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Good Neighbors in this Global Village: Joel

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“Mas? No Mas?” I ask Oscar as I point to a pile of rebar on the ground next to the footer my new friend Mauricio just finished digging.  I’m realizing now that I should have put more time into learning basic phrases of Spanish before leaving for our trip. It’s day three of work on the Habitat for Humanity house in El Salvador. Our hosts Adriana and Luis were with us every step of the way, translating our English to Spanish to communicate with the masons and the homeowners, but I just wanted to communicate with Oscar on my own, person to person, without help.

When we arrived at the work site on Monday, it was just a plain dirt lot. By Wednesday, the footers had been dug, the dirt moved away, rebar supports and structures bent and assembled, and the first batches of concrete mixed and poured in the footers.  All this was done with shovels, wheelbarrows, wire snips, and Oscar’s ingenuity as the mason overseeing the build.  There were just over 10 of us working on the home including the mason overseeing the build, Oscar, two of his helpers, 6 volunteers from Indianapolis, and our hosts Adriana and Luis.

The neighbor Veronica is also a Habitat homeowner! She has been in her home for 15 years and will pay it off this month! Through her hard work she has been able to support her family with the help of Habitat and now she is able to support her brother, Osmil as he begins his journey to homeownership not just as a sister, but as a neighbor.

Veronica and Osmil’s families hosted us in their neighborhood and homes so wonderfully, making sure we had cold drinks and snacks in the hot and humid Central American weather.  Their warmth and welcome paired with the comradery of our volunteer team made the worksite a delight amongst the concrete and rebar.

By Friday, at the end of our time at Osmil’s home, we had gone from a flat dirt lot to the beginning of the foundation and a rebar structure that was almost ready to start laying the brick walls.  This was our good hard work with much more work to do.

Through this trip, I have been reminded that many times, the things in life worth doing can’t be completed in a week, or a month, or even in a few years.  This past week we started a home that will take weeks more to finish.  Osmil and his family are in the middle of their journey to homeownership that will take years to complete. Habitat for Humanity of El Salvador will walk with 400 families nationwide starting their journey to homeownership this year.  Here in the Greater Indy area, Habitat will link arms with 28 new homeowners this year that will join the over 500 new homeowners they have journeyed with since they first broke ground 30 years ago.

So, whether it is me learning more Spanish for the next time I’m in El Salvador with Habitat, partnering with Greater Indy Habitat in a deeper way, or being a better neighbor; may we continue to contribute to the good and hard work happening around us.  May we be good neighbors in this Global Village.

 

Builders Circle Quote: Diane & Joe

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Read more to find why Diane and Joe think volunteering and supporting Habitat for Humanity is addicting. 

Why do we support Habitat?

It’s ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE! PEOPLE WITH A PASSION… homeowners, volunteers and HFH staff.

You can feel it when you attend a kick-off event.  You can feel it at a home build or home dedication. You can feel it when you talk with the homeowners, volunteers, Tiger Team, construction workers and Habitat staff. You see it in people’s eyes and in their smiles. That’s how Habitat was started… someone with a passion!

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that exhibits God’s love to others in a very concrete way! (no pun intended)

We should warn you…..it’s addictive! Once you experience that kind of passion you’ll want to be a part of it! We do!

Diane and Joe

Diane and Joe are Builders Circle members, volunteer with Greater Indy Habitat through their church, St. Mark’s UMC, are homeowner mentors to two Habitat families, and have traveled to El Salvador to build homes twice with our Global Village program.

Upcoming Global Village Trip to El Salvador: Chris

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Before leaving for his second trip to El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity, Chris shares what the experience of serving with others means to him.

It’s been a year and half since I was in El Salvador for the first time with Global Village, and now that I’m ready to embark on my second trip this month, I can honestly say I’m just as excited if not more this time!

I’ve been blessed to be a part of another Global Village mission trip with our incredible international Habitat partners in El Salvador.  The fact that we get the opportunity to work alongside (sometime in the ditches), a family to raise the walls of their home is an amazing feeling, and regardless of the language barrier, there’s always something special about the bond we have with these families.

I would also add that our interactions with the local Habitat team, including the construction team, has been inspiring.  They welcome us with open arms, as if we were family and treat us like royalty!   They take care of our every need, and always keep our safety a top priority.  And when we’re not on the build site, we’re taking in the local culture and enjoying the hospitality of the wonderful people of El Salvador.

Overall, the trip is nothing short of a life-changing experience that I would encourage everyone to consider in their lifetime!

Why I Build: Jamie

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Jamie Gardner, 2017 Women Build Co-Chair, shares why she participates in the Women Build. 

Growing up, I was always taught that one of the most important things one can do is give back to our community. I am also a proud third generation builder, following in my father and grandfather’s footsteps through a male-dominated industry. So, when I was told about Habitat’s inaugural Women Build four years ago, I immediately was all in, because how synergistic was it to combine my desire to make the world a better place with what I do every day! Plus, I am always game for the opportunity to play with nail guns!

Little did I know at the time that I would get so much more out of Women Build than I could ever contribute. To see what women can do when we come together is truly awe-inducing. We have continually exceeded the financial goals we set each year and show no signs of slowing down. My favorite part of the experience is the build days where I see my friends who were scared to use a hammer at the beginning of the day, using a miter saw to cut siding like a boss by the end of it! That feeling of empowerment is powerful to not only experience, but to see in others.

At the end of the day, we truly are making a difference in our world. We are helping a family achieve their dream of homeownership, giving them the foundation they need to build a better future for themselves. I remember Ronnisha (last year’s homeowner) telling me that she wanted to show her daughter that where you come from doesn’t dictate where you have to be in life. This year’s homeowner, Andrea, wants to give her daughters a safe haven where she doesn’t have to worry about crime happening right outside of her door. After hearing that, how can you not become invested?! I would urge all women to get involved with Women Build because the experience of giving someone a hand up (not a hand-out!) will stay with you long after the last nail is hammered in, wall is painted and flower is planted. Women rock!

Learn more about the Women Build program, how you can support the 2017 build, or participate as a builder in 2018!

The Queen of the Castle

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Tiffani opens up and shares how being a new homeowner makes her feel like the queen of her castle. 

 “Being a homeowner is like a dream that I haven’t woken up from yet.  These last two months have made me feel ultimately blessed.  Every day when I leave and come home I walk through and double check everything. I enjoy looking out of the windows and reflecting on this next chapter in my life.

I feel so happy when I walk through the house, whether I am cleaning, in my office, or cooking. This new chapter in my life is the start of something beautiful.  My favorite part of my house is my office, I spend a lot of time in there for school, relaxing, and personal entertainment. I was extremely excited to come home during the holidays after visiting my family.  It was a bitter sweet, as I am currently single.  After leaving the holiday excitement and coming home to relax was an amazing feeling.  I am looking forward to implementing DIY ideas for my house and making them into reality throughout the year. I feel like this is my castle and I am the queen. I couldn’t be happier!”

We encourage you to explore ways to Get Involved with Habitat for Humanity, so together we can provide strength, stability and self-reliance to future homeowners.

 

Global Village Trip in the Dominican Republic

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What makes a house a home? I recently returned from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where I participated with several other CEOs from various Habitat for Humanity affiliates from around the country to learn about the impact Habitat is having in the Dominican Republic.

We had the opportunity to work alongside one of the families Habitat Dominican Republic is helping to build a home. A mom and her baby lived in what we would describe in the U.S. as a shack. It was next to her parent’s home that didn’t have enough room in it for her and her baby. Corrugated metal was manipulated, along with metal and wood scraps to form the exterior. It had no indoor plumbing or electricity. Most of us have better accommodations for our lawnmowers.

At no more than 150 square feet of space, this was her house. It kept her mostly safe from rain and the elements. She stored what clothes and possessions she had in it. She sleeps in it and is raising her child in it. Soon Habitat Dominican Republic will work alongside her to finish her block home that will have indoor plumbing and electricity, which will greatly improve her safety and health conditions for her baby and give her more space.

I had walked inside to see the interior of the house that she called home. As I exited the darkness of the house and entered the bright, afternoon sunlight through the one doorway, I discovered what made the house a home. My head grazed a small, but shiny wind chime, hanging from the top of the doorway. As I turned back to look at the full structure, I was struck by the fact that no matter the condition of her house, this mom was going to do what she could to make it her home. To me, this wind chime symbolized her effort to make it her home.

Maybe watching the chimes dance under a brisk wind took her mind off of reality. Maybe she liked how the solid shine of wind chimes glittered against the rugged tapestry of metal and wood, or even less esoteric, maybe it simply was her way of turning a house into a home.

Habitat for Humanity currently works in nearly 70 countries worldwide and has helped more than 6.8 million people with improved living conditions since 1976. Strength, stability and independence are key components to the work we do. What is at the heart of what we do is creating a better a home situation. By doing this, we are truly fulfilling the vision to provide everyone a decent place to live and call home.

World Habitat Day

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of World Habitat Day!

World Habitat Day is a day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing. On Monday, Oct. 5, 2016, as in years past, Habitat for Humanity joins with our partners around the world to rededicate ourselves to a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Moment of Prayer Oct. 5 at Noon

On Oct. 5 at noon, join your voice with Habitat for Humanity supporters all over the world and help raise awareness of the global movement and importance of housing issues.

 

Join us in the following prayer:

Home. God, give us the hands, hearts and resources to continue building homes for – and with – our neighbors in need.

Hope. Thank you for the hope you offer and prayers you answer through the Habitat mission. Help us to be your hands and feet as you love and provide for your children.

Community. Guide us in breaking down barriers and connecting people through communities. Build your Kingdom here as it is in Heaven.

Amen.

 

Did you know?

  • Every four minutes, Habitat serves a family in need of better housing.
  • Habitat has helped more than 5 million people since our founding in 1976.
  • Habitat works in more than 1,400 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries worldwide, from Argentina to Zambia.
  • About 2 million volunteers work with Habitat every year worldwide.

 

Read more about worldwide housing facts and Habitat for Humanity’s response to inadequate shelter across the globe.

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Cover Indiana

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Cover Indiana is an annual weeklong bicycle tour through Central Indiana that raises funds and awareness for local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Created in 2004 by Habitat for Humanity of Indiana, the ride begins in Lafayette and concludes in Indianapolis.

The 2016 Cover Indiana riders will depart on Sunday, May 8 from Lafayette for a weeklong, approximately 380-mile journey that will culminate in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 14. Along the way, cyclists overnight in churches and community centers as a group, and riders are supported by two “SAG” vans.

Our riders say it best!

“It was a great time biking with other fund raisers for such a great cause as Habitat – we experienced fellowship, a driving rainstorm along with 100 hungry folks descending on a small luncheon cafe in Clay City…I plan on participating again!” – Greg Maiers

Each rider will pay a registration fee that covers the lodging, food, rider support and the end celebration. In addition to the registration fee, each rider is challenged to raise funds for the affiliate of their choice.

Week Riders

  • Registration: $225*
  • Minimum Fundraising Goal: $350

 

Multi Day Riders

  • Registration: $35/day
  • Optional Fundraising Goal: $50

 

Day Riders

  • Registration: $20
  • Optional Fundraising Goal: $50
With questions about the ride, contact Ted Mosey at 317.777.6091.
Visit hfhcoverindiana.org for additional information about the Cover Indiana Bicycle Tour.

Women Build

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The Habitat for Humanity Women Build program recruits, educates and nurtures women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities. In 2015, 21 teams of passionate women raised more than $112,000 to help build a house for Janae and her children to call home. Women are now recruiting builders and raising funds for our third annual Women Build project. Learn more below!

Get involved in the 2016 Women Build!

Construction of the Women Build home relies on support from more than 300 women volunteers, who fund and build the house. Ways to get involved in Women Build:

  • Our team leader positions are filled for 2016, but if you are interested in becoming a volunteer builder, please contact us.
  • Make a donation to support one of our 2016 women builders!
  • Lend a hand to the Women Build by offering your expertise or company support through an in-kind donation. To discover what Habitat needs for construction and volunteer recognition, please contact womenbuild@indyhabitat.org.
  • Anyone is invited to get involved as a Women Build advocate! Spread the word by using #IndyWomenBuild on Facebook and Twitter.
Still have questions or interested in becoming a team leader next year? Contact us or check out our Women Build FAQ
Thank you to our 2015 Women Builders!
2015 Women Build Dedication

Kick-Off Event

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What will you build in 2016?

What will you build in 2016?

 

Attendees of our annual Kick-Off event discovered the many ways they can support and further Habitat’s mission in Greater Indy. DeveloperTown created the perfect space for our guests to network with fellow supporters, celebrate Habitat’s outstanding 2015 partners, meet many future Habitat homeowners, get details on our 2016 plans from Jim Morris, President & CEO.

 

At the 2016 Kick-Off event, attendees learned about:

  • Becoming a family mentor
  • 2016 Women Build project
  • Global Village Trip to El Salvador
  • Cover Indiana Bicycle Tour May 8-14
  • Donating to and shopping at our three ReStores
  • Becoming a Volunteer
  • Sponsoring a Habitat project
  • Becoming a Tiger Team member
  • Qualifying and becoming a Homeowner

And more!

 

Special thanks to our event partners: DeveloperTown, Sun King Brewing and Monarch Beverage Company.

 

Stay tuned for next year’s event – we hope to see you there!