October 2019 Newsletter
Critical Home Repair Program

We are excited to announce the launch of our Critical Home Repair program! This new service helps low-income homeowners make needed repairs so they can live in a safe, healthy, and affordable home.  

The less you make, the more we pay. Read below for more information, and please share with anyone you think could use this help.

Sincerely,
 
Godfrey Wood
Executive Director   



Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland's 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 nation-wide effort to serve homeowners who are affected by age, disability or family circumstances and struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes.
  
The Critical Home Repair program requires an affordable payment from the homeowner for a portion of the repair costs. Applicants will be scored and ranked by level of need. Not all applications will be approved. This program serves homeowners in Cumberland County who have a household income below 80% of HUD Area Median Income.
 
Click below for income limits, examples of work to be done, and more.  
 
 
 


SAVE THE DATE! Our brand new HOME event, with Honorary Co-Chair Janet T. Mills, is November 14 at the Portland Art Gallery, 154 Middle Street in Portland. We hope you can join us for an evening of art, live jazz music, and networking. More information to come!
 
Are you interested in sponsoring? Join these sponsors and make a difference in the lives of Maine families. Click here for more information.
 
Green & Healthy Maine Home and Energy Show   

 

 
The Green & Healthy Maine Home and Energy Show is Saturday, October 19! It's going to be an exciting day with top-notch exhibitors, a fantastic slate of workshops, local food trucks, and more! Plus, 100% of ticket sales go to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland!
 
This show connects leaders in Maine's sustainable home and energy industries with homeowners looking for products and services. From solar power to heat pumps, air quality to air sealing, and electric vehicles to edible landscapes, you'll find endless inspiration for a healthy home.

Come with a specific question about your home or energy project, attend a workshop and browse the booths to find inspiration and resources. Chat with experts, find new products, learn about incentive programs and take advantage of show discounts and deals from our exhibitors. 
   
 
 
Volunteer of the Month

Betty Libby
This month's highlighted volunteer is Betty Libby. Betty is a member of the Wednesday group on our construction site.
 
Betty had been donating to Habitat International for years when she decided to start volunteering locally about eight years ago. She has been a member of the Wednesday Group ever since.
 
The idea of "home" is very important in her life, so she loves being part of an organization that makes it possible for people to have a home of their own.  She says, "In meeting, working alongside, and talking with Habitat families, it's obvious that Habitat's model works!" She's also made some great friends with a shared sense of purpose and lots of fun. As a bonus, she has learned a lot from the Habitat's construction team Chad and Ryan.
 
Betty's career was spent in non-profits working with children and adults with disabilities. She worked in a variety of capacities: from teaching young children, to program planning, and administrative positions.  Her father was a pharmacist, who was also a very skilled carpenter. She was his sidekick whenever there was a building project at home. She says he'd be glad she's still at it!
       
Volunteer Celebration
 
On Thursday, September 26 we honored our many regular volunteers with a barbecue at our ReStore. Thanks to everyone that came out, and thank you for all your years of support!

HFHGP Executive Director
Godfrey Wood

HFHGP Construction team Chad Mullin and Ryan Carmichael with Construction Volunteers of the Year Arlene and Katrina

ReStore Manager Andrew Smith

ReStore - Shop and Donate!
 
Have you visited our ReStore lately? We sell donated new and gently used building materials, appliances, and furniture at greatly reduced prices. To get a glimpse of what we've got for sale, check out our facebook page for updates.
 
Are you interested in donating items? Give us a call at 207-221-0047 if you need an at-home pick up scheduled! Our ReStore is open to the public and open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00-5:00. We're located at 659 Warren Avenue in Portland.





 
Thank You Volunteer Groups!
 
Thank you to the wonderful groups who volunteered on site in September! In addition to our many individual volunteers that join us on site, we love welcoming groups from companies, schools, civic groups, etc. Are you interested in volunteering as a group? Click here.

Thanks to the Coast Guard, Competitive Energy Services, Pilgrim Church, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, and Travelers Insurance.
 
Travelers Insurance, September 6 

Thank You to our Core Partners! 

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

207-772-2151 / info@habitatme.org  


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