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Letter from the Director
Midway Gardens Update: 2 Years of Community
A_Fraley 2_2017Amie Fraley
Executive Director
(910) 295-1934
Just last week, during our monthly Faith Relations meeting, a newcomer to the meeting raised her hand during the question and answer part of our presentation.  I will paraphrase slightly, but she said “This is really more of a comment than a question, but I wanted to share something with you.  My son plays on a basketball team with several boys who live in Midway Gardens, and we frequently carpool.  Whenever we arrive to pick up or drop off the boys, I am amazed at the sense of community there.  Families are outside talking to each other, children are playing together, and there is real sense of happiness – you can feel it just driving in.  In fact, a few weeks ago, there was a big bounce house with lots of children playing – probably a birthday party – and it was great to see all of those children and families together.  You are doing something great for a lot of families, and our church is excited to get involved.”
These are the type of stories that make us tear up a little back at the office.  As they should, our job descriptions also include some of the challenging tasks in addressing an issue as enormous as affordable housing.  Things don’t always work out according to plan, and it is our job to tackle those unexpected hurdles.  Since people tend to scream more about things going wrong than about what is working great, we appreciate the stories from our community about how our work is meeting some of the needs for our local families and providing a sense of inspiration to the entire community.

We hope you will join us this year by taking part in one of our upcoming campaigns. 

OGDS at Midway Gardens 2013 018 3I know many think of Habitat volunteering as just swinging a hammer, but there are many steps behind the scenes that must occur before we show up at the worksite and put on the hardhats (please always wear your safety gear on the worksite…this has been a public service announcement from Operations Director, Terry Gaar).  We are always in need of volunteers willing to serve as ambassadors by serving on a committee for our special builds – to help recruit volunteers or dollars to buy the materials.  It truly takes a village to build a village – please come join our village!

Sandhills Habitat Board of Directors 2018
2018 Habitat Board Member revised
As we start our new fiscal year, we welcome our new board members: Tim Maples, Executive Vice President of First Bank; Tim Dwyer, retired from Marketing and Management within the railroad industry; Lisa Fagan, Portfolio Manager with BB&T Commercial Lending; Gabriell Goodwin, Marketing Manager with Tri-City in Rockingham; Tim Moore, retired IT Professional with multiple companies including Oracle; Chuck Cobb, retired Senior US Probation Officer and Richmond County Chamber of Commerce Board President.

To learm more about Board leadership opportunities at the Habitat, visit and select about/leadership.

Back to School Days Approaching Back-to-school-1
We grateful to have had an outpouring of summer student volunteers this year. Students of all ages came to support the Habitat mission in all areas of the operation.  We have had students in the Restore working the registers, sorting the donations, detailing the donated cars and vans, as well as working the grounds to make the place sparkle.

The Habitat family would like to make a special shout out to Jake Wibbens  and Jacob Staub, two fine men that have helped us tremendously this summer.

Jake Wibbens, an Appalachian State student, gave us most of his summer by working on our construction site.  We hope that Jake got some real life experience that he can take back and share with others at Appalachian State. There may be some humorous moments as well.  Jake has a tremendous work ethic and adapted well with our Hardcore and regular volunteers. Hooray for Jake Wibbens,  we will miss you.

Jacob and Pastor 2We are very grateful to Jacob Staub helping in Richmond County as well. Jacob came to us as an intern for the summer. We enjoyed a great faith relations meeting at his church, East Rockingham Methodist Church, giving us the time to share all that we are doing as an affiliate In mid-August we will be lose him to his next college year, but we hope to see him again during holiday breaks and maybe next summer.

Thanks you to all the students and the parents who encouraged their
daughters and sons to volunteer.  

Remember us on Weekends and Holidays!

BBQ Volunteer Postcard Please join us for a
BBQ Dinner
sponsored by the VFW
of Southern Pines to celebrate our Habitat Volunteers
on Monday,
August 14, 2017
at 5:30 pm
at the Habitat ReStore
in Aberdeen.
Please RSVP to at (910) 295-1934
Faith Relations Lunch
On Wednesday, August 16th our Faith Relations meeting will be at
Culdee Presbyterian Church in West End.
Please RSVP to Rosemary at 910-295-1934.
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2018 Faith Build for Unity
​Come join us in raising the walls on August 19th at Habitat’s Faith Unity Build 2018 at Gaines and Connecticut Street in Southern Pines. It is our hope that your church will join other churches in town to partner with Habitat to raise the $70,000 needed to build this home.

Bert Harrell presented a $6,000 check to Habitat on behalf of Southern Pines First Baptist Church in support of our 2018 Faith Build for Unity house.  Thank you Southern Pines First Baptist Church for your generosity and continued support of Habitat’s mission to build safe, decent and affordable homes in our community.

Every congregation no matter how big or how small is vital to this build.  Without the support of the community Habitat would not be able to accomplish its  mission in partnering with families, volunteers and the community to build houses, communities and future generations.
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, August 11th

Women Build 2018 has taken shape!
Women Build logo 5 The first Women Build committee meeting was held June 28 and was well attended.  Everyone agreed that we should begin fundraising for a Women Build house to start hopefully in the Spring of 2018.  Sally Brown has agreed to “chair” the committee and other women who were involved before have stepped forward to attend including Jana Green.  We had our second strategy meeting July  25th and ths committee is well on its way to doing something really great this year. Be on the lookout for our “Hard Hats and Heels” fashion show in the spring. 
We are still looking for committee members so contact Rosemary Weber 910-295-1934
if you would like to be on this fabulous committee.

Habitat Builds in Richmond County
A  Chairperson is needed to help lead a committee to help in all aspects of the Green Lake Build in Richmond County. Committee members are needed to help in fundraising, recruiting volunteers, marketing,  and communicating updates between the community and the affiliate.
We received $1,000 towards our $10,000 goal for our Green Lake Build from the Richmond Sr. High Student Senate Club. Every year they hold a fundraiser called Rocking for a Reason. This year they chose us as a beneficiary from that event. Email Kim for more information at
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Competent Person Safety Training
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Sandhills Habitat is proud to have hosted an extremely informative statewide seminar for Competent Person Safety Training, (OSHA required), with trainer Greg Harbage. OSHA defines a competent person as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” Attendants included our staff and the staff from over 12 neighboring counties.  We welcomed the chance to get to know our partners from other affiliates. Our aim is to keep our volunteers safe!


Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the month is Jim Hart, one of Hardcore construction volunteers who is also a Trim guy, as we call the guys who do the critical detail work on the houses at the end. Thanks Jim!!  for showing up when we need you and for your terrific “can do” attitude.

We appreciate all that you do for Habitat and for the time and dedication that you devote to our mission.  Without volunteers like you, we could not provide safe, decent and affordable housing for hard working deserving families in our community.  We are so very blessed to have you as a Habitat volunteer!

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Kim Kinney with Title 2 The Richmond County ReStore staff would like to take this time to thank the 72 volunteers from Lidl that helped with our ReStore remodel. Lidl was not quite ready in the Richmond County Store for all of their new employees, so they graciously paid them still while they volunteered with us. They did everything from packing up all the items in the ReStore, painting our bookshelves with our new Habitat colors, to ripping up the old carpet. We couldn’t have done this transition without them. They also worked construction on a new home as well as a repair to existing homes so seniors can age in place. Lidl had their grand opening on Thursday the 20th. Be sure to visit the bright new store located next to Aldi.
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Moore County ReStore Update
ReStore has a Record Breaking Year!
The Aberdeen ReStore would like to give a big thank-you to the Boys & Girls club of Southern Pines for volunteering with us every other Wednesday. They do a tremendous job helping in and around the Restore. Those duties include things like maintenance, polishing furniture to pricing items. Also last but not least we want to give a huge shout out to their leader/mentor Mr. German Bostic. He’s definitely helping mold strong young men and women. We would just like to say thank you! 
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Volunteers in the Spotlight
Moore County- Dean Johnson
Habitat ReStore
Amy and Dean Volunteer of the month of August is Dean Johnson. Dean has been a part of Sandhills Habitat for over eight plus years. He comes to us from The Linden Lodge Foundation Inc. They provide opportunities for their residents to live, work, and learn. Dean's a very kind-hearted and spiritual person. He volunteers his time helping keep the toys and baby items clean which he really enjoys. Also he helps with keeping our production area clean. Dean always says to us “I enjoy my time here at Habitat, and thank you for allowing me to volunteer.” We would like to say thank you Dean Johnson for all you do.
Amy Guinn for newletter Richmond County ReStore Update
Be sure to ask for your Frequent Shopper Card in the ReStore. The more you shop the closer you get to a great discount on your 10th visit. |
Ask for Amy Guinn for more information. 910-817-9576

Volunteers Needed
We are always looking to fill open spots on our ReStore schedules full of volunteers just like you. A great way to start recruiting would be for you to invite a friend, neighbor, or family member to volunteer with you for one day to see the daily operation. We will even give them the volunteer discount for the day just for coming! There are so many areas to volunteer in, I am sure they will find their niche and become a dedicated volunteer.
  • Examples of openings in both ReStores:
    • Cashiers
    • Merchandisers
    • DIY’ers (Do It Yourselfers, taking something from the ReStore and turning it into something spectacular to give customers ideas)
    • Data Admin
    • And so much more….
 Please call Rosemary Weber at (910) 295-1934 to get more information.

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