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Our Work Knows No Boundaries - November 2018
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Habitat CEO Matthew Grundy speaking to Madera community leaders.

Opening the Door to Madera County! 

In late September we announced that after three decades of exclusively building homes and revitalizing neighborhoods in Fresno County that we would expand our reach into greater Madera County.
 
We understand the need for affordable housing lives beyond natural county boundaries which is why we’ve been working closely with Madera community leaders to bring Habitat’s mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable shelter across county lines.
 
To officially launch our efforts in Madera County, and in partnership with the Madera Housing Authority, we continued our conversations with community and civic leaders and created an outline of our goals for the next 12 to 18 months to best serve the Madera community.
 
Here are some of the goals that we discussed:

  1. Secure land to build six homes in the City of Madera.
  2. Work closely with the community including the local school district, churches, and other service providers to reach as many families as possible to apply for these homes.
  3. Lay the foundation to launch our Acts of Kindness program that offers low-income homeowners with basic home beautification, repair and improvements that otherwise would go undone due to financial strain.
  4. To secure either a donated or discounted retail store front to open our third ReStore retail outlet to offer residents an opportunity to purchase home goods and home repair supplies at a fraction of the retail cost.

If you are interested in helping us lay a strong Foundation in Madera County and would like to learn about more ways to engage, please email our CEO Matthew Grundy here

Putting the finishing touches on our latest mobile home exterior paint project. 

Apprenticeship Program = Job Training and Service to Families!  

This past month, Habitat kicked off its partnership with Valley Apprenticeship Connections through the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission. The apprenticeship class will assist our Neighborhood Revitalization Department with the painting of exterior homes, including mobile homes. The partnership will not only expand Habitat’s ability to serve more low-income homeowners with deferred maintenance, but it will also provide our Valley youth with meaningful work experience.

Learn more about our exterior home painting program here.

Local students giving back and painting Lupe Avila's home.

Speaking of Paint: Making A Difference for Our Seniors! 

It was “Make a Difference Day” for 16 student leaders at the Richter Center at Fresno State on October 13th and it was “amazing” for 87 years old Fresno resident Lupe Avila.
    
Lupe has lived in her home for 60 years and it badly needed to be painted. Lupe was surprised to learn from her daughter that she could apply to have her home repainted through Habitat’s new Exterior Paint Program in partnership with the City of Fresno. 
 
“I applied and because I’m handicapped, I never went to the office during the process; instead they came to me,” Lupe recalled. She remembered her excitement when they came to tell her she had been approved.  It was also the day she picked her favorite paint colors: maroon and gray. 
 
But, her most memorable day was the first day volunteers arrived at her home. “I was asked to go outside and saw almost 20 young people…one man and the rest women of all nationalities…sitting on the sidewalk,” she described.  The moment she was introduced as the owner of the home by Habitat’s Exterior Paint Program director, Jerry Zuniga, all of the students jumped up in unison to clapped for her. 
 
“It was amazing that this young generation of people would come out and paint my house,” me,” Lupe said.
 
Katie Grootendorst, a 4th year Biology student graduating this spring, used the same word, “amazing”, to describe her volunteer experience.  While she had been a volunteer at the ReStore for three years, this was different. “I was amazed to see the transformation and the difference we made in the home’s appearance from start to finish,” explained Katie. 
 
She went on to say, “It’s these types of unique experiences that connect a community and bring true meaning behind the service we do.” 
 
Yes, it was a great project for everyone.  Lupe now feels like she’s in a brand-new house, and for Katie, it went in her book as one of the best service experiences she’s ever had.

Hungry:  Do Good with Burritos! 

On Wednesday, November 14th from 5-9PM, the Clovis North’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is holding a fundraiser at Chipotle Restaurant located at 80 E. Nees Avenue in Fresno. When you present the flyer provided in the link, show it on your smartphone, or just tell the cashier you are there to support Habitat for Humanity Campus Chamber, 33% of the sale will benefit the Chapter’s efforts to build one student lead build. 

Download the flyer here.

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