There’s lots of Habitat news in this email. If you only have a moment to skim, here’s the TLDR version:
- On October 30th, our 13th Habitat Homeowner family moved into their new home on Wellington Street West!
- November 30 = 50% off entire ReStore
- Seeking ReStore volunteers – apply here!
- National Housing Day is on November 22 – help support our mission by donating!
- Giving Tuesday is on November 30 – donate or volunteer to support Habitat!
- You can donate to Habitat at Joe & Janice’s No Frills from November 7 to November 20!
- Buy tickets (or donate an auction item) to Habitat’s Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala on Friday, December 10
- A list of what you can and cannot donate to the ReStore
Our semi-detached build on Wellington St. W. is officially complete! Our 13th Habitat Homeowner, Samantha, and her two children are all moved into their very own home.
A Dedication Ceremony was held on Saturday, October 30th where Board Chair, Frank Bentrovato, handed the keys over to the family. Media, sponsors, volunteers, and staff came by to tour the home and congratulate the family.
“Now I feel like we are moving into a different phase of life, where I am more established in my career, I know what I want to do in life, the kids are going to be teenagers soon and becoming more independent,” said Samantha. “I feel like getting this house at this time is perfect for us.”Samantha Kyle, Habitat Homeowner #13
Samantha and her family completed 500 volunteer hours before moving into their Habitat Home and will be paying an affordable mortgage on the home.
The next-door unit is also completed and the successful applicant family should be announced within the next month.
We have many folks to thank for the success of this build, including:
- Sal Dan Construction Group
- Soo Mill Buildall
- Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services
- Eacom Timber Corporation
- DNM Plumbing & Heating
- Guzzo Electrical
- Rapid City Repair
- Avery Construction
- Reliance Home Comfort
- SSM District Social Services
- Tulloch Engineering
- Daniel J. Fremlin Building Group LTD
- RM Frolich
- Area Appraisals
- Cutting Edge Designs
- Final Touch Property Maintenance and Aladdin Carpet Cleaning
- Owens Corning
- Tachane Foundation
Habitat is looking ahead to its next project, a single-family accessible home to be built at 23 Blake Street. Habitat hopes to break ground in the spring or summer of 2022, with a family moving in by the year’s end.
Volunteer with Habitat!
Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend your free time? Would you like to be part of a fun, friendly, and diverse team?
Now is a great time to submit an application to volunteer at the Habitat ReStore!
We’re currently looking for help in the Donation Centre, on the sales floor, on the truck, and with cleaning tasks!
Common tasks we need help with include inventory and pricing, donation processing, repairs and testing, pick-ups and deliveries, customer service, merchandising, cleaning, and so much more!
Volunteer positions can be short-term (such as high school students looking to complete their hours) or long-term (such as retirees looking to give back to their community).
National Housing Day (Nov 22)
Each year, National Housing Day is held on November 22. It’s a day to recognize the important work done by housing partners to improve access to housing for everyone in Canada.
Now, more than ever, National Housing Day is an opportunity to reflect on the work that still needs to be done. As our communities recover from the pandemic, we need to ensure that everyone in Canada has access to affordable and equitable housing.
To support our mission and help us build a future where everyone has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home, please donate at:
Giving Tuesday (Nov 30)
Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday.
The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies, and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for #GivingTuesday.
How to Participate:
- Donate to Habitat at www.habitatsault.ca/donate, with a cheque, via e-transfer (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on CanadaHelps.org
- Submit a volunteer application in-store or online at www.habitatsault.ca/volunteer
Donate to Habitat at No Frills (Nov 7 – 20)
From Sunday, November 7 to Saturday, November 20, you can donate to Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area while you’re getting your groceries at Joe & Janice’s No Frills!
Every single dollar donated stays right here in Sault Ste. Marie, helping local families build brighter futures through affordable homeownership.
Help us continue building a future where everyone has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home – donate to Habitat at No Frills (519 Korah Road) during your next visit.
Habitat’s First Annual Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala (Dec 10 Fundraiser)
Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area’s Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala will be an evening we can all look forward to after a long and challenging two years of staying at home.
We hope to invite up to 300 attendees to dress up, dine, drink, dance, donate, and mingle. You will have the opportunity to connect with our mission, meet our newest Habitat Homeowners, enjoy a fun photobooth, and bid in our silent auction.
We will remain in contact with Algoma Public Health to ensure that the Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala is safe for those in attendance.
Attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must present proof of vaccination upon entry to the event. When not seated for eating and drinking, attendees must wear a mask or face covering at all times.
Dress code: Formal
- Evening gown
- Dressy cocktail dress
- A “little black dress”
- Dressy separates
- Dark suit, dress shirt, tie
- Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for networking/mingling (free coat check)
- Sponsor/family meet and greet 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Dinner 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.
- Speeches 9:30 p.m.
- Dance/games/photobooth 10:00 p.m.
- Silent auction carries on throughout the evening on the mezzanine level
- House Salad and Bread
- Chicken Rouladen- chicken breast stuffed with pilaf rice
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Coffee and tea
- After-dinner snacks
Cash bar & wine $18/bottle
Email email@example.com regarding any dietary restrictions by December 1 at noon
Tickets: $80 or $700 per table (seats ten)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding payment options for ticket purchases (cash, cheque, or e-transfer) Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Should the gala need to be postponed due to COVID-19, full refunds will be issued for attendees not able to attend the new date.
What can I donate to the Habitat ReStore?
Great question! While every donation can help raise funds for our Affordable Homeownership Program, there are some items we, unfortunately, can’t accept.
Donating these items can cost Habitat for Humanity time and money, so be sure to check this list before dropping them off!
Items we CAN accept:
- Appliances & electronics (working or not!)
- Household batteries
- Cabinets & moldings
- Flooring, doors, & windows
- Lighting fixtures
- Sinks & plumbing fixtures
- Lumber (clean with no nails)
- New toilets
- Tools & hardware
- Seasonal items
- Scrap metal
- Outdoor items
Items we CANNOT accept:
- Ripped, damaged, or stained furniture
- Mattresses & box springs
- Baby items/baby furniture
- Used toilets
- Soft goods (clothing, bed linens, towels, shoes, etc.)
- MDF or pressboard furniture
- Used cleaning products
- Paint (new & used)
- Books & magazines
- Pianos & organs
Please don’t dump your donation!
Drop off your donations from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when staff/volunteers are here. Dropping off your donation outside of business hours leaves it out in the weather – turning it into garbage.
Still not sure about what to donate?
Give us a call at (705) 941-9646.
We’re happy to chat about your donation! We even offer free pick-ups!