Summer 2016 HabiChat e-Newsletter                      www.habitatgo.com 
In This Issue
Your Support Matters!
Lord Elgin Furniture Donation
2016 Women Build on a Roll
ReStore the Ride
Upcoming Habitat GO Events
   
How You Can Help

For more information contact development@habitatgo.com.   

 
Do you have vacant land?
We are looking for land to build simple, decent, affordable housing with low-income families. We will provide recognition in our materials and media as well as a tax receipt for the value of the land. To learn more, visit  www.habitatgo.com or call 613-749-9950 x222.

 

2016 Build Update: Cousineau Street Key Ceremony, Jeanne d'Arc Update & Carleton Place Build Kick Off

Cousineau Key Ceremony:  We are pleased to announce that construction of our four homes at 1277-1279 Cousineau St. in Orleans will be completed this month and our Partner Families are set to move in. The Key Ceremony will take place on July 26 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us as we present the keys for the new homes to our four Partner Families. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Phase 1 of Jeanne d'Arc/Fortune Property: The remediation on our Jeanne d'Arc/Fortune property has been completed and all of the impacted soil has been removed. The remediation costs  were significantly higher than anticipated and as such, Habitat GO has postponed  construction of Phase 1 of our 16-unit development until the spring of 2017. Site servicing (the installati on of wate r, sewer, hydro and gas lines) for the property is still planned for completion later this summer. 

Carleton Place Build Kick Off: 
We're 
thrilled to announce that Habitat GO, in partnership with our Carleton Place Chapter, will begin construction of a single-family home on Crampton Drive in August. The home will be purchased by the Michaelis family later this year. Stay tuned for more details about our Groundbreaking Ceremony next month and please click here if you're interested in volunteering on  this build or joining the Chap ter.
Your Support Matters!
Help Habitat Greater Ottawa Change Lives

When you think of Habitat GO, you probably think about building houses. And you should.  Thanks to your support, we've built and renovated more than 61 homes in the Greater Ottawa Area since 1993. But, while building is what we do, the reason we do it is to change lives. We build homes because they are essential building blocks for families and communities. 
 
We are fortunate to have many Habitat GO supporters, like you, who have helped us change lives over the past 23 years.  David Stitt and his wife, Ros Bell, (pictured here with Myrna Beattie, our Director of Retail Operations) have been making a difference with Habitat GO since 2002. 

David wears many hats as a Habitat GO supporter and volunteer.  Please click  here  to read about the coincidence that first hooked David on volunteering with Habitat GO and what keeps bringing him back.

Donate today to make sure that everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live. Thank you for your support. 
For more information, contact Julie  at jtrewartha@habitatgo.com or 613-749-9950 ext. 233.
Big Thanks to the Lord Elgin Hotel for their Generous ReStore Donation
 
The Lord Elgin Hotel generously donated 88 rooms of furniture to the ReStore last month. There is a wide selection of granite-top desks and tables, as well as  chairs and lamps to headboards, mirrors, dressers and more  available at great prices at both the ReStore East (768 Belfast Rd.) and ReStore West (7 Enterprise Ave). Be sure to pop by soon because these items are selling like hotcakes! Sign up today for our weekly ReStore e-newsletter to be one of the first in town to hear about our amazing deals each week.
2016 Women Build on a Roll
     
The 2016 Women Build has launched and our amazing teams have already raised more than $23,000 for Habitat GO!

One of our Women Build teams, Chicks & Bricks, held a bowling tournament at McArthur Bowling Lanes on June 24 to raise funds for the house that will be built in Carleton Place this fall. Thank you to all who attended. You are helping to knock down the affordable housing crisis, one pin at a time! 

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of low-income families by giving them a hand up, not a hand out, please consider joining or starting your own Women Build team today!   Click here to learn more.

First Annual ReStore the Ride a Big Success
     
Thank you to everyone who supported the first annual ReStore the Ride on May 29! Local motorcycle enthusiasts braved the heat to participate in this 200+ km. ride and they raised $1,300 for Habitat GO and its ReStores. 

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Lagois Design Build Renovate, Bounder Magazine, Ottawa Renovates, and all our event suppliers and supporters who donated cash, prizes, food, signage and much more, especially Jeff Pinck, our chef extraordinaire. Stay tuned for details about next year's Ride!
Upcoming Habitat GO Events
  • Canadian Stone Carving Festival: Join us from July 22-24 in Perth, Ontario as stone carvers from Canada, the U.S. and Europe will gather to display their skills and creativity. The one-of-a-kind creations will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to our Perth Chapter. Last year's festival raised more than $11,000.
  • 4th Annual Zombie Run for Humanity: Join us on Saturday, October 1 for a thrilling post-apocalyptic 5km obstacle course for all athletic levels. Can you outrun the infected as a survivor . . . or would you prefer to chase the living as a zombie? Register today!
  • The 11th Annual Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala: Tickets are now on sale to attend our annual Gala on Saturday, November 5 at the Canadian War Museum. Early bird ticket prices in effect until July 31. Please click here to purchase your tickets before they sell out!
Congratulations to the Kyazze Family!

Margaret Kyazze and her family are our  latest mortgage-free homeowners!
We were fortunate to hear Margaret speak about her experiences at our Habitat GO Volunteer Appreciation Event in May. 

The Kyazze family became a Habitat Partner Family in 2002 as part of the Ed Schreyer Work Project, a blitz build when eight homes were built in eight days on D'Aoust Avenue in Ottawa South. 

Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, donors, sponsors and tradespeople, Margaret became a homeowner for the first time in 2002 and she now fully owns her home. Being mortgage free has given Margaret the opportunity to save enough money to take her children on a trip to Uganda, the country that she emigrated from in 1993, so they can visit with their grandparents and extended family for the first time. 

If you know anyone who may be interested in becoming a Habitat GO Partner Family, we are currently accepting applications for homes in Perth, Carleton Place and Orleans. Please click here to learn more.
Celebrating a Remarkable Year

We recently published our 2015 Annual Report which outlines the highlights of our past year, including our Indigenous Build and amazing partnership with PCL Constructors Ottawa district, our new name, new programs and much more.

Please take the time to read through the online document and discover the incredible impact all of our supporters have made on our community.