January 2020 Newsletter
Happy New Year!

We hope you're enjoying a great start to 2020! This year will welcome the beginning of a new building project for us, so please keep an eye out for an announcement with more information. In addition to that, we are busy with our Critical Home Repair program we launched this fall. We've completed several repair projects already, are working on others, and we are still taking applications.
If you'd like to help us operate the Critical Home Repair program, or know of any families with such a need, please read more below. We need your help! 
We wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! 

Godfrey Wood
Executive Director   

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland's new Critical Home Repair service helps low-income
homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home. This program is part of a Habitat for Humanity's effort to serve homeowners who are affected by age, disability, or family circumstances who struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland recognizes that new home construction is only a part of the solution for quality, affordable housing. The Critical Home Repair program is part of our broader community development strategy to transform and strengthen communities.
This new program requires an affordable payment from the homeowner for a portion of the repair costs, but relies on your donation to make these needed repairs. You can make a difference for these families that so often slip through the cracks!

Critical Home Repair - Before and After 
We've completed several jobs in our new Critical Home Repair program that helps low-income homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home. The handrails on the porch of this home were rotted, collapsing, and un-safe. With the support of our sponsors Town & Country Credit Union and Gorham Savings Bank we were able to replace them, insuring the safety of the homeowner and visitors.
Congratulations to our Newest Homeowners! 
Congratulations to our newest home owners - the Ma-Lin family! They closed on their new home in December and we are so happy to welcome them to the neighborhood.
Their home is the final house in our Scarborough project, Carpenter Court. With the neighborhood complete, we want to offer congratulations to all of our homeowner families! 
Volunteer of the Month
Karen Gallati

This month's highlighted volunteer is Karen Gallati. Karen leads a team of volunteers that plan the Good Friday Walk and Fun Run every year.  
Karen has been a member of the Good Friday Walk planning committee since 2006, and has been leading the effort since 2017. 2020 is the walk's 34th year; more information to come! 
She says she began volunteering for the walk because she thinks Habitat is a great organization that gives people in need a hand up, not a hand out. She finds it gratifying to see people who work hard finally get a safe, clean, affordable place to live.
Karen is originally from Connecticut where she was president of the Jaycees and on the board of a local Soup Kitchen. She is an active member of the Cumberland Congregational Church and volunteers with Family Promise (which helps local homeless families). In the recent past, she taught English as a second language with the Root Cellar.
She adds that helping others is gratifying in so many ways. She feels blessed that she is able to help others in her community. "At some point, who knows, I might need that aid and I'd like to think that there would be someone else out there willing to reach out and help."  
Singing Valentines
Have a barbershop quartet from the Downeasters Chorus sing two love songs and give your loved one a rose this Valentine's Day! Click here for more information. 
Select "Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland" in the "Did you hear about Downeasters Singing Valentines from one of our Valentines affiliates?" section so Habitat will receive $30 of the $55 cost! 
ReStore Update
Late on the night of December 19 a fire was started  in our dumpster, causing damage to the side of our building. We are very thankful no one was hurt and the damage was not worse. Thank you to the Portland Fire Department for getting the fire under control so quickly!

Thankfully none of our inventory was damaged, so we are open as usual. Come say hi!

The ReStore is open to the public and open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00-5:00. We're located at 659 Warren Avenue in Portland.  
Are you interested in donating items? Give us a call at 207-221-0047 if you need an at-home pick up scheduled!
Thank You to our Core Partners! 

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
659 Warren Avenue, Portland, ME 04103

207-772-2151 / info@habitatme.org