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Mitsubishi Electric Publishes New Case Study Focusing on Habitat's Northstone Subdivision

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley (Habitat Catawba), Hickory, North Carolina, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building affordable housing for low-income families within their local community. In recent years, the organization developed the idea to build an 18-unit community in Northeast Hickory to provide energy-efficient homes for Habitat families and market-rate residential buyers

Click here to view and download the full case study.

A Message From the Executive Director: Habitat Repairs! is Working

Habitat Repairs! is working. Throughout Catawba County the Habitat Repairs! staff and volunteers are installing handicap ramps, replacing leaky roofs, and restoring heat and air conditioning to our neighbors’ homes. Your gift to this mission is restoring a quality of life to people who have long forgotten what it’s like to be safe, warm and dry.

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Villanova University Spring Service Break Recap

Last month, sixteen college freshmen from Villanova University spent their spring break week working on Habitat Catawba Valley’s new home construction and Habitat Repairs!  While they were here, they also participated in fun activities and had the opportunity to get to know our community better.  

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Businesses Participate in Habitat’s Team Building Program

When Punker, LLC's Hickory-based employees decided to participate in a team building opportunity, they looked no further than Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. Not the traditional team building experience with ropes and personality tests, the team of employees spent the day working together and learning more about one another on a Habitat Catawba Valley worksite to help a family in need.  

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Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley Partner to Repair Homes

Eighteen families in Catawba County benefitted from a partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley in 2016.  Thrivent Financial provided grants totaling $45,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley to help fund repairs on 18 area homes while Habitat provided supervision and volunteers through its Habitat Repairs! Program.

“We are very grateful for our relationship with Thrivent Financial and their support of Habitat Repairs!,” said Mitzi Gellman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. “Thrivent was the first organization to understand and support Habitat Repairs! and they allowed us to launch this initiative.”

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Dear Habitat...

Here are some thank you letters and other words from our families:

This was a request for repairs:

"I need windows and my ceiling is leaking.  I am on a walker and my porch needs fixed it goes back and forth.  I am so sorry that I need all that fixed.  I always wanted a house but I couldn't get one so I had to get this.  Thank you and my bathtub is also leaking."

This a thank you:

"I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the repairs that were done to my home.  I am very grateful to you all for taking the time to extend your hard work and talents to beautify my home.  You made this possible.  I pray God blesses Habitat and every volunteer that worked on my home.  I pray Habitat continues to bless other families as you have mine and many others."

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Opportunity and Self-Reliance

While you might think that the majority of Americans feel stable and secure in their current situation, housing insecurity touches nearly half of adults at some point in their lives.  Frequent moves, overcrowding and the threat of eviction or foreclosure creates stress, depression and hopelessness for far too many families.

Sometimes a helping hand is all they need to build a better life

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My First Christmas in a Habitat Home

Allred Keondra Family pic1This year will be the first year in our new home. It's an awesome feeling to enjoy knowing that we have a house to walk into and knowing that the true meaning of Christmas is beginning in our first forever home.

I'm excited because we can actually get a Christmas tree in our living room and have room to decorate with Christmas joy. Another grateful blessing we have received with our new home is being able to have family/friends over to enjoy laughs with many memories. Family is important to us so I'm glad to have space and the healthy atmosphere to be able to do so. My little boy has really enjoyed decorating the house and the outside with lights. He is so excited about baking goodies for Santa.

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Holiday Sale: Shop With a Purpose

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Ascension Outreach Committee is sponsoring Shop with a Purpose, a holiday sale featuring Unique World Gifts , Safe Harbor’s ReSource Warehouse and Gallery, Exodus Homes & Exodus Works, and Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity on Sunday, November 20th in the Parish Hall. Join us and begin your holiday shopping even before Black Friday!

Anything you buy from Unique World Gifts will benefit those around the world seeking to sell their wares for a fair price and receive a fair profit. Sales from Safe Harbor’s ReSource Warehouse benefit the women’s shelter and residential program that works to free women and families from the bondage of homelessness and addiction. Services from Exodus also help to meet the needs of people in recovery and items from Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity aid the mission of providing affordable housing. Please join us in this very special event as we support these Christ centered mission in our area.

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Volunteers Needed for Habitat Repairs!

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Do you have some spare time on your hands? Do you like working with others to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors? Does your spouse want you out of the house for a little while during the week?

If so, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley has a job for you! Volunteer to help our new Habitat Repairs! program. Habitat Repairs! is designed to address the repair needs of elderly, disabled, and lower income home owners whose homes need repairs. The goal of the program is to keep the families safe, dry, and warm while increasing their quality of life and enabling them to stay in their homes.

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Habitat Staff Make Statewide Presentations

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley staff members have been busy.

Executive Director Mitzi Gellman and Community Outreach Coordinator Jenna Cucco presented “Building a Mixed Income Neighborhood” at the annual Camp Habitat Conference October 3-5 at Lake Junaluska.  Mitzi also presented the material at the North Carolina Housing Finance Association’s Affordable Housing Conference October 12-13 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

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CVMC Promises $200,000 to Home Repair Program

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By Michael Praats of the Hickory Daily Record

Habitat RepairsHICKORY– Catawba Valley Medical Center pledged $200,000 to Catawba Valley Habitat for Humanity’s capital campaign, Habitat Repairs.

The donation is in honor of Charles Dixon, a longtime community philanthropist, according to a press release. Dixon served as chief counsel for CVMC from the 1960’s until 2009.

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Villanova Students to Lend a Hand to Habitat Catawba Valley

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The Catawba Valley will be invaded by Villanova Nation October 8-15 as 16 students take part in Villanova’s Fall Break Service and Justice Experience Program. A reception for the group will be held October 13 at 5:30 at the Habitat ReStore. The public is invited to attend.

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is one of 16 organizations, domestic and worldwide that Villanova volunteer will be serving this fall. In all, 250 students will be participating in service trips this fall.

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Habitat Catawba Valley Wins National Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award

Energy Award

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is thrilled to have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for Innovation in Affordable Homes.

They recognized 34 of the nation's leading builders at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas in September. Winners were selected by a diverse panel of builders, architects, and industry professionals for their outstanding accomplishments in designing and building Zero Energy-Ready Homes.

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World Habitat Day Celebrated with Mortgage Burning

World Habitat Day

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley celebrated World Habitat Day with two ceremonial mortgage burnings on Saturday October 1. 

More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.

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