Habitat for Humanity NCR

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January/February 2014






Habitat Unhinged: The launch of our "20 Doors for 20 Years" auction was a huge hit at The Home Renovations Show on January 24-26. You can still bid on these one-of-a-kind creations by local artists until February 18. Click here to see photos of the doors and contact Valerie Newton at development@habitatncr.com or 613-749-9950 ext. 233 to place your bid. The doors will be on display next in the foyer of the Ottawa Convention Centre from Feb. 8-9.  (Photo by Kristin Harold). 


In this issue
Habitat Heroes: Meet the Artists
Blitz Build
Builders' Club
REALTORS Care Foundation Gives Back
Travel Club Survey
Evergreen Celebration
cycle salvation 
Recycle Your Used Bicycles
Habitat NCR is a collection point for Cycle Salvation, a Causeway Work Centre located at 473 Bronson Ave., which provides training in bike mechanics to people who are economically disadvantaged. Cycle Salvation diverts bikes destined to scrap and landfill sites by selling refurnished bikes and used parts to the public. 
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Recycle Your Electronic Waste
Help turn your old electronics into homes for Habitat NCR by donating them at both of our ReStores. Drop-off times are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All e-waste collected will be recycled in Ontario through the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) program by Sims Recycling Solutions. Click here for more information.
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How You Can Help

For more information, contact Valerie Newton at 613-749-9950 ext. 233 or email development@habitatncr.com.   

Donate Your Pennies to Habitat NCR
Help Habitat NCR collect 10 million pennies (or $100,000) to build a home for another deserving family this year! If you are interested in collecting pennies at your workplace, school or in your community, contact Val at 613-749-9950 ext. 233 or e-mail development@habitatncr.com.  
Celebrating 20 Years of Building Homes and Building Hope
Thanks to the dedicated support of our donors, sponsors, tradespeople and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity NCR has been making homeownership a reality for hard-working, low-income families in our region since 1993. 
Habitat Heroes: Meet the Artists of "20 Doors for 20 Years"
Local artist Kathy Holick-Fisher also works in our ReStores.
(Photo by Kristin Harold)


We have been wowed by the talented local artists who volunteered to transform a door from the ReStore for our "Habitat Unhinged: 20 Doors for 20 Years" auction. 


They all answered the question, "What does home mean to me?" and the results have been astounding. 


Each artist brought their own style and flair to the doors, from Tony Harris's photo realistic Canadian flag and Jill Alexander's intricate double-sided black and white design to Tara Pocket's delicate watercolour landscape, Kathy Holick-Fisher's detailed countryside image and Cindy Laneville's shimmering mosaic glass house.

Click here to learn more about our 20 artists and here to view all of the doors and bid on your favourite.



Blitz Build: 3 Partners, 3 Days, 1 Great Cause


We're very excited to announce that we've joined forces with the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA) and Algonquin College to do a Blitz Build in Ottawa April 4, 5 and 6!

"Our aim is to have the home 99-per-cent complete after three days, sell it, and raise $250,000 to give to Habitat NCR so they can build more homes," says John Herbert, GOHBA's Executive Director.

The three-bedroom, two-storey home will be built on a serviced lot supplied at a reduced price from Tartan Homes and using plans for their Lindsay model. Members of the homebuilding industry are being asked to either donate supplies or labour or provide them at cost for the project.

Teams of Algonquin students will also be on hand, helping with everything from construction, website design and public relations to food service and site safety.

If you would like to donate supplies or funds, click here or contact Valerie Newton at development@habitatncr.com or 613-749-9950 ext. 233.


Builders' Club: It's never been easier to give!


Have you ever considered becoming a monthly donor to Habitat NCR? By joining our Builders' Club, your regular support will ensure that we can continue to help make the dream of homeownership a reality for hard-working, low-income families in our community.


This year we're offering a special promotion in honour of our 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more details!   


REALTORS Care Foundation Gives Back


Special thanks to the REALTORS Care Foundation for their long-time support of Habitat NCR. They have been donating to shelter-based causes since 1967.
We're pleased to announce that they will be returning as a 2014 sponsor. Lynne Faucon recently presented George Hendry, Habitat NCR's interim CEO, with a cheque for $5,000.

New Horizons: Habitat NCR Launches a Travel Club

Thanks to our partnership with Bytown Travel, this Habitat fundraiser will involve exciting 10-15 days trips to exotic locations. Each travel package, which will be attractively priced under $3,000, will include your flight, accommodations, travel in country, sightseeing, shopping options and some meals. It's a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. 


We need your help to determine where we should go next with Habitat NCR's Travel Club! Please click here to fill out our short survey -- it will only take a few minutes and we will choose one response to win a Habitat NCR T-shirt.
Evergreen Celebration


We love Chris Smith at Habitat NCR! He's been donating the proceeds from his annual Christmas tree and wreath sale since 1999. These legendary evergreens have a very loyal following!


He stopped by our office on Walkley Road earlier this month to present a cheque to George Hendry, our interim CEO. This year's donation was for a remarkable $3,100! Thanks Chris!


About Us
Since 1993, Habitat NCR has built 40 homes, completed eight retrofits and housed more than 50 families in the National Capital Region. A volunteer, non-profit organization, Habitat NCR builds simple, decent, affordable homes and sells them with interest-free, long-term mortgages to hard-working, low-income families seeking an affordable home in which to raise their children. People of all faiths and cultures are warmly welcomed. Go to www.habitatncr.com for more information.