Habitat Repairs! Launches New Partners Program

Habitat Repairs! has started a new repair program we call Habitat Partners. This is for Church and other groups that have a team capable of doing repairs for low income households in the area but need funding. Habitat can provide up to $1,500.00 for materials per project and we can provide shingles for re-roofing projects. The type of work can include painting, home maintenance, handicap ramps, and roofing.

The requirements are simple. First the families must meet Habitat’s low-income requirements. Second, the group must have the experience and expertise to properly complete the work on their own and have their own tools.

A general guide for household income starts at 29,150.00 for a one-person household and tops out at $54,900 for a family of Eight. Maximum income for a four-person family is $41,600.

This program enables Habitat Repairs! to reach more households since the work done by the Partners will involve little staff resources. In the first six months, eight projects have been completed under the partners program.

If your church or group is interested in participating, please contact Richard Greathouse, our home repair supervisor at 828-324-4663.

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Habitat Partners with Copperweld Building Wire

Coppwerweld Building Wire Logo Vertical 3CRecently, Habitat Catawba Valley entered into a new partnership with Copperweld Building Wire who donated their new Cu-Clad NM brand of Building Wire for our most recent houses in Northstone. They even sent a team of folks to help guide us through the install on the first project!

"I have to admit, I went to Hickory believing I had a pretty good grasp on the works of Habitat for Humanity. But after spending a few hours with Derek, I gained a new appreciation for all that takes place behind the scenes. In my personal view, it’s the most worthwhile organization in the country. It’s a place where monies and time that are donated actually work and produce something physical and immediate that helps people right away. From a Copperweld perspective, we are very proud to be partnering with you and we look forward to more opportunities," said Peter Graser, the Copperweld supervisor on site.

Thanks to Copperweld, and cheers to everyone working to build something better in the Catawba Valley!

Habitat Repairs! 82 and Counting

Habitat Repairs! in Catawba County is now three years old. Starting with a grant from Thrivent in 2015, and continuing through the generosity of many private and corporate donors, Habitat Repairs! has raised over $1,000,000 to help low income homeowners stay safe, warm and dry in their own homes. We are now working on our 82nd repair.

Our work includes roofs, plumbing, exterior maintenance, painting, handicap ramps, making safe entrances and exits, gutters repairs, decluttering HVAC, and electrical repairs.

Original roof on a 100 year old house:

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Satisfied Mortgage, Proud Mom

judyikardJudy Ikard’s son, Brandon, was 14 years old when she applied for a Habitat home. Now she has successfully paid off her mortgage on her Habitat home, and she credits that home with the stability and security that Brandon needed to thrive. Brandon graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Information Technology. His music has been featured in Hip Hop weekly magazine, and he has songs on The Rob and Big Show, CSI Miami, and Breaking Bad. He is also a winner of the ASCAP Music Award. Here’s what Judy wants to say about her Habitat experience:

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Habitat for Humanity for giving me a chance to become a homeowner. This came at a time in my life when I was determined to remove my young son from a neighborhood that I grew up in and loved dearly. At that time the crime rate and drug epidemic was at an all-time high, which motivated me to seek homeownership in a safer neighborhood.

Being able to connect with Habitat was the best thing that could have happened to me at this time. Getting a visit from the committee that informed me that I had been chosen to become a homeowner was life changing. The journey for a better life for me and my son had just begun. Granted, there were many obstacles along the way, such as job loss, losing loved ones, and illness. Through it all I was determined to never give up. Being able to see my son graduate from college with two degrees was truly worth it.

During the good and not so good times there was never a time that I couldn’t reach out to someone at Habitat and receive words of encouragement, recommendations, or just those powerful words “you can do it”, “don’t give up”! These things really meant a lot."

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National Women Build Week Recap

nwb 1From May 5-13, Habitat and Lowe's engaged women nationwide to work together and build Habitat homes during the 11th annual National Women Build Week! The goal of National Women Build week is to inspire and empower women to advocate and help Habitat homeowners love where they live through building or improving an affordable place they can call home. We want to engage women of all skill levels to join their friends, families and neighbors to build up our communities and lend a hand.

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