Last Friday, the Rochester community showed that it continues to be ready to come together in support of building strength, stability, and self-reliance in Rochester.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, guests, bidders, and donors - we raised over $175,000 at the 2022 Hope Builds Gala!
Check out over 100 photos of the fun and impactful event below and be sure to look through all the generous sponsors that contributed to our mission!
Jonathan's Call From The Heart
THANK YOU AGAIN TO OUR GENEROUS GALA SPONSORS!!
Thank you to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester Mayor Malik Evans, NYS Assemblymember Demond Meeks, and all the other volunteers and supporters who joined us in-person and online to celebrate the completion of our 250th house!
This milestone build, located on Campbell Street, was made possible through a longstanding partnership with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and their dedication to investing in housing and building a stronger, healthier community.
Congratulations to the Homebuyer for all the work put in to get to this point and thank you for partnering with us to achieve your goal of homeownership!
Check out photos below!
With Spring showers and new beginnings in the air, we celebrated our latest home dedication on Smith Street! This home was made possible by Perinton Congregations for Flower City Habitat for Humanity and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. Congrats Franchesca!
Women Build launches cookbook fundraiser to support construction at 195 Melville Street
Women Build 2022 is kicking off strong, with our first 6 teams already signed up, over $20,000 raised, and our first creative fundraiser starting today!
The "Simply Homemade" cookbook contains recipes for comfort food that were gathered from Women Build volunteers, supporters, and Habitat staff members. Try some delicious new dishes in this 85-page book!
You will find selections for appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, breads, and desserts, all tested in the home kitchens of the people who submitted the recipes. Plus helpful tips like definitions of cooking terms, an equivalents chart, and pages devoted to cooking and eating healthfully, too!
The cost is $10 per book and all net proceeds will support the 2022 Women Build house at 195 Melville Street! (Net proceeds will be attributed to team goals after the sale ends.)
Get one for yourself or as a gift today!
"Surprise Jae & Pito, welcome to our new home!"
What an amazing day. Despite personally building almost every week throughout construction, Natasha managed to keep her Habitat home a secret from her kids until today's dedication! Be sure to check out the livestream video (link below) for their reactions seeing the house and their new rooms!
Today's dedication was also a milestone for our affiliate and the Greater JOSANA Neighborhood, with this house being the 100th Habitat home built or renovated within a half mile of School 17!
This new home was generously sponsored by Thrivent and the Harvest Home Coalition, the fourth Habitat home they have partnered together on, raising the funds and volunteer labor needed to complete the home with Natasha. Thank you all for your partnership and hard work. Congratulations Natasha!
We’re celebrating with the next Habitat homeowner and members of Habitat’s Women Build program, the sponsors who made this nearly-complete new build possible. Just a few items to finish up and then it’ll be time to close on an affordable mortgage and move in!
Learn more about Edgar's path to homeownership, Women Build's team-based fundraising program that sponsored this house, and others who played critical roles in the transformation of this formerly vacant lot into a brand new home in the JOSANA Neighborhood!
Today we took time to celebrate with Habitat’s next homeowner and the sponsors who made this nearly-complete renovation possible. Just a few items to finish up and then it’ll be time to close on an affordable mortgage and move in!
Learn more about Jonathan's path to homeownership, Donald's generous decision to sponsor this house, and others who played critical roles in the transformation of this formerly vacant home into an opportunity and asset for Jonathan and the JOSANA Neighborhood.
Today we were excited to join Greentopia and Green Visions for the ribbon cutting of their new outdoor classroom! This new addition done in partnership with Flower City Habitat enables Green Visions to provide a safe outdoor training space for Green Visions participants and a future gathering space open to the community.
"Greentopia and Green Visions are very grateful to Flower City Habitat for Humanity for all the work they did in creating a more beautiful and open campus that better serves the JOSANA neighborhood.
We are grateful to our donors, especially United Way, Rochester Area Community Foundation and The Davenport Hatch Foundation who made this addition to the Green Visions Campus possible."
For the second time, The Builders Exchange of Rochester (ROBEX) has joined forces with Flower City Habitat for Humanity (FCHH) to build a home in the City of Rochester.
In 2008, the Junior Builders Exchange and the Builders Exchange partnered with Flower City Habitat for Humanity, ROBEX providing the labor and material to build 140 Orange Street. In less than a year, together, the Junior Builders Exchange, ROBEX and FCHH were able to turn over the keys to a first-time homebuyer. Thirteen years later, JBX and ROBEX are taking on the challenge once again, gathering the community to help provide the “American Dream” to another homebuyer - someone who will contribute 300+ hours of sweat-equity and pay an affordable mortgage.
“Flower City Habitat is excited to be a part of this project with our partners at ROBEX and in the building community,” said Matt Flanigan, CEO of Flower City Habitat for Humanity. “Building homeownership, communities and hope in our city is very much a team effort and this is an amazing team!”
“We intend to use this endeavor to provide awareness to the local community of the viability of careers available in the construction trades,” said Bob Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of Upstate Roofing & Painting. “While teaming up with local organizations, our Habitat Site will be a training ground for high school students and job seekers interested in pursuing a career in the industry. We cannot think of a better way to support our community, expose our industry, and provide opportunities to our youth.”
“Supporting Habitat is a perfect example of natural competitors coming together for the common good. Builders Exchange members have been building Rochester for 130 years and helping people secure housing is vital to our community’s continued success and generational wealth,” said Aaron Hilger, President of Builders Exchange of Rochester. “We are proud to work with Habitat for Humanity on 226 Saxton Street and look forward to Building A Better Rochester!”
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