Habitat Happenings

102 Families!

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”     Matthew 21:21-22

At our annual board meeting last Thursday, our board of directors approved a plan for Habitat Wake to serve 102 families in our fiscal year that begins on July 1.  This is an increase of 19 families from this current fiscal year—or 23%!

This is more than sheer numbers.   Think of the impact in the lives of those 102 families.  It’s huge!  Owning a home for the first time or having a long-time residence repaired makes a remarkable difference in all aspects of a family’s life.  32 families will have the opportunity to purchase a new or fully rehabbed home in Wake County.  35 families will have essential exterior repairs made to the homes they already own in the neighborhoods in which we are building throughout Wake County.  And 35 families in western Honduras will be able to move from inadequate thatched roof, dirt floor homes to a modest home with a metal roof and concrete floor.

So, we’ll need at least 23% more of your prayers.  And 23% more of your time and talent.  We’ve created a budget that will need 18% more of your generosity—whether it is a donation or a purchase at one of our stores.  I promise you that you’ll get more in return than you give.


…walk into a bar.  No, seriously.  Last Friday, we hosted the Triangle Business Journal’s (TBJ) annual 40 Under 40 leadership award winners.  I had the opportunity to work on our Apex build site with these young leaders from throughout the Triangle region.  My afternoon crew consisted of the aforementioned pair of lawyers, a marketing professional, and a pharmacist.

At Habitat, this is how we build.  It’s not accidental.  Our mission statement says that we seek to put God’s love into action by bringing people together.  We’ve learned over the years that it’s not just about construction projects, but more so about the relationships that are built in the process.

What can two lawyers, a pharmacist and a marketing guy get done in a few short hours?  Well, they completed the exterior house wrap on one home and then jumped over and helped put on the top plates on the house next door to ready it for roof truss installation.  If you ask them, I’m sure they would tell you they were pleased with what they accomplished, but I’m sure they’d add that they had an opportunity to get to know each other while they worked—something that TBJ seeks to do among the 40 Under 40 cohort.

Yesterday at lunch we celebrated with these 40 Under 40 winners and thanks to a clever idea from TBJ publisher, Bryan Hamilton, we raised over $10,000  to keep building for more families in need.  For each word beyond three that an award winner uttered in their acceptance speech—they agreed to donate $25 for Habitat!

Kevin’s Blog – 1 week, 4 homes!

1 week, 4 homes!

Professional builders would rather build than talk, so in that spirit, I’ll keep this short.  Thanks to Savvy Homes, Regency Centers, A.R. Nix Construction, Williams Realty & Building, and the Triangle Builders Guild for showing up with their subcontractors and suppliers last week on our sites in Augusta Crossings in Raleigh and leaving the week with four completed and beautiful homes.  Several other companies also  participated by supporting all 4 homes:  Stock Building Supply, PlyGem, and Baker Roofing.

These builders are talented, they are generous, and they are a lot of fun to be around.  70 Habitat Wake homes have now been built through the Builders Blitz model, pioneered at Habitat Wake in 2002.  Thanks so much to those who have been and continue to be involved!

Here are some photos of the homes built entirely last week!  I know that the Blue, Utley, Jordan, and Lesane/Quiller families are still in awe of the generosity flowing on their behalf.  They are very excited to purchase and move in to these homes!

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