On a sunny May 23rd in Richmond, five families officially received the keys to their new homes in a celebration that brought together the community. Volunteers, donors and staff were all on hand to recognized this huge milestone for Habitat Greater Vancouver and salute the achievement of building homes together!
Meet our new Family Partners:
Kelley Raines and her 16-year old son, Eden, have been in search of a safe and stable home for many months. Following a family tragedy and health struggles along with housing insecurity, the family of two have been bunking with various friends and family, moving every few months as a result – Kelley has continued to fulfil her motherly duties, including driving Eden to his school in Burnaby, throughout this chaotic time. Their new Habitat home will finally give Kelley and Eden the embracing home environment they need to focus on building their futures.
A family of five, The Rai’s have waited anxiously for move-in day at HFHGV’s Richmond Build, marking the end of a tumultuous period that resulted in over 11 relocations since 2000. Sharon and Jeff Rai, along with their children James (26), Caleb (19), and Ruth (17), will move into their first ever stable place to call home, where they’ll resume building their lives and establishing a sense of community without further interruption.
Gamachu, his wife Dureti, and their three young children – Dursa (6), Nanati (4), and Ifnan (23 months) – are immigrants to Canada from Ethiopia. Gamachu is no stranger to the HFHGV family, volunteering 4-5 hours of his time weekly – in addition to his place of full-time employment – to help out at the Vancouver ReStore, as well as working alongside the community on the Habitat build-site, which next week, will become the Taha-Mohamed’s new place to call home. They are excited to have their own bedroom and their children will now also have their own space to thrive.
Shailesh and Mamta are parents to Joshua (8), Grace (6), and Bliss (4). After being approved as a Partner Family in 2015, the Misquitta’s waited patiently for the completion of the homes, meanwhile living in a simple, one-bedroom basement suite that their family budget could afford. Despite having completed their “sweat equity” years ago, they continued to volunteer for Habitat at the Vancouver ReStore. Shailesh is looking forward to having a home in which he and his wife will no longer need to share a room with their children – and being a chef, is eager to have a space to host and dine with friends and family.
Single mother, Rowena and her son, Justin (9), are excited to start a new life where both son and mother have a bedroom of their own – their current one-bedroom apartment, located downtown, is a crowded, unhealthy space and not at all conducive to having people over. Soon, Justin will have the option to play outside with his friends, in safety, after school, which happens to be conveniently located next door. Their new home will offer the family of two a life-altering experience, giving Rowena peace of mind knowing that her son will grow up in a warm community environment that all parents can only dream of for their children.
Thank you to all the hundreds of volunteers, donors large and small who have made these families’ dreams of safe, decent, affordable housing a reality for generations to come.
This is a very significant day for Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. With this announcement we will be able to double our impact to help hardworking local families.
Partnership To Bring More Affordable Housing to Coquitlam
COQUITLAM, BC, Jan. 15, 2019 – The City of Coquitlam and Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that brings them one step closer to delivering more affordable family housing to Coquitlam.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver was selected for this partnership following a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) in 2017.
The City and Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver recently signed an MOU outlining a framework for the project. This allows the City and Habitat to now move toward a formal binding lease, as well as any other agreements that may be required for the project to proceed.
“Coquitlam’s Housing Affordability Strategy brought forward some innovative policy directions, and we are really starting to see the tangible results of this,” said Mayor Richard Stewart. “While there is still a lot of work to do, partnerships such as this one with Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver are integral to our success in bringing more affordable housing to Coquitlam.”
The development of this designated affordable housing site at 1358 Coast Meridian Road is a key action item in the implementation of the City’s Housing Affordability Strategy.
Volunteers and trades are pressing hard to have our first three homes in Richmond ready to welcome families through their doors by New Years! Insulation is in and vapour barrier and drywall are next. There will be a flurry of activity over the next two months! At the same time we are commencing work on the second phase of the site with another 3 homes now ready for walls! If you have millwork, carpentry, landscaping or floor/tile laying experience, we would love to have you help us meet our deadline. Everyone else, skilled or not, are also welcome as there is always lots to do and we can teach you! Let’s make the start of 2019 a life changer for 5 families!
We are deeply grateful to Novus TV and their amazing team as we now have a new Public Service Announcement to share!! We are looking for broadcast partners to help get the word out by sharing our 45 second PSA. If you have a personal or business network that you think would be interested in helping in any way, we would be grateful if you would share this link. Be a Habitat Ambassador and help us get 12 families into the homes in Richmond this year so we can start on our next 50 homes in Coquitlam next year! Donate, Build, Volunteer. Join us in making a difference. Thank you to all of you who are already by our side!
Are you ready for deals on amazing new and used product?
Our Langley ReStore Grand Opening is July 28th. Join us on site in the afternoon for a BBQ and giveaways from Today's Country - JR FM along with design tips from Designer Jamie Bamfield with his demonstrations on how to upcycle common ReStore items.
To celebrate the Langley opening, our usual monthly sale day has been extended to 3 days and is available in all 5 of our Greater Vancouver locations. Tell your friends, share on social media and know that you are making a life long difference for hardworking local families!
Canada’s National Volunteer Week, which takes place this year from April 15 to April 21 is a time to celebrate and thank the 12.7 million volunteers across Canada that philanthropically contribute to the nation’s many causes. Habitat for Humanity across the world relies on volunteers to complete the manual labour associated with building homes for families. In Greater Vancouver, we can confidently say that we’ve had volunteers log a total of over 6000 hours throughout the last year alone! At our build site in Richmond, which will soon be the location of 12 new homes for families, we see many volunteers. Corporate Build Days bring out groups of co-workers for full-day builds and in addition, we also have individual volunteers that we’ve come to rely on through their regular commitment of time and energy. Today we feature two of our many dedicated supporters. Both have been working tirelessly to help get the homes built. Committed as if it were a paying job, Matt and Yvette are familiar faces on a weekly basis in Richmond, and symbols of why we’re able to do the work we do.
Next week, we’ll be bringing 2 booths to Vancouver’s 2018 @buildexshows. Stop by on February 14 and 15 to sign up for volunteering, team build days, and to learn more about how you can help your Habitat. AND be sure to visit the Life Tec booth where they will be holding a silent auction for a steel framed 2 bedroom laneway home that could be your new hideaway! All auction proceeds to Habitat Greater Vancouver!
A new year and many of us have new goals and resolutions. What if one of your goals meant that you could be part of having a direct impact on 12 families' lives? If you have construction skills that you would be willing to share, even just for a few hours, we would welcome you to our build site! If you do not but are keen to learn and want to give back to others, you are equally welcome!
Further to a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) process, the City of Coquitlam has selected Habitat for Humanity of Greater Vancouver as the successful proponent to build affordable housing at 1358 Coast Meridian Road.
The development of this affordable housing site through a partnership between the City and Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is a key action item in the implementation of the City’s Housing Affordability Strategy, which was adopted in December 2015.
As supporters of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, we all share a common vision and purpose. That vision and purpose is to make the world a better place for those families we have collectively chosen to serve in many different ways. In that service, you have dedicated yourselves and you have kept vision and purpose alive through often difficult circumstances. That is amazing, a good reflection of the quality of character you each possess. Donors, volunteers, staff and families alike.
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.
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.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver was thrilled to partner with Miele Canada in the deconstruction of their Yaletown showroom as part of their expansion/renovation plans. In support of the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan and their goal to reduce solid waste by 50% of 2008 levels HFHGV has been actively seeking out opportunities to educate and train volunteers and staff on Deconstruction practises. The Miele deconstruction allowed us to focus on one of the cities four highest priority action items under their “Zero Waste” component. “This action focuses on policies to prevent wood and other materials from being sent to the landfill or incinerator through a process that takes apart buildings and salvages materials, rather than a traditional demolition method.”
On Monday July 13th 2015, Richmond City Council approved our new build project on 8180 Ash Street.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is thrilled to announce that we are one step closer to providing 6 new homes for 12 Partner Families. This approval gives us the green light to begin the planning process for our build; this includes securing build permits for the fall.
Habitat Greater Vancouver is very pleased to announce that its Development Variance Permit application was approved on Wednesday, June 24 2015 by the municipality of Richmond. Habitat Greater Vancouver is seeking authorization for its 8180 Ash Street development project to build 6 single family homes with rental suites that will provide 12 hardworking families with homes.