Saturday, January 17, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!


 
Honoring MLK with a Day of Service!
 
 
           On January 19th, Habitat for Humanity will partner with members of the community to honor MLK by participating in the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. A group of 25 volunteers from YMCA, Goleta Valley Beautiful. and individuals from the community will be working together to complete "A Brush with Kindness" project.
   
          Part of the United We Serve program, MLK Jr. Day of Service is one of President Obama's national call to service initiatives. The program calls for Americans from all different backgrounds and walks of life to work together for the day to assist and help with some of the nation's pressing social issues, such as hunger, poverty, and substandard housing. Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country are participating in various service projects to serve their communities and neighbors.  
 
          One of Habitat for Humanity's active programs, "A Brush with Kindness" seeks to help low-income house owners that have difficulty restoring their homes to maintain a safe a decent place to live by coming together as a community to provide exterior home repairs. By offering affordable means of exterior home improvements, the program helps homeowners to reclaim their dignity and pride of homeownership and helps to maintain the value of the home. Complementing Habitat for Humanity's new home construction programs that bring affordable homes to low-income families, all partner families must meet with Habitat for Humanity's low-income requirements, as well as show a need for crucial exterior repairs and the willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.
 
          Volunteer shifts are still available for the MLK Jr. Day of Service on January 19th. The morning shift will be from 9am to 12:00pm, followed by the afternoon shift from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Interested volunteers can contact the Habitat office at mail@sbhabitat.org or 805-692-2226. 

         “Dr. King famously said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’” said Jon Peterson, Habitat for Humanity SSBC’s CEO. “Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping individuals and families maintain and build a decent place to live. We are thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who heed Dr. King’s call and join us in providing decent and affordable shelter both locally and globally.”


Friday, October 24, 2014

Open House of the Completed Canon Perdido Affordable Homes!


You are invited to the Canon Perdido Open House!

With just the last details left on the homes of the Canon Perdido Project, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County would like to invite you to an open house event on Saturday, November 15th 2014. The project homes are located at 822 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara CA 93103.

Designed by architects Ryan Mills and Ed DeVicente, the units range from 750-1,200 square feet each and are 100% affordable and very low income units. The project includes 2 three-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 2 one-bedroom units, which are all completely accessible to disabled persons.

Built in line with Passive House standards, the project aimed to achieve “near zero” energy usage on the homes by combining passive components such as window placements, insulation, Energy Star appliances and building wrap with “active components such as solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. With the finishing touches being added, these homes will be the first affordable housing development in Southern California certified as a “Passive House”, and the homes will have a 70-80% reduction in energy use over the current energy code requirements!

Before the homeowners move in, Habitat for Humanity would love to welcome the community to tour the finished develeopment of the homes and the future homeowners will be offerring tours of their new homes throughout the day! Georgia's Smokehouse gourmet food truck, offering a full menu, will be parked onsite from 11:30-1:30pm!

We would like to thank the donors, volunteers, and community for this joint effort in successfully completing this project and would like to share with the community and those interested in what Habitat for Humanity has been involved with for the past two years!

Please come join us and we hope to see you soon!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Spotlight on unique items in the ReStore!

      For those familiar with the ReStore, a trip to the ReStore is like searching through a treasure trove! With new items coming in daily, you never know what you might happen to find in the ReStore and how unique many of our items are!

Today, we'd like to put a spotlight on two items and also our "Steal of the Week"!


 Here we have a Brass Coat Hanger, which is about 70" in height. This coat hanger can be a wonderful addition to adding a touch of class to a living room or the entrance hallway of a home. This item is unique due to the design and the color that exudes charming vibes. This item is available at the ReStore for $75.00 and is under inventory as U011!

Another wonderful item is this Glass Top Coffee Table, which is 48"x 34"x 19 1/2"! The combination of wood and glass with the metal detailing under creates a beautiful piece to have in one's home. This item is available in the ReStore for $150.00 and is under U033!




      As for the "Steal of the Week", we have a Mirabelle undermount sink (M015) which measures at 20"x 16". This sink was originally priced at $50.00 but is now $20.00 as the "Steal of the Week"! Every week, an item goes on a special sale as the "Steal of the Week" and is sold for even cheaper than the already reduced price at the ReStore! Continue to check on the Habitat website under the ReStore tab to check for the weekly special!



      The ReStore at the Habitat for Humanity in the Southern Santa Barbara County sells home improvement products and 100% of the proceeds go back to Habitat. The materials that are sold in the ReStore are donated from the community and the proceeds help to cover administrative costs. Because of this, Habitat is able to point a large majority of the funds raised to go towards our low income building projects. Shopping in or donating to the ReStore is a way that one can help support Habitat's mission to provide affordable housing in Santa Barbara!

      The ReStore is located on 6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A, Goleta CA 93117. The ReStore is open from 11am-5pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Swing by and look around the Restore and you'll never know what unique and special items you may find!










Another successful A Brush with Kindness Project, completed!



      On a beautiful day last Saturday in Santa Barbara, a total of over 70 volunteers from Thrivent Builds Lutheran and students from Westmont College and Concordia of Oregan's women soccer players came together to provide assistance with one of  Habitat's A Brush with Kindness projects!

      Habitat's A Brush with Kindness program works to help low-income or fixed-income homeowners to restore their homes to be a safe and decent place to live, through minor exterior repairs. The program provides materials and volunteer labor to make improvements to a house affordable and possible. Able-bodied homeowners work alongside Habitat's volunteers as part of their "sweat equity", which is central to Habitat's home building program. Through this program, homeowners are able to regain the pride of home-ownership and maintain the value of their homes. 
      With volunteers from Thrivent Builds Lutheran and 26 college students per house, volunteers assisted with exterior maintenance, which included a full power washing and an exterior paint job. The home repair work was for three senior female homeowners and volunteers are seen here assisting and putting their efforts to bringing repairs to the home!







      A Brush with Kindness complements Habitat for Humanity’s construction programs that bring decent and affordable homes to low-income families. All partner families must meet Habitat’s income requirements, as well as show a need for crucial exterior repairs and a willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.

      For more information on how you can volunteer on an upcoming A Brush with Kindness project or in the Restore, please visit www.sbhabitat.org or call 805-692-2226.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Habitat for Humanity's Volunteer of the Year, Dennis Kirby!

      Throughout the year, Habitat for Humanity continues to have a flow of volunteers who dedicate their time on our building projects, A Brush with Kindness projects, and in also in our ReStore!

      Dennis Kirby, who has put in 770 volunteer hours at the ReStore, has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. A dedicated volunteer since 2009, we have been so blessed to have a volunteer who gives back to their community. Please join us as we recognize this year's Volunteer of the Year and thank him for all the dedication he has put into the ReStore! 




      The ReStore at the Habitat for Humanity in the Southern Santa Barbara County sells home improvement products and 100% of the proceeds go back to Habitat. The materials sold in the ReStore are donated from the community and the proceeds go to Habitat and helps to cover administrative costs. This allows Habitat to use a large majority of the funds raised to go towards our low income building projects. Donating or shopping at the Restore is a way that you can help support Habitat's mission to provide affordable housing in Santa Barbara!

      The ReStore is located on 6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A, Goleta CA 93117. We are open from 11am-5pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays! Come check out the ReStore and we definitely encourage you all to get involved in our community as well!