Boutique Treasures Now at the ReStore!

Doors are open!

The ReStore is growing even bigger, if you can believe it!  This week, we opened our new home goods boutique, located in its own section of the ReStore on 70 Fuller Road.  The boutique is stocked with all sorts of great gems, including decorative home items, antiques, estate jewelry, high quality books, framed art, flatware, toys, furniture and many other unique vintage items.  Name it, and we probably have it!

Here you will find vinyl records next to one-of-a-kind decorative candle holders; ornate jewelry boxes alongside a framed painting of Kramer from Seinfeld; vintage books sharing space with old-school golf clubs.  You never know what you might find, which is half the fun! Prices range from $1 knicknacks, to a $300 vintage cuckoo clock, to a $1,200 authentic Victarlo.

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The idea came about after our store manager, Dave Harrison, saw an opportunity to sell all of the accessories many donors wanted to include with their larger donations of furniture or appliances. This separate, closed-off section of the ReStore was constructed entirely by the Home Helpers Cooperative – the same people that brought you our fantastic lighting display!  Home Helpers Cooperative gathered all the materials, including recycled items from the ReStore, and built the displays on the days the store was closed.

We are accepting donations, stop by and drop off you treasures, then stay and find more!

Visit our ReStore Facebook page for an up-to-date view of some of our items!

Note: We’ve added more hours at the ReStore.  We are now open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm.



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Bump, Set, Spike for Habitat!

Habitat for Humanity Capital District will be holding a grass volleyball tournament this August! We are looking for teams to play recreational 6′s (6 players, limited rules, limitless FUN) and B level 4′s (4 players, fun/competitive play). Sign your team up today!

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Fun Fact Friday!

Volunteers sheet rocking in Fox Hollow!

Over the past 365 days Habitat for Humanity Capital District has hosted 3197 volunteers. That’s a whopping 6394 hands on deck over our three sites in Fox Hollow, Sheridan Hollow and 126 Lark Street.  All of those volunteers have gotten us to where we are today – we will be finished in Fox Hollow by the end of this year, Phase 1 of Sheridan Hollow is moving along well, the bricks are going up and we are expected to close on the first two homes by early fall, and 126 Lark Street will be finished by summer’s end!

A great group working on Sheridan Hollow and 126 Lark Street!

A total of 10 families have moved into their homes in the last 365 days.  All of those families and all of our upcoming homeowners have all added their sweat equity and are part of that 3197 volunteer number!

We couldn’t be more thankful!!

These awesome ladies and gentleman are working hard in Sheridan Hollow!

Join the movement, get out in the sun and do some good for your community (and yourself) – sign up here:

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Meet 90, The Ellis Family!

This past Friday, June 27th, Habitat celebrated a momentous occasion, the closing of our 90th home.  Habitat has given a hand up to 90 families in our neighborhoods, providing them with a home base to better their lives and strengthen their community, our community.  Our 90th family, the Ellis’, are a fantastic representation of our Habitat homeowners.

Arthur & Tershia Ellis, proud homeowners!

Arthur, a supervisor at Berkshire Farms, and Tershia, a preschool teacher at The Albany Free School, are the parents of two young children, Zaryus and Zoey.  Their journey towards homeownership began a few years ago with the birth of their second child, Zoey.  Rent was high and they needed more space for their newly expanding family.  Like every parent, they wanted a safe and decent home for their children to grow.

However, their focus soon shifted.  Zoey was born prematurely.  The Ellis’ put their search for a home on hold as they concentrated on getting Zoey healthy and paying off the hefty medical bills.  In an effort to make more money, Tershia went back to school to get an additional degree, making Arthur the sole provider for the family.  With money tight, the Ellis’ took a break from searching for a home.  After working hard to get their finances in order, the Ellis’ dream of homeownership was back on track. The family took financial classes through a local program, leading them to Habitat.

Arthur (blue shirt, front row) and Tershia (neon green shirt, back row) working on their sweat equity at Fox Hollow along with other Habitat families and friends!

And the rest is history. Now, Arthur, Tershia, Zaryus and Zoey are moving into their new home in Fox Hollow.  This next chapter brings along so many joys that the family can’t wait to experience. “We are so exited to be starting the next phase of our lives…it will be a place for the kids to grow up, they will have friends over, sleepovers, I can see school dance pictures, birthday parties and love.  This will be a home that is filled with so much love, we had to work so hard to get here, and we are going to love every moment in our house,” says Tershia.

All of our families have worked hard to get where they are today, holding jobs in every type of industry imaginable, they are financially secure and are responsible for their mortgages and upkeep of their homes, all have put in 350 hours of sweat equity working on their own home and the homes of their neighbors.  But love, love is the primary connector between all Habitat families.  Love of their home and those they share it with. Congratulations to the Ellis family, and to all of our 90 families!  Habitat is slated to finish its 100th home in 2015 with the completion of phase I of Sheridan Hollow.

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NYCRAA Event A Rainy Success!

Normanside Country Club in Delmar – home of this year’s
NYCRAA Golf Tournament to benefit Habitat!

This year’s New York Capital Region Apartment Association’s  (NYCRAA) Golf Outing at Normanside Country Club was a success!  The rainy conditions on the morning of Friday, June 13th did not deter our hearty golfers!

Team Habitat!

Participants arrived around 11am just in time eat lunch and take their shot at our $5,000 prize winning putting contest.  Just in time for the start, the weather cleared up and golfers got on their carts and were off to the links.  In order to accommodate the rough weather foretasted later in the afternoon, golfers were only able to get 9 holes in before heading back to the clubhouse.  Normanside Country Club graciously offered a free round of golf at a later date for all participants in order to make up for the abbreviated day.

The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying cocktails by the bar and getting ready for the raffle and auction.  We had some great items this year:

  • Honest Weight Food Co-op Basket
  • 2 Regal Movie Passes to Crossgates Theatres
  • $50 Buca di Beppo Gift Card
  • $10 Price Chopper Gift Card
  • Full Face Chemical Peel from Williams Rejuva Center
  • $50 Robinson (Ace) Hardware Giftcard
  • 2 Tickets to a 2014-2015 show at the Capital Repertory Theatre
  • CrossFit Sport Package at Albany CrossFit
  • $50 D’Raymonds Gift Card and mug
  • Hair Cut at Dominic’s Barbershop
  • $25 to Frank’s Ice Cream
  • Bonefish Grill Basket
  • Wolanin Companies Wine Basket

Afterwards, golfers enjoyed a fantastic dinner and dessert selection while our very own Mike Jacobson MC’d the raffle and auction!  Every player also received a goodie bag for their participation in this great event!

Thank you to our sponsors, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thanks to all of our sponsors and everyone that volunteered, we had a great day!

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