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Builder’s Bash Photo Gallery

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Builder’s Bash Photo Gallery

Our first Builder’s Bash turned out to be an amazing night, full of great friends, food and fun, all in support of affordable housing.

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Our Towns Habitat ReStores & Office re-open after Tropical Depression Florence

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**UPDATE, Monday, Sept. 17: Our offices and ReStores will re-open normal hours tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 18.

UPDATE, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.: Due to severe weather conditions throughout our service area, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will close all Habitat ReStores and administrative offices on Monday, Sept. 17.

Original post, Friday, Sept. 14:
Our Town Habitat for Humanity will be closing its three Habitat ReStores tomorrow, Sept. 15, due to predicted weather conditions as Hurricane Florence moves inland. The three ReStore locations affected by this closure are in Cornelius, Mooresville and Statesville.

These stores will also be closed Sunday, per our normal operating hours. We will evaluate conditions as they develop over the weekend before deciding whether the stores will re-open Monday. Please note, our Statesville store is closed every Monday.

Other ReStore locations are independently operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates and will make operational decisions based on their local conditions. To find information on the status of other ReStores, use this tool from Habitat for Humanity International to identify your local store.

Construction work on our home builds will go on as scheduled Saturday, with modifications. Volunteers scheduled to work on outdoor tasks will be reassigned to indoor projects, and work may wrap up early if conditions worsen. If you are signed up for a volunteer shift, you will receive direct communication about any changes to your assignment. Additional questions should be directed to volunteer coordinator Cathy Petriano.

Any additional closure/cancellation updates will be made here and post to our social media.

Inaugural Builders Bash raises $75K to build new affordable homes

It’s a wrap! The inaugural Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Builder’s Bash September 8 was a big success.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, guests and donors, we raised more than $75,000 to help fund a new home in the greater Lake Norman area.  A silent auction kept folks busy bidding throughout the night, and an energetic live auction and opportunity to fund the need for affordable housing gave everyone the chance to make a difference for families in our community.

Thanks to their commitment to the principles of Habitat and their gifts of time and treasures over many years, Paul and Judy Leonard were presented with the Our Towns Habitat’s Founder’s Award.

Right now, Our Towns Habitat has more than 30 families in our homeownership program, taking classes, earning sweat equity hours, and waiting for the opportunity to buy a home with a mortgage they can afford.  Funds raised at the Builder’s Bash will help those families move one step closer to having a home of their own.

If you weren’t able to join us Saturday, please take a moment to watch this video featuring three Our Towns Habitat homeowners and their journeys to homeownership. It takes just a few minutes to make a secure online donation to help the families on our waiting list. Thanks to everyone who supported the Builder’s Bash and our efforts every day to ensure everyone has a decent place to live!

Hurricane preparedness tips

As Hurricane Florence surges toward the East Coast, residents should take some time to prepare for the effects of the storm to protect life and property. While it’s  hard to know whether the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity service area will experience high wind, rain or both until the storm’s path is more clear, it’s best to be ready for the possibilities. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Secure any items on the exterior of your home, such as patio furniture, or bring them inside. During high winds, loose items can be picked up by the wind and become projectiles, causing potential injury and property damage. Trim back any tree branches that are at risk of breaking and causing damage.
  • Fill your gas tank early.
  • Make sure you have a supply of potable (drinkable) water. Water quality may be affected during a storm, making tap water unsafe to drink. You can buy bottled water, or fill clean containers with tap water ahead of time.
  • Also have water to flush toilets, if power outages affect the water system. For this, fill your bathtub and available buckets with water in advance.
  • Be sure to have flashlights and fresh batteries on hand. Avoid using candles, which can be a safety concern.
  • Be sure to have a supply of canned, non-perishable food on in hand in case of prolonged power outages. It may be a good idea to pre-cook any meat in your refrigerator. If power is lost, avoid opening the freezer and refrigerator to keep food cold as long as possible. Consider freezing gallons of water in advance, which also help keep food cold longer during a power outage.
  • If you lose power, a grill or propane stove are a good way to cook food, but make sure you use them outdoors (after the storm has passed) and a safe distance from your home. Not only are these items a fire risk inside the home, they can cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Generators should NEVER be operated inside a home and should be at least 20-25 feet away from the home. These can also create deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure to test your fire and carbon monoxide alarms.

Thanks for making Builder’s Bash a smashing success!

A life well-lived: Volunteer Jack Hart passes away at age 100

Our Towns Habitat is saddened by the loss of longtime volunteer and supporter Jack Hart, but we are blessed to have him as an integral part of the Habitat mission. Jack passed away shortly after his 100th birthday, on Aug. 28, 2018, after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. His warm, adventurous spirit was captured by the Charlotte Observer in this story of his amazing life.

The photo above shows Jack celebrating the opening of the newest Habitat ReStore in Statesville on April 13, 2018.