Holiday Open House

November 18, 2014
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Please join us for a holiday open house and appreciation event for all! If you have supported Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis in the past, love our mission, or are interested in learning more about us, you're invited! We hope to celebrate the season with you on December 4th from 4:30-7:30pm at the ReStore Des Peres. 

Meet a Homebuyer

November 11, 2014
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Tomika D., and her daughter, described the moment they received the news of their approval for homeownership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis as priceless. Although the wait was a roller coaster ride, it was all worth it. The good news was celebrated with hugs, screams, and a joyful dance!

Tomika’s six year old daughter, Desir`ee, loves to dance. She is a kindergartner at Dewell International Studies. She is a very smart little girl and loves to learn new things; and she appreciates the gift of knowledge (she teaches this to her baby dolls and teddy bears at home when she plays school!)  Desir`ee also plays soccer and attends dance class.

Tomika is an alumni of UMSL (University of Missouri St. Louis) where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Although she is not using her degree in her current job, she has a strong desire to become a daycare owner because of her love for children. Tomika enjoys to shop and decorate, and now has an excuse to do both since she will become a homeowner.

Spending time together is enjoyed by taking in a movie, shopping at the mall, or visiting St. Louis Zoo. Tomika is thankful for Habitat for Humanity St Louis and the opportunity to make it possible for her to provide a home for her and her daughter. She is honored and an extremely happy HFHSL home buyer!

Category: Homebuyers

Habitat Homeowner Mohammad

October 17, 2014
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Mouhammadou (Mohammad) K. is the husband of Esperance and the father of three children Abdul, Denise and Maymuna.

Mohammad is a native of Senegal, he has been in the United States for seven (7) years. He is employed as a Van Operator for Metro (Bi-State) and is currently attending Forest Park Community College to receive an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Mohammad and Esperance always talked and dreamed about owning their own home, but never thought it would be possible until they learned about Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.

Now, the talk and dreams of Mohammad providing a home for his family has turned into action and reality, and the family is so thankful for the existence of the partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.

Mohammad recently closed on his house and was SO excited to start this next chapter of his life. His family moved in the same day they closed!

4th Annual Chili Cook Off

October 1, 2014
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Saturday, October 11
4th Annual Chili Cook Off – Sponsored by Whisnant Family Farms and FEAST Magazine
1 - 4 pm, Free, Reservations not required.

Cast your vote for the best chili recipe prepared by Whole Foods Market Town & Country's very own team members! All 10 of the store’s teams will compete to win $500 to be donated to their favorite charity (including Habitat STL!). Your votes, along with the votes of celebrity judges will determine the fate of the winners (there will be two winners – one determined by customer votes and one chosen by the celebrity judges for another $500 winner). And, to sweeten the pot, anyone who submits a completed voting ticket will be entered to win a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card. Whole Foods Market Town and Country are very excited to have the support of the following judges who will also determine which chili has the best flavor, best texture and utilizes the most unique recipe. Join celebrity judges, Catherine Neville, Editor of Feast Magazine, Patti and Mark Whisnant, local grass fed beef producers and owners of the Whisnant Family Farm (who have donated all of the beef for the chili recipes) and Chef Maziar (Maz) Nooran owner and chef of Flaco’s Cocina and Momo’s Taverna.

The West County Fire Department will have a fire truck here for the kiddos (in all of us) from 1 – 2:30, provided they are not called away for any emergencies. There will be some kid’s activities and live music by the Root Diggers with everything taking place outside on the sidewalk and parking lot. We’re hoping Mother Nature will cooperate, but bring an umbrella just in case!

Category: Events

New Homebuyer in University City!

September 19, 2014
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Kathryn is retired, she was employed as a buyer and decorator for Harris-Stowe University for 33 years. She is a mother of two adult daughters and a proud grandmother of three grandchildren (two girls and one boy).

She enjoys gardening and is dedicated to watching programs on HGTV, which gives her ideas on creating and decorating. Kathryn believes she can make anything out of something. When she needs quiet time, she retreats to her backyard with a “tall glass of something good”. She enjoys playing cards, skating and going to the movies. 

Most of all she enjoys watching her grandchildren grow, which is a humbling experience. She looks forward to their smiles, laughter, and all the hugs and kisses they can give her, which is a lot. Kathryn describes Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis as a wonderful program that offers an opportunity for families and individuals to accomplish homeownership, and she is excited and blessed to have the opportunity to partner with the organization.

Seven Weeks with HFHSL

August 26, 2014
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My name is Paula Roetscher and I am a third year Sustainability Studies major at the University of Florida. I am originally from Germany but moved to the US a little less than 2 years ago to start college and experience the American culture and lifestyle. I interned with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) this summer. The following blog post highlights my experiences with HFHSL and the city I have called home the past seven weeks.

In my first year in Florida I volunteered on a build site with Alachua Habitat for Humanity. That was the first time I heard of Habitat for Humanity and even though I did not know much about the organization itself, I enjoyed the atmosphere at the build site and the fact that I got to develop new construction skills As my sophomore year was coming to an end, I decided that I wanted to spend my summer exploring more of the United States and dedicating my time to a worthy cause. An opportunity to go to St. Louis opened up and I stumbled upon the Events and Fundraising Internship advertised by Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. Remembering my first, very positive encounter with Habitat for Humanity, this seemed like a perfect fit and I was overjoyed when I got offered the position!

Everyone at the Habitat office was very welcoming and I was given the chance to work on several different projects over the past weeks. I have mainly supported HFHSL’s fundraising efforts and helped to plan upcoming events. I have researched fundraising projects for the Habitat Women Build group and the campus chapters at Washington University, Saint Louis University and Ladue High School, and helped out with other miscellaneous tasks. My co-workers also showed me around different places in St. Louis and recommended fun weekend activities such as going up the Arch, spending a day at the City Museum and eating at Ted Drewes! I have come to love St. Louis and even took the time to understand the rules of baseball after seeing the Cardinals beat the Yankees.

Looking back at the past weeks, three experiences with HFHSL stand out the most. In my first week I was taken on a tour of all past and current HFHSL build sites in St. Louis City and County and got to see HFHSL’s lasting contribution to a better future. Only days later I attended the wall raising ceremony at the current build site in the Spanish Lake neighborhood with other staff members, volunteers, sponsors and homeowners. It was then that I realized HFHSL’ achievements truly are the result of a group effort. Lastly, I volunteered on the Spanish Lake build site myself and felt more productive and optimistic than I have in a long time. I learned to use different power tools, helped to put on part of the roof and met great new people. That day I accomplished things I did not think were possible and ultimately, a day of volunteer work taught me a lot about myself, too.

My experience interning with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has been absolutely wonderful and opened my eyes not only to the severe lack of decent, affordable housing in the area and its adverse effects on so many people, but also to the power of the individual and the fact that there are a million ways in which each and every one of us can support Habitat’s mission. I am beyond grateful for my fantastic seven weeks with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis!

Words Used to Describe HFHSL

August 7, 2014
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Volunteers were asked to describe the work of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. These are the words they used; the bigger the word the more often volunteers used that word. What other words would you use when talking about HFHSL?

Wordle: HFHSL

CEO Bartends for HFHSL!

July 31, 2014
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Join Kimberly McKinney, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL), as she guest bartends at Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering on September 10, 2014 from 6-9pm. Wild Flower, located at 4590 Laclede in the Central West End, will donate a portion of the bar proceeds (including bar and food ordered at the bar) to HFHSL. Plus Kimberly will serve up your favorite cocktails!

Wild Flower serves also serves up a delicious dinner menu and uses local ingredients whenever they are available.

Waffles for HFHSL!

July 28, 2014
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Join us for some of the most scrumptious waffles you have ever tasted! On Thursday, September 18, MELT is donating 15% of its sales from 5-11pm to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis. If you haven't tasted their savory or sweet waffles, you are missing out! Ingredients are baked into the waffles or layered on top and they are DELICIOUS. Check out their Facebook page for photos of their dishes and directions to their location.

Meet LaKisha!

July 25, 2014
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LaKisha C. is a Catering Supervisor at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and a mother of a seven (7) year old daughter. Although her daughter is currently in elementary school, she already has her focus on attending college. LaKisha is excited to be in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis!

She is grateful for having a place for her and her daughter to live, but she has always wanted more and the partnership with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, LaKisha believes, she will accomplish just that. The thought of having a home in a neighborhood with other residents who appreciate and take pride in their neighborhood is what drives LaKisha to make the best of this opportunity.

LaKisha describes how she feels about this opportunity in three words “I’m very happy!”

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