Bailey’s Builders: February 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day! This month Bailey selected the RPI Women’s Rugby team for Bailey’s Builders! Check out her special Valentine’s Day interview with a few of their players…

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Bailey Chase reporting live from Fox Hollow on this chilly Valentine’s Day! Today I spoke with Lynnette Lacek and Jane Braun from the RPI Rugby team. Lynnette is a senior majoring in Bio Chemistry and Bio Physics. She plays center for the RPI Rugby team. Jane is a senior majoring in Industrial Engineering, is a co-captain on the team and plays flyhalf. Today’s interview will focus on all the things these two LOVE here in the Capital District in honor of Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

What do you LOVE about RPI?

Lynnette: Rugby is definitely one big thing I love.

Jane: I love that everyone is kind of a nerd in their own way at RPI.

What do you LOVE about Troy?

Lynnette: The food! There are so many good little places. We just went to Slidin’ Dirty and that was really good. I also really like the architecture in Troy.

Jane: The Farmer’s Market is really good in Troy and I also really like the history and architecture.

What do you LOVE about volunteering with Habitat?

Lynnette: We love using power tools! It also makes me feel more productive on a Saturday.

Jane: The people you work with are really great and it’s very rewarding.

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Jane and Lynnette, power tool pros!

What do you LOVE about playing rugby?

Lynnette: Definitely the team, we are a team on and off the field for sure. It’s a good mix of people.

Jane: We say that rugby is for “every-body” meaning there is no body type that was made for it. I love that.

This is a tough one, what is your most LOVED memory from your four years at RPI?

Lynnette: I love Alumni weekend because all your friends who have graduated come back and we play them!

Jane: I have loved being able to live with 8 of my close friends for the past two years.

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RPI Rugby in Fox Hollow.

Thank you all so much for braving the cold and starting your Valentine’s Day with us in Fox Hollow. That’s all for me today, folks. A big sloppy kiss to the volunteers from the RPI Rugby team! Thank you for helping us build affordable housing in the Capital District and bettering your community! I’m headed home for lunch and a nice long nap! Woof!!

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All in the Family!

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Lloyd and Al at ReHabitat on 126 Lark Street.

For some, Habitat for Humanity becomes more than a job, a new home or a volunteer experience. For Al Gavin, ReHabitat Site Manager, and Lloyd Patterson, ReHabitat Site Supervisor, HfHCD has become all of that and more. Both Gavin and Patterson are Habitat homeowners and Habitat staff.

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Al and Lloyd join volunteers on the front steps of 126 Lark Street.

Patterson moved into his Habitat house 3 years ago and joined the HfHCD staff in October of 2014. Before coming to HfHCD Patterson worked as a nursing assistant. Patterson started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity  in Guiana back in 1996. Patterson loves every area of his Habitat house and loves knowing, “your hands built your dream home.” For him, working with Habitat for Humanity has allowed him to pay it forward, “it’s a blessing to work alongside another family – to receive and give back. It’s a blessing to help lower income families rebuild their community. I thank God to be a part of this team, working together with unity and strength to build this vision.”

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Al with our future homeowner, Deborah!

Gavin moved into his Habitat house 8 years ago and started working at HfHCD a few months before he moved in. Before joining our staff, Gavin did maintenance and repair work. He loves working on the rehab part of construction and is the lead manager of our first ReHabitat project on 126 Lark Street. “I’m able to use all of my skills here through building,” says Gavin.  He also enjoys “seeing everybody come together and build, all the volunteers. There’s so much love.”

It is not uncommon for a first time volunteers to have a memorable and rewarding experience working with Gavin, and many turn into regulars on one of his sites.  That rewarding experience is mutual, “working with the volunteers, you never know what you’re going to get,” says Gavin. “You meet different people everyday. Habitat is not a job, it’s an adventure. And at the end of the day you get to turn around, look at your work and say ‘look what we did’“.

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Al and Lloyd with CommerceHub volunteers at 126 Lark Street last October.

It is not uncommon for a first time volunteers to have a memorable and rewarding experience working with Gavin, and many turn into regulars on one of his sites.  That rewarding experience is mutual, “working with the volunteers, you never know what you’re going to get,” says Gavin. “You meet different people everyday. Habitat is not a job, it’s an adventure and at the end of the day you get to turn around, look at your work and say ‘look what we did’“.

 

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Welcome Back Troy YouthBuild!

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YouthBuild with Habitat Staff in Fox Hollow.

We would like to welcome Troy CEO YouthBuild back to site in Fox Hollow! YouthBuild members will be working on the construction site with us while simultaneously earning their Certificate of High School Equivalency. While they are on site, they are led by Ken Nitz, CEO’s Construction Manager, and Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s (HfHCD) construction staff, Jason Spiegel and Jeff Lappies.

Mr. Nitz started with CEO in September of 2014 but has been in construction his whole life. This week was their first week back to the construction site in Troy and Mr. Nitz said he is “…super excited. This group is very eager to learn”. For HfHCD, YouthBuild is dependable, knowledgeable labor on our construction site. For YouthBuild, our construction site is challenging and rewarding at the same time, “…watching these kids really get it, get the skills, is the rewarding part for me”, said Mr. Nitz.

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Mr. Nitz teaches YouthBuild participants how to install flooring in Fox Hollow.

YouthBuild will be building on site with us to the completion of Fox Hollow giving them the opportunity to learn an array of construction skills but also gaining “real-world” job experience. “The benefit to building in Fox Hollow is learning that life is a challenge and they need to step up. Giving them the discipline and skill set to succeed is key”, said Mr. Nitz.

 

Thank you, YouthBuild!

To learn more about Troy YouthBuild click here!

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Calling All Painters!

We are looking for volunteers interested in painting this Friday and Saturday for our ReHabitat project on Lark Street. Interested volunteers can sign up online here!

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What will you build?

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The Lane family used to live in an unsafe and crowded apartment. The children didn’t have a quiet space to do their homework and get a good night’s sleep. But their mom and dad—a daycare owner and teacher’s aide—understood how important a good home is for child development.

 

They knew that a safe, stable home would make all the difference.

 

This year, because of their hard work and the help of countless volunteers, the Lanes will celebrate Christmas in a home of their own. Their three children now have space to grow, learn and dream.

 

Can you help make sure all of our neighbors have a home for the holidays?

 

Your gift will help hardworking, lower-income families like the Lanes build a safe, affordable home of their own. “We have a sense of freedom, community and ownership,” their mom shared. “We are at peace.”

 

You are the energy behind our vision.

 

Over the past few years, we’ve built more new homes than ever before in our history. We’ll soon celebrate the completion our 100th home, and through your financial support we can build hundreds more.

 

Together, we can build hope for families like the Lanes. Together we can return our neighborhoods to greatness.

 

 

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season,
Mike Jacobson
Executive Director

 

PS— We have to move quickly to seize this opportunity. Make a donation this holiday season to guarantee our shared success in the new year.

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