New AmeriCorps Member Joins Team

August 27, 2015
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Jenny grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo, New York. She received her graduate degree in school counseling from Penn State University and has spent the past seven years working mainly in elementary schools.

After five years in Nashville, Tennessee, Jenny recently moved to Belleville, Illinois and started the job hunting process. She came across an AmeriCorps position at a different organization and learned more about the program. Jenny realized that a whole host of organizations needed AmeriCorps members and one position in particular caught her eye.

"I will be serving as a Construction Crew Leader [at Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis]! I'll mainly be out on site assisting with construction tasks, working with volunteers, and working with the awesome HFHSL construction staff!," Jenny says.

When asked what she is looking forward to most about her new position, Jenny said, "I'm really excited to learn something new since I have zero (!!) construction experience! Maybe that makes me a little crazy but it is refreshing to step into a totally new field and learn from scratch! I'm hoping I'll be able to build some things for my house by the time I'm done."

Jenny loves to be outside whether it's hiking, walking, running or travelling. She has been as far away as Australia and spent a month travelling through Canada over the summer. She is also training for a half marathon!

We think Jenny will fit right in with her adventurous spirit and eagerness to learn a new skill. Welcome Jenny!

Father Teaches Values to Sons

July 21, 2015
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Lamarr V., and his two boys, Tyre (9 years old) and Jamarr (7 years old), feel overly blessed to be in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. The boys can't wait to move into a home they can call their own and Lamarr is enjoying working on the build site and the process of becoming a homeowner.

At seven months old, Lamarr was adopted and raised by his aunt, who he loves unconditionally. Lamarr has been employed as a Respiratory Equipment Technician at a local hospital for 10 years. His grandfather began teaching him how to mow lawns at a very early age and he has been at it ever since - now he owns a landscaping business!

Between work and tending to his business on the summer weekends, it became a challenge to spend quality time with his sons. So just as his grandfather introduced him to the landscaping business, he has done the same with his boys. They get to spend time together and at the same time, his boys learn new skills at the family business. Lamarr loves to take the boys fishing and teach them how to grill food, and do pretty much anything that helps him bond with his boys. Lamarr says it feels great to instill the same values in his boys that were instilled in him by his aunt and grandfather.

 Welcome to our family Lamarr, Tyre, and Jamarr!

BIG Sale at the ReStore!

July 20, 2015
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Are you ready to save BIG time?

The ReStore is hosting an incredible sale this week! Starting Wednesday, July 22nd and ending Saturday, July 25, stop by either location to get your sale on!

Let Congress Hear Your Voice!

June 25, 2015
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By Kimberly McKinney, CEO

Recently I met with someone who is considering making the move to non-profit work after years in the corporate world. As we talked, I heard myself saying "Listen to your heart and consider a nonprofit whose mission speaks to you”. I reflected back on a time when I had only been at Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis for a few months when I received an offer from a much different non-profit for a position I had once considered my "dream" job. But by then… it had happened...I had realized how much I had taken for granted over the years, the importance of always having a place to call home.

Currently, too few Americans are able to have the experience of a home of their own and many others are facing a housing crisis as renters. According to the recent report “Out of Reach” by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the 2-bedroom national housing wage is $19.35 meaning that an American household must earn at least $19.35 an hour to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment without spending more than 30% of their income on rent. And before you respond that St. Louis is affordable, the rate locally is $15.69.

Unfortunately, the need is not resonating politically. Recently, the Senate Transportation and Senate Subcommittee (better known as THUD, how appropriate!) released a budget that almost entirely de-funds HOME (Home Investor Partnership Program). Under this bill, HOME, which is federal assistance dollars provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to states in order to provide decent and affordable housing particularly for low and very low income Americans, would be cut to $66 million in 2016, ONLY 7% of the $900 million available in 2015. Let me give you some local perspective: a current build by HFHSL has the support of $360,000 in HOME funds but the gap between the cost of construction, not including overhead, and what our families can afford is still over $50,000. Thus, the importance of both HOME funds as well as the ever-important corporate, faith based and individual donations we receive.

We are well known for building homes and engaging volunteers, but it is time we call on our friends and supporters to not only pick up a hammer or reach for your checkbook but to also be the voice of those who are often silenced...the working single mother who is working 60+ hours a week in order to pay her ever increasing rent or the veteran who returns from serving our country but can only afford a one-bedroom apartment for himself and his two children. Reach out to your elected officials across all rank (national, state, local) and let them know you support affordable housing for all.

Find Your Elected Official!

EPA Awards Habitat STL

June 8, 2015
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a winner of their 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis was sited as a champion of Indoor airPLUS in the St. Louis market with100% of its homes in 2014 Indoor airPLUS qualified. HFHSL is recognized for its efforts to promote safer, healthier and more comfortable indoor environments.

The EPA created Indoor airPLUS to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved indoor air quality. Indoor airPLUS builds on the foundation of EPA's ENERGY STAR requirements for new homes and provides additional construction specifications to provide comprehensive indoor air quality protections in new homes.

Kyle Hunsburger, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ Director of Construction said, “we are pleased that our efforts in building energy efficient houses have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is an honor to receive the 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award. We have been building to LEED standards for many years and our goal is always to provide the healthiest and most energy efficient houses for our homebuyers.”

Construction specifications include the careful selection and installation of moisture control systems; heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems; combustion-venting systems; radon resistant construction; and low-emitting building materials.

A builder must first design a home to earn the ENERGY STAR label — the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. The result is a home that is significantly more energy efficient than a home built to minimum code, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To earn the Indoor airPLUS label, the builder then adds additional home design and construction features to help protect qualified homes from moisture and mold, pests, combustion gases, and other airborne pollutants. Before the home officially earns the Indoor airPLUS label, it is inspected by an independent third-party to ensure compliance with EPA’s rigorous guidelines and specifications.

Categories: Construction Green

Work for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis!

May 11, 2015
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We're hiring! If you are looking to join a passionate team of individuals who are dedicated to transforming St. Louis, then look no further! We are hiring a Major Gifts Manager and a part-time Resource Development Administrative Assistant, both will work in our Administrative Office on our Resource Development Team. 

Our new Major Gifts Manager will preferably have at least six years experience in major gifts fundraising and our Resource Development Administrative Assistant will have a couple years of office experience. View the full job descriptions and apply today!

 

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Tulip Bulb Give-Away at ReStore Des Peres

May 5, 2015
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Celebrate this Mother's Day by picking up some free tulip bulbs for your garden! The Staenberg Group, a full service commercial real estate development company, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStore in Des Peres, will host its annual tulip bulb giveaway on May 10. There will be tens of thousands of free bulbs! Each participant will be given one bag of bulbs for free while supplies last. Please do not bring your own containers.

When: Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 9AM

Where: Habitat for Humanity ReStore Des Peres, 2117 Sams Drive, Des Peres, MO 63131 (behind Sam's Club off Manchester)

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore Des Peres will be open for guests to purchase new and gently used home improvement goods. The ReStore is offering a 10% discount on everything in the store on Mother's Day.

Happy Spring!

Make a Difference on Give STL Day

April 24, 2015
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Last year was the inaugural Give STL Day Event, and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) was proud to be one of 500 regional non-profits who participated in this very successful event. In 2014, the event raised over $3,000 for HFHSL and $1.1million total for worthy organizations throughout our community.

Give STL Day 2015 will take place on Tuesday, May 5th from 12:00am to 11:59pm. HFHSL joins with almost 800 other non-profits who are taking part in this event…so the competition will be fierce! We need your help to make this year’s event even more successful than last year’s.

What can you do to help?
• Make a donation! Whether you can afford $10 or $10,000, every little bit helps.
• Share our Facebook event with your friends and family on Facebook to encourage them to share their contributions with HFHSL.
• The greatest benefit to HFHSL from Give St. Louis Day is the opportunity to engage more people in our efforts to build a stronger community. Anything you can do to spread the word to help us garner new supporters makes a big difference!

HFHSL is responsible for raising over 95% of our own funding to build and rehab homes in St. Louis City and County. Your participation in Give STL Day goes a long way in helping us in our continuing mission to build a community where everyone has a decent place to live. Thank you in advance for your part in making Give STL Day a big success for HFHSL and the entire St. Louis philanthropic community!

Categories: Events Homebuyers

Give STL Day 2015!

March 25, 2015
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A Midnight to Midnight Giving Event on May 5! 

Give STL Day is a 24-hour, online giving event in order to grow philanthropy in the St. Louis metropolitan area and bring awareness to nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.

The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Prize money will be made available throughout the day to amplify donations - woo-hoo! For twenty minutes starting at 6AM, 10AM, 12PM, 6PM, and 11PM, every donation will receive a partial match from a pool of $20,000.  

The $20,000 will be split against all donations, up to $500, made during that time. This will allow each donation to receive some matching funds. Based on last year’s numbers, it would have equaled $.13 per dollar donated. For example, from 6:00-6:20am, if you donate $100, an extra $13.00 would be added to your gift to increase the support you have given Habitat STL! Once the day is over, we will find out what share of the $20,000 we will receive.

More than 750 nonprofits will be participating so we need your support!

Habitat STL's goal is simple: to raise more money than we did last year in order to increase our impact in the community. We intend to continue our work in partnering with families to break the cycle of poverty and build a financially secure future.

So join the movement and support us by donating to Habitat STL on May 5th! With your help (and competitive spirit!) we can raise more than last year's total of $3,019.

On May 5, go to givestlday.org and make a donation to Habitat STL. Your gift will help a family break the cycle of poverty and build a financially secure future!

Thank you!!

Our New Volunteer Services Manager

March 18, 2015
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We are pleased to welcome Diana Barbosa as our new Volunteer Services Manager. She will direct all aspects of our volunteer program and manage our AmeriCorps, internship, and community services program. Diana comes to us from Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County where she recruited 3,000 people each year to volunteer. She earned a B.A. in International Studies and a B.F.A. of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis.

Diana's special interests include graphic design, volunteering internationally (she volunteered in Fiji for Habitat for Humanity International!), traveling, and paying it forward. She is also a member of Friends of Casa, the young professionals group of Casa de Salud.

Welcome Diana! 

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