Habitat and the ReStore are excited to announce its new partnership with Raymour and Flanigan in Clifton Park! Customers of Raymour and Flanigan will now be referred to our ReStore for FREE pick-ups of their old furniture. As always, the ReStore also accepts drop-off donations at our 70 Fuller Road location.
To all of our ReStore customers, this means an even more steady stream of great furniture will be on the display in our showroom.
To celebrate this collaboration, we will be tabling at the Raymour & Flanigan Halfmoon Showroom in Clifton Park on Saturday, November 1st from 11am-5pm. During that time, customers who donate to Habitat will receive a special discount on their purchase. Our staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about ReStore donations, pick-ups and all thing Habitat!
Check out our Facebook page for ReStore updates, as well as photos of select furniture and home goods!
Meet Raymond Turner, one of our newest homeowners in Sheridan Hollow. He and his youngest son previously lived in Albany public housing, but are now packed up and ready to move!
As a lifelong resident of Albany, Raymond has watched the community and its neighborhoods change throughout the years. Raymond spent a portion of his childhood on Hawk Street, right around the corner from our Sheridan Hollow project. At age 14, Raymond’s mom moved to Syracuse, leaving him and his older brother and sister behind.
The three siblings stayed at the home on Hawk Street until Raymond was 19, when the home was foreclosed on due to back taxes his mother failed to pay. Raymond and his family have lived in apartment after apartment ever since.
Raymond currently works at the American Legion as a mailroom clerk. Previously, Raymond was employed as a counselor’s aid at a community based organization called “Parents Against Drugs.” Here, Raymond performed outreach work with at-risk neighborhood youth and their parents. As a parent himself, Raymond believes in the importance of a drug-free environment to allow children to grow into successful adults.
Creating this type of environment for his own children was not always easy. Raymond lost his wife of 34 years to breast cancer in 2002 – while his two youngest were still teenagers, aged 16 and 13. Despite the many challenges Raymond has faced, he is a proud parent of 7 successful and happy children – “all my kids are out there working, and I am grateful for that.” Habitat is part of the family for Raymond. His niece is also a Habitat homeowner and she was the one that motivated Raymond to learn more about the program. The two attended a Habitat orientation together and the rest is history!
Like every Habitat family, Raymond worked hard to complete his 350 hours of sweat equity, working in our office as well as on the construction site – “whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it.”
Welcome Turner Family!
Today we celebrate a huge milestone in our Sheridan Hollow project with the closing of our first two homes! Both the Turner and Bunch families made it official this morning after signing all of the closing documents with our our attorney, John Maxwell! Each new family receives a personalized stitch sampler, generously made and donated by the NY Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Congratulations to the Turner and Bunch families, we so excited to be a part of your journey to homeownership!
Construction is moving along quickly on the remaining homes of the first phase. Families are currently working on their sweat equity and attending our weekly Financial Peace classes – both requirements for all of our Habitat homeowners. We are incredibly proud of how wonderful these homes are looking and we can’t wait to see what all of our new homeowners will do with the space.
Stay tuned for more closings, family stories and construction updates!
World Habitat Day is the one day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1985 that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day, so on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, as in years past, Habitat for Humanity joins with our partners around the world to rededicate ourselves to a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
The facts are astounding: Around the world, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelter. More than 100 million people worldwide are homeless. One in 4 lives in conditions that are harmful to health, safety, prosperity and opportunity. Most studies conclude that one-third of homeless people in the U.S. are children.
The prognosis is alarming: By 2030, an additional 3 billion people will need access to housing, requiring 96,150 new affordable units every day to meet the need. By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, causing slums and unplanned settlements to swell.
Together, we can make a difference. Every four minutes, Habitat serves a family in need of better housing. Habitat has helped more than 4 million people since our founding in 1976. Locally, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has built 90 homes, and we will close on our 100th home this winter.
To succeed in eliminating poverty housing around the world in our lifetime, we must promote smart policies that advance access to adequate, affordable housing. Let those setting the agenda know that YOU care about housing and want to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live. It’s all about advocacy and there are plenty of ways to get involved via social media.
Click here to check out our World Habitat Guide for more on what you can do!