ReStore DIY Contest and Auction Recap

 

The 2nd Annual ReStore DIY Contest and Auction, held on October 14th, was a huge hit!  We had 45 people make 75 different pieces for the auction.  350 people attended the event.  This allowed us to raise over $14,000 for Habitat for Humanity Buffalo in one night!  Check www.restorediycontest.com in the near future for information about next years contest.  If you would like to participate in next years contest, email restorediycontest@gmail.com

 

THANK YOU TO ALL THE SPONSORS

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Valu Crew Volunteers Give A Hand Up To Habitat For Humanity Of Buffalo

Our friends at Valu Home Center gave us a hand onsite on May 11th, 2016.  Members of the new Valu volunteer program, Valu Crew,  donated their time and rolled up their sleeves to work toward bettering the communities that they serve. By completing hands-on projects they will show their customers that they are committed to giving back by going right out and doing it! More information can be found here.

Thank you all very much, and we will see you again soon!

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Bailey Green and Habitat for Humanity Buffalo

Revitalization of Buffalo is in full swing:  Canalside, Larkinville, and Silo City are all great examples of how Buffalo is being reborn commercially.  These areas have brought visitors and workers back into the city and given rise to wonderful bars, restaurants, and businesses.  A new project, Bailey Green, is looking to go above and beyond these other endeavors by revitalizing an East Side neighborhood with not only new businesses and landscaping, but also new homes, greenhouses and community gardens, soccer pitches, a career training center, and a park.

The focus area of Bailey Green lies between Bailey and Leslie Street, reaching between Genesee and Scajaquada streets. Harmac Medical Products has spearheaded this ambitious project by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, Algonquin Sports for Kids and Urban Fruits & Veggies and others.

Plans for the neighborhood include:

• Five ranch-style homes by Habit for Humanity Buffalo.

• Eight four-unit apartments, to be called Cynthia Gardens, on four streets, built by Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a non-profit that builds affordable housing.

• Two greenhouses, a community garden, a fruit orchard and cafe on Zenner Street by Urban Fruits & Veggies.

• Two acres of vegetable fields by Groundwork Market Garden.

• Two mini-soccer pitches for area youngsters.

• A carpentry training center by artist and architect Dennis Maher, with Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Innovation Lab.

If this project wasn’t impressive enough, Bailey Green has been named a finalist in the 53rdAnnual International Making Cities More Livable (IMCL) Design Competition being held in Rome, Italy in June.  Past IMCL Awardees include Freiburg Germany, Portland Oregon and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

 

Below is a map of Bailey Green and a rendering of the new cafe:

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More information about Bailey Green can be found below:

Buffalo News article about Bailey Green

Buffalo News article about Career Training Center

WGRZ coverage of Habitat for Humanity/Bailey Green groundbreaking

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Valu Home Centers Help Habitat!

Valu Home Centers raised $134,490 for Habitat in 2015. Of that amount, Habitat Buffalo received $48, 097. There are 17 Habitat affiliates in Central NY, Western NY, and NW PA. that share the funds.

 

In 23 years, Buffalo has received$1.3M+ for building homes in partnership with low income families. Over the same 23 year period, Valu has raised 3.5M for the 17 affiliates.

 

As homeowners pay their monthly mortgage payments to Habitat, the funds are recycled to build more houses. The mortgages for the homeowners are zero interest mortgages.

 

Habitat offers families ‘a hand up, not a hand out’.

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Home Is Where The Start Is

Home is where the start is

POTENTIAL A recent survey of Sacramento Habitat homeowners reveals that 76 percent have seen improvement in study habits and school.
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EDUCATION “Habitat gave me a stable place to live,” says Mary Zar.
“Once I had that, everything else could change.”
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HEALTH Children living in Habitat homes in Malawi were 44 percent less likely to contract malaria and respiratory diseases.
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OPPORTUNITY A decent home is a new beginning where life lessons take root and promise takes flight.
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STABILITY Ninety percent of homeowners in a 44-city U.S. survey said they could not have owned a home without help from Habitat.

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We Are Habitat – Video

Habitat for Humanity is all of us working together, partnering with families to improve their housing. The life-changing impact of decent and affordable shelter unites us. We are Habitat, and we are changing lives!

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Construction Not Your Forte? Try These Other Methods of Volunteering!

Habitat for Humanity supporters help us build in all sorts of ways. It takes a lot of people performing a variety of tasks to make sure that more families have the safety and stability of a decent place to call home.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. Pick up a hammer, lend your voice or give as you’re able – and consider adding one of these creative efforts to your to-do list.