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Please Consider Becoming a Hope Builder Today

Dear Friend of Habitat,

Can housing provide a Path Out of Poverty?
Ways to Donate Through your generosity, love and support families lives have been transformed. Your dedication and sweat at one of our Habitat home builds has made the difference. Donations at our 3 Habitat ReStores allow Habitat to fulfill its mission through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs.
Your support provides housing solutions that can provide a path out of poverty for families in ‘Our Towns’ and gives HOPE to those in need. Our ongoing educational programming and services further strengthen our family partners.

Be a part of the solution to help break the cycle of poverty in our community through housing solutions.
Your work is impressive, but our NEED has grown. Over 40 local families in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties are waiting for a Habitat home.

Families we serve work in the school system, daycares, banks, retail stores, Town of Mooresville and Huntersville, restaurants, and serve as prison guards, police officers, assistant teachers, bus drivers and are self-employed.

Please continue to SHARE YOUR LOVE for this great mission by becoming a HOPEBUILDER. By giving a small amount each month you can make a real impact!

For more than 25 years your work has impacted lives in our community! We want to continue to transform families and together we can reach our goals.

With Gratitude,

Jeff Porter,
Executive Director

Meet Norma Harris

Norma Harris, 53, eagerly embraced the financial education she received and the handy woman skills she learned while being a homeowner in process.  Norma completed her homeowner in process classes in August 2014 and recently completed her 400 hours of sweat equity and is thrilled to be moving into her Habitat home in Cornelius.

Skeptical she could ever own a home, Norma attended her first Ours Towns Habitat information session in May 2014. She had raised her four children as a single mother and always struggled to make ends meet. Credit problems ensued, and she lived with her mother, even as a grown woman, when lease applications were declined.

“I never felt like I was accomplishing anything, and I never imagined (owning a home) could be for me,” Norma explains. “But today I am learning to paint and work with tools! I can caulk a window, use a hammer and saw wood. It’s hard work, but it’s a happy hard.”

She adds, “We all hug on and love on everyone when we arrive at the site.” Throughout her HIP classes and getting her credit restored, Norma says she was surrounded by compassionate professionals. And on the construction sites, she says supervisors, volunteers and homeowners work side by side with integrity and respect for one another.

She says the Habitat process is dignified and uplifting. “No one is looking down on me. Everyone is kind and helpful.” Norma is filled with joy that she will get the keys to her new, two-bedroom home. She’s ready to take on the second half of her li fe with financial confidence and many new skills. A quiet, restful nest of her own is within sight. “I cannot wait to open the door to a beautiful, clean home with pretty things,” she says. “I want to make a house my home.”

Norma Harris invested time and sweat to make her new home a reality for herself. She attended 8 life skills classes on personal finances, budgeting, home maintenance, fire safety and more. Plus, she worked 400 hours of sweat equity building her home as well as other Habitat homes under construction. Norma will assume a Habitat, no interest mortgage that she will be responsible for each month along with maintaining the home and meeting Habitat for Humanity standards for being a good citizen.

Davidson-Cornelius Interfaith Build

11 Religious organizations throughout Davidson and Cornelius joined together to offer volunteers, donations, time and prayers.

Habitat for Humanity prides itself in being an ecumenical Christian organization that serves everybody regardless of faith. The religious organizations of Davidson and Cornelius, NC have illustrated this perfectly in their sponsorship of Dawn’s house. Along with Grace Covenant, ten other religious groups, including Davidson College Presbyterian Church, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson Presbyterian Church, Gethsemane Baptist Church, Davidson Friends Meeting, Temple Kol Tikvah, Community in Christ Lutheran Church, Lake Forest Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalists of Lake Norman, and Reeves Temple AME Zion Church, have united in the Interfaith Build 2015, donating months of time, thousands of dollars, hundreds of volunteers, pounds of snacks, and many prayers to assist Dawn. It has been a roaring success.

Special thanks to the dedicated weekday volunteer crew and all the Habitat volunteers, staff and Americorps team who took part in building this home.

Rebecca Relleford Home Dedication

A conversation with Sierra Bryant

Davidson United Methodist Church 17th House Underway in Cornelius!

House constructionSpecial thanks to Davidson United Methodist Church for sponsoring their 17th home with Our Towns Habitat! Davidson United Methodist Church is the largest Our Towns Habitat donor and we are grateful for their continued support and dedication to our mission.

DUMC kicked off the build in Poole Place community in Cornelius on July 25th. The day was capped off with a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by DUMC members on site. A great start to what promises to be another great build.

The Retana-Ambrocio family is thrilled to take part in building their new home. Enedas Retana-Ambrocio, Lilian Granados Escobar, and Leslie, Enedas, and Kimberly Enedas Retana-Ambrocio and his wife Lilian Granados Escobar signed their partnership papers in October 2012. Enedas and Lilian have been married for 20 years and have three children: Leslie (age 18), Enedas (age 15), and Kimberly (age 4). Enedas has worked at Mama Mia 2 in Huntersville for over 5 years.

Enedas and his family have remained in the program as he fought legal battles to get two of his three children back from Mexico.  The children are finally all here in Cornelius and the family is ready to build with your help! Enedas and his family must remain in Cornelius and so we are thrilled DUMC will be able to partner with them this summer to make this long dream of safe, quality, affordable homeownership a reality in Poole Place.

Interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner? Upcoming information sessions will be held September 12, October 14 and November 14.

Volunteers Needed!

If you’ve ever felt the urge to come out and support Habitat in some way, now is the time! We need Saturday construction volunteers throughout the rest of July and August.

You would be on site from 7:45-1:00 (with a snack break at 10). This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning by meeting new people, learning new construction skills, and helping to build a house. With the accompaniment of a parent or guardian, youth ages 12+ can work on landscaping and punch and clean days, and youth ages 14+ can work in a variety of tasks including foundation prep and painting.

Please contact Cathy Petriano to give notice that youth 12-15 will be volunteering. Youth ages 16+ can work on all sites, but are unable to use power tools or work on roofs. To sign up, go to www.ourtownshabitat.org : Volunteer, VolunteerUp, Register. Soon enough you will be wielding a hammer and helping create a new home for a member of our community. For more information contact Cathy Petriano, 704-896-8957 x108; 704-361-8143 or cathy@ourtownshabitat.org.

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