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Making Communities Healthier House Dedication

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Join us as we welcome the Singleton family home!

Together we will celebrate the Singleton's as they begin the next chapter in their lives; we will thank all of our supporters, especially Frye Regional Medical Center, who helped make this project possible; join in a house blessing; and share in food and fellowship afterwards. Refreshments will be provided.

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Habitat's Ramirez-Escobar Family Pays Off Mortgage

"Our lives have changed enormously since our arrival in this country seventeen years ago. We arrived with a suitcase full of dreams and hopes for a chance to rebuild our life. One of our goals was to acquire a home of our own. A goal that seemed so impossible at that time since we did not have resources,  five mouths to feed and a single source of income. However, Habitat for Humanity appeared giving us hope that homeownership in the states was a possibility for my family.

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Villanova Students Set to Return This Spring

11202558 1679865192229864 5620805762860615583 nVillanova University is set to return this spring for their Service and Justice Experience week with Habitat Catawba Valley. The group of 15 students will be serving with us from March 3-10. While they're here, they will work on new construction in the Northstone subdivision as well as Habitat Repairs! projects throughout Catawba County.

Habitat Catawba Valley partners with other local organizations, mainly churches, to host Villanova students in the fall and spring. Churches provide meals for the students as well as activities. Not only do we appreciate the support that our local churches provide, our out-of-state volunteers are always so grateful for your hospitality and welcome into the community.

If your church is interested in providing a meal during Villanova's upcoming service week, click here to sign up.

Be sure to also stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos and updates from our Villanova service week from March 3-10!

Northstone Receives 2nd National Homebuilder Award

The U.S. Department of Energy recently selected Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley as a 2017 Housing Innovation Award winner for its energy-efficient home owned by Keondra Allred. This is the second national homebuilder award that Habitat's Northstone Subdivision has received.

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A Message From the Executive Director: Habitat Repairs! is Working

Habitat Repairs! is working. Throughout Catawba County the Habitat Repairs! staff and volunteers are installing handicap ramps, replacing leaky roofs, and restoring heat and air conditioning to our neighbors’ homes. Your gift to this mission is restoring a quality of life to people who have long forgotten what it’s like to be safe, warm and dry.

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Northstone Community Spotlight Tour

Date & Time: Thursday, June 15 at 12pm (Tours begin at 12:30)
Location: Northstone Subdivision - 3461 Falling Creek Road, Hickory, NC
RSVP: Call Lynn at 828-328-4663 by June 12

Join us for lunch and a tour of our Northstone Subdivision, Habitat's nationally recognized and award winning mixed-income development located in Hickory, NC.  Throughout the tour, we will share information about Habitat Catawba Valley, green building and our plans for the future of the neighborhood.

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Villanova University Spring Service Break Recap

Last month, sixteen college freshmen from Villanova University spent their spring break week working on Habitat Catawba Valley’s new home construction and Habitat Repairs!  While they were here, they also participated in fun activities and had the opportunity to get to know our community better.  

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Businesses Participate in Habitat’s Team Building Program

When Punker, LLC's Hickory-based employees decided to participate in a team building opportunity, they looked no further than Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. Not the traditional team building experience with ropes and personality tests, the team of employees spent the day working together and learning more about one another on a Habitat Catawba Valley worksite to help a family in need.  

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Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley Partner to Repair Homes

Eighteen families in Catawba County benefitted from a partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley in 2016.  Thrivent Financial provided grants totaling $45,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley to help fund repairs on 18 area homes while Habitat provided supervision and volunteers through its Habitat Repairs! Program.

“We are very grateful for our relationship with Thrivent Financial and their support of Habitat Repairs!,” said Mitzi Gellman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. “Thrivent was the first organization to understand and support Habitat Repairs! and they allowed us to launch this initiative.”

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Dear Habitat...

Here are some thank you letters and other words from our families:

This was a request for repairs:

"I need windows and my ceiling is leaking.  I am on a walker and my porch needs fixed it goes back and forth.  I am so sorry that I need all that fixed.  I always wanted a house but I couldn't get one so I had to get this.  Thank you and my bathtub is also leaking."

This a thank you:

"I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the repairs that were done to my home.  I am very grateful to you all for taking the time to extend your hard work and talents to beautify my home.  You made this possible.  I pray God blesses Habitat and every volunteer that worked on my home.  I pray Habitat continues to bless other families as you have mine and many others."

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Opportunity and Self-Reliance

While you might think that the majority of Americans feel stable and secure in their current situation, housing insecurity touches nearly half of adults at some point in their lives.  Frequent moves, overcrowding and the threat of eviction or foreclosure creates stress, depression and hopelessness for far too many families.

Sometimes a helping hand is all they need to build a better life

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My First Christmas in a Habitat Home

Allred Keondra Family pic1This year will be the first year in our new home. It's an awesome feeling to enjoy knowing that we have a house to walk into and knowing that the true meaning of Christmas is beginning in our first forever home.

I'm excited because we can actually get a Christmas tree in our living room and have room to decorate with Christmas joy. Another grateful blessing we have received with our new home is being able to have family/friends over to enjoy laughs with many memories. Family is important to us so I'm glad to have space and the healthy atmosphere to be able to do so. My little boy has really enjoyed decorating the house and the outside with lights. He is so excited about baking goodies for Santa.

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Holiday Sale: Shop With a Purpose

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Ascension Outreach Committee is sponsoring Shop with a Purpose, a holiday sale featuring Unique World Gifts , Safe Harbor’s ReSource Warehouse and Gallery, Exodus Homes & Exodus Works, and Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity on Sunday, November 20th in the Parish Hall. Join us and begin your holiday shopping even before Black Friday!

Anything you buy from Unique World Gifts will benefit those around the world seeking to sell their wares for a fair price and receive a fair profit. Sales from Safe Harbor’s ReSource Warehouse benefit the women’s shelter and residential program that works to free women and families from the bondage of homelessness and addiction. Services from Exodus also help to meet the needs of people in recovery and items from Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity aid the mission of providing affordable housing. Please join us in this very special event as we support these Christ centered mission in our area.

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Faith & Shelter Summit

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace." Isaiah 52:7

On Tuesday, January 30, more than 60 people attended the inaugural Faith & Shelter Summit presented by Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley at First Presbyterian Church of Hickory. Summit attendees learned about the growing housing crisis in Catawba County and Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to create solutions.

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Volunteers Needed for Habitat Repairs!

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Do you have some spare time on your hands? Do you like working with others to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors? Does your spouse want you out of the house for a little while during the week?

If so, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley has a job for you! Volunteer to help our new Habitat Repairs! program. Habitat Repairs! is designed to address the repair needs of elderly, disabled, and lower income home owners whose homes need repairs. The goal of the program is to keep the families safe, dry, and warm while increasing their quality of life and enabling them to stay in their homes.

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Habitat Staff Make Statewide Presentations

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley staff members have been busy.

Executive Director Mitzi Gellman and Community Outreach Coordinator Jenna Cucco presented “Building a Mixed Income Neighborhood” at the annual Camp Habitat Conference October 3-5 at Lake Junaluska.  Mitzi also presented the material at the North Carolina Housing Finance Association’s Affordable Housing Conference October 12-13 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

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