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St. Michael Parish Sends Over Two Dozen Youth Volunteers to Charleston

Over two dozen youth volunteers from Chicago’s Saint Michael Parish are in Charleston, West Virginia this week to help Habitat for Humanity homebuyers build their future homes. The volunteer group will be in town until Friday, June 15th. They are staying at the bunk quarters at Bream Presbyterian Church. This is the 21st year that the St. Michael’s youth ministry has organized a mission trip to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam.

21 teens and four adults will be working at Habitat’s Charleston construction site at 847 North Hills Drive. Each day, Habitat’s construction supervisor, Bill “Tiny” Hanshaw, will present the group with several job duties such as landscaping, digging and installing drainage ditches, and moving dirt to fill in a homebuyer’s crawl space foundation. The group will be working from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day, and then they’ll have the chance to explore Charleston. Nightly activities for the youth group include local dinners, a movie night and a trip to Cato pool. On Friday, the group plans to attend Live on the Levee before returning to Illinois.

Bill Ward and Rose Koch have been organizing and supervising St. Michael annual mission trip for 21 years. Ward says that it’s a very popular event for their church. “We always try to open this up to new kids, but this year we have about a half-dozen returning volunteers, and many of them are siblings,” says Ward.

Group membersOver the last two decades, St. Michael’s has sent hundreds of volunteers to Charleston to partner with Habitat for Humanity. The theme for this year’s annual trip is “Faith Can Move Mountains.” St. Michael’s youth ministry says its goal is to be the change that they wish to see in the world, and members of the volunteer group say that this is their chance to put their faith into action.

Mai Martino, an annual youth volunteer says, “I’ve been volunteering for four years now. It’s nice to help other people, and I just fell in love with it and have been coming back every year.”

“The work is manual labor. We’re moving dirt. We’re helping build and we’re having fun. It’s fun work,” says first-time volunteer Ryan Bonini. girls group

St. Michael’s youth ministry held a car wash in May to fund their trip. The group raised almost $900 to fund their week in Charleston. Parents and other members of the church also donated money to fund meals and transportation.

Empowering Communities for a Better World

Jennifer's Family & New Habitat Home Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam has a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We believe in this vision because we know shelter is about more than four walls and a roof. A safe, secure, adequate, affordable home changes lives. A home helps people stay healthier. Having a place to call home helps children do better in school. A home helps people feel safe and secure. A home helps families achieve financial stability and reach for new opportunities. A home helps break the relentless cycle of poverty.

Habitat works toward our vision in multiple ways. We help people build homes and provide homeowner education, financial literacy training and construction training. By partnering with families, we are empowering communities. We work to mobilize volunteers and supporters, engage corporations, foundations, governments, churches and faith groups to get involved.

Your Donations at Work

At this very moment in Kanawha and Putnam counties, Habitat volunteers, supporters and families are building homes, communities and hope. We have helped hundreds of people afford a decent home. What we are really building is a world every family and every child has a chance for a better tomorrow.

This is where you come in! Help us build that world. We invite you make an investment into your community.  

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Habitat Teaches Home Builders How to be Safe on the Jobsite

Whether on the roof nailing shingles, using power tools on the ground or painting the inside of a closet, Habitat for Humanity strives to keep its volunteers safe.

Several homebuilders met in Charleston in January at BrickStreet Insurance. They were there for a quarterly meeting of the Home Builders’ Association of West Virginia. The focus: preventing workplace falls. Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was invited to speak about its exceptional volunteer safety practices, in particular its use of the Horizontal Under-eave Guardrail System known as HUGS: a truss mounted roof top safety guardrail system.

Using volunteer labor can be quite a dilemma when it comes to keeping workers on the work site safe. One of the most dangerous areas of a volunteer work site is a roof. Because of that, Habitat uses HUGS fall prevention railing on all houses it builds.

At the January 18th meeting, Bill “Tiny” Hanshaw, Habitat for Humanity’s construction supervisor, spoke to over 40 homebuilders detailing the HUGS safety guardrails he uses to protect Habitat volunteers. Hanshaw’s presentation focused on the ease of using HUGS guardrails to provide maximum worker safety. As he spoke, he told the home builders that HUGS are a worthy investment.

“Safety is always Habitat’s first priority because we work with volunteers.”

HUGS Railing Safety “We have been using the HUGS system for years now and believe it is great. I couldn’t imagine putting volunteers on a roof without it,” Hanshaw said. He went on to say as a construction supervisor he has always preferred the HUGS system over safety nets and harnesses because HUGS are stable, more reliable and can be reused for years.

Hanshaw told the group that many Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country prefer the system because it does not interfere with roofing, wall finishing, window, siding or other installations, is compliant with fall protection standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and gives workers the confidence to safely work on roofing projects at Habitat build sites.

Hanshaw ended his presentation by saying that HUGS are great for anyone that builds houses – not just volunteer organizations – who want to provide a safe working environment for everyone. “Instead of requiring special training and fall prevention equipment, HUGS can be put up easily and at a low cost, providing the safest possible work environment.”

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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Help Us Help a Local Family

We’re working with a couple right now to give them a hand up and get them Home By Autumn.

The couple and their children live in an unsafe part of town in an overcrowded apartment. The building is not a safe haven for kids. There is consistent foot and car traffic outside the main entrance. The family was beginning to lose hope of finding an affordable home after years of bouncing around in small, expensive and problem-ridden apartments.

“I was tired of renting things that would never be mine. It’s difficult and tiring to have to move all of the time.”

Then, one conversation changed the family’s life. They were told about Habitat for Humanity from friends that had attended our regular open-house events. The couple researched the requirements, put in an application and are now approved to earn and own a home of their own.

Both parents tell us that they are proud to be able to provide their family with a more stable environment. “The entire family is excited! My kids don’t have to worry about moving every year or six months when the lease on our apartment ends.”

All of the family members have been working hard to earn their 500 hours of “sweat equity.” As with all of our future homeowners, the family must work towards owning their home before we offer them a zero-interest mortgage. They do this by volunteering on construction crews, working in our ReStores in Charleston and Teays Valley, and volunteering in our administrative office. The kids even get involved by making artwork for our construction volunteers.

Now, it’s almost time for them to have a home to call their own, but construction isn’t done yet.

This is where you come in! As they embark on their final steps toward a move in date, we invite you to help them by donating to the completion of their home.

Join us now by giving to our first Home By Autumn campaign.

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