|Letter from the Director
Do this "ONE SIMPLE THING" to help Habitat partner with more families
Not to be confused with those Pinterest claims of “one simple trick to reduce belly fat,” there really is one simple thing you can do to help Habitat and the mission to build homes for hardworking families. It doesn’t even cost a penny (although you know we always love a few more pennies to buy building supplies). It’s this: tell someone that Habitat for Humanity does not give away homes.
Sounds crazy, right? You would think by now that everyone knows Habitat doesn’t give away homes. They know our homeowners contribute their own 300 hours of sweat equity and time in class to have the opportunity to build a home with us and then purchase it with an affordable, 0% interest mortgage…right? Wrong.
Our homeowners are affected the most by this misconception because they take pride in the work they do to become Habitat homeowners. They should be respected with wonder and amazement, because they truly are doing wonderful and amazing things for their families – working at their jobs (often more than one, I might add), raising their families, and putting in extra time to build with Habitat. So it’s painful to hear them recount the conversations they have with people about their homes. At our recent New Homeowner-in-Progress training day, I asked this question? “As you have shared with others that you are building with us, have you found any confusion or misunderstanding about the process?” The first hand shot up, and our Homeowner-in-Progress said “Everyone thinks you are giving me this home – they don’t understand I’m working for it and buying it.” Every other person at the table nodded in agreement. It’s tough to hold your head high and feel proud of an accomplishment when the world thinks it was handed to you.
So, for our homeowners, and for the mission of Habitat, I ask you to share the model of Habitat with a friend, neighbor, loved one – anyone you can. If you want more details on exactly how it works, give us a call. Ours is an incredible model that enables those being helped to partner in the process and then turn around to help other families. Help them celebrate their achievements! Thank you for your commitment to Habitat – we hope to see you soon.
Repair Program on the Job!
Habitat’s Repair program helps those who need to age in place. Every day 10,000 people turn 65 (HFH Global 2017 conference stats). One of the ways we assist in helping seniors in Moore and Richmond County to be safe at home is by creating easy access to their homes.
This photo is the home of two elderly ladies, both in poor health. One uses a cane and the other is wheelchair bound. One of them was released from the hospital just days from the build. Timely!
Thankful to our repair team of volunteers that braved the cold temps to make this happen for this family! We are always lookng for volunteers for the Repair Board, contact us if you can help. If you know someone in need of exterior home repair, please let us know. Contact Jennifer Moree at
(910) 295-1934 ext 224 or
A February Dedication planned for the Brion Family
Areli and Miguel courted through international phone calls and the good intentions of Areli' s brother. Years later the are married with three children, Jackie 17, an honor student at Pinecrest High School, Mike 13, at the local junior high and Anthony 5 now in kindergarten,
In the early 90's, Miguel's family immigrated to the United States from Mayarit, Mexico looking for a new life. Young Miguel soon found employment with a local roofing company.
Still learning English, Miguel gravitated toward and became good friends with a fellow roofer from Zeradine, Mexico. His friend often talked to his sister who remained in Mexico. Soon Miguel was offering to pay for his friend's lunch or buy him a soda in return for more time talking to his sister, Areli.
After months of conversation and glowing reports from both men about Southern Pines, Areli arrived in America, sponsored by her brother. The friendship spawned on the telephone but grew to love when they met. Two years later Jackie was born.
Today, Miguel still works for the same roofing company. Areli is home with the three children. They live in a single-wide mobile home. Miguel and Areli have been in the Habitat program for twelve months. On his first day on site the construction supervisor deemed Miguel "Spiderman" as he swung from the scaffolding while removing siding from a house under rehabilitation. It was three day's work done in one with Spiderman on site!
Miguel has been an articulate speaker to our Spanish-speaking communities as an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity. Areli and 17 year-old Jackie worked tirelessly on the construction site and in our ReStore. They have already completed the 660 hours we require in sweat equity. This beautiful family will be moving into a four bedroom recycled home in Aberdeen in February.
The family is the epitome of the hard-working families that give back even more to Habitat as we give to them and keep the process of “paying it forward” in full motions!
Pinehurst United Methodist Church
$13,000 Raised at Christmas Eve Service
We are grateful at Habitat for our many Faith Partners in the community – they inspire us each year as they reach out to their congregations to engage them in local ministry through our organization. Many contribute financially to Habitat as well, and we appreciate their trust in us to carry out this important mission. We especially want to thank the congregation and visitors who joined Pinehurst United Methodist Church at the Fair Barn on Christmas Eve.
As Pastor David Beam put it, “We are here tonight because of a family… a family who couldn’t find a place to sleep for the night. We have an organization here in Moore County that is working year round to create affordable housing for families in need. So, 100% of tonight’s offering will be given to Habitat for Humanity to help create safe, decent and affordable homes.”
This decision created a gift of over $13,000 for Habitat’s mission –
and we are incredibly grateful for it!
Holiday Volunteer Lunch
Another Succesful Year of Celebrating our Volunteers!
The hall was decked, the scrumptious holiday feast displayed, and the volunteers filled the room for the Holiday Appreciation Lunch for the Habitat volunteers. We would like to thank FirstHealth
for providing the meal and to Sandhills Presbyterian Church
for sharing their banquet facilities.
Our volunteers are the foundation of our organization. From the ReStore cashiers to the on-site construction teams, our community has volunteered their precious, personal time to make the Habitat mission a reality. Together, they have created affordable housing to over 300 families in the Sandhills and change the direction of future generations. Our homeowners thank you, our committees thank you, the staff thank you, Together we create a community that cares enough to make a difference.
In 2017, we were voted the Best place to Volunteer in Moore County and every day we strive to uphold that honor. If you have a suggestion on how you can make your volunteer experience easier, better, or more productive, we would like to hear from you.
How well do you know your follow volunteers?
We all work together and the more we get to know each other, the stronger the unity. We don’t always connect the names with the faces, but we recognize each other with a warm smile. Just for fun, we will feature clues about one volunteer each month and tell you who they are the following month. If you guess that person, let us know and you will receive a ReStore discount card.
This month’s clues…
- Works in hardware
- Always wear cowboy boots.
- Used to own a horse farm
2018 Business Build Dedication
Our Business Community built the Hill Home!
CEOs and Homeowners worked Side by Side.
Crowds of proud volunteers attended the dedications of the 2017 Business Build house for Nujanya Hill and her family last night. We kicked off the build at 160 S. Hardin, Southern Pines last March and week by week committed volunteers came out to swing the hammer!
We are grateful to have the support of the business community.
call Amie at (910) 295-1934 or email@example.com
to pledge your sponsorship in the 2018 Build!
Where’s Betty Builder?
Leading up to the Hard Hats and Heels Fashion Show
, ten area upscale privately owned boutiques will be participating in the “Where's Betty Builder” Campaign. Betty Builder is our Habitat for Humanity Women Build mascot.
She will be displayed in each of the shops for six days (Monday-Saturday).
Clues can also be found in multiple media outlets
including our website www.sandhillshabitat.org
or at one of our Sponsor sites.
Betty goes into hiding at the first shop on Monday, January 8th. Betty Builder raffle cards will be available at each boutique to record contacts. Participants need only to say “Sally Sent Me” to qualify for the $250 Cash Raffle. Winner will be pulled at the Fashion Show and you need not be present to win.
Hard Hats & Heels Fashion Show
2018 Women Build Home
Thursday, March 15th, from 6:00 – 8:00
Country Club of North Carolina
Click Here to Buy Tickets.
Meet our new ReStore Cashiers in Training!
Habitat ReStore proceeds go towards building homes for hard working families and setting the foundation for a new generation. Sound good to you? As a ReStore Cashier you can be on the front line of making that happen. No experience necessary! We are currently looking for cashiers to work the 10am- 1pm shift or the 1pm-6 pm shift. Please call Rosemary to sign up for the next training class. (910) 295-1934 ext.227 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|2018 MCHBA Spring Home and Garden Expo
Thinking of remodeling your home? The 2018 Home & Garden Expo will be held March 2-4 at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst. Partial proceeds from the entry fee on Thursday, March 1st will be donated to the Sandhills Habitat. Many thanks to the Moore County Home Builders Association!
Tribute gifts provide a wonderful and meaningful way to honor someone, commemorate a special occasion or memorialize a loved one. With the names below, we recognize the lives, special moments and accomplishments being highlighted by these generous gifts.
Doris G. Barnes
Paul A. Brodict
Sue Ann Coleman
John P. Jarrett
Dr. Judith Knight
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Cook
Ed & Nelda Cockman (50th Anniversary)
Phillip James Davis
Mr. & Mrs. Bert Harrell
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Woodward
Dr. & Mrs. Pat Woodward
Clarence M. Ziegler
From the Restore Director
Our volunteers give us so much more than their time at the Habitat ReStore. Their passion and creativity are a big part of what makes the ReStore successful.
As soon as the holiday season rolled around, Clem, one of our hardcore volunteers inquired about gift certificates for the ReStore. She was having Thanksgiving dinner with friends and wanted to bring something to them for their hospitality. Well…. Gift Certificates became real in our ReStores that very same day.
The gift certificates are sold in both the Moore and Richmond County locations and can be used in both locations. Keep in mind that the ReStores receive all sorts of treasures through your kind donations. From candles, housewares, furniture, seasonal and more, your friends and family are bound to find something with a ReStore gift certificate. The best part is that the gift doubles the value when the proceeds go directly into buying supplies to build housing for hard working families in the Sandhills! Come shop with us, volunteer or donate.
Coming this week starting on Thursday the 11th, we are having a silent auction. Stop by to see the assorted treasures that you can bid on and the following week find out if you were the highest bidder. Start by signing up for a personal bid number with one of our staff. We would like to keep this a weekly tradition and add a little excitement to the wonderful items donated to our ReStores.
From the Richmond Restore Manager- Amie Guinn
In December the Richmond County ReStore had a raffle for a life-sized Santa Claus. He came complete with pretty blue eyes under his glasses and the ability to dance! We sold the tickets at $2.00 each for a two week period and held the drawing on Saturday December 16th. The lucky winner was one of our volunteers, Robert Hildreth. Robert was so tickled to win, he said he is one of those people who never wins anything. Congratulations Robert! We thank him for his time he gives in the ReStore too! This was a fun event to have in our store and one we plan to continue to do every month or so. Come check out our store and see if we have our raffle going on!
Volunteering makes the perfect New Year’s Resolution because it creates a trifecta of great outcomes. Volunteerism has countless benefits to the community and also to the health and happiness of individuals who commit to volunteering.
Here are just a few reasons to sign up to volunteer today: Develop new skills • Volunteering leads to a healthier body • Feel more love • Build your experience • Strengthen Communities. Call Rosemary to find out how we can customize your perfect volunteer experience! (910) 295-1934
We are always looking for great volunteers to join us here in the restore:
- Receptionist to answer the phone and schedule donation pickups.
Come on out and join us.