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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126 Lark in News!

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Team Rubicon at 126 Lark Street

Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster relief organization, brought the local news crews to our ReHabitat project at 126 Lark Street yesterday!  Several members of Team Rubicon traveled from all around New York and New Jersey to volunteer with us.  When Team Rubicon is not busy battling disasters, they are out in the community helping organizations like Habitat. What makes this story so special is that Team Rubicon is helping a fellow veteran family who will be purchasing 126 Lark Street once renovations are complete.  We want to say a BIG THANKS to Team Rubicon for helping us bring in the 2015 the right way!

For more on this heartwarming story of volunteerism, click the links below:

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2015

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“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Start the New Year off right by giving back to your community on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! We will have volunteer opportunities on our work sites and at the ReStore. Visit our VOLUNTEER page to see opportunities and sign up today!

We will also be holding a neighborhood clean up day on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 for youth ages 5-13. If you have a youth group that is interested in participating, please contact our Coordinator of Volunteers at (518) 462-2993 or Mandee@HabitatCD.org.

 

 

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Burmese Refugee & Habitat Homeowner Becomes US Citizen

 

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Steah Htoo (second from left) and her three children at the naturalization ceremony on December 12th, 2014.

Burmese refugee and Habitat homeowner, Steah Htoo, officially became a U.S. Citizen last week.  Htoo is a 37-year-old mother of three and a member of the Karen people, one of the over 100 ethnic groups in Burma (Myanmar).   She is also one of the first Karenni people living in Albany to become an American citizen.

For decades, many Burmese ethnic groups, including the Karenni people, suffered tremendous human rights violations under government dictatorship.  Members of these ethnic groups fled to neighboring countries, where they live in refugee camps until they are granted resettlement in one of many sponsoring countries worldwide. Before moving to the US in 2009, Htoo and her family spent 14 years living in a refugee camp in Thailand.

In 2013, after completing 350 hours of sweat equity,  Htoo and her husband and three children moved into a new home as part of our Morton’s Walk project on Alexander Street and Delaware Street.  When Htoo is not working at her full-time job, she volunteers as a mentor with the US Committee for Refugees and uses her language skills and life experience to guide others through the process.

Steah Htoo and her family have worked hard to get where they are now, and their strength and perseverance is inspiring.  Congratulations, Steah Htoo!

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