June 25, 2015
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.
June 8, 2015
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.
May 11, 2015
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!
May 5, 2015
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.
April 24, 2015
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?
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!
March 25, 2015
A Midnight to Midnight Giving Event on May 5!
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!
March 18, 2015
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.
February 10, 2015
Calling all smartypants!
Join us for our biggest event of the year! Our only Trivia Night in 2015 will be held on February 28, 2015 at the IBEW Local #1 Union Hall, 5850 Elizabeth Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110.
Time: Doors open at 6:20pm and trivia begins promptly at 7pm
We will have NINE rounds of 11 questions each. The three highest scoring teams win prizes!
The price of the table include free Anheuser-Busch products, snacks, soda, and water. Wine and pizza will be available for a donation.
Games! Prizes! Raffles! Heads or Tails!
Proceeds will benefit the Habitat STL mission of providing safe and affordable housing for all.
January 21, 2015
Join us for a night at the Blues…in Style!
Through the extraordinary generosity of a donor, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) and Habitat Young Friends (HYF) will be hosting a night at the Blues vs. Stars game on Tuesday, February 17th, with the game starting at 7pm. Best of all, we have the entire McBride and Son Luxury Suite all to ourselves!
Tickets for this game are $200 each and include admission to the game, entrance to the suite and a game seat as well as all-you-can eat buffet and open bar. All funds from ticket sales will benefit HFHSL!
For more information or to purchase your tickets, please contact Deirdre at 314-371-0400 ext. 619 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t delay…tickets are going fast!
December 11, 2014
BOTH of our ReStore locations are hosting a 50% off sale on December 20th from 9am to 5pm! All donated items wil be 50% off and Amazon Paint will be 15% off. Spruce up your home for the holidays!
But if you can't make it out on Saturday, Dec. 20th, don't worry! You can still get a great deal. We will be offering additional sales starting on Wednesday, Dec. 17th.
Wednesday, December 17 = 10% off
ReStore Forest Park
ReStore Des Peres (behind Sam's club off Manchester Rd.)
Wednesday through Friday sale excludes Amazon paint.