I am blessed: a homebuyer’s reflection

September 7, 2016 | Leave a reply

I AM BLESSED. Last evening, I mowed my lawn and then went inside and I vacuumed my new floor, in my new living room of my new house. I looked out the window at the river. It looked like glass. The sunset reflected into it casting a pink and purple glow in the sky.  I never thought I’d be so happy. Really. I thought this would never happen. I am blessed. About a year ago, as I filled out the Habitat application, I remember literally praying as I filled out every question. Ultimately, the decision was made and I was selected. Initially, I had gotten a voicemail. It was Erin Glock. She said in her sweet voice, “Hi Mandy, It’s Erin, I need you to call me because Habitat met and discussed your situation and I have some really exciting news for you.”  I felt like an actress, waiting for her big break and this was finally it. I was hiding in a closet at work. As I listened to the voicemail again and then again to be sure I heard this right, I began to cry. This was it. It’s happening. They chose my family. I thought, I am […]

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Fulfilling needs within my community

July 5, 2016 | Leave a reply

After retiring from the New York State Environmental Conservation Department in 2010, Pete Nye found that he had a lot more downtime in his schedule.  Looking to keep busy, Pete knew that he wanted to give back to his community in some way.   But how?  Having previously volunteered on a couple of Habitat for Humanity Capital District build sites before his retirement, Pete knew the exact organization that would enable him to give back—Habitat for Humanity Capital District.  Having now been volunteering at Habitat’s ReStore since 2010, Pete lends his time to the store once a week doing a variety of different tasks.  He can be found unloading the donations trucks, pricing items, or moving merchandise out onto the warehouse floor.  Yet Pete’s contribution doesn’t stop there.  He also frequently involves himself with different Habitat charities, including Tour de Habitat and the Habitat Golf Tournaments.  With everything that Pete takes part in at Habitat, he loves knowing that he is making a difference in some way.    “I enjoy knowing that I am working with a great cause to help humanity,” Pete says.  “I really enjoy working with all of the great people, whether they are Habitat staff members or […]

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Less worries, more joy

May 26, 2016 | Leave a reply

After living in a refugee camp on the Myanmar-Thailand border for over 15 years, Steah Htoo made her way to the United States in 2009, settling down in the Albany area.  After staying in a small, unsafe apartment for about a year, Steah found out about Habitat for Humanity Capital District from some of her fellow Burma refugees.  Desperately wanting better living conditions, Steah decided to apply to the Habitat program online in 2010, hoping for a fresh start and some stability in her life.  After waiting patiently to hear some news for well-over a year, Steah finally heard one day exactly what she had been waiting for—Steah and her family would become proud new residents of a Habitat home on Delaware Street.      “I was very excited,” Steah says, reflecting on how she felt upon finding out the news.  Steah and her family were very enthusiastic about the entire Habitat process.  When it came time for the construction of her home, everyone jumped on board, with all of Steah’s friends and family pitching in to help.  With a total of 350 sweat equity hours needing to be completed, Steah’s friends tackled 100 of those hours, while Steah and her […]

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Supporting something good

May 18, 2016 | Leave a reply

Officially starting his regular volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity Capital District back in 2006, Ralph Marino is a regular construction volunteer with the Tuesday/Wednesday crew.  Since the start of his involvement with Habitat, Ralph has taken part in nearly all phases of construction on a variety of different homes.  Things such as setting floor joists, building walls, completing drywall, installing and finishing stairs, and putting in doors are things that Ralph has become fairly comfortable doing.  “I’ve come to like installing doors the most,” Ralph says.  “It is something that I always look forward to.” With all of the different tasks that Ralph has been assigned to over the years, he has learned a lot of different construction techniques, many of which he can use throughout all aspects of his life.  In addition to all that he has learned, one thing that Ralph really enjoys about his involvement with Habitat is being able to work with so many different people. “I enjoy working with people,” Ralph says.  “And with the Tuesday crew, many of the same people have been volunteering for years.  Many of us have become close friends.  I always look forward to volunteering and spending some time […]

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My new life

April 29, 2016 | Leave a reply

As a refugee from Burma, Eh Poh is no stranger to living her life through others.  Eh Poh spent much of her younger years living with her grandmother.  At 13, when Eh Poh’s grandmother passed away, Eh Poh went on to live with her aunts, and then with some friends.   Constantly moving from place to place, Eh Poh never felt that she had a stable life of her own.  But with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Eh Poh can finally say that she has created the life that she has always wanted. After coming to the U.S. in 2011 and having nowhere to go, Eh Poh found out about Habitat through a friend of hers who had applied to the program.  Talking back and forth, Eh Poh finally decided that she too should apply, wanting a stable home for her and her family to live in. “I wanted my own home,” Eh Poh says.  “I didn’t want to live in an apartment.  I didn’t want a rent payment.  I wanted to live in my own house that I would be responsible for maintaining.” After getting accepted into the Habitat program, Eh Poh couldn’t contain her excitement.  She would finally […]

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