It was a big week for volunteers from the Perinton Congregations as we prepared for arrival and installed the roof trusses at 871 Smith Street!
Tithe Partners - Nepal & Ethiopia
The tithe is a foundational principle of Habitat for Humanity, based on our biblical roots as an ecumenical Christian ministry, and it's also a principal that people of all faiths and no particular faith can participate in.
Through the financial commitment of a tithe, all U.S. Habitat organizations are able to participate fully in building Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. While each country is different, it takes an average of only $4,500 to build dramatically improved, permanent housing solutions with our international partner families!
Flower City Habitat for Humanity designates our tithe funding to Habitat Nepal and Habitat Ethiopia; two countries that Habitat for Humanity International has designated as having particular need for tithe support.
As we work together, we hope you will join us in building long-lasting, impactful, and deepening relationships with our global brothers and sisters.
Nepal 2020 trip cancelled
We were scheduled to send a team of 12 to Terai, Nepal in October 2020, but as you may suspect, the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible this year.
Donations made to our 2020 trip will be held for our next trip, and the 12 people that committed to the 2020 trip will have the first chance to join our next trip.
If you are interested in joining a future Global Village trip, please stay tuned and we'll share information when trips begin again. If you have questions about your donation towards the 2020 trip, please email email@example.com.
What you can do today
While of course we are disappointed about not being able to travel and build in Nepal this year, it is a great time to learn more about the work being done in both Nepal and Ethiopia.
Please help us build a deeper relationship with these two Habitat organizations by visiting their websites and following them on social media today:
Habitat Nepal: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Habitat Ethiopia: Website, Facebook
In a time when the need for safe, affordable housing is even more clear, we are thankful to be celebrating the completion of four new Habitat homes on Holworthy Street.
Over the past few weeks, our construction team has been working with staff only (no volunteers) and maximum health and safety precautions to finish homes that were nearly complete.
Last week, we turned over four sets of keys and each family is moving in as they can, and as safely as possible.
Kiomy & Family move in!
Although our CEO, Matt Flanigan had to keep his distance, he was grateful to be among the first to say, "Welcome home!" to Kiomy and her family on move-in day.
Check out interviews with Kiomy and Matt from Spectrum News, WHEC News 10, and WROC News 8 who helped us share the great news!
And our biggest thanks to the Greece Coalition of Churches for sponsoring this home!
The other three families on Holworthy Street are in the process of moving in as well, and we will share updates when possible. We also look forward to having in-person celebrations with the families and house sponsors once it is safe to do so.
Though we have had to make a lot of adjustments, Flower City Habitat's commitment to a world where everyone has a decent place to live is as strong as ever.
You can view our broad operational updates at any time, but please help us keep you informed by updating your email preferences so we can get you more specific information on the topics that you are most interested in.
Our work building homes, community, and hope continues and we thank you for your continued support!
Today is a day where far too many are struggling to make rent payments, often for substandard housing. We know how big the task is before us, but we are also fortunate to share some good news today.
Today is move-in day for Rochester's newest Habitat homebuyers; with several more expected to be ready in the next few weeks!
Both our construction and family services teams continue to practice maximum social distancing and we are working with each family on an individual plan regarding safety, logistics, and timing of move-ins.
This first family has asked for some privacy, so we are respecting that, but we can share that they are excited to now know that "staying home" means the safety, security, and stability that we all deserve.
The kitchen appliances were delivered just after these photos were taken and of course we'll be back to help with landscaping when it's safe for volunteer groups again.
This home, at 96 Holworthy Street, was made possible by generous donations from Thrivent Financial and the Harvest Home Coalition. THANK YOU!
We miss seeing all of our supporters in person, but hope you will join us in saying "Welcome home!" to Rochester's newest Habitat homebuyers!
Where there was once five empty lots, there are now five nearly completed homes!
Five home dedication ceremonies have been scheduled:
On the volunteering side, there is still some work left to do and we have opened several house sponsor and public volunteer shifts leading up to the dedications. Take a look at the whiteboard to see what to expect and email us if you have any questions!
It may be cold out, but we've got indoor construction volunteering – and heat!
Today, Women Build and Hammer & Saw volunteers are hanging doors and painting at 105 Holworthy; while drywall "mudding" is being completed at 126 Holworthy.
Construction volunteer shifts are open now for public construction, Women Build, and three Faith Builds. Sign-up today!
Habitat Interfaith Partnership: Various Faiths, One Mission
Today is National Religious Freedom Day, which celebrates freedom of religion for all Americans. That makes it a perfect day for us to celebrate and share progress from our Habitat Interfaith Partnership – a coalition of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and secular organizations – all working together to build Habitat homes in Rochester.
120 Holworthy Street is the 8th house that the Habitat Interfaith Partnership has sponsored and volunteered to help build. This is an incredible, long-running partnership of over 20 years of bringing people together, showing how much we have in common, and lifting all of our neighbors up – no matter their religious background.
This week, volunteers are installing the furnace, hot water heater, kitchen cabinets, and doors!
Learn more about the Habitat Interfaith Partnership, and our other faith-based coalitions at www.rochesterhabitat.org/faith.
Just before the holidays, we were honored to host the 13th annual Brian Kimble Memorial Habitat Day; an annual day of service with Flower City Habitat for Humanity and the Kimble family - in memory of their son and brother, Brian Kimble.
Through the generosity of the friends and family of Brian Kimble over $58,000 has been donated to Habitat.
Brian was a passionate young Habitat for Humanity supporter who died in 2004. The Kimble family continues to raise funds in Brian's memory to support Flower City Habitat's mission of putting God's love into action by bringing partners together to build homeownership, communities, and hope.
A message from the Kimble family:
Since 2007, our family has had the privilege and joy of hosting the Brian Kimble Memorial Habitat Day. Every December, we join together with a group of about 20 friends and spend the day working on Habitat homes. We have been involved in just about every aspect of construction – installing basement wall forms, painting, insulation, siding, framing, drywall, roof trusses, plumbing, electrical and house rehabs.
It is our son/brother, Brian Kimble, who brings us together for the day. Brian was a 2000 graduate of Greece Odyssey High School. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University and graduated from there in 2004. While he was at Clarkson, he was a campus representative for Habitat in Potsdam, NY. He accepted a job with Timken Corporation in Torrington, CT and began work there in September of 2004. Brian called it his first 'Big Kid' job.
Brian was a people person. He loved to be with people and he cared about people. He had an enormous smile that he freely shared with others. Brian was good at making people feel comfortable and reaching out to those who needed a friend. He took part in a number of mission trips during his high school years including a month-long trip to Botswana, Africa. To every endeavor Brian undertook, he brought a huge heart and a love for Christ and the Gospel.
Brian died in December of 2004. As a family we wanted to come together each year to commemorate his life. Brian's involvement with Habitat in his college years led us to partner with Flower City Habitat For Humanity. Brian was just at the stage of his life that he was beginning to think about becoming a homeowner. It was one of his many dreams. That dream was never realized. But today, through all who have donated to Habitat in Brian's name, he has become a part of the Habitat homes in the JOSANA neighborhood.
And now we ask you to partner with us. Join us in the effort to erase poverty level housing in Rochester by offering a 'hand up' to families who seek the American Dream of home ownership. And join us as we commemorate the life of a young man who made the most of his 22 years.
Kevin, Laurie, Katie & Holly (Mabee) Kimble
To donate in honor of Brian Kimble, visit https://give.rochesterhabitat.org/checkout/12996
Pies and coffee to build homes
Each year, several of our volunteer-run supporting coalitions sell pies to build Habitat homes. Sweet deal right?
In addition to the well-known and delicious pies from Kelly's Farm Market; our pie champions are now also partnering with Special Touch Bakery and Coffee Connection to make our annual pie sale even more impactful!
Kelly's Farm Market (Hilton, NY) is a long-time partner of the Habitat pie sale. Pies are made from scratch with fruit grown on the farm and no preservatives.
Special Touch Bakery is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide training and employment, in the community, to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Coffee Connection is a nonprofit program and business that offers sober support and employment training/creation for women in recovery from addiction and trauma.
Treat your loved ones to delicious pie and coffee this holiday season while building homes, community, hope — and empowerment — in Rochester!
How to order:
These groups are all raising money to support Flower City Habitat's mission and vision. Now you can have your pie, your coffee – and build Habitat homes too! Order today!
Today we celebrated love in action, on Love Street!
Dozens of members of the Habitat Family: staff, board members, volunteers, donors, faith partners, city & town partners, and more joined together as we celebrated another Habitat home on Love Street. (1 of 8 Habitat homes on Love Street)
When Eudosia first applied for the Habitat homebuyer program, she explained that her preference for Habitat was in large part due to the financial and home maintenance education that is part of our program.
After furthering her own education, including teaching herself to read and write English as a young adult, she is now investing in her future through homeownership. Her goal is for this home to not only provide stability for herself, but also to be an asset to her young adult children.
The Brighton Churches Habitat Coalition has been building homes in partnership with Flower City Habitat for Humanity since 1998, when four Brighton pastors decided among themselves to launch the Coalition. The faith-based membership has grown considerably over the past 21 years to include ten pastoral communities.
The Bright Coalition now includes: Atonement Lutheran, Baptist Temple, Edgewood Free Methodist, First Baptist, St Damien of Molakai Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Anne Cluster Community, Peace of Christ, Saint Thomas Episcopal, Trinity Reformed, and Twelve Corners Presbyterian.
This year’s home on Love Street is the 7th Habitat home and first rehabilitation project sponsored by the Brighton Coalition, which previously built Habitat homes on Taylor Street (1999-2000), Rauber Street (2002), Love Street (2005), Orange Street (2008-2009), Orchard Street (2011-2012) and Brown Street (2014). The refurbished home being dedicated today is the second on Love Street sponsored by the Coalition.
Now entering a third decade of partnering with Flower City Habitat, the Brighton Churches Habitat Coalition is a prime example of our mission to put God’s love into action by bringing partners together to build homeownership, communities, and hope.
We were also honored to be joined by partners from the City of Rochester, Town of Brighton, and Town of Pittsford; represented by: Dana Miller, Rochester Director of Business Development & Chairman of Rochester Land Bank Corporation; Bill Moehle, Brighton Town Supervisor; and Matthew O'Connor, Pittsford Town Council & Chair of Brighton Church Coalition.
All of these partners coming together - to lift our neighbors and ourselves - is how Habitat builds homes, community, and hope.
Learn how you can help build a home for yourself through our homeownership program or with your neighbor by volunteering or donating today.
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