Right now, the Stewards Fund will match dollar-for-dollar your qualifying gift to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County—up to $75,000. But, we must raise the $75,000 before June 30 to meet the all-or-nothing grant challenge.
We celebrated National Women Build Week, sponsored by Lowe's, on Saturday, May 4 in Chapel Hill with a build day, construction training, and picnic. Local women gathered for a half-day "learn + build" session, plus lunch with guest speaker Susan Gravely, CEO of VIETRI.
Check out pictures from the event here.
Four families began building their homes this spring in Chapel Hill. These homes are located in Phoenix Place, Habitat's affordable subdivision of 50 green-certified homes in the Rogers Road community. The neighborhood plan was developed with community input and includes a garden, green spaces, picnic shelter, and playground.
Volunteers from Walnut Grove United Methodist Church helped to repair and paint Glenda Wade's deck. Ms. Wade is a longtime resident of Cedar Grove and is so proud of her freshly painted home. To read more about our work, check out this article published in the Chapel Hill News. If you are interested in sponsoring an exterior home repair project, contact Adwoa Asare at 919-932-7077 ext. 233.
From Executive Director Susan Levy
On December 1, I'll celebrate my 20th anniversary as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity here in Orange County. When I was hired as the first Executive Director, I knew that helping people secure decent and affordable housing was my life's work. I had just moved from Durham, where my career in housing began. There, I had been a community organizer working on tenants' rights and improving conditions in underserved neighborhoods. I had helped to found and run a community land trust focused on creating permanently affordable housing in my neighborhood. These experiences confirmed for me the absolute importance of a safe, decent, affordable home in peoples' lives and in the life of communities.
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Lori Sotelo shared stories of the six children she raised with her husband in their Habitat home.