20 entries categorized "Habitat for Humanity"

Families, Habitat for Humanity use housing bust to start anew (Seattle Times)

Nonprofit homebuilder Habitat for Humanity sees the national foreclosure crisis as an opportunity.

Habitat’s Seattle/South King County chapter recently purchased two foreclosed single-family homes in Kent’s East Hill neighborhood and is in the process of buying another. Instead of the typical building a new home from the ground up, Habitat crews have spent all winter refurbishing them, getting them ready for occupancy.

via Seattle Times; I added links

Another way Habitat for Humanity provides decent, affordable housing where it’s needed. Glad at least one good thing can come out of this national financial crisis.


From the Ground Up | Molokai Dispatch

We made the local news! :-)

It takes a village — not to raise a child, in this case — but to build a home.

Molokai Habitat for Humanity’s latest project brought 15 volunteers hailing from the mainland to Ho‘olehua as a part of Habitat’s Global Village program. The team was here for 10 days and left early last week, after making substantial headway for a home currently being built for the Kaai ‘ohana. It is expected to be completed in two months.

via www.themolokaidispatch.com


Habitat for Humanity named No. 8 on the Builder 100 List

ATLANTA (July 14, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity achieved the rank of No. 8 on the Builder 100 list with 5,294 closings, marking the first time it has been among the top 10 biggest homebuilders in the United States. The list also shows Habitat moved up three spots in 2009 from its 2008 ranking of No. 11.

via www.habitat.org

First time they cracked the Top 10. Pretty slick achievement.


A little perspective

This morning I returned to work for the first time in 17 days. I’ve been in Hawai’i most of this month, a six-day vacation on Maui followed by an 11-day Habitat for Humanity build trip on Moloka‘i.

I was struck by the inanity of my reactions to a few things as I started the workday.

First, the bit of SQUEE when my badge worked to let me into the building, and then into my secured workspace. No reason it shouldn’t have worked, but it’s always nice when you return from an absence and you can still get into the office.

Second, someone stole my chair. I’m using a different chair that isn’t quite right, does not have the adjustments just the way I was accustomed before I left.

Next, my monitors are at the wrong height, and I can’t seem to get them where I want them to be despite wrestling with the adjustment arm half a dozen times in the hour I’ve been here so far.

My work email had 7,000 unread items in it, and Outlook is still yakking with the Exchange server to synchronize and index everything. So I can’t search or sort mail effectively yet.

And now I’m delayed in my work by an network credential that expired and I have updated, but has not propagated fully through my primary domain. I can’t connect to any network resources right now.

All of which seems absurdly important on the one hand—how am I supposed to get anything done if my primary communication methods aren’t working the way I need?—and laughably stupid on the other, because I just spent 11 days helping to build a house for a family who had been waiting more than 20 years for permission to build on their own land because a government bureaucracy kept dragging its feet and piling delays at every turn.

A few hours’ wait for my email to sync and index and my network login upate to propagate?

Totally okay with it now.


And... we’re finished

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Six build days from flat platform to walls up, windows installed, siding on, roof in, and lanai built and raftered.

This has been an amazing week.


Among the many reasons I love Hawaii

It isn't raining — I know this because I'm sitting under a gorgeously clear and brightly moonlit sky — but the slight breeze in the palms sounds exactly like a light rainstorm.

Ahhhhh :-)


Delicious!

Grilled mahi mahi and steamed veggies at the hotel restaurant tonight, looks delish!

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We made this :-)

About four hours ago, I learned how to install vinyl windows in wood framing.

An hour ago, I led a team of five as we lifted, shimmed, and nailed the northwest window into place.

Northwest window installed :-)

This trip RULES.


Papered and windowed

The sealer wrap and window installations have been our main tasks today. This photo shows the house’s northeast corner (back door is on the right).

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I only learned how to hang windows at 08:00 and by 11:45, I was leading a team of five as we installed the northwest window, far right in the photo.

We’re also hanging siding on the south (front) side of the house.

Moving along nicely!

Astounding spread

Kumu Farms, a Moloka‘i organic farming concern, is hosting us for an amazing Fields to Table Dinner this evening. Spectacular flavors to come!

Astounding spread