Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2015

honoring the legacy

 

 

 

 

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Start the New Year off right by giving back to your community on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! We will have volunteer opportunities on our work sites and at the ReStore. Visit our VOLUNTEER page to see opportunities and sign up today!

We will also be holding a neighborhood clean up day on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 for youth ages 5-13. If you have a youth group that is interested in participating, please contact our Coordinator of Volunteers at (518) 462-2993 or Mandee@HabitatCD.org.

 

 

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Burmese Refugee & Habitat Homeowner Becomes US Citizen

 

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Steah Htoo (second from left) and her three children at the naturalization ceremony on December 12th, 2014.

Burmese refugee and Habitat homeowner, Steah Htoo, officially became a U.S. Citizen last week.  Htoo is a 37-year-old mother of three and a member of the Karen people, one of the over 100 ethnic groups in Burma (Myanmar).   She is also one of the first Karenni people living in Albany to become an American citizen.

For decades, many Burmese ethnic groups, including the Karenni people, suffered tremendous human rights violations under government dictatorship.  Members of these ethnic groups fled to neighboring countries, where they live in refugee camps until they are granted resettlement in one of many sponsoring countries worldwide. Before moving to the US in 2009, Htoo and her family spent 14 years living in a refugee camp in Thailand.

In 2013, after completing 350 hours of sweat equity,  Htoo and her husband and three children moved into a new home as part of our Morton’s Walk project on Alexander Street and Delaware Street.  When Htoo is not working at her full-time job, she volunteers as a mentor with the US Committee for Refugees and uses her language skills and life experience to guide others through the process.

Steah Htoo and her family have worked hard to get where they are now, and their strength and perseverance is inspiring.  Congratulations, Steah Htoo!

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Meet A Habitat Homeowner!

Rushel Skeine hard at work in Sheridan Hollow!

Meet Rushel Skeine, one of our Habitat partner families moving into Sheridan Hollow! We caught up with her while she was on the construction site working on her sweat equity.

When asked about her feelings about volunteering on site, Rushel said, “It reminds me of when I was a little kid [in Jamaica], helping out with my uncle’s house and carrying blocks and hammering stuff and doing the mason work.” Even before she had plans to apply for a home, she wanted to be a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

After her friend told her about Habitat’s homeownership opportunities, Rushel attended an orientation at Arbor Hill High School. She did not think she was an eligible candidate, but she applied anyway. Rushel was beyond excited when she discovered she was approved for a home! From then on, Rushel was on the volunteer site working on her sweat equity. “It’s just a great experience. I love it. I get to see everything from the floor up. So I’m just really excited,” said Rushel about being able to volunteer and watch her future home transform. Rushel is incredibly dedicated to her volunteer work.

Rushel Skeine and a fellow regular volunteer working together on site.

Now, Rushel urges all parents, coworkers, and anyone else she meets to come apply at Habitat for Humanity. She is amazed at what Habitat is doing for single parents and the community as a whole. “Families come together more. I don’t even own my house yet and I’m thinking of all these things we can do as a family.” Rushel, a single mother of three, can’t wait to have a basement and a backyard where her kids can play. They currently live in a three bedroom apartment where space is tight. The whole bunch can’t wait to have bedrooms of their own to play and study. Rushel’s oldest daughter (17) is a part of Habitat’s Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar program with plans to go to college and study journalism.

Rushel also has some aspirations of her own. She currently works at the Albany County Nursing home, as a nursing assistant. She also goes to Hudson Valley Community College in order to obtain her nursing prerequisites. She loves school, and learning about the body, but her real passion is cooking. Rushel hopes to open her own authentic Jamaican restaurant someday.  “That’s my number one goal after school and owning a home…I cook from the heart.” She even told us she would cook for all the volunteers once it gets warmer! Rushel has strong ambitions for both herself and her children, “My thing is all my kids have to achieve something in life. They know there is no playing around. Education, education, education, that’s my motto.” Rushel has high hopes for her family. They are all excited to start their new lives at Sheridan Hollow!

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Women Build Committee 2015 Orientation

All volunteers interested in joining our Women Build Committee are invited to join us on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 for an informational session. This will include an overview of Habitat for Humanity Capital District and Women Build; past, present and future! This will also help us get to know YOU and how you can help make this year’s Women Build our best so far! A light snack will be provided.

When: December 16, 2014

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany NY 12210

*Please RSVP below so we can plan accordingly. Thank you!

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Women Build Committee Orientation RSVP

Thank you for your interest in our Women Build Committee! Please fill out the form below to RSVP and don't forget to mark your calendar!

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday!

The third annual #GivingTuesday is tomorrow, December 2nd!

DONATE by December 2nd and be a part of this global giving movement!

 

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#GivingTuesday is a campaign to add a new date to the national calendar. It begins with Thanksgiving, a day to be celebrate what we are grateful for, followed by the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Join the movement and donate to Habitat by Tuesday, December 2nd!

 

How to get involved
Donate to Habitat for Humanity Capital District this #GivingTuesday.

Become an ambassador! Then, share why you are participating in #GivingTuesday by posting a photo like these examples and telling us why you support Habitat.  Make sure to tag Habitat and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday!

 

Habitat Social Media Tags:
Facebook:  Habitat for Humanity Capital District
Twitter: @CapDistHabitat
Instagram: hfhcapitaldistrict

 

Want to double the impact of your gift?
Many companies offer employee matching gift programs that allow your donation to go twice as far.  Click here to see if your company provides this service.

 

Want to learn more about where your money goes?
Read our blog, Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our monthly newsletter, Hammer Times, for up-to-date information on where your money is going.

We are proud to say that 87 cents of every dollar donated goes directly towards building homes and program services; according to the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, responsible charities spent at least 65 cents per dollar on programs. And don’t forget, because our homes are built primarily with volunteer labor, Habitat stretches every dollar you generously give into two dollars of actual construction. No one else can make that claim.

 

Interested in volunteering?
Sign up using VolunteerHub and help us build – spots are open for our three construction locations and the ReStore.

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