HFH Newsletter

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.

February 2019

Work in Progress on South Arno Avenue

Construction is moving right along at Tradewinds subdivision in Meridian!  We paused for a while in January to let the professionals from Performance Drywall take care of getting the drywall up, but our volunteers are back at it, installing wood laminate floors and interior painting.

We are looking forward to working with volunteers from Intermountain Gas Company and Cathedral of the Rockies as we complete this home.  We have had many other great groups participating in this build, and for those whom we’ve had to reschedule, we thank you for your patience!  We have a group lined up from JSDA Design to clean the completed home in mid-March. 

Hats off and huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers!  Together we are making a difference.

January 2019

Thrivent Builds Homes

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity is very pleased to announce that we have been selected as a recipient of a 2019 Habitat-Thrivent Faith Build Grant.  This generous grant will build our fourth and final home in the Tradewinds Subdivision. Thrivent Financial is contributing 50% of the total cost of this home and is also engaging the local faith community to assist with funding and a commitment of volunteers to build with Habitat. Construction will begin in June 2019.

This is the seventh BVHfH home made possible by a global partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial. This collaboration has empowered Thrivent members and other volunteers to help build or repair over 4,000 Habitat homes since 2005. Thanks to the more than 2.3 million members of Thrivent Financial, and other volunteers, Thrivent is able to contribute to the construction of simple, decent, and affordable homes around the world.

Boise Valley Habitat is fortunate to have a vibrant partnership with the local Thrivent representatives, many of whom we have worked with for nearly ten years. We thank them and look forward to joining them on the worksite to build on behalf of another hard-working Idaho family.

December 2018

Thank You, Helen

After 15 years Helen Shepherd is “retiring” as a Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Think about that, fifteen years. In that time Helen has given 2676 hours in support of our mission. And that’s just the hours that were captured for our records.

 

She has built homes, greeted volunteers as a Site Host, been a member of the Family Support Committee, tracked Partnership Hours, and been a Family Partner. Not just a Family Partner, Helen has been a “Full Service” Family Partner with SIX families. That means she has befriended, taught, helped, and cajoled six families through a homeownership process that typically requires a commitment of 1.5 to 3 years.

Her true concern for "her families" has extended well beyond the day their home was dedicated as she made herself available when they confronted the many realities of owning their own home.

 

In addition to her numerous Habitat duties, Helen has also taught many of us in the office about the science of composting and the art of raising chickens. A “Full Service” volunteer, indeed.

 

There is really no way to adequately express our gratitude for Helen’s long-term commitment to Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity and the families we serve. We appreciate every hour (recorded or not) that Helen Shepherd has so generously donated to our organization and our community.

November 2018

Breaking Ground at South Arno Avenue

An official groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 16th at Tradewinds subdivision in Meridian.

Doing the honors were Clayton Chaney, Hummel Architects;  Debbie Vincent, President Board of Trustees, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity; Tammy de Weerd, Mayor of Meridian; Scott Madison, Intermountain Gas Company; Tom Lay, Executive Director, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity; and Poe Htoo and Mi Mya Aye, the future owners of this house.

October 2018

Groundbreaking Ceremony
BVHfH Home Number 74
 

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity is about to begin construction of another home in Meridian at 3407 South Arno Avenue in the Tradewinds subdivision located at the corner of Locust Grove and Victory.

On October 16th at 10:00 AM an official groundbreaking ceremony will take place. Participants will include Tom Lay, Executive Director, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity; the Honorable Tammy de Weerd, Mayor of Meridian; Debbie Vincent, President Board of Trustees, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity; Scott Madison, EVP & General Manager of Intermountain Gas Company; Greg Allen, Principal, Hummel Architects; and Poe Htoo and Mi Mya Aye, the future owners of this house.

Upon completion of this home it will be open to the public to preview during the weekends of April 27 through May 12. Model Home Furnishings of Eagle is donating a houseful of furniture to Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity and as such this home will be completely staged for its open houses.

Hummel Architects has designed the home to meet ENERGY STAR certifications and it will also receive a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS).  These two certifications will maximize affordability for the home owner by improving home energy operation up to 30% and will qualify for Intermountain Gas WHOLE HOME energy efficiency program.

Immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony, which is open to the public, there will be a reception at 1636 Fathom Street - just down street.

September 2018

Thrivent Faith Build 2018 Home Completed

Mohamed Mohamud and his two adult children Fardowsa and Ibrahim Muse closed on their new home at TitleOne Corp. on Wednesday, August 22nd.  Later that day we celebrated their home dedication with a good-sized group of friends, volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  

Among the guests were our long-standing supporters from Thrivent Financial, who sponsored the construction of this house through the 2018 Faith Build grant. 

Our new “cake lady” volunteer Mary Ann Lau brought a chocolate cake with green trim, to match the house at 336 E. 46th Street in Garden City.  We also dined on delicious African food cooked by the family, who hails from Somalia. 

Many thanks go out to everybody who helped build this house and who helped support the family as they completed their Habitat requirements.

August 2018

Hummel Architects to Design Habitat Home

Hummel Architects, who have been creating great designs since 1896 in Boise as well as every corner of the state of Idaho and throughout the entire Northwest region have agreed to design a home, without charge, for Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity as part of their giving back to community.

Hummel has built a multitude of award winning projects. Understanding their client’s vision allows Hummel to create solutions that inspire and designs that endure. 

Hummel has begun work on a Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity home that will be built in Tradewinds subdivision in Meridian, Idaho which is located at the corner of Locust Grove and Victory.

Tom Lay, Executive Director of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity stated, “We are extremely proud of this new partnership with Hummel Architects as it represents another successful collaboration with one of the Treasure Valley’s finest. We are excited about having Hummel help us design our future homes.”

July 2018

An evening like no other proved to be just that!  The weather was picture perfect.  The abundant food and local wine and beer were crowd pleasers.  Live and silent auction items were outstanding. Emcees Kevin and Brenda Mee, hosts of the number one rated morning radio show on THE BULL 101.9 FM provided humor and entertainment.

We can’t thank Dennis and Maya Fix, owners of FarWest Landscape & Garden Center, enough for hosting this event for the 12th consecutive year. Not only that, but they donate to BVHfH 10% of their gross sales for the entire day of the event!

Our great sponsors, Citi Cards of Meridian, Swire Coca Cola, AT&T, and Regence Blue Shield played a tremendous part in making this a wonderful event.

Great thanks to all of you who attended for your generosity in raising your bid paddles so often during the evening - all of which will help us continue our mission here in Ada County.