My new life

April 29, 2016 | Leave a reply

As a refugee from Burma, Eh Poh is no stranger to living her life through others.  Eh spent much of her younger years living with her grandmother.  At 13, when Eh’s grandmother passed away, Eh went on to live with her aunts, and then with some friends.   Constantly moving from place to place, Eh never felt that she had a stable life of her own.  But with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Eh can finally say that she has created the life that she has always wanted.  After coming to the U.S. in 2011 and having nowhere to go, Eh found out about Habitat through a friend of hers who had applied to the program.  Talking back and forth, Eh finally decided that she too should apply, wanting a stable home for her and her family to live in.  “I wanted my own home,” Eh says.  “I didn’t want to live in an apartment.  I didn’t want a rent payment.  I wanted to live in my own house that I would be responsible for maintaining.”  After getting accepted into the Habitat program, Eh couldn’t contain her excitement.  She would finally be able to have her own life.  And with […]

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Women Build Week Lowe’s Clinic: Safety and Power Tools

April 21, 2016 | Leave a reply

Get ready for Women Build Week 2016 with a free Lowe’s volunteer clinic tomorrow night at 4pm and learn some construction skills before volunteering on site!  We will be learning how to safely use hand and power tools!  If you are volunteering during Women Build Week or are interested in volunteering, join us! All are welcome! 790 Loudon Rd. Latham

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14 Tips to Shop, Donate and Volunteer at our ReStore

April 21, 2016 | Leave a reply

Whether you’re shopping, donating, or volunteering at Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s ReStore, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind, provided by some of our lovely ReStore staff! Shopping Tips Visit our Facebook page often. We are constantly receiving donations each and every day with all kinds of new items.  Photos of new items are posted on our Facebook page daily, so check back often.  You never know what you may find, and the good items always go fast! Check the ReStore first. We sell way more than just gently-used donated items—we also offer high-quality new building materials on consignment at prices that beat the big box stores.  Looking for decking, flooring, lumber, trim, or fencing?  Be sure to visit us first before looking elsewhere!  Get here early. The best times to shop are either early morning or early evening.  Our parking lot always fills up fast, and an item you just saw on our Facebook page may be gone by the afternoon!  Shop smart. Grab a couple of sale pending stickers at the front counter when you first enter the store.  Any time you see an item you may want to purchase, attach that sticker to the […]

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Playing a part in “healing the world”

April 13, 2016 | Leave a reply

Ken Rabinoff-Goldman began volunteering at Habitat’s ReStore in January 2014.  Since then, he has taken a pretty big role at the store helping with online sales, increasing the customer base, and adding channels for sales of some of the ReStore’s higher-priced items.  His interest in the overall greater good is what had initially encouraged him to first get involved with the ReStore.     “I started volunteering at the ReStore because I wanted to make a small contribution to ‘healing the world,’” Ken said.  Amidst Ken’s busy role at the ReStore, he also enjoys a very involved and fun-filled life outside of the store.  He bikes, cooks, studies, and even teaches anatomy! When asked what advice he would give to someone interested in volunteering, Ken knew his answer right away. “Just do it!” he said.  You can volunteer at our ReStore by signing up here today!

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Strategic Plan Update: Board and Staff Retreat

April 8, 2016 | Leave a reply

On Saturday, April 2nd, Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s full board and administrative staff got together at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary at the College of Saint Rose for a strategic planning retreat.  The retreat was a strategy session designed to continue on with the talks that began at the Habitat Café.  It got key people in the organization together to discuss all of the possibilities for Habitat.  “There were two big conversations that took place at the retreat,” executive director Christine Schudde said.  “The first was reaffirming Habitat’s identity, going over both mission and vision statements, and the second was discussing how Habitat should make decisions going forward.  One of our main goals is to set guiding principles in place that will better dictate how to make decisions.” The retreat was broken down into a morning and afternoon session.  The morning session consisted of staff presentations on Habitat’s current business model, talks of how Habitat for Humanity Capital District’s mission statement compares with that of International’s, and a discussion about how to better communicate to all those in the organization.   The afternoon session focused on splitting staff and board members into small groups to discuss four main strategies—community development, construction and […]

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