Last Leaves Fall,
Last Projects for 2016

Betty in 
Bob, R oland, Ron and Bruce met at Betty's residence and helped by Kevin accomplished a considerable amount.  We removed and retired a very tired sliding glass door and replaced it with an energy star double hung window. We also sealed and patched problem areas of the roof, hopefully successfully. We sanded joint compound and installed inside trim on the window.   
John and Kelly showed up at noon with a gastronomic extravaganza for our lunch.  All in all, a successful day.  We'll be back in the spring to repair/replace some windows.

Lisa in Albany
Lisa, over 70 and not able to get around well, had leaky pipes in 1-2 places and water on her floor. She called plumbers and others, including the guy who built her log cabin.  He assessed the problem but couldn't give her the time needed to repair it. Lisa tried everyone she could think of to get help, but with no success whatsoever. When she called us, Lisa had been without water for weeks, her shower control leaked, her kitchen faucet leaked so badly she had to shut it off altogether, and both toilets leaked.  A truly desperate woman and a perfect plumbing storm. 

Our NEK Habitat team arrived and in the course of a few hours the line to the spring was purged and water was flowing freely to the house, the bathroom lavatory had its screen cleaned, the downstairs toilet had a part replaced and no longer leaked, the shower was operational, and Lisa was happy and relieved.  She could at last shower, wash clothes, even flush the toilet without filling it with a bucket first. 

Thanks-You's to Our 2016 Site Volunteers

We would not, could not, have accomplished all we did for our NEK neighbors without the help of the many volunteers who came out to building sites to help repair or to provide lunch for the workers. We wish to acknowledge the following:

Building Site Volunteers:
Art Brooks
Bob Gondar
Bonnie Shattuck
Bruce Starbuck, Project Coordinator
Dan Prue
Dan Swainbank
Dave Stauffer
Donna Gaston
Eileen Rossetti
Gerry Coulombe
Howard Gaston
James McQuillen
Jim Stauffer
Mark Maghini
Paul Cranmer
Rick Stodola
Roger Brinn
Roland Blais
Ron Noble
Tim McKay, Building Committee Chair
Tom Frackleton

Lunch Providers:
Anne Brooks
Bonnie Dasher-Andersen
Dan Swainbank, Lunch Coordinator
Elaine Pacholek
Henretta Splain
John and Kelly Sorrell
Liz Prue
Marte Rhodes

 We Are Building It Forward...
Our fundraising campaign to further Habitat for Humanity's mission in the NEK,  Building It Forward: Strengthening Families...Strengthening Communities , announces its goals for 2017:  
  • Improve daily life for homeowners in the NEK who struggle in sub-standard living conditions by creating healthier, more stable living situations.
  • Improve home accessibility for those who wish to live independently, and for seniors who wish to age in place.
  • Strengthen our community with more collaboration on more projects with other area agencies that offer both home and personal improvement programs. 
Substandard housing, and its resulting effect on the members of a family, is very common in the NEK. The need for Habitat for Humanity's services is ongoing and growing. Habitat NEK wants to be equipped and be ready to help every qualified applicant. You can help by donating to our mission. 

Several community events will be held in the coming months to support this campaign and will be posted on our website and on our Faceb ook page.
All donations will be gratefully received and can be sent to Upper Valley Habitat NEK, 459 Portland Street, Suite 2, Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819. 
NEK Habitat Office 
459 Portland Street, Suite 2 
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. 

We are open year around on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from  9:00 am-12 pm. 

We'll be closed on Thanksgiving and between Christmas and New Year's Day.

Patricia Janssen, General Manager
Dan Swainbank, Homeowner Services

Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity in the Northeast Kingdom
2017 Steering Committee
Patricia Janssen
St. Johnsbury  
General Manager

Dan Swainbank
Homeowner Services
Tim McKay
Chair, Steering Committee
Merle  Haskins
St Johnsbury
Beth Williams 
Rev. Jay Sprout
Susan  Aiken
St. Johnsbury
Bruce Starbuck
Project Coordinator

Rob Balivet