cook Off and live music by the Dark House Duo with special guest Bob Hammer on the violin. Mr. Hammer is our Habitat superstar who comes to us once a year with nearly 20 campers from all over the country to work on the “RVers” build site.In March, we dedicated the “Gala Build” house in Southern Pines. The Habitat Gala and Auction is an event that raises enough money to build a house and half in one night! The 2018 Gala is on Saturday, April 14th 2018 and our Gala Committee is already busy planning the best gala ever. That very same day we “raised the walls’ on the 2017 Business Build house, with the help of over 40 area businesses and organizations. We are happy to say that we will have that dedication in December. We are sincerely thankful for all the volunteers that made it possible.
 
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After celebrating our 2017 success stories and acknowledging are staff, board members and volunteers we laid out the “Blueprint for 2018”. Because the Business Build was so successful and popular it demands a repeat performance, so if you missed out this year, call us and get signed up. It is a great way to network with other companies, market your business, and being on the build site is a fun and rewarding teambuilding experience.
 
We were extremely excited to announce we will have a 2018 Women Build this year and introduce Ms. Sally Brown as the Chair Woman. This is always one of our most successful builds and with Sally at the helm there is no limit to what they can accomplish. Sally’s enthusiastic team is inspirational. This group crosses generations and is an excellent way to celebrate mothers, daughters, sisters, and honor all those strong women who have come before us. Women Build is a celebration of female empowerment and the strength we, as women, can find within ourselves when met wth a challenge. Join us in this special build, regardless of your experience, there is a place for yo
 
We were also honored to have Lori Portfleet, president of St. Joseph of the Pines, speak about what the Habitat mission means to her and the team. She reminded us that “a house is made of walls and beams but a home is made of love and dreams”. Those words rang so true for all of the audience when the Habitat homeowners Khalisha Watkins and Gail Ayers took the stage. They talked about the despair that filled their lives and what brought them to partner with Habitat. The challenges and struggles along the journey, and last, how their new home will change their life, their family, and future generations. At the end, there was not a dry eye in the house!
 
Thank you to all that attended this “friend raiser” and if you missed this event, the door is always open. Give us a call. The ways to get involve are unlimited and new friends you will meet are waiting.

Peggy Raney is bestowed the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award
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Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.   One of our own, Sandhills Habitat founder and volunteer, Peggy Raney, received this award on Thursday at the “Harvest the Promise Gala”. Mrs. Raney has volunteered for several nonprofit organization for more than 30 years. Peggy was surrounded by family, friends, and fellow volunteers as she accepted the prestigious award presented by Ellen Airs.
Persons named to The Order become North Carolina “Ambassadors” with their names and award dates recorded on a Roster maintained by The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society. They may then enroll in the Society’s Directory and become Society “Honorees” entitled to display Society insignia.

Sandhills Habitats partners with
Richmond County United Way-"Day of Caring"
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Sandhills Habitat partnered with the United Way of Richmond County to hold one of the biggest volunteer events of the year in Richmond County; “Day of Caring”. On September 22nd, Sandhills Habitat attended the Kick-Off breakfast in Cole Auditorium at Richmond County Community College. The event gathered over one hundred volunteers from the local community and local businesses.

After breakfast, we met up with over twenty volunteers to do repairs for two houses on Dale Peterkin road in Hamlet. Mrs. Nora Jones met her crew of volunteers with a big smile and hugs for everyone. Many of the volunteers grew up in the neighborhood and remember spending time at her daycare service. Her new ramped will allow her to age in place and remain in a neighborhood full of memories. At a few houses down, a second team repaired a dangerous deck at Ms. McGee's house. People of all ages worked hand in hand to prepare the yard, disassemble the rotten boards and reconstruct the supports needed to keep the deck safe. Many thanks to Burlington, Trinity Manufacturing, and Big Rock Sports for their continued support!

The Rockingham ReStore also participated in the “Day of Caring”.  Fifteen volunteers from different businesses in the county came to the store to help with the projects we had chosen to complete that day.  Christmas decorations were priced and put out on the sales floor and large wooden display tables were painted the “Habi” colors, blue & green.  We really appreciated the extra help for the afternoon. Thanks United Way!

Sandhills Habitat builds relationship with other non-profits in order to make our community stronger and unite people who all have a common cause. We are honored to be part of United Way’s Day of Caring.

Best of the Pines "Winners"
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Sandhills Habitat is proud to announce we are the winner of the 2017 Best of the Pines award for “Best Place to Volunteer”. This is an award that is very near and dear to our hearts because we know that our existence is based on the volunteers that gather at the build site, work in the Restore, help us in the office, or serve on our Board. The volunteers are the backbone of our mission and make possible the success stories we share you with you.

Congratulations to the ReStore - runner up for the "Best Thrift Shop". We all know that if they had a catagory for "Best Resale Home Improvement Store" our ReStore team would win, hands down!

We thank all of you for nominating and voting for Habitat. If you have friends who would like to join the team, please reach out to them and ask the question. Be a Habitat Ambassador.
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Repair Ministry Spotlight
The Repair Ministry worked their skills to build a ramp for wheelchair bound Mrs. Betty Beard of Carthage, which will allow her to age in place. We were grateful to have volunteers from Southern Pines United Methodist Church to help the “Hard Core Volunteers”. Pictured here are the SPUMC volunteers, Mike Edwards and Ervin Robinson, as well as  Kay Howery -Repair Board Member, Tim Dwyer- Repair Board Member, and Jim Entwistle- Construction Supervisor.
Before installation, Mrs. Beard had no way to access her yard unassisted or any way to even exit her home if there was an emergency.  She is most grateful for the coordination of the Repair Ministry for her repair. 
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Moore County Commissioners Meeting
 
2017 Homeowners ar County Comissioner
Thank you to the Moore County Commissioners for allowing us a few minutes to present to you our newest Habitat homeowners and future taxpayers in September. We have been honored to partner with these recent homeowners in their journey to homeownership, and are excited to continue the partnership as they pay their opportunity forward, literally, in the form of mortgage payments. We thank you for your incredible support and dedication to providing safe, decent and affordable housing for the hardworking families of Moore County.
 

A Habitat Build for Everyone!
Build Wheel-01-01 At Sandhills Habitat we strive to customize a fun and rewarding experience for each of our volunteers.  This year we have four specialty builds to reach our many community members. Space is available for teams and individuals. We build every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8-1 pm at various sites in Moore and Richmond County. Every third Saturday of the month is  “Women Build” day. Grab a girlfriend and come out to swing a hammer. To find out where we will be and to sign up please go to http://www.sandhillshabitat.org/get-involved/volunteer-signin or contact Rosemary Weber at rweber@sandhillshabitat.org.

Gifts from the Heart
  Asher Wimberly  
Some of our most treasured gifts are received from those with the least amount to give, but an abundance of compassion and concern. Such is the case of Asher Wimberly, an eleven year young man who is no stranger to fundraising. Asher is a student at West Pine Middle School.

While listening to a family dinner conversation about the 2018 Women Build fundraising efforts of his grandmother, Deb Wimberly, the wheels began to turn and the questions erupted. Asher quickly learned about the need for affordable housing for hard working families in Moore County. “How much money do you need?” asked Asher. Deb explained that it cost $70,000 to build a Habitat home and roughly 2,500 hours of volunteer services. He then excused himself from the table and returned with his allowance savings for the last five weeks, $25.00. What a great way to start a campaign!
 
Deb and Asher came into the Habitat office to learn more about the 2018 Women Build, Betty Builder, and our homeowners-in-progress. After our interview, I saw Asher’s light up again. He asked if we knew the birthday of the children we had picture on the wall. I said I did, and he said “I could make them Birthday cakes!”
Thank you to Asher for filling our hearts and inspiring us to do what we do!

 
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The month of September has been busy for all of us here at the ReStore. A very good busy! We are wrapping up our Annual Pinewild Stuff the Truck event on the 26th. We reserved all 4 Tuesdays in September just for Pinewild. We had 3 full Tuesdays with an avg. of 10 different pickups, with some great donations to sell in the ReStore. We were also parked at the Fairbarn for their annual Moore County Community Flea Market. We loaded the goods the vendors were unable to sell and wanted to donate to the ReStore.
We rolled out our new Revel Point of Sale system in Moore County. We couldn’t have done this without the support from PeeDee Electric and their Care to Share $5000 grant. Richmond County was the first roll out in August, followed by Moore County in September. We thank all of our customers and volunteers for their patience as we work out the glitches and perfect the process. It will soon be smooth sailing. The reporting process is fabulous with this new system and saves the management team an estimated 30 hours a month from manually entering this information into a spreadsheet.
 
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Moore County ReStore Update
We would like to thank Pinecrest High School and Union Pines High School for allowing a few of their students to help assist us here in the ReStore. We hope you enjoyed searching through the treasure and helping us restock the shelves. We appreciate your service and hope to see you throughout the year!
 
Thank you to all of our supporters who nominated the “ReStore” as Best Thrift Shop in the Pilot’s Best of the Pines. We are proud to be a finalist and hope that you stop by to see that we are so much more than a thrift shop.

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

Volunteers in the Spotlight
Moore County- Joe Reznak
Habitat ReStore
We would like to acknowledge Joe Reznak as our volunteer in the spotlight. Joe has been with us over five plus years working with our books. He’s moved on to now just doing our vintage book display. Joe does a very good job with his research of the collectible books. We would like to show him our appreciation for what he does. Thank You!
 
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Our store is holding craft classes again. We started in September with a fall pumpkin constructed with sweater material.  The attendees loved it.  We had 15 ladies participate.  There was a chance to shop the store afterward and pick up some goodies as well.  Our October class will be on the 30th and it is nearly full.  The craft will be making angels from hymnals.  This has been a favorite class in the past.
 
It is Christmas in full swing in our Richmond County ReStore from gingerbreads, to nutcrackers. Please be sure to follow us on FB for updates on sales and new items that flow through our donation doors.
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Any questions please call Amy Guinn at 910-817-9576.
 
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Volunteers Needed for Various Positions
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills, and it gives us great pride that our homes are constructed almost entirely by volunteers. That work continues beyond the construction site. Habitat volunteers are active at our office and ReStore. They serve on committees, and they are engaged in various community revitalization projects.
 
ReStore Volunteers – Moore County and Richmond County: Cashiers, Donation processing and pricing, sales floor.
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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