2020 Gift Drive Breaks Record!
The joy of giving! Thanks to the generous donations and support of local sponsors, our 2020 holiday gift drive set a new record of 382 gifts for children living in Habitat homes this year!
Benefitting 191 children, each child will receive one gift of necessity and one leisure gift to help relieve some of the financial stress experienced by Habitat families during the holiday season.
Despite a difficult year, an outpouring of support from local businesses, church groups, families, staff, board members, and committee members ensured that this year’s gift drive reached its highest collection numbers yet.
Long-time community partners, including Rochester-based Messner Flooring, felt an even bigger need to give back to those who may struggle to provide for their families during the holidays.
“We wanted to do our part in supporting Flower City Habitat and the immeasurable impact it has on the Rochester community. The Habitat holiday gift drive provided our employees an opportunity to personally bring a smile to children’s faces on Christmas morning,” said Ted Messner, Commercial Flooring Sales Rep at Messner Flooring. “The joy this brought to our company, employees, and hopefully the Habitat children far exceeded anything we could have imagined.”
Habitat families' wish lists included necessities like school supplies, bedding, and clothing for the upcoming year; and some of the most requested toys and games included scooters, LEGOs, and dollhouses.
In order to keep sponsors and Habitat families safe in the gift exchange process, Flower City Habitat for Humanity staggered the gift donation and pick-up schedule over five days to keep person-to-person contact to a minimum.
Thank you to everyone who made this year's gift drive a success! We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
Construction kicks off on the 2020 Women Build house!
Women Build is back on the construction sites and working on the 16th Women Build house! This year's new home is being built at 423 Jay Street and will be a two-story, five-bedroom home that will be purchased by a hard-working Habitat family. (more on the family soon!)
The following photos were taken during the first week of construction (July 1-9), and as you can see we are already making great progress!
Women Build is currently recruiting individuals and teams to help build this house. Learn how to get involved at rochesterhabitat.org/womenbuild
As many of us reflect on our faith during the holy times of Passover, Easter, and Ramadan, we're especially grateful to be able to share this homebuyer update.
Zuleika and her family have moved into the home co-sponsored by a generous individual donor, Caldwell Manufacturing, and our local Habitat Interfaith Partnership!
We are so thankful to each and every one of you for coming together to make this home possible.
Zuleika & Family move in
Painting and kitchen cabinet installation on Breck Street
While construction has slowed down without having our regular construction volunteers to build with us, work is continuing on our Breck Street rehab.
This week, our Construction Manager (Isaac) installed kitchen cabinets, and the homebuyer (who is asking for privacy) has been spending long hours painting the entire house. New drywall really soaks up a lot of paint, but it's getting there — and the blue bathroom looks great!
To help ensure maximum social distancing, they are wearing protective gear including masks and are working at different times or different rooms as much as possible. Check out the pictures below to see what it looks like now, and for what it looked like a couple months ago, visit www.rochesterhabitat.org/news/breck-street-rehab
Local restaurants help Flower City Habitat for Humanity complete 5 new homes
Thank you again to Amiel's the Original Submarine, Benuccis Restaurant, and Starbucks for helping keep our construction team energized as we put the finishing touches on our Holworthy Street new builds!
We have five houses that are now completed or wrapping up and we're working with each family on an individual plan regarding safety, logistics, and timing of move-ins.
Check out the photos below and coverage by 13-WHAM.
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!
Painting, sanding, installing hardware at 105 Holworthy (Bank of America, Fastrac, Women Build)
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