Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity
Teamwork makes the dream work!
There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. That equates to one out of every four people on our planet. Habitat builds because we believe this is unacceptable and that every person can make a real difference. Please join us and encourage your friends to help us BUILD more homes, communities, and hope throughout the world and in our community.
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Update on Nepal from Jonathan Reckford
Habitat for Humanity has worked in Nepal for 18 years, and Habitat is well-prepared to respond to this devastating disaster. Here are a few details:
- Habitat will distribute emergency shelter kits including tarpaulins and other materials for immediate shelter from the elements. Initially, Habitat is targeting a response of 20,000 kits.
- Habitat will marshal engineers and engineering students to help carry out house-by-house damage assessments, as many families fear staying in their homes.
- Based on our assessment, Habitat will either construct transitional (temporary) shelters or move immediately into new home (core) construction.
The scope of Habitat’s response is dependent on the support of donors, corporate partners and other community organizations. How can we help? The best way is to urge our friends and contacts to support Habitat’s efforts to rebuild homes and hope in Nepal. Please check habitat.org for updated information. Blessings, Jonathan T.M. Reckford
We are thankful to everyone whose support of Habitat for Humanity's mission of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live has supported our work over the year. We are most grateful for the generous support we have received and commitment of our volunteers to serving families locally and abroad.
It won't be long now before mud season gives way to spring in all its glory. We are ready!
High housing cost burdens in the United States
The slide show on the left includes photos taken of the Benson home in December, January, and February. Photos of the Benson build from start to finish can be seen by going to Benson Home. Photos on the right, show the work that was completed on the Gagnon Home during the month of May. To see earlier photos, go to Gagnon Home..Scroll down to earlier slide shows.
Our new Executive Director, Susan Sommer and her husband, Tuck Daniels, have arrived. Susan will work with Dick Malley from May 15 through the end of June. Susan attended her first board meeting on Tuesday, May 12th that was followed by a welcome pot luck dinner for Susan and Tuck. Susan has experience with two other Habitat affiliates and is well prepared to lead our affiliate. She is very excited about working with our affiliate.
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Construction Objectives and Schedule
We build for the benefit of our homeowners and our environment. A primary goal is to provide healthy living conditions and reduce monthly and life-cycle costs.
Come build with us and learn about the materials and construction techniques we use! We anticipate starting to build again in April 2015. It’s all interconnected! Your help and generosity allow us to be effective in thousands of communities around the world, to literally meet families where they live and partner with them to improve their housing.
|On Saturday, we will waterproof the foundation, remove the braces, waterproof the foundation, and lay down foam for under the slab. Until the modules are dellivered on May 26th, there will be no need for volunteers on Saturday, May 16 or 23. Directions to the site.|
||Gordon Home||We cut trees on the lot. Lawrence White Construction will clear the site, will remove the stumps, and then will dig the foundation. Then, we will build the foundation wall. Check back often for a start date for volunteers.|
The construction schedule will be updated each week. Please understand that the schedule is our best estimate of what we will be able to accomplish on any given day. The availability of volunteers, materials, and the weather all have an impact on what can be done.
|Mother's Day Brunch, Sunday May 10th||
|September 30, 2015||Win Hoyt Annual Golf Tournament - Plan now for a great day of golf on a glorious fall day.|
Program of Minor Home Repairs - 2015
If you know of someone who is a resident of Bennington County whose home could benefit from a small repair making their home safer and more affordable, please call 802-367-1000 and ask to speak with Alison. We are accepting applications for 2015.
These photos were taken of several projects that we took on in 2014. Curt Merrow designed the ramps, and was joined by Jim White, Barth Vander Els, Mari Bennett, Dean Hanson, and Dave Low. The ramps were built for Bennington residents. As of November 2014, we have completed 14 projects for 12 families. Two were for the same household. "A big thanks to you and all the great crew of workers that built the ramp for my husband." Terry Brunina
The Shires ReSale Store is moving! On May 31st the store will move to 31 Memorial Ave (formerly Evans' and the Manchester Journal office). Read article.