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Financial Planning: The Cornerstone of Homeownership

As future homeowners partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a place they can call home, they work hundreds of hours to secure a better future for themselves and their families. Those future homeowners work to build their home — and the homes of others — alongside volunteers, but they also take steps that will help ensure their long-term success once they are in the home. Homeowners will not stay homeowners if they do not learn to take charge of their financial life. 76% of Homeowners live paycheck to paycheck.

All future Habitat homeowners participate in financial education classes that help them develop a solid foundation, often before the building process even begins.

Laura, a Habitat homeowner who has lived in the home she helped build for approximately a year and a half, says Habitat for Humanity’s classes can have a long-lasting, generational impact. “They set you up for success,” she says, “creating that sense of security that comes not only from homeownership, but savings and investments.”

We’d like you to join us for our next “Financial Peace University,” – a nine-lesson course focusing on money management taught by financial guru, Dave Ramsey and facilitated by Janie Hamilton. Janie is a Financial Peace University graduate, and she lives the methods learned through the course. She will present Dave’s tried and true method to walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more.

The best way to jump-start your financial planning and to see the most significant life-change is to join our local group and experience the class with other people. Classes typically meet for two hours once a week for nine weeks. The accountability and motivation you receive from discussing the lessons and meeting people face-to-face is the key to changing your life! Our classes start up in January.

“When we sit down, the very first class, we have them create a budget and list all of their outgoing payments and all of their incoming money each month so that they can get hands-on and actually see what’s going on,” says Janie Hamilton, course facilitator.

When you start “Financial Peace University,” you get immediate access to your online account which includes video of Dave’s teaching as well as additional reading and tools to help you win with money! You get one year of online access included when you purchase the course materials. Go through the video lessons and join our local group Monday nights starting in January for extra encouragement.

Schedule & Lessons

• Lesson 1 – January 08, 2018 – Super Saving
• Lesson 2 – January 15, 2018 – Relating With Money
• Lesson 3 – January 22, 2018 – Cash Flow Planning
• Lesson 4 – January 29, 2018 – Dumping Debt
• Lesson 5 – February 05, 2018 – Buyer Beware
• Lesson 6 – February 12, 2018 – The Role of Insurance
• Lesson 7 – February 19, 2018 – Retirement and College Planning
• Lesson 8 – February 26, 2018 – Real Estate and Mortgages
• Lesson 9 – March 05, 2018 – The Great Misunderstanding

For more information, including cost, or to purchase your class materials and register, click here: https://fpu.com/1050847
You can also contact Janie Hamilton directly with your questions at 304-720-0141 ext. 18 or email Janie at janie@hfhkp.org.

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A Taste of The French Goat in Charleston

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February 22, 2018
6:00 p.m.
The Clay Center

Tickets are $100 each
Two for $175

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A Casual Culinary Gala Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

This February, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam gives you the chance to escape the blustery cold and dine with one of the state’s finest gourmet restaurants. As we’ve done in the past, we’re bringing one of the West Virginia’s top restaurants to Charleston. This year we’ve chosen to host The French Goat from Lewisburg at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. The French Goat offers a menu of classic French dishes with a twist and an eclectic and quality wine list. Our event will feature The French Goat’s most popular dishes, wine and spirits, as well as a signature cocktail. You will indulge in several unique tastes and textures that most have only read about in travel magazines.

Imagine yourself surrounded by lights, music and fine food. Outside, it’s the middle of February. Inside, the air is warm and the mood evokes feelings of somewhere far away. There is a hint of adventure in the room. Several items you could use to further escape the chill outside are at your fingertips. You peer out of the room’s windows to see snow flurries in the wind.  You look across the spacious room and see the beginnings of a gourmet meal unveiled for the crowd. The scent takes you someplace far away from the cold.  You make your way to your seat to join your friends. As the first bite hits your tongue, you’re transported to another place, leaving winter behind.

Music by the band “Total Meltdown” will fill the Grand Lobby with excitement as we showcase our one-of-a-kind silent auction. We’ve curated a selection of things to bring new adventures and exciting travel to your life! The items that you’ll be bidding on will take you farther than you can imagine.

Join us in the Grand Lobby of the Clay Center in Charleston this winter for a culinary adventure. Leave the cold behind.

 
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Giving Tuesday: A Day to Give Back

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In November, we have three days for getting deals – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, there is another day gaining momentum: Giving Tuesday – a day for giving back.

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, charities, families, businesses, and people around the country come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Giving Tuesday was started in a YMCA in New York six years ago. Today, it has evolved into a global movement that encourages people to give back monetarily and with their time. The day falls after several days of indulgence, including: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. On Giving Tuesday, you are encouraged to donate money to your favorite charities and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. You can also donate goods, like building supplies and furniture – to the ReStore in Charleston and in Teays Valley.

Giving Tuesday is meant to remind people to share their bounty with folks who might not have a decent, affordable place to call home. Event organizers are encouraging people to spend the next month worrying less about what is on their personal Christmas lists and more time encouraging and amplifying small acts of kindness.

Shawn Means, executive director at Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam says that Giving Tuesday is an ideal way for families and individuals to shift their focus from the “commercialized,” sometimes-stressful shopping experiences of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to community members who are in true need of a helping hand.

“That is what this world needs,” Means added. “The world needs people who can wake up and see the people out there who are in need of help. We all need to think about other people.”

Help us help West Virginia

Please, join us on Giving Tuesday and help us help our community. Donations to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam can be deducted off business and personal taxes when 2018 rolls around.

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To learn how your donation will be used in our community, visit http://hfhkp.org/donations-habitat or click here.

To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit https://www.givingtuesday.org or search for #GivingTuesday on social media platforms.

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Escape the Chill of Winter with a Culinary Adventure

Imagine yourself surrounded by lights, music and fine food. Outside, it’s the middle of February. Inside, the air is warm and the mood evokes feelings of somewhere far away.  There is a hint of adventure in the room. Several items you could use to further escape the chill outside are at your fingertips.  You peer out of the room’s windows to see snow flurries in the wind.  You look across the spacious room and see the first course of a gourmet meal unveiled for the crowd. The scent takes you someplace far away from the cold.  You make your way to your seat to join your friends.  As the first bite hits your tongue, you’re transported to another place, leaving winter behind.  As the remaining courses make their way to your table, you find yourself losing sight of the chill outside.Taste of Teaser 2018

This February, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam gives you the chance to escape the blustery cold and dine with one of the state’s most popular gourmet restaurants.  As we’ve done in the past, we’re bringing one of the West Virginia’s top restaurants to Charleston.

The Grand Lobby of The Clay Center will fill with food, music and members of our community as we showcase a veteran chef’s creations for you to enjoy.  Our event will feature seven popular dishes, wine and spirits, as well as a signature cocktail.  You will indulge in several unique tastes and textures that most have only read about in travel magazines.

Music from a popular live band, inspired by your culinary adventure, will fill the Grand Lobby with excitement as we showcase the specially-selected items from our one-of-a-kind silent auction.  The things you’ll be bidding on will take you farther than you can imagine.  We’ve curated a selection of items to bring new adventures and exciting travel to your life!

All adventures should include in bit of mystery, so we can’t tell you too much yet.  In the coming months, we will drop hints and clues about what we have in store for the Kanawha Valley this winter.

Join us in the Grand Lobby of the Clay Center in Charleston this winter for a culinary adventure.  Leave the cold behind.

Country Singer Chris Stapleton Becomes a Major Habitat Donor

Country Singer Chris Stapleton Makes Surprise Donation to Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

Country music singer Chris Stapleton surprised local volunteers and board members from Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam with a sizable donation that will enable Habitat to continue its mission of providing affordable housing.

The $10,000 grant from the Outlaw State of Kind Fund was bestowed on the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, based in Nashville.

“We didn’t know what to think at first; this was an unexpected surprise,” said Shawn Means, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam. Means said the donation came out of the blue.

Right now, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is building a community along North Hills Drive in Charleston. Stapleton’s donation will be used to begin construction on Habitat’s 173rd home. That home will be located in the growing North Hills neighborhood.

Stapleton is wrapping up his All-American Road Show tour. The singer’s Charleston concert was rescheduled to November 2nd from its original June date after he sustained a hand injury. Stapleton’s next stop is Columbus, Ohio.

About Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1988, Habitat has built more than 170 homes in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. Habitat for Humanity serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time. The foundation empowers individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals.

Team Build Day: A Different Kind of Employee Retreat

Have you been considering an inexpensive employee retreat? Are you searching for a way to build morale among your employees? Have you wondered how you can achieve more goodwill in the community? Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam has a program designed just for your needs – Team Build Days!

Team Builds with Habitat for Humanity pro­vide a unique, fun and rewarding experience for any group. Team Build days are designed to improve employee morale through a full and inspirational day on our construction site. No previous construction skills are needed, and Habitat for Humanity will provide the tools and training you need for success. During an eight-hour day on the job site, your team will work alongside a partner homebuyer to help them build their home.

There is no donation required to organize or take part in a Team Build, but your organization does have the option of becoming a Habitat Sponsor — making a monetary donation to cover construction material costs.  Depending upon your organization’s donation amount, we will provide food on site, t-shirts, tickets to Habitat for Humanity events and other perks. Your team members and company will also be featured on our website and social media platforms.

Your work day will help your team:

  • Build and strengthen relationships
  • Create memories
  • Improve communication
  • Build trust
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to community building
  • Foster goodwill by helping others

By participating with Habitat for Humanity for a Team Build, your team will play an important role in helping to break the cycle of poverty, strengthening our community, and building a brighter future for a local family.

Group Size:  A Team Build group should be made up of at least five volunteers and no more than 15.  We are generally able to manage larger groups with advance notice.

Location and Schedule: 849 North Hills Drive, Charleston. The work day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

Dates: Any Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Please provide us a date range and a preferred day of the week, and we will let you know what dates are open that match your availability.

Lunch: Lunch is a great time to take a break and learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam. It is expected that your team will arrange to provide lunch on the job site for your group and any other volunteers that day. Please assign lunch duties to willing members of your team.

Waiver: Volunteers must sign a waiver and a photo/video release.

What to Wear/Bring: Habitat for Humanity builds in all weather conditions, so dress for the weather and wear layers. Wear sturdy, comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or stained. All tools and safety hats are provided.

BENEFITS OF A TEAM BUILD DAY

Foster teamwork among employees in an informal setting.

  • Get to know one another better
  • Challenge employees to trust one another
  • Break down barriers
  • Create new ways to relate to one another
  • Communicate more efficiently
  • Learn to work more closely with each other

Through a Team Build Day, your team will enjoy a fun‐filled day of construction on a Habitat worksite; all the while experiencing the opportunity of giving back to the community by helping a family’s dream come true!

To schedule your team build day, click here to see what dates are available. We schedule and track our volunteers through Volunteer Hub,  guiding you and your group through the process signing up and getting organized. However, if you need assistance setting up your build, contact our Development Coordinator, Susan Keener, at 304-720-0141 ext. 20 or by email at susan@hfhkp.org.

Making Dollars and Sense out of Caulking

Preserve Your Biggest Investment – Your Home

When most people think of basic home maintenance, caulking may not make the list. It should. Caulking doesn’t just add an aesthetic finish to your home. The sealing compound is used to close up gaps against air, dust and insects. It provides a seal from the outdoor elements. Also, caulk protects your indoor surfaces by stopping water from seeping into cracks.

If you live in an older home, now is the time to inspect around your windows, doors and bathrooms. Older caulking is prone to peel away and chip, leaving your home exposed to insects and the elements.  Unmaintained caulk also reduces your home’s overall energy efficiency.

According to the Consumer Federation of America, sealing unwanted leaks around your home is an excellent way to cut home energy costs and decrease your household carbon footprint. Also, sealing cracks and crevices around your home puts less strain on appliances and can save time, money and hassle by preventing major repairs. Additionally, increasing the lifetime of homes and appliances also puts less waste and pollution into landfills.

Caulking Can Be Intimidating

Choosing the right caulk from a selection of tubes spread across a 10-foot wall display can be downright intimidating. A single tube of caulk can cost $1.50 to $14. Regardless of what the caulk is labeled, its ingredients are the most important consideration in determining what it’s best suited for. What you want the caulk to adhere to and where you’ll want to use it determine the caulk you buy. types of caulk

Caulking joints around doors and windows requires a sealant that is flexible and long-lasting, adheres to siding (wood, aluminum and vinyl), resists extreme weather conditions and, if it’s not painted over, withstands direct sunlight. To seal flashing around a chimney, the caulk must adhere to masonry, roofing shingles and metal flashing and stand up to the elements unpainted. The warm, wet conditions of a bathroom require that a caulk resist mildew and moisture.

Learn What You Need to Know to Do the Job Yourself – Easily

Don’t let intimidation stop you from taking on a project yourself.  Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam is here to teach you the knowledge you need to choose the right product, and give you the skills needed to get the job done right.  We’re hosting a two-hour workshop dedicated to the art of caulking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.. You will learn from Darrin Huffman of Builders First Source all of his personal tips and tricks to get your job done right. Also, this will be a hands-on workshop. You will get the chance to work with caulk adhesives up close and put into practice the best techniques to apply it to multiple surfaces.

For more information or to register for Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming “Art of Caulking” workshop, visit our events page by clicking here. You can also email our Education Program Coordinator, Janie Hamilton, at janie@hfhkp.org to register for the workshop.

For more on Habitat for Humanity’s education program, click here.

 

Wells Fargo Teams Up With Habitat for Humanity

Wells Fargo Housing FoundationFriday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th, Wells Fargo is sending 15 employees to don their work clothes to help build a house for a family in need of a hand up.

The volunteers will be working at our current build site in North Charleston, but Wells Fargo is going a step further; The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is also donating $10,000 to help buy supplies and build future homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

“We are fortunate to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this project to improve the quality of life for residents in our community.  Working together we can create safe, affordable housing and fulfill the dream of homeownership for residents in the communities where we work and live,” said Charles Capito, Wells Fargo’s Senior Vice President, West Virginia Complex Manager.

Made possible in-part by funding provided through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and team member donations, Wells Fargo is participating in several such efforts across the country this year. The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation supports local neighborhood revitalization initiatives, with local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam, to construct, repair and rehabilitate affordable housing.

In 2016, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated nearly $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $190 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.78 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate more than 7,600 homes.

“Habitat for Humanity’s neighborhood revitalization efforts rely on partnerships with organizations like Wells Fargo to solve a variety of issues associated with blighted neighborhoods throughout the country,” said Shawn Means, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity. “With the support of great partners like Wells Fargo, we hope these efforts will have a ripple effect in communities—showcasing that when we work together small changes can make a big impact.”

If you want to organize a build for your organization, you can click here to see our current volunteer opportunities – and register online – or call the Volunteer Hotline (304-720-4470) to learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity. You can also e-mail our volunteer coordinator, Susan Keener, for more information – Susan@hfhkp.org.

Covestro Donates $50,000 and Helps Build a House

Covestro donates $50,000 and employee labor to help build a house for a local family in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

This week, employees at Covestro in South Charleston, West Virginia, will join with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam for a good cause: raising the roof on a new house in Charleston. This “Raise the Roof” project was made possible by a $50,000 donation.

“Covestro has been one of our biggest contributors – supporting our mission both financially, through its generous contributions, as well as through its employees’ donation of time and ‘sweat equity,'” said Shawn Means, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam.

From September 25th through September 30th, employees from Covestro, along with professional leadership from Habitat for Humanity, will work to “Raise the Roof” on the new house. After bringing the structure under roof, the construction effort will continue over several weeks following the normal Habitat for Humanity building schedule.Covestro Logo

The new house will benefit a local family who successfully completes the partnership program required by Habitat for Humanity. In addition to a down payment and zero-interest monthly mortgage payments, Habitat homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor in building their house and the houses of others. In addition to investing their “sweat equity,” the local family selected for this home will also fulfill other requirements, including completion of Habitat’s Master Homeowner Program.

Covestro and Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam have a solid, long-standing relationship. Since 2004, Covestro employees have volunteered many hours of work in support of various Habitat for Humanity projects. To date, Covestro has invested nearly a half million dollars toward Habitat’s work in Kanawha and Putnam counties.

 

Habitat for Humanity’s Community Center

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Are you looking for a rental venue to hold classes and meetings? Habitat for Humanity has the place for you! The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center in Charleston is a spacious and comfortable rental facility available for both public and private use.

The John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center Rental Venue

The Homeowner Education and Community Center accommodates 200 people seated presentation style or 104 seated at round tables. The 2,210 sq. foot center’s maximum capacity is 225.

The community center is located at 815 Court Street — diagonally across from Greens Feed and Seed on the corner of Court Street and Piedmont Road. There is a spacious parking lot on site providing over 80 parking spots.

When looking for a rental venue to host meetings, receptions, workshops, and presentations, consider using the John L. Dickinson Family Homeowner Education and Community Center. The center is only 4.7 miles from Yeager Airport and .01 miles from downtown Charleston.

Habitat for Humanity’s Master Homeowner Program and Habitat ReStore’s do-it-yourself workshops all take place in the newly renovated center.

The Community Room Includes:

200 chairs
13 round 72” tables
4 rectangular 30” x 72” tables
Projection screen and ceiling mounted projector
Whiteboard
Kitchen (sink, fridge, microwave, Bunn® coffee maker) and wash basins
Public bathrooms
Wireless internet access
Local original art (shows change quarterly)
Storage closets for groups that have reoccurring events

If your event/meeting/workshop is open to the public, please let us know; we will help promote it by utilizing our website calendar, Facebook page, in-ReStore display and email distribution list.

For questions, please contact:
Janie Hamilton
304-720-0141 ext. 18
Janie@hfhkp.org

Community Center Rental Venue Floor Plan

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