Friday, August 29, 2014

Introducing Shelby Messner, AmeriCorps National Service Member

Introducing Shelby Messner, Habitat's new AmeriCorps National Service Member!

       A new face to Habitat, Shelby Messner is a recent graduate from the City and Regional Planning program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Through her schooling as a City and Regional Planning major, she has developed a passion for community engagement and involvement  as tools to make stronger communities. She has a strong interest in sustainability and strives to be environmentally conscious in all aspects of her life, as well as for the future of her community. 

       As an Americorp National Service Member, Shelby is a part of civil society program through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This federal agency plays an important role in strengthening the nonprofit sector and challenges in America through service. CNCS strives to strengthen communities and improve the lives of individuals through volunteering and service. 

       Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Shelby is glad to be back and to be serving her home community. Through her time at Habitat, she hopes to have a good experience working with the community. She is glad to be working with an organization that works directly to provide housing within a community, which ties in with her interest in housing needs. As a graduate who studied City and Regional Planning, she is looking forward to applying what she has learned and is ready to get to work here at Habitat!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Habitat ReStore Steal of the Week

Every week the Habitat ReStore puts one item on deep discount as the Steal of the Week.

This week's Steal of the Week is a beautiful 9-Light Chandelier. It was $230, now just $50.

The Steal of the Week is valid through the close of business on Saturday. The item must be paid in full and removed from the store at the time of purchase. Holds are not allowed on Steal of the Week merchandise.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A
Goleta, CA  93117
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Friday, August 1, 2014

Construction update on the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is 85% complete with construction. In July Habitat welcomed volunteer groups from Curvature, Procore, and Reality Church, as well as many individuals, who helped prime, paint, hang drywall, install base board and much more at the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes site. 

Construction progress at the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes site. 

Volunteers from Curvature pose for a group photo.

Volunteers from ProCore working on the 2nd floor balcony railing. 

Volunteers from Reality Church pose before the workday begins. 

Volunteers provide a bulk of our labor and allow Habitat to keep construction costs at a minimum. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped with framing, insulation, drywall, painting and much more. We are able to provide permanent and affordable housing for low-income families because of your time and support.

We are in the final weeks of construction. If you haven't volunteered yet, there is still time. Individual volunteers can sign up for shifts directly online.  If you are interested in confirming a group workday for your business or organization, please contact Habitat by email or at 692-2226.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Meet a Partner Family: The Rodriguez Family

Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is proud to partner with Luis and Magdalia Rodriguez in the construction of their new home.

Luis and Magdalia are the parents of two young children, Abraham and Ximena. The parents have lived and worked in Santa Barbara for the past 15 years but have struggled to afford the high cost of housing. To make ends meet the family of 4 rents out a bedroom in a larger home. They look forward to shortly own one of the two-bedroom homes that Habitat for Humanity is currently building on Canon Perdido Street. 

Like all Habitat for Humanity partner families, Luis and Magdalia will buy their home with a no-interest mortgage and monthly payments made to fit within 35% of their total family income. They have begun contributing "sweat equity" hours on the construction of their new home and are enrolled in Habitat's Homeownership Readiness Curriculum.  


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Breaking Ground on 12 New Homes

On Wednesday, December 12th Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County broke ground on 12 new affordable homes for low-income families in Santa Barbara. The 12 home development will provide safe and affordable housing for 43 people, including 20 children. 

Mayor Helene Schneider, Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio, Montecito Bank and Trust CEO and President Janet Garufis, and Pastor Colleen Hurley-Bates participated in the ceremony which was attended by donors, corporate partners, volunteers, family mentors, and each of the 12 new partner families.