We have exciting news to share about how you can support more Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (Habitat GO) families than ever before.
 
EXIT Realty Eastern Ontario, one of our dedicated sponsors, will be matching your donation and DOUBLING its impact until September 15, 2017. Their generous matching gift of up to $20,000 will help more families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.
 
The Wolfe family is just one example. Working two jobs at shelters for Indigenous women, Barbara Wolfe knew her work helped others improve their lives, but the pay didn't allow her to improve the living conditions of own family. Barb, an Indigenous single mom from the Cockburn Island Band, and her two daughters lived in an apartment in a converted house in an Ottawa neighbourhood known for drug dealers and addicts, noise and street fights.
 
"It was not a wholesome place to be raising my girls, Hannah and Pamela," says Barb. "But the rent was geared to my income, so I thought I had no choice."

Then she learned about Habitat GO.  After applying, being approved and completing 500 volunteer hours, the Wolfe family now resides in a safe and stable Habitat GO home and instead of rent, Barb pays an affordable mortgage that is geared to her income. "The mortgage gives you a hand up, not a hand out, and that's very important to me."
 
Barb inspires everyone around her - she's caring, motivated and completely dedicated to providing a strong and stable home life for her family. By helping families like hers thrive in a secure environment, you're helping build better communities.
 
Your support is an investment that pays off for generations, and that's our mission. Your donations help us buy land, get permits, hire skilled tradespeople, source materials and do so much more to help build strong communities.
 
Fortunately we have help this year from EXIT Realty Eastern Ontario. With offices in Hawkesbury, Embrun and OrlĂ©ans to Ottawa, Pembroke and Petawawa, EXIT Realty strives to give the best service available whether you are buying or selling.

When you make a donation of $20 or more  by September 15, 2017, your donation will be DOUBLED by o ur generous partner, up to $20,000.

Thank you for helping the Wolfe family and other Habitat GO homeowners escape the crippling effects of inadequate housing.
 
"Our Habitat home means security, comfort, safety and a better financial future," says Barb with a smile. "I can have a normal life now and I look forward to being 'Grandma Central' when my daughters have kids of their own."
 
Once again, a big THANK YOU from the Wolfe family, all the families you've helped and from all of us here at Habitat GO. If you'd like to learn more, please go to www.habitatgo.com or contact Shawna Blanchard at sblanchard@habitatgo.com or 613-749-9950 ext. 233.