Electronics Recycling Event!

April 15, 2014
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The '80's called and they want their VCR and cassette players back! If you are doing some spring cleaning and need to get rid of some old electronics, look no further! The Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStores are partnering with Sam's Club and Spectrum Ecycle to take your old electronics and recycle them for free.

We're Hiring!

April 14, 2014
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Join our team! Our ReStores have two open positions for a ReStore Assistant Manager and ReStore Associate -Driver. We are looking for an individuals who are customer-orientated, organized, and who have an eye for detail to help us grow our ReStores' presence and revenue in St. Louis City & County. Ideal candidates will have previous experience with point of sale systems, computer skills, and a valid Missouri driver's license.

The Restore Assistant Manager is responsible for assisting the Store Manager with operations in the ReStore, donation processing, customer service, and retail floor stocking. The Assistant Manager will also be responsible for safely operating a 16’ box truck for the purpose of donation procurement.

The Restore Associate - Driver will be responsible for safely operating a 16’ box truck for the purpose of donation procurement. The ReStore Associate is also responsible for operations in the ReStore, donation processing, customer service, and retail floor stocking.

We look forward to hearing from you. Read more about the positions and learn how to apply by visiting our Job Openings page.

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Did You Know?

March 27, 2014
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That in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment on a minimum wage salary, a renter in Missouri would have to work 76 hours a week?

Each year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition publishes a report entitled Out of Reach, which aims to inform the public and policy makers on the state of affordable housing in America. The 2014 report also states that to afford a two-bedroom apartment, a household must earn at least $14.31/hour, 40 hours per week. Read the full Out of Reach report.

It is considered a cost burden on a household if they pay more than 30% of their earnings on rent and utilities. A cost burden means that the family will struggle to pay for other necessities such as food, medical care, and school supplies. A severely cost burdened household (paying more than 50% of their income on rent and utilities) may even be forced to abandon the idea of renting and become homeless as a result.

Why Does It Matter?

Affordable housing impacts not only the households in need, but the entire community.

  • -Children in a stable home are more likely to succeed socially and academically.
  • -Families are able to spend money on vital medical care and lead healthier lives.
  • -Households without housing cost burdens are able to spend money on goods and services in their community instead.
  • -Not having to move farther away from your employer in order to afford housing decreases transportation issues and the negative impact on the environment.

How Can You Help?

Become an advocate and supporter of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis! Our goal is to build homes, communities, and hope. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We provide an innovative opportunity for potential homebuyers to break the cycle of poverty and change the course of their lives and those of future generations. Homeowners must take financial education classes, pay a monthly mortgage, and help build their home with 350 hours of sweat equity! Volunteer, join a committee, ask your employer to sponsor a build, or donate. Visit our Support Us page to learn more.

Watch Us on TV!

March 17, 2014
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We were thrilled to watch two of our colleagues on TV recently! Avis McHugh, Director of Family Services, and Jacinta Witherspoon, Director of Resource Development, were invited to appear on STL TV Live with host Christia Deshields. They had the opportunity to share with viewers about the tangible impact HFHSL has on the community. They did a fantastic job dispelling some myths regarding our homebuying process. For example, a common misconception is that HFHSL gives homes away to low-income families. In fact, homebuyers purchase the home and pay a monthly mortgage payment. Watch the videos below to learn more!



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Share the Love

February 27, 2014
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If you love Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL), then vote for us!

HFHSL was recently chosen as one of four finalists for the Tree9 Charity Film Project, Share the Love. St. Louis based Tree9 Films specializes in producing high-quality promotional films for businesses looking to educate the public about their service or product.

Wanting to give back to the community they love, Tree9 Films came up with the idea to offer their services, free of charge, to one lucky non-profit. Local non-profits were asked to submit a video explaining how they help St. Louis. Our video features CEO Kimberly McKinney and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Now it is up to you! The video with the most votes wins a free promotional film. Did I mention, FREE?! A professional video can be very costly and often out of reach for most non-profits. If HFHSL receives the most votes, we will be able to share our families’ stories. The film would feature homeowners telling, in their own words, what owning a home has meant to them and how it has impacted their families.

Help us tell our story by sharing your love and voting for us! You can vote once a day, every day until March 31st.

Watch the video and vote at http://tree9.com/sharethelove.html.
Category: Events

Volunteers Needed at Home & Garden Show

February 3, 2014
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The St. Louis Builders Home & Garden Show is produced by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, and has been in existence for more than 35 years. It is the place for area consumers to see, touch, compare and buy everything they need for their homes, yards and gardens. Approximately 500 exhibitors in 1,800 booths fill almost 400,000 square feet of America’s Center in downtown St. Louis to create this must-see event! One of those exhibitors will be our very our Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStore. Volunteers are needed to help staff the ReStore booth.

Volunteers will be interacting with show attendees – answering common questions, handing out appropriate literature, etc. At the start of each volunteer shift, a ReStore employee will brief all volunteers on the mission of Habitat, how the ReStore operates and assists in the process, and go over the most common questions that show attendees ask (i.e. accepted donations, ReStore locations, volunteer opportunities, etc.).

All volunteers will be given the opportunity to explore the full show during their volunteer shift. Volunteers will not be responsible for admission, though they will be responsible for any fees incurred for parking.

The Show is located in both America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome downtown. The street address is 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101.

Available shifts include:
Thursday, March 6
• 11 am – 3 pm
• 3 pm – 7 pm

Friday, March 7
• 10 am – 1 pm
• 1 pm – 5 pm
• 5 pm – 9 pm

Saturday, March 8
• 10 am – 2 pm
• 1 pm – 5 pm
• 5 pm – 9 pm

Sunday, March 9
• 10 am – 2 pm
• 1 pm – 5 pm

Volunteers may register at http://habitatstl.volunteerconnect.com/ReStoreHBA/full to sign up for available shifts.

For more information about the HBA Show and it’s exhibitors, area parking and shuttle services, please visit their website at: https://www.stlhomeshow.com

One Size does NOT Fit all!

January 30, 2014
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The weather may be rather unpredictable this time of year, but that does not stop HFHSL volunteers from working towards the elimination of substandard housing. There are opportunities of all types, so please consider partnering with HFHSL in 2014.

  • Build Sponsors - These individuals, companies, charitable foundations, and faith-based organizations provide monetary or in kind contributions directly to our build program. Along with build days, sponsors receive various levels or recognition in the community depending on their sponsorship level. Get more information on Build Sponsorships.
  • Builders Club Teams - This is a team building opportunity for groups, companies, and organizations. This program is mutually beneficial to HFHSL and your place of business because it combines a physical effort on the build site with a financial contribution. For more information, visit the Builders' Club Teams page.
  • Buildable Hours - Buildable Hours is a program which provides professional service firms an opportunity to interact and engage with their prospective and current clients, partners, or associates through the construction of homes for local St. Louis families. Learn about Buildable Hours.
  • Executive Build - Executive Build is a unique build day opportunity for CEOs and other executive-level business associates to join together to build lasting connections while helping build a stronger St. Louis community. Get more information and sign up now to make sure you reserve your spot for an Executive Build Day in 2014.
  • The GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend - If fitness is your thing, consider joining Team Habitat for the 5K run/walk, Marathon, Half Marathon, or Marathon Relay. It's a weekend where beginner and professional runners alike come together for two great causes - fitness and supporting the community. Get more details on Team Habitat.

Each and every supporter makes a difference in the life of the hardworking St. Louis partner families that HFHSL serves. Hopefully you can find your fit and get involved in 2014!

Go! with Team Habitat

January 12, 2014
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Did you make a new Year's Resolution to get more active in 2014? Or are you a runner? Support Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis by running or walking for Team Habitat at the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, April 5-6, 2014. From the GO! St. Louis Marathon, to the 5K Run/Walk, there is an event for all fitness levels!

Join Team Habitat and raise funds to help St. Louis families in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing. By joining you will receive:

  • Quick and easy DISCOUNTED online registration.
  • Personal webpage to help you raise funds from your friends, family, and other contacts online. (Team Members are asked to raise a minimum of $150 - $300, depending on the race.)
  • TWO technical race shirts (one from GO! St. Louis and one from HFHSL).
  • FREE membership in the GO! St. Louis training program with Big River Running Company.
  • Pre-race pasta party with Team Habitat.
  • The opportunity to support St. Louis families who are working towards home ownership!

Interested? Get more information at www.habitatstl.org/go

Category: Events

Spring Internships Available

January 9, 2014
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This spring semester, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is excited to offer two internship opportunities! HFHSL internships will allow students to volunteer in a broad range of capacities, working with staff members to assist in tasks ranging from administrative work to the creation of new programs and systems. No coffee runs for our interns! HFHSL internships are excellent opportunities for students to gain practical real-world work experience and learn new skills while completing a degree. Students are also able to use internships for course-work credit with the approval of their institution if they like. Visit our internships page for more details about opportunities available and how to apply!

Category: Volunteers

One Nail, One Board, One Brick

December 28, 2013
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Tis the season……and regardless of whether you rejoice in Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or another celebration of your own choosing, it is hard not to feel festive during this time of year. From grand gestures to small kindnesses, people seem to share joy with friends and strangers alike.

Here at Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL), we are grateful for the grand gestures and the small kindnesses which support our work. One nail, one board, one brick…on their own, they may not seem like much. Yet every single nail, board and brick is essential in our mission to end substandard housing in St. Louis -- one house and one family at a time.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without friends like you who share our belief that everyone deserves to live in a decent, affordable home. Together, we don’t just build houses – we create homes where children grow up, families find stability, memories are made and communities are strengthened. Just as each nail, each board and each brick is essential, each and every one of our supporters is an integral component in making the dream of homeownership a reality for families.

And in this season of gift giving, please consider a contribution to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis so that we may continue to provide hope for families in 2014. Whether you can share enough to buy one brick or one thousand, each and every contribution makes a big difference in helping us build houses where families can build happy, productive lives.

On behalf of everyone at HFHSL, I wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

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Kimberly McKinney

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