Faith News

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Five Statesville congregations (First Presbyterian, First Baptist, Landmark, Western Avenue Baptist, Trinity Episcopal) met on August 27th for an initial interest meeting for a Faith Build to take place in Statesville, early 2016. If you want to get your congregation involved or learn more contact jamie@ourtownshabitat.org or 704-574-5960.

The Davidson-Cornelius Interfaith Build dedication was on August 23rd. Thank you to our eleven participating congregations and new Homeowner Dawn Minster! We had a great turn out at the dedication!

Final preparations are underway for the Mooresville Faith Coalition Build kick off in Burke Circle at the beginning of October. We are excited to build with Central United Methodist Church, Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Paul United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and West United Methodist Church as well as the Town of Mooresville.

Calling all Huntersville congregations! We are looking to build a house in late October and need your help. If you are interested in joining the Huntersville Faith Coalition to sponsor and build a house, please contact Jamie@ourtownshabitat.org or call 704-574-5960 for more information. Help us get 18 families in 18 homes in 12 months!

Brenda Lubkiewicz – Happy is Habitat and Chocolate

Brenda Lubkiewicz’s new home at Norman Park in Huntersville. Read her story. Special Thanks Bethel Presbyterian Church for making this home possible.
Describing herself as “more of a giver than a receiver,” Brenda Lubkiewicz is thrilled to be able to provide a new, clean home for her family. “It was time to reclaim my independence and support myself.”

Brenda, 48, sold the New Jersey home she had lived in most of her life in 2009, following a divorce, and she eventually ended up here with little money. A short exchange of words with the owner of Kilwins in Birkdale Village one day in 2011, when she was in the store, was the beginning of her comeback. “A few days later, Bill Kinney came into the gas station store where I was working and asked me to come work for him,” Brenda explains.

Her son was helping her to pay the rent on a small apartment for she and her teenage daughter. “It was belittling,” says Brenda. “I’m the mom.” On July 18, 2013, a friend drove her to Our Towns to fill out a Habitat homeowner application. She began the process a month later.

“I was ready for the hard work. My 26-year-old son helped to put the roof on my house,” she says. “I really like being at the work site meeting new people and hearing about their churches. Everyone comes together as a community with a purpose to help families.”

In September, Brenda said goodbye to being a renter paying her last month of rent. Once again, she will be a homeowner. In early October, she will move into her new home in the Habitat for Humanity Norman Park community. Brenda’s neighbor is a woman she met while they both were working “sweat equity” construction.

“I’m so thankful to Bill Kinney for the job he gave me, and the time off, too, to complete my volunteer hours,” says Brenda. “Chocolate is my ‘happy,’ and Kilwins is like family.”

Brenda Lubkiewicz 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. Brenda 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.

Hope Builders Breakfast: A Great Success!

September 24th we hosted our inaugural Hope Builders Breakfast at The Peninsula Club in Cornelius.

We are thrilled to report that over $20,000 was raised to support our mission of seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope!

Our keynote speaker for the Hope Builders Breakfast was Boris Henderson, a partner and chief financial officer of the Drakeford Company. Boris is a Davidson College Alumni and grew up in a Habitat home in Charlotte.

Cornelius resident Amy Huntley also spoke at the event. Amy is a homeowner in process at Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Amy is a single mom and barista at Novant Hospital in Huntersville. Her house in the Poole Place community off of Bailey Road in Cornelius started construction in October. Amy and her son who attends Hough High School are so excited about their new home!

At Our Towns Habitat for Humanity we are striving to build 18 new homes for 18 families over the next 12 months and perform 34 critical repairs for our must vulnerable neighbors. Together, we will serve 52 families this year. That’s one family per week! The support we received at the Hope Builders Breakfast provides a hand up for those families in our service area that long for a decent, affordable place to live. We are grateful to those who are making the commitment to building hope and homes for our neighbors. Want to donate?

Critical Home Repair Brings Hope to Homeowners

My name is David Chapman and I work for Our Towns Habitat in Cornelius. I have been tasked with being the Site Supervisor for the Community Development Block Grant Program or CDBG. Our program is designed to assist homeowners in existing homes do repair work that would otherwise be a cost burden. We use licensed contractors to do the work instead of volunteers allowing for quicker turnaround for the repairs and to be better stewards of the grant funding. This work provides jobs for local contractors.
Homeowners will benefit by having their homes made safer, more up to date, and more sustainable for them in the future. Some of the expected repairs include replacing a roof, a new A/C or heat system; or a bathroom or kitchen remodel.
Each job varies from home to home.

All of the funding for this program comes from the CBDG grant and qualified homeowners will incur no cost for the repairs. The funding is currently limited to Cornelius and Huntersville. We hope to include Davidson, Mooresville, and Statesville in the near future. This will allow us to serve more families in our service area.

If you know of someone who would be interested in this program; please have them call Family Services at our main office in Cornelius at 704-896-8957.

Youth News

The Mooresville Youth Build Day took place on September 12.

* Youth groups and students from across Mooresville will come together for fun, food, construction, and some learning. Over 100 attendees met at First Baptist Church for kickball, cookout, HabiChat, DIY projects, and building window and door components for this year’s Mooresville Faith Build.

* 30 students from Community School of Davidson’s High School advisory program attended Norma Harris’s dedication on Friday August 28th to kick off their monthly service Fridays with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Their work will include time at the Restores and on construction sites.

* Davidson College freshmen kicked off their Davidson Careers by raising $4,000 through their community service walk to go towards the Wildcat Build in January. Davidson families and community members further fundraised through the Homestay program, where families stay with hosts and donate money to Our Towns Habitat rather than paying for a hotel. The campus community helped paint tables and shoe cubbies the first Wednesday of classes that will be sold to raise money for the Wildcat Build. And 8 Wildcats spent their first Saturday back framing walls at Poole Place in Cornelius. What a great first week of the year. Thank you Davidson Wildcats for your support!

* On September 25th Davidson students will host a Welcome Home Gala in the Lilly Gallery. The event will feature dancing, speakers, and a silent auction and tickets are available to students and community members. All proceeds will fund the 2015-2016 Wildcat Build. Contact typfister@davidson.edu for more information or to reserve your ticket.

September 2015 News

Dear Habitat Family,

ReStore volunteers, donors, shoppers and staff will help Our Towns Habitat for Humanity build 18 homes in the next 12 months. Gently used furniture, appliances, building materials and other items are contributed to each ReStore on a daily basis. Donated items are processed, priced and placed on a ReStore shopping floor for purchase. Proceeds go towards funding the mission of Habitat.
In addition to building new homes, the contributions generated through our ReStores will help us repair 34 homes this year as well. Because of their hard work we are able to help at least 52 families with a housing solution. That is one family being helped every week!

Our ReStores are part of the growing “ReSale Industry.” According to a report released by the National Association of ReSale Professionals, “Resale remains healthy and continues to be one of the fastest growing segments of retail.” The report goes on to say, “There are currently more than 25,000 resale, consignment and Not For Profit resale shops in the United States.”

Our Towns operates three ReStores:

  • Mooresville ReStore – 121 Norman Station Blvd.
  • Cornelius ReStore- 20414 North Main Street
  • Statesville ReStore – 1382 A Shelton Avenue

All three ReStores are open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday – Saturday for shopping and donations. The ReStore trucks can pick up your donations FREE of charge.

Our ReStores build community. On Sunday, September 13, our ReStore partners and family members hosted a picnic for all staff members, board members, Habitat homeowners, and homeowners in process.

Over 175 showed up for a beautiful afternoon of games, prizes, and deliciously grilled hamburgers and hotdogs with all the fixin’s at Bellingham Park in Mooresville. One homeowner in process said:
“Habitat treats me like family. This is the first time when I have truly felt loved and accepted for who I am. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance in life and I owe it all to the people seated around me.”

I am grateful for our ReStores and their devotion to furthering the mission of Habitat. They make it possible for us to serve the people God has called us to serve. Please visit a ReStore this week and be prepared to find a treasure to purchase or call them up to and donate the items in your home that you have been meaning to replace or remove. Become a part of the ReStore community and help us build homes, communities and hope one donation at a time.

I appreciate your hard work,

Jeff Porter, Executive Director
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

Three Homes in Final Stages at Burke Circle

Burke Circle is alive with activity as sponsors and volunteers come together to build three new Habitat homes. Corporate and community partners have made these homes possible due to their contribution of money and volunteer labor. Ingersoll Rand, Lowes Corporation, Wells Fargo, The Town of Mooresville, and Circle of Giving all came together to build these homes.

These homes are all part of the Burke Crossings community comprised of a collection of single family, energy efficient, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes arranged around a series of communal green spaces and gardens. Burke Crossings is inspired by Mooresville native Selma Burke, an individual dedicated to leaving the world a better place through her sculpture and teaching.

The Town of Mooresville was instrumental in building this Habitat neighborhood.

Thanks to Lowes Corporation’s contribution and a partnership with Energy Conservation Solutions this will be the first Our Towns Habitat home with solar panels provided and installed by Energy Conservation Solutions. The system will provide solar thermal water heating for conservation and a 2KW photovoltaic solar electric system for energy production. The dedications for our three new homeowners will be scheduled for October. Interested in sponsoring a Habitat home?

Building Hope

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Building HOPE Video showcases the work of Our Towns Habitat and talks with the families we serve, volunteers, staff and the many partners that make our mission possible!