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New Beginnings and Partnerships - January 2020
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Volunteers from Starbucks and CalViva Health Come Out To Support Project
Resident Gets Her Beloved Home Back in Madera!
 
Our prayers were answered right before the holidays! Thanks to a $50,000 kickstart grant from CalViva Health, Habitat’s “Acts of Kindness” Home Preservation Program is now available to Madera residents.
 
And, the first project, completed December 12th, returned a home to a single mother who has suffered severe health issues. 
 
Charlotte Morris moved into her home in 2007, which was relatively new, while commuting back and forth on weekends to a job in San Jose for the next ten years. Then, at age 54, her life changed overnight when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Worse still, she experienced a negative reaction to chemotherapy and required hospitalization and nearly lost her life. Weak and receiving treatment, she opted to stop commuting and stay with family in San Jose.
 
As her treatment continued, she had several unforeseen financial setbacks and countless medical bills. She needed to reach out to family again and asked another relative to stay at her Fresno home and care for it while she was gone. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. After recovery, she found the home she had so diligently cared for over the years completely trashed. 
 
“The carpet and flooring were all torn out and the home was carelessly neglected,” Charlotte explained. And, even though she was paying for garbage pickup, the relative let trash pile up all around the property. 
 
Here’s where Habitat came in—using the first of the CalViva grant monies and numerous employee volunteers from CalViva, Starbucks, and Habitat. They filled two roll-off dumpsters with debris, removed several larger trash items and did some minor landscaping.
   
Charlotte praises God and the volunteers she calls “angels” for helping her regain her home.
   
Habitat plans to complete 15 additional Acts of Kindness in Madera by June.
 
With Acts of Kindness projects, Habitat helps homeowners who don’t have the means or resources to do minor repairs or clean ups not only to stay in their homes, but to lift their entire neighborhood and to preserve valuable housing stock.
    
Courtney Shapiro, CalViva’s Director of Community Relations said, “These Acts of Kindness don’t just help those directly affected; they also can rub off and convince others to help as well.” She hopes when people see Habitat helping a neighbor, it encourages them to find a way to become involved.
 
To learn more about Habitat's Acts of Kindness, click here.
Keri Bennitt, Chief Marketing Officer From Noble Credit Union Announces Partnership; Habitat CEO, Matthew Grundy (left) Takes In The Moment

Noble Credit Union’s Partnership Expands Habitat’s Reach!
 
The generous and kind-hearted team at Noble Credit Union is helping make our mission of “building homes, communities and hope” a reality for families of the greater Fresno and Madera area.
 
In December, Noble Credit Union announced a $2.5 million commitment to support Habitat’s Affordable Homeownership program by offering qualifying partner families with permanent financing through below-market rate pricing which makes their monthly mortgage affordable. 
 
In addition, Noble has agreed to partner with Habitat by offering qualifying families with $15,000 in ‘sweat equity’ down payment assistance through a partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. This program requires the family to work up to 500 hours on the construction of their home and that of another Habitat family.

“Noble Credit Union and Habitat for Humanity share a similar mission: To provide important and life changing assistance to members in our community,” said Susan Ryan, President and CEO of Noble Credit Union. “We are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity to foster grants through the WISH program—a down payment assistance program, as well as to provide below market rate mortgage loans to the Habitat for Humanity families in the Fresno and Madera area. Together, we are honored and thrilled to support such deserving members of the community.”

Thank you, Noble, from the bottom of our hearts.

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