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April 2020

A Drive-thru Dedication!

Jason Welch’s Habitat home was unique even before it had the unexpected distinction of hosting our first “Drive-thru” Dedication. The Welch home also happened to be the first BVHfH house built in Kuna and it was our first Veterans Build.

So when COVID-19 prevented us from having a traditional home dedication for Jason and his two kids, we got creative. It was decided that we would practice social distancing by inviting family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, and staff to drive by the Welch home holding signs, honking horns, and shouting well-wishes as the family watched from their driveway. It was quite a sight to see!

Congratulations to Jason and to all those who worked so hard to build and dedicate this home.

March 2020

Land Development Plan

Two years after I last wrote about it, affordable land for affordable housing is still tough to find. Every day we work our way through the maze of traffic cones, detours, and flaggers which seem to be a permanent part of the typical Ada County streetscape. Construction detours, and cranes on the horizon all mean that the economy is strong and business is booming. Combine a vibrant economy with one the “Best Places” to live in the United States and the result is booming land prices as well. Along with many of our affordable housing colleagues, we find it challenging to locate land and even more challenging to afford today’s asking prices.

Habitat receives no special benefits when we are in the marketplace for land and lots. We are in competition with every developer in town and pay fair market value for all of our building sites.

Over the past two years we have been able to add two development sites to our inventory that will support at total of eight new homes.

We are very pleased to announce that work has started on a development located at Gary Lane and Hill Road in Northwest Boise. A perfect setting for four simple, decent, and affordable new homes. Site preparation is in progress and home construction is scheduled to begin in June.

Land acquisitions and construction are made possible by our financial supporters and the continuing success of our ReStores. So, contribute if you can, encourage your employer to support Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, and shop at ReStore. With your help we will keep scouting the market for land and lots on which to further our mission.

 Tom Lay, Executive Director  

 

 

January 2020

Evening in the Garden Planning - Volunteers Needed

It’s a busy time in the Habitat office as we begin planning and preparing for our annual fundraising event Evening in the Garden. Each year the June event gets a little bigger and better and 2020 promises to be no different.

Preparations include reaching out to local businesses to solicit donations for both our live and silent auctions. It is a big endeavor and we are always looking for help. If you are interested, please contact Donya at 208-331-2916 ext. 315 or dwebb@hfhboise.org

Let’s make our 14th year a rousing success!

December 2019

 

Habitat Welcomes New Development Director

Donya Webb has joined Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity as Development Director. In this role Donya will be responsible for fundraising and events in support of the BVHfH Mission. Donya’s extensive non-profit experience includes 22 years with the YMCA of Greater Long Beach (CA) where she held positions of Executive Director and Vice-President of Development. The YMCA of Greater Long Beach serves over 38,000 people in Long Beach and 11 partner cities. Her development work included a $13,000,000 Capital Campaign, development and implementation of the Y’s Planned Giving program, and a variety of special events. Since moving to Idaho, Donya has held development positions with The Idaho Foodbank and The Salvation Army. In addition to her in-depth experience Donya’s qualifications also include a Bachelor’s degree in Non-Profit Management and a Master’s degree in Strategic Fundraising & Philanthropy.

At BVHfH, Donya will oversee all fundraising programs and the management of special events including “Evening in the Garden”. Donya has been asked to broaden BVHfH fundraising to include a comprehensive individual giving program and expansion of corporate giving. 

Donya has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. She and her husband, John Petti, recently moved to Meridian. 

Please join us in welcoming Donya Webb to Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity.

November 2019

Generosity Fills the ReStore - Giving to their Community

Mike Williams, a frequent ReStore customer, came into the Collister location recently and asked General Manager Jake Crist if Habitat would be interested in some lumber, plywood, and other building products. When Mike explained that the materials were in New Meadows, Jake asked him to send a photo or two. He needed to determine if and when we could commit the resources to retrieve this donation. When Jake received the photos his first thought was “We’re going to need a bigger truck”.

The next weekend two semi-trailers (courtesy of the Turf Company) and the BVHfH construction trailer arrived in New Meadows and were loaded with a warehouse full of lumber. 16 bunks* of plywood, 6 bunks of dimensional lumber, cases of nails, joist hangers, and miscellaneous other building hardware. According to a recent appraisal the retail value of this donation was approximately $25,000.

Since moving to Idaho Mike and Marilyn Williams have given generously to their community. They believe that their good fortune in their business and personal life should be shared and they have worked to do just that. We are very fortunate that they were aware of Habitat for Humanity and our Mission. Their generous donation will contribute to the ongoing success of the ReStore and its support for our operations.

* A “bunk” of plywood is 4’ x 4’ x 8’ and contains 40 to 80 sheets depending on thickness. A bunk of 2 x 4 is approximately 294 pieces.

October 2019

Board of Trustees Adds New Members

The BVHfH Board of Trustees has a new look with the recent addition of three new members. Kimber Russell, Diana Telford, and Shirley Naccarato were introduced in September and will begin their first two-year term at the October 21st meeting. Each new member brings a wide range of business and non-profit experience to the board which now numbers eleven.

Kimber Russell is a business consultant, teacher and trainer. She currently volunteers as Vice-Chair of Serve Idaho, the Governor’s commission on service and volunteerism.

Diana Telford has an extensive background in affordable housing in Colorado Springs and Boise. Most recently she was the Director of Homeownership Programs at NeighborWorks Boise.

A familiar face at the table is Shirley Naccarato who has volunteered and worked for BVHfH for twelve years. Recently “retired”, Shirley has been an integral part of our current Homeowner Application process will continue to support our work through her board position.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for guiding the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the affiliate has adequate resources to advance its mission and vision. Members serve up to three two-year terms.

September 2019

 Final Home at Tradewinds Subdivision to be Dedicated 

Home Dedications are what Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity staff, volunteers, sponsors, and of course homeowners look forward to most. We can’t wait to hand over the keys to the Habitat families who have worked endlessly to achieve their dreams of homeownership. The home of Naw Kay Poe and Ya Reht located at 3415 S. Como in Meridian will be dedicated on Thursday, September 26th at 4:00pm. This home was sponsored by Thrivent Financial and many local congregations participated in its construction. Habitat home dedications are open to the public. All are welcome!

August 2019

Warm Night, Warm Hearts, Hot Auction
 
Take a perfect venue, add generous supporters, spice it up with Goodwood Barbeque and you have another great Evening in the Garden. On Thursday, June 11 FarWest Landscape and Garden Center once again hosted the 13th Annual Evening in their beautiful Garden Center on State Street. Kevin and Brenda Mee the morning stars from 101.9 FM “The Bull” welcomed 200 Habitat supporters and made sure that the evening started off fun and kept moving. 
 
Attendees were invited to view and bid on silent auction items, prepare their bids for the live auction and to participate in a new event. The Albertson’s Wine Pull offered donors the opportunity to select from 100 concealed bottles valued at $15 to $50, all donated by Albertsons. The first year of the Wine Pull was an unqualified success and sold out in minutes. 
 
In addition to the vast array of plants and flowers in the greenhouse, posters surrounded the tables that reminded everyone of the work and accomplishments of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. Homes Completed, Families Served, Volunteer Hours and other factoids reminded everyone of the evening’s purpose - 
a celebration of our work and a demonstration of continuing support for the Habitat Mission and the families we serve.
 
Following a welcome by FarWest owner Dennis Fix and BVHfH Executive Director Tom Lay, it was time for the Live Auction. Auctioneer Larry Flynn started the night’s fundraising by “recruiting” an auctioneer at each table to sell the floral centerpiece. Larry then took over and “found” the perfect new owner for a wide variety of live auction items including custom planters, Garth Brooks tickets and dinner for eight with Mark Anderson. The auction action ended with “Raise the Paddle” which gave everyone a final opportunity to contribute to the BVHfH Mission and added nearly $10,000 to the night’s total.

June 2019

Htoo Family Dedication

Home dedications are a culminating event for Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers, community partners, and staff come together to celebrate with the Habitat family. On May 16th we had an opportunity to celebrate with the Paul Htoo, his wife Mi, and their four children as they became our newest homeowners. Joye Jones, current BVHfH board president, spoke of the Habitat mission and its importance, while Dave Martin shared the story of the Htoo’s difficult and often terrifying journey from Burma to the United States. He also talked about of the wonderful, hardworking family he has come to know through being their family partner. Dave also provided the blessing for the home after presenting keys to the Htoo's new home.

As housing costs skyrocket, fewer families are able to afford a home of their own. Today, more people than ever are struggling to share in the dream of homeownership. Donations to Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity made it possible for the Htoo family to purchase their own decent, affordable home.

 
 

May 2019

A Village of Playhouses Returns

Be sure to stop by The Village at Meridian between May 7th and May 11th to check out A Village of Playhouses. Five playhouses creatively designed and built by generous supporters of BVHfH will be raffled off at the end of the week.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Habitat booth on Fountain Square. All proceeds from A Village of Playhouses will help Boise Valley Habitat build real houses for Habitat families in our community.

April 2019

Evening in the Garden Nearly Sold Out
 
This may be the last chance to get your tickets! Now in its 13th year, Evening in the Garden attracts capacity crowds and has sold out ahead of the event for the last 2 years. Only 48 tickets remain which can be purchased individually for $50 or $500 for a table of eight. Table holders receive premier reserved seating, 2 bottles of wine, table favors, and signage.
 
On June 13th FarWest Landscape & Garden Center will host this evening of fine food and wine along with live and silent auctions on their seven acres of flora. 
 
This year live auction winners will have a variety of spectacular items to claim…like tickets to the Outlaws and Renegades Tour featuring Travis Tritt and the Charlie Daniels Band, a dinner for 8 prepared by the Food Network's Mark Anderson, beautiful outdoor glazed planters, a one-week stay for 8 at a McCall cabin, an outdoor fountain, a limited edition Coca Cola cruiser, 20 chances to win $30,000 from the Idaho Lottery, 4 weeks of digital Lamar outdoor billboards…and the list goes on.
 
New to this year’s event is “You’re the Auctioneer” where a surprise awaits at your table and the “Albertsons Wine Pull” featuring fine wines from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California, plus the opportunity to win cases of wine. 100% of the monies raised will help build another quality, affordable home for a family in need in the Treasure Valley.
 
Evening in the Garden is generously presented by Citi Cards, AT&T, Swire Coca-Cola, Intermountain Gas Company, FarWest Landscape & Garden Center, and Albertsons.

March 2019

Grilling with Mark

Evening in the Garden Exclusive

 

Somebody will be leaving the 13th Evening in the Garden with a very rare and unusual live auction item.

 

Mark Anderson, creator and co-host of Food Network shows The Grill Dads and Comfort Food Tour, has offered to host the winning bidder and 7 guests at his home for a grilling class and dinner party.  The lucky winner will join Mark in his backyard command center with 5 grills and a wood fired pizza oven, for food, fun, and outdoor grilling education.  Date, time and menu will be mutually agreed upon with the auction winner.

 

The four course dinner will feature wine pairings from Indian Creek Winery.  The winning bidder and guests will enjoy a memorable evening of fine wine and food cooked to perfection without having to lift a finger!

 

This is truly a once in a lifetime thrill with big bragging rights…the winner will be the toast and host of the town.

 

In addition to Mark’s Food Network shows he is also a Today Show contributor and the host of the upcoming NPR show “Fishing with Foodies” which is a celebration of Idaho’s emerging food scene. He is also a judge and host on other Food Network shows including Guy’s Grocery Games.

 

Mark is also the owner of UltraClean, a water, fire, and mold damage restoration company based in Meridian.