Walls, walls, walls

10530699_10203598009603877_8129331218655059751_nThe past couple of days have been all about the walls! Walls of LOVE!

10568690_10152351652742998_222923318_nIn fact, the house is getting closer to being a home each day thanks to our awesome Women Build volunteer & fundraising teams.

DeltaSigma1 We’d like to take a moment to say thank you to every one of you who has come out and built so far this summer. We know it’s been dusty and sticky.

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Sometimes it’s been wet and muddy. But our Women Build volunteers have complained not once and look at the incredible progress that can be done when a bunch of good-hearted people put their mind and muscles to work! Incredible things.

10356396_10152251328552635_5169152187230439321_nSpeaking of fundraising, you can join Calico Hammers at their Garden Party this Thursday at the Warner Castle in Highland Park to raise funds for the Women Build program. Just click here to make a $35 donation and get your name on the entry list.

Calico Hammer’s Garden Party
August 14th
6:00—8:00 pm
$35 minimum donation
Rochester Civic Garden Center
Warner Castle at Highland Park
5 Castle Park, 14620
On-site and street parking on Reservoir Ave.
No tickets sold at the door.

One more event update – we wanted to let you know that the Women Build dedication that was set for August 23rd has been postponed. So you can free up that day, but hold on tight because we will be dedicating this house and once we have a date, we’ll make sure you know it!

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Happy Friday! Here is another great build day story from Lesia KindratPratt whose team was on-site back in early July. We just love it when our Women Build volunteers share stories from their build days with us, and we’re always happy to pass them along to you! If you have a story you’d like to share, please send it (along with any photos you have) to Sarah Stage.

What should you do on the hottest day of the summer so far? Stay inside? Stay cool? No! You should build a house!! Which is exactly what Babes in Tool Land did on their second build day!

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Instead of the umbrellas we needed for our first day, we armed ourselves with sunscreen and hats and hit the build site, led, as always, by the invaluable Erwin (who I am I beginning to think should be nominated for sainthood for his seemingly endless patience and good humor).

ScaffoldingAfter putting together and securing the scaffolding on the side of the house, it was time to get to work. (Wait, putting up the scaffolding wasn’t the work?!) We added foam to the front and side of the house, helped prep for siding, and got to use some power tools. Electric saw? No problem! Hop up on the scaffolding? Got it! Start roofing? You be–

Wait, what?

Yep, just before lunch…the roof arrived. One minute we were innocently standing on the scaffolding, and the next…well, Erwin grinned at us and decided that since we were up there already…

Time for Lunch

And that’s how my teammates and I learned how to put a roof on a house! A couple snapped chalk lines later, and we were on our way. It was definitely a surprise, and there is no doubt it was hot up there, but armed with lots of water and determination, my team and I got to do something we’ve never done before. It’s a testament to Habitat and its foremen that three women can stand at roof level and add something real and meaningful to a house and then point to it and say “We did that!”

Another day in the books for Babes in Tool Land. Another day closer to a home for another Rochester family in need.

Rain or Shine

From time to time, our fabulous Women Build volunteers will share stories from their build days with us, and we’re always happy to pass them along to you! We hope you enjoy this build day story from Lesia KindratPratt, whose team was on-site back in June. If you have a story you’d like to share, please send it (along with any photos you have) to Sarah Stage.

After five years, it was bound to happen…our build day weather luck ran out. After years of gloriously cool days, or at the very least, hot muggy days without a cloud in the sky, Babes in Tool Land’s first build day this year dawned gray and damp, moving into a steady drizzle by the time the day’s orientation was complete.

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But did that stop us? Nope! Rain, mud, and wet sawdust were no match for the Babes as we followed our fearless leader, Erwin, down the ladder (who needs a staircase?) into the basement. First order of business? Prep the basement for the cement that was arriving in the near future. So while dodging the raindrops sneaking in through strategic places (always where we seemed to be standing!), we raked, buried the larger rocks, leveled the stone, and laid the plastic tarp. Basement was ready.

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We broke for an early lunch, hoping we could perhaps outsmart Mother Nature and convince her that we were actually done for the day. No such luck!

Erwin kindly offered us an early dismissal, but last time we checked, Babes don’t melt – we were there to work! Basement duties done, we had no choice but to work outside, and work outside we did. The afternoon was spent hammering, sawing, and making sure the walls were straight and level for the roof that was starting in a few days.

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We were definitely a sight for sore eyes by the time we were done – soggy, tired, and probably unwelcome in most public places, but proud of our days’ work nonetheless. We helped build a house! Habitat really is “rain or shine,” and Babes in Tool Land can now lay claim to having worked in both. But in the end, an amazing build day as always, no matter what the weather!!

The Porch Days of Summer

1798805_808397089194382_4768163558593440406_nFilled with lounging, lemonade, people watching, and neighbor chats. This is what late July and August is about! And for our Women Build teams, it’s about building that porch for our future homeowner family.

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That’s right, we’re on to outside details like porches, siding, and doors. You know, all of those things that begin to make for curb appeal.

100_2019And speaking of appeals, we’re only about $5,000 away from making our $75,000 2014 Women Build goal. Which means we need your help to make that final push to your friends, family, and other networks to help us call the financial part of this house a done deal. And remember, anything extra we raise still goes to the Women Build program – so push push push! And if you’d like to donate, you can click here to make a general 2014 Women Build donation.

100_2022Then it will be time for celebration! In fact, add the date below to your calendar. It’s when we’ll be dedicating the house to the Bailey family – and EVERYONE is invited (including your team members, donors, and curious friends.)

2014 Women Build House Dedication
August 23rd
11am
796 Jay Street
Rochester, NY

The pink, white, and purple

070314a 070314bAs we all get ready to celebrate this awesome holiday of Independence Day we thought it might be fun to share some of the most recent Women Build photos we’ve either taken out on site or received from our teams. A little glimpse at the progress that has taken us to today, where the house is all roofs, walls, and electric lines. (But there’s still a lot of work to do!)

60214WBFoundation14WBFoundation14b60414And as you’re watching the fireworks this weekend, don’t forget to think about how YOU are helping a family with their own sort of independence. Owning your own home is a lot of responsibility, but it also means that you can choose your wall colors, plant a garden in your own yard, and show your children that with hard-work and dedication you CAN do better. Oh the American Dream in all its glory!

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WBDig14Be sure to keep us up to date on how YOUR team is doing on site. Don’t forget to tag us in Facebook (@RochesterHabitat) or include us on Twitter (@RocHabitat) and use hashtags #Roc and #WomenBuild to share your good work with the community! And you can always send your photos to Deanna Varble at dvarble@rochesterhabitat.org so we can add your team’s pic to our collection. (Don’t forget to tell her your team name, and send a quick caption.)

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Happy Fourth to you all and congrats on making it to over $57,000! Less than $20,000 to our goal!

The Pink Wall

DSC_0843Last Sunday we celebrated with the raising of the pink wall at the 2014 Women Build home.

DSC_0839Teams came up one by one and you all did a fantastic job raising the wall, posing for photos, and giving an incredible round of applause.

DSC_0875Some of you may have given Erwin a little bit of a panic attack with your enthusiasm. But it’s okay, we feel that excited to!

DSC_0896Especially to share that with the donations you have brought in, the Guest Bartender Night from April, and the Lowe’s Women Build Week grant – we have raised over $50,000 for this house!

DSC_0904Along with the wall raising, we got to meet the newest Bailey – Jordyn! Yes, that’s right, Je’nnell had her babe. Isn’t she gorgeous?!

Single_mom_finds_home_through_Habitat_for_Humanity_-_2014-06-11_16.30.13The Democrat and Chronicle had a great summary of the wall raising event in Monday’s paper. You can check it out by clicking here. Be sure to share it with friends and donors! And if you’re looking for MORE photos of the wall raising event, you can find them here at Flower City Habitat’s Facebook page. Share, share, share!

DSC_0813$50,000 means that we only have 1/3 left to go! So if you’re still working on your $200 now’s the time to get the word out! And if you’ve passed your $200 goal, keep the good work coming! Every little bit helps, and all donations that we get beyond the $75,000 we need this year will help us get a jump-start on next year’s house.

DSC_0886Speaking of FUNdraising events, we have some coming up.
See below for information.

Monday, July 21 On Kall Women for Habitat Golf Tourney: Mendon Country Club. 1pm shotgun start with a casual lunch prior included.  The format will be scramble (best ball); looking for a max of 25 teams.  The cost is $400 per foursome, includes lunch, one drink ticket, 18 holes of golf, cart, appetizers after the round.  Cash bar will be available.  We’ll also sell tickets for raffles and possibly opportunities for extra tickets to sell for mulligans, and “have the ace golfer hit for you”.

DSC_0848Thursday, August 14 Calico Hammers “Women Build & Rochester Civic Garden Center Homes & History Fundraiser”, 6-8 pm – more details in next week’s email.  SAVE THE DATE!

One more thing, our thanks to Stephanie Morrow for donating her photography power and grabbing a lot of these shots. We couldn’t look this good without you!

Home is where the start is

 

A great bite-sized article came out today from Habitat World about the benefits of safe, decent, affordable housing and the impact it can have on education, stability, and opportunity.

We know that first hand here in Rochester, NY where 98% of Habitat homeowner children graduate from High School or go on to get their GED.

10306636_10152129710162934_8170404988837772839_nCalico Hammers Women Build Team on the 2014 Women Build home

We know that home ownership leads to a path out of poverty for the next generation. We know that healthy, lead-free homes give young children an opportunity grow-up without the side-effects and learning troubles that lead-poisoning brings.

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One of Insero & Company’s Women Build Teams on the 2014 Women Build home

We know that working hard for something seemingly un-attainable, and succeeding in your goals leads to self-esteem that can help inspire other positive changes. Being able to put 450 hours of sweat-equity into your house as down-payment instead of money allows Habitat families and opportunity at the American dream. A zero-interest monthly mortgage payment allow them a fair “hand-up not a hand-out” and a way to contribute back to the affordable housing mission.

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Hammer N’ Heels Women Build Team on the 2014 Women Build home

But YOU are the reason we are able to make these opportunities for low-income families possible. Without your gifts of time, talent, and treasure – these would just be ideas. You build, you give, you advocate. You are part of our story, part of our success.

And we just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.