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Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity 

September 15, 2011
In This Issue
A Little Fresh Air Goes a Long Way
Schedule Your Volunteer Experience Online
World Habitat Day - 500,000th Home!
Homeowner Application Session - September 17th
Getting their Hands Dirty: 2nd Annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive Results

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A Little Fresh Air Goes a Long Way

Health risks are a large factor for many families living in substandard housing conditions. For one Habitat Partner Family, this was a big challenge, as their youngest daughter was born with a number of health concerns, including a multitude of allergies. As plans for their home were underway, indoor air quality was an important issue to consider.  Normally, a Habitat house has exceptional air quality, but the Bellum family wanted extra clean air. They chose to use hard surfaces, bypassing carpeting throughout their home. Their sponsor group, Church of the Saviour, raised extra dollars to include a central vacuum system in the house. Since moving into their completed home, the Bellum family is happy to report that their daughter is thriving. Her daily doses of 8 different types of medications has now been reduced to intermittent doses of just 2, taken only as needed.

World Habitat Day - 500,000th Home!


Habitat for Humanity will mark a major milestone Oct. 3 when it dedicates its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. On this day, Habitat will also raise the walls on its 500,001st house in Paterson, N.J., in recognition of the work still needed to eradicate poverty housing worldwide.


The milestone houses represent the steady increase in Habitat for Humanity's scale and scope to help more families in need of decent, affordable housing. In 2005, Habitat celebrated its 200,000th house. Six years later, Habitat for Humanity has more than doubled that number through new, rehabilitated, repaired and improved homes.


Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity is among the more than 2,300 Habitat affiliates worldwide that have made this milestone possible, having built 161 homes in Cleveland, and supporting over 260 homes overseas since its founding in 1987.  We would like to thank you for all the contributions you have made in our community that have helped Habitat reach this milestone achievement, and we thank you for your continued support in helping us reach our first million homes!


Homeowner Application Session this Saturday - September 17th

Homeowner Application Session:
Anyone interested in applying to become a Habitat Homeowner must attend the upcoming Homeowner Application Session on Saturday, September 17th at 11am. Please CLICK HERE for more details.


Getting their Hands Dirty - Second Annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive Results


Many thanks to local communications firm, Sonnhalter, for their second, widly successful tool drive campaign! Employees of Sonnhalter, whose company tag line is, "not afraid to to get our hands dirty," rolled up their sleeves to prove just that as they collected truckloads of construction supplies for the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Sonnhalter is a a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in construction, industrial, and MRO markets. Organizations, businesses and residents were encouraged to donate new and gently used tools, as well as cabinets, sinks, building materials and appliances to help Habitat fight poverty housing in our community. Sonnhalter employees (pictured left) took a Habitat truck to various locations this past week, to pick up all the donations and deliver them to the Habitat ReStore. Community participants in the Second Annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive included the Berea Recreation Center, Edward Jones Investments, Perk-CUP! Caf´┐Ż, St. Mary's of the Falls, Sylvester's Auto and Light Truck Service, Tony K's Bar & Grille and many community members. Industry participants included Arbortech, Contractor Magazine, Council Tool, Knipex, Madison Electric Products, Molex, Samsel Supply, Sutton Industrial Hardware, Welch Packaging, Wolff Bros. Supply and, Wright Tool. Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity would like to thank Sonnhalter and all the participating organizations and individuals for their time and generous donations!

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity
2110 W. 110th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44102 ~ www.clevelandhabitat.org ~ 216-429-1299