Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver


Building Homes. Building Hope.

Habitat for Humanity's mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Our vision is of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

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    Join the Global Village team to Honduras - Siguatepeque

    Only 4 volunteer spots left with the Global Village team heading Honduras - Siguatepeque April 26 – May 5, 2014.

    Escape to Siguatepeque, Honduras this spring for an incredible build. The weather is amazing and it is such a beautiful country with people in great need of decent housing. Don’t worry about having construction experience; just bring your sense of humor and adventure.

    Siguatepeque (population 75,000), located in the central mountains of Honduras at 1100 meters above sea level, is green and colourful and can be described as a garden town. The name means ‘town of beautiful women’ in the Nahuatl Mexican dialect.The region, with its rural flavour, is primarily dedicated to farm and forest enterprises. 

    Honduras is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, with nearly two-thirds of Hondurans living in poverty. After the Hurricane Mitch tragedy, the housing deficit increased to 66 %, an increase of 165,000 houses.

    Team Leader Monika Schittek will guide and assist you during your journey through the volunteer experience. She lives in Halfmoon Bay, BC, is a mother of two boys, Zakari and Dominic, and has volunteered with Habitat for over a decade. 

    Learn more by contacting Monika, visit us online or applying now.

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    Ash Street Designed by ABBARCH Architecture Inc.

    Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver (HFHGV) builds safe and decent homes, but we couldn’t do it without the help of our community partners like ABBARCH Architecture Inc.  After learning about our Richmond Ash Street project, they jumped on board and offered their design services at no cost to HFHGV. 

    “We didn’t have to think about the opportunity too much,“ says David O’Sheehan, a principal of the firm, “one of our suppliers, Ledcor, contacted us to see if we would be interesting in helping Habitat for Humanity. It’s a good project, we like the site.  We’ll see it through to the end, doing whatever it takes to get it there.”

    O’Sheehan and his team are now leading the design for the Richmond Ash Street project, working with HFHGV and the City of Richmond to finalize the 6 single-family homes and adjoining rental units.

    The firm has supported a number of charities over the years, participating in fundraisers, galas, The BC Ride to Conquer Cancer, downtown east side initiatives, and other local causes.  They love to give back. This time, it’s something a little closer to home.  “We’re excited to get involved by swinging a hammer.  We actually get to help build what we have designed,” said Aaron Urion, an associate working on the project.

    But before the staff can help build, Habitat will need the city’s approval on the designs. 

    At the initial meeting with the City of Richmond’s planning department, the drawings presented require some adjustments due to the complex issues surrounding zoning and permitting. ABBARCH went back to the drawing board and HFHGV and the ABBARCH team will be presenting their new plans later this month.

    Describing themselves as “architects with a modest ego”, they work with a low-key approach focused on getting the job done well.  They’re not hung up on one type of design, but rather, are adaptable and flexible to solve any problems for their client, the municipality, and the end user. 

    Their emphasis on quality and high standard practices has not gone unnoticed.  ABBARCH has grown into one of Canada’s leading architectural firms with offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto.  Currently celebrating their 35th anniversary, ABBARCH works with some of the biggest businesses in the world: IKEA, Wal-Mart Canada, and The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, to name a few.  

    The firm had humble beginnings in the retail sector, starting with two founding partners. It experienced steady growth up until 2000 when a change in partnership was a catalyst for exponentially growth. Today, ABBARCH Architecture Inc, with the leadership of founding partner Michael Burton-Brown, has over 100 staff and is one of  Canada’s highest producing Architecture firms in the country.

    We couldn’t be more appreciative of the support and brilliance ABBARCH Architecture Inc. continues to give our Richmond Ash Street Project.  We’re all looking forward to our build days together, commencing later this year.

    Learn more about ABBARCH Architecture Inc.

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