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Join our Women Build campaign, Power Women Power Tools, now through 2017.
Come visit us at our new Maple Ridge location 22255 Dewdney Trunk Road!
Shop. Donate. Volunteer.
Give the gift of home to a deserving family.
Give a hand up to family needing a safe and decent place to live.
Improve the lives of families in need, one home at a time.
Sponsor a build day. Join a team-building experience, and bring hope to a partner family.
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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.
Lace up your runners and hit the pavement on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, a BMO Vancouver Marathon community charity.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is proud to announce our Top 50 ReStore Corporate donors of 2016!
ReStore locations across the lower mainland rely on donations and volunteers to help run our operations. ReStore revenues cover the organizations operating expenses and are an important funding source for Habitat’s local home builds. They and are a win/win for many organizations who don’t want to see products go unused or end up in a landfill.
On behalf of all of us at Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, we would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and commitment to providing affordable homeownership opportunities to families in Greater Vancouver.
Throughout the Spring we will be stopping by and personally thanking our generous Top 50 and sharing the visits through our social channels. Follow along on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with #ReStoreGVtop50!
Top ReStore Corporate Donors of 2016:
• Acklands-Grainger Inc.• AFA Forest Products Inc• All Weather Windows• AMACON• Amec Foster Wheeler Americas Limited• Angela Cameron Fine Art• Anizco Hotel Furniture Liquidators• Atlas Roofing Corporation• Barkman Concrete Ltd• Bass Pro Shops - Tsawwassen Mills• Bastion Development Corporation• C&S Tile Distributors• Canadian Freightways• Center Forward Productions Inc• Certainteed• Cloverdale Paint• Costco Wholesale 255• D.G. Maclachlan LTD• Deutsch• Dick's Lumber• DirectBuy Vancouver East• Dulux Paint• Exclusive Floors• Gramercy Film Productions-50 Shades Darker set decoration• Home Depot Canada• Hudson's Bay Company• Inbox Shop Ltd (Boxd)• Intracorp• Ledingham McAllister Properties Ltd.• Lowe's Canada• Merit Kitchens• MetCap Living Management Inc• National Tile (2005) Ltd.• NEDCO (a division of REXEL Canada Electrical Inc.)• Oasis Windows• Ocean Pacific Lighting• Pacific West Supply Systems LTD.• Pinch of Salt Productions• Rona Inc.• Sunrise Senior Living• Taymor Canada• The M.K. Morse Company/Warehouse One Distribution• The University of British Columbia - Building Operations• Torbram Electric Supply• Undercover Rogue 4 Productions• Urban Barn• Vancouver Extended Stay• West Coast Janitorial Supplies
We are most grateful to all our donors and look forward to connecting with you in 2017!
GORDON FOOD SERVICE – A SHINING STAR IN THE COMMUNITY
It is often said that it takes a community to raise a child – in this case, it takes a community, and caring partners in the community, to build safe homes in which to raise healthy, happy children.
Gordon Food Service is just such a partner in our community. Habitat for Humanity has been fortunate to have their significant financial support Canada-wide for many years. Each year, employees, friends and business partners assist their various business groups raise money through local fundraisers to contribute to the building of homes in communities across the land.
Habitat Greater Vancouver is honoured to have the commitment of GFS BC and their extended “family” as one of our largest partners and a full home sponsor, through their donation of $100,000 to our upcoming Richmond homes!
As if this was not already an incredible gift, an energetic team of 17 women (and some men) have taken on the challenge of raising a minimum of $1,000 each in support of our Women Build campaign – also in support of the Richmond homes. Their team has, to date, raised over $15,000 and is now the top fundraising team for this initiative.
This outstanding achievement and support of our work is humbling and deeply appreciated by those who will benefit from their efforts and generosity – our families and children! We know that they are all excited to trade in their office attire for work boots and tool belts for a few days and we cannot wait to welcome them!
Some of them, pictured here, couldn’t wait and took a trip to the build site to get in the mood!
Left to right :Theresa Chernoff -GFS BC- Women Build Chair
Colleen Hayes - SCA
Tricia Joseph -GFS BC
Deb Franz -Riches
Carly Anderson -SCA
Kerry Rogers - GFS BC
THANK YOU GFS for making the dream of home ownership a reality for struggling families!
In January 2016 one of our dedicated Board members took part in a Habitat Global Village trip to Guatemala, building homes for hardworking, low-income Partner Families.
We caught up with Richard to hear about his experience.
Interview with Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver Board Director Richard Foster
Why did you decide to Participate in a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip?
Richard: I decided to participate in a Global Village expedition through Habitat for a number of reasons. Although I recently became a director with the Vancouver chapter, I made this decision independently of that role. I have always wanted to do something like this, Guatemala was an interesting country that I had never had the opportunity to visit and my daughter had the ability to join me and being her last year of high school, I was not confident that another opportunity would come along any time soon.
How did you find the application process?
The process was fairly easy, the briefings and support was tremendous all around in helping us get prepared for the trip. We had excellent Leaders (thanks Nick) with lots of past experience so at no time did we really feel unprepared.
Who did you get to meet during your time in Guatemala?
The trip down was long and really a great chance to get to know our fellow volunteers, many who had done a trip previously. At the Habitat office in Panajachel we got to meet the two deserving families we were going to be building for. A very humbling and rewarding experience for sure.
What was the work like?
The work was hard and yet the feeling amongst the group was always upbeat and gratifying. Our group was divided in two and both groups had very different sites and starting points. Every night back at our hotel we would gather and share stories of the day and always ate together.
What was the accommodation like?
The accommodations were pleasant, the food diverse enough and the scenery always an eye full.
What advice would you give to someone considering taking part in a Habitat Global Village trip?
I cannot say enough about my experience and frankly cannot wait to go again. When I compare it to all the “all-inclusive sit by the pool” vacations I have had in my life, I can only say I would trade them all for this experience time and time again, hands down.
Thank you to Habitat for Humanity for allowing my daughter and I to have such a rewarding experience with your organization.
All donations made to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver include a tithe to help build Habitat homes throughout the world.
It is the start of a great official partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Green Coast Rubbish!
We would like to thank Green Coast Rubbish’s support in Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s deconstruction program, which directs building waste from the landfill, creating valuable opportunities for volunteers and raising money to build affordable housing in Greater Vancouver. This deconstruction program is good for the home owners because it provides them a unique opportunity to benefit the environment and give back to the community as they begin home renovations and demolitions.
Thank you Green Coast Rubbish for being such a wonderful partner in our deconstruction program! We are very excited to be working with you! Our sustainable ways will benefit the environment by reducing the amount we contribute to landfills. Deconstruction work is done by Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver’s deconstruction team consisting of individuals looking for valuable skills training and connection with others, which are led by the deconstruction manager, Christina Radvak.
In February, Green Coast Rubbish will donate a full kitchen when working on a project with Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. Materials such as cabinetry, vanities, doors, flooring, and even framing lumber can be deconstructed and salvaged, which will also be resold through Habitat’s social enterprise, the ReStore.
We had a wonderful time working with Green Coast Rubbish! Thank you for contributing to the community and being part of our team!
For more information about Green Coast Rubbish and our partnership, click on the link below:
For more information on Habitat for Humanity and donating to the ReStores click in the link below:
Dear Habitat supporters:
The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver (HFHGV) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dennis Coutts as our CEO effective January 2016. Dennis comes to HFHGV from Regina where he was most recently the Executive Director of Regina Palliative Care. Prior to this Dennis served as the CEO for Habitat for Humanity Regina (HFHR) from 2007 to 2013, building over 60 homes and raising close to $20M in donation. Under his leadership HFHR transformed from an under-performing affiliate to one recognized nationally as a high performing affiliate.
Dennis lead teams to Habitat Global Village outreach in El Salvador, Honduras, Portugal and is planning Macedonia in 2016.
Other awards for HFHR:
Habitat for Humanity Regina Inc. most improved affiliate in Canada 2008Habitat for Humanity Regina Inc. most significant growth in class in Canada 2010Habitat for Humanity Regina Inc. best of class in Canada 2011Habitat for Humanity Regina Inc. International Support Award 5 years running.
Prior to living in Regina, Dennis lived in BC for 22 years. He has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 44 years, had 3 grown children and 4 granddaughters.
We are excited to have Dennis join our team, bringing his passion and experience with Habitat to the partner families, volunteers, donors, staff and members of our affiliate.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver Board of Directors.
Congratulations to our two new Partner Families! On August 20th, 2015, neighbors, volunteers, community partners, habitat staff and the Board of Directors gathered for a special key dedication ceremony at Government Street in Burnaby, BC.
The ceremony provided a great opportunity to not only welcome the families to their new homes, but also to recognize the incredible efforts of the community, volunteers and valued donors who dedicated time, elbow grease and funding to make these homes a success.
Ali Hersi, one of HFHGV’s new Partner Families, extended his deepest gratitude to the volunteers and Family Services Manager, Clare Davey. In a heartfelt speech, he recalled, “[my children] never forgot to ask me when we’re moving in, every single day and now I can tell them we’re moving in today.” Ali and his family are looking forward to meeting their new neighbors and his children are excited to make new friends – an added bonus to their new home on Government Street.
These are the 3rd and 4th families to be the second owners of homes in the Government Street community that provides safe, affordable housing to 27 families. HFHGV is committed to providing a ‘hand up’ with its homeownership model of housing families and reinvesting their contributions into building more homes for those in need. Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is thrilled to welcome and support its newest Partner Families. As one family succeeds and moves on, a new family begins their Habitat journey.