Homeowner Spotlight: Destiny Mann!

Meet one of our newest homeowners, Destiny Mann!  She is currently in the process of doing sweat equity and financial education courses and can’t wait to move into her home!  We sat down with Destiny to find out a little more about her and her Habitat adventure!

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Destiny and her son working together at Financial Peace University!

Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Destiny and I have two children.  My daughter is currently in college and my son is in elementary school.  I have worked in the Human Service field for more than 15 years and am a supervisor.  I enjoy assisting and providing people with the skills they need to succeed in their life.

That’s great!  Can you tell me what becoming a homeowner means to you?
To me, being a home owner means that I have a safe place to come home to every night and a place to call my own – it means that the struggles I went through were all worth it.

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Destiny working on her sweat equity (bottom row, left) with volunteers from Callanan Industries!

What are you looking forward to most in your new home?
I am most looking forward to having the adequate space needed for my family to grow.  I am looking forward to being able to invite my family and friends over for the holidays.

What kind of things have you learned doing sweat equity on the construction site?
I enjoy helping and learning how to build a house.  For example, I have dug ditches, helped install a door frame and door knobs, learned how to putty and sand holes, stain wood and other construction things!

I’m sure a few of those skills will come in handy for future home maintenance!  What about the financial courses you are taking through Habitat’s Financial Peace University?
I find the financial classes educational and rewarding.  I love learning new things and eventually I will become debt free.

They really are great classes! Leave us with one final thought on you Habitat experience thus far.
I am most grateful that God has put the people from Habitat in my life; I am looking forward to moving in my new house soon!

Welcome to the Habitat Family, Destiny!

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Thank you James Hardie!

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JamesHardie installation specialist showing our volunteers how its done!

We want to thank James Hardie Building Products for donating 21 squares of siding for our Fox Hollow project in South Troy.  This morning. an installation specialist was on site to teach our volunteers how to install these unique siding materials.  Beginning at 10 a.m., the installation specialist gathered our volunteers together to give a 15 10 minute overview of best practices before they got down to business!

James Hardie is the Industry leader in the manufacturing of fiber cement products.  Their HZ5 fiber cement siding is engineered specifically for the climate and protects against the elements.  Their continued partnership and generous donations allows Habitat to keep building costs lower, and therefore more affordable for our families.  Since our families purchase their home at the cost of construction, the more donations in materials we receive, the lower the sale price, making the dream of homeownership a reality for our hardworking neighbors.

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Getting a one-on-one tutorial from the expert!

The product is beautiful and looks amazing on the front of our Burden Avenue homes.  Make sure to check them out as you’re driving by! Thank you James Hardie for coming out in the cold and showing our volunteers how to properly install your great product!!

See photos from the day on our Facebook page!

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#GivingTuesday

Save the Date! The third annual #GivingTuesday is less than a month away, so get ready to give come December 2, 2014!

#GivingTuesday is a campaign to add a new date to the national calendar. It begins with Thanksgiving, a day to celebrate what we are grateful for, followed by the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday is the next big thing – a day of philanthropy that encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that we, as a community, truly give as good as we get.

Join the movement and add Tuesday, December 2nd to your calendar!  By giving back to Habitat this #GivingTuesday, you will give a local family something to give thanks for – a warm, safe and comfortable place to call home.

Stay tuned for more on what Habitat will be doing to celebrate this day of giving.  Don’t forget to check out the official website for more information and ideas!

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Habitat ReStore Partners with Raymour & Flanigan!

Kicking off our new partnership with Habitat staff Erin and Lindy (right) with folks from Raymour & Flanigan in Clifton Park.

Habitat and the ReStore are excited to announce its new partnership with Raymour and Flanigan in Clifton Park!  Customers of Raymour and Flanigan will now be referred to our ReStore for FREE pick-ups of their old furniture.  So, if you’ve got new furniture coming in from Raymour and Flanigan, the ReStore will be there to pick up your old stuff, for FREE!

To all of our ReStore customers, this means an even more steady stream of great furniture will be on the display in our showroom.

To celebrate this collaboration, we tabled at the Raymour & Flanigan Halfmoon Showroom in Clifton Park on November 1st. During that time, customers who donated to Habitat received a special discount on their purchase!

Check out our Facebook page for more updates as this partnership continues!

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Meet the Turner Family!

Meet Raymond Turner, one of our newest homeowners in Sheridan Hollow. He and his youngest son previously lived in Albany public housing, but are now packed up and ready to move!

As a lifelong resident of Albany, Raymond has watched the community and its neighborhoods change throughout the years.  Raymond spent a portion of his childhood on Hawk Street, right around the corner from our Sheridan Hollow project.  At age 14, Raymond’s mom moved to Syracuse, leaving him and his older brother and sister behind.

The three siblings stayed at the home on Hawk Street until Raymond was 19, when the home was foreclosed on due to back taxes his mother failed to pay.   Raymond and his family have lived in apartment after apartment ever since.

Raymond currently works at the American Legion as a mailroom clerk.  Previously, Raymond was employed as a counselor’s aid at a community based organization called “Parents Against Drugs.”  Here, Raymond performed outreach work with at-risk neighborhood youth and their parents.  As a parent himself, Raymond believes in the importance of a drug-free environment to allow children to grow into successful adults.

Creating this type of environment for his own children was not always easy.  Raymond lost his wife of 34 years to breast cancer in 2002 – while his two youngest were still teenagers, aged 16 and 13.  Despite the many challenges Raymond has faced, he is a proud parent of 7 successful and happy children – “all my kids are out there working, and I am grateful for that.” Habitat is part of the family for Raymond.  His niece is also a Habitat homeowner and she was the one that motivated Raymond to learn more about the program.  The two attended a Habitat orientation together and the rest is history!

Like every Habitat family, Raymond worked hard to complete his 350 hours of sweat equity, working in our office as well as on the construction site – “whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it.”

Welcome Turner Family!

 

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