HFH Newsletter

Winter 2020-2021

Avenues for Hope

 

In recent months, a lot has changed about how non-profit organizations operate. One thing that remains consistent is the need to raise money to fund the mission. In December Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity participated in Avenues for Hope, a statewide, online program to raise awareness and enhance resources for those nonprofits addressing housing needs and related services in Idaho.

Avenues for Hope is an initiative of the Home Partnership Foundation, an independent, nonprofit established by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association which focuses on providing stable, safe, and affordable housing throughout the state. Donations were accepted until December 31st.

We asked for your support and we got it! For those who would still like to donate to Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, it's never too late!

Winter 2020-2021

Avenues for Hope 2020

In recent months, a lot has changed about how non-profit organizations operate. One thing that remains consistent is the need to raise money to fund the mission. This month Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity will participate in Avenues for Hope, a statewide, online program to raise awareness and enhance resources for those nonprofits addressing housing needs and related services in Idaho.

Avenues for Hope is an initiative of the Home Partnership Foundation, an independent, nonprofit established by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association which focuses on providing stable, safe, and affordable housing throughout the state.

We are asking for your support. For information on the Avenues for Hope campaign and what you can do to help Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity go to https://www.avenuesforhope.org/organizations/boise-valley-habitat-for-humanity. Donations will be accepted beginning on December 10th and continue through December 31st.

Fall 2020

What happens when 'stay at home' means staying in an unhealthy place?
 
As a result of COVID19, more than 300 million people in 42 states have been asked to “stay at home” — and now more than ever, home is everything.
 
Home is the place to stay safe from a global pandemic. And for many of us, our home also has suddenly become our school, our barbershop, our restaurant, our office, our movie theater. For many, “stay at home” has meant the inconvenience of a changed routine. But for more than 19 million U.S. families sheltering in place, the substandard, overcrowded, or unaffordable housing situations they live with have only increased their feelings of uncertainty and vulnerability.
 
All of us at Habitat for Humanity know firsthand that better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health and stronger childhood development. We know that they give families the ability - and financial flexibility - to make forward-looking choices. Proper shelter creates jobs, revitalizes neighborhoods, attracts employers, increases consumer spending and government revenues, and lowers the risk of foreclosure, all while bringing transformative benefits to families and developing resiliency in communities.
 
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization that operates in more than 70 countries around the world and in every state of the U.S. Our vision has always been the same: a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Here at Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, with community support like yours, we have partnered with more than 450 people who now have a safe, decent and affordable place to call “home.”
 
Before this pandemic, the world was already experiencing a housing crisis. COVID-19 has revealed its extent and added to its urgency. Habitat is needed now more than ever. And - now more than ever - we need you.

Summer 2020

Thank You
 
On June 30, after twelve years, I will be leaving Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. I am retiring with plans of becoming a bad golfer, an okay skier, and a professional Grandad. Following an unusual transition period due to COVID-19 issues, Janessa Chastain will be the new Executive Director. An excellent choice for future leadership of this affiliate. In place of a good-bye I would like to express my thanks for twelve very interesting years and countless valuable lessons.
 
Thank you to our Volunteers. If I have learned lessons they have come from our volunteers. During 15+ years with Habitat (including my volunteer time) I have met, observed, and worked with some of the most dedicated individuals that I could ever hope to encounter. Hundreds of good people who give this affiliate and the families we serve thousands of hours of their time, hard work and expertise. It is an unbelievable gift to our affiliate and offers such a powerful example of how much people want to contribute to their community and to the people with whom we live.
 

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.