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foundations for

the future

annual report FY2017-2018

letter from our CEO

Thank you for standing with families in Tucson. For helping to break the bonds of poverty. For building more than just walls and roofs — you help build community.

You build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. You made it possible! By partnering with hardworking families, you established a new neighborhood from the ground up. You repaired houses in great need, built safe affordable homes, and inspired the generosity of others. Your partnership with Habitat families allowed them to make forward-looking choices, and access a better life.

What does strength look like? It looks like John, Marie, and their 5 children all giving thanks at their home dedication, for escaping poverty and the struggle of being refugees. It looks like John not ending his Habitat journey with himself, but wanting to help pave the way for future homeowners.

What does stability look like? It looks like Charlie and Marj Wippermann, lifelong Habitat volunteers, who want to leave a legacy of more than just walls and roofs. They made a gift to improve the futures of Habitat families for generations to come.

What does self-reliance look like? It looks like veteran homeowner Richard DuMoulin, who continues outreach with the veteran community, and wants to continue his service as a veteran counselor one day.

This past year, you helped Habitat Tucson partner with over 200 individuals and more than 3,000 volunteers to provide homeownership, home repair, and neighborhood improvement opportunities. And this coming year, even more is possible. We have seen that when people have a safe, decent place to call home, it impacts everything else. It is the most beautiful ripple effect, and I cannot wait to see what ripples outwards in 2019. In partnership,

T. VanHook

T. VanHook, CEO Habitat for Humanity Tucson


impact FY2017-2018

10 families, including 45 children, moved into new, safe, and stable homes.


home repair projects improved the quality of life for seniors, veterans, families, and individuals.


volunteers helped build and repair homes in and around the greater Tucson community.


hours were donated to support Habitat Tucson’s mission to build a more compassionate and just world.


sweat equity hours were completed by homebuyers.


individual donors supported home building and repair efforts in our community.


paid in property taxes by Habitat Tucson mortgage holders.

more than 228 individuals in Tucson benefited from the kindness of Habitat Tucson supporters, volunteers — and you.

“Home mea John’s Habitat journey didn’t end with homeownership — that was

only the beginning.

Becoming a homeowner was a lifelong dream. After all their sweat equity, financial classes, and perseverance, being handed the keys to their own front door meant everything to John and his family. And John knew that kind of gift—the groundwork for a stable life—was exactly what he wanted to give others. He wanted to give that same feeling of strength, stability, and self-reliance to fellow families in his community. That’s what made him decide to become a family partner. Someone who encourages and mentors a new family through the entire process of becoming a Habitat homebuyer.

giving a hand up for future families

“To me, Habitat Tucson is a community,” says John, a minister of a local church. “And I am happy to be included in that community. It invigorates me. I am inspired by volunteers who give their time for no other reason than to give back.” He adds, “Now I have the experience and I can share that knowledge and help other families.” John and his family know firsthand

ans a new life with new adventures.” what an incredible difference affordable housing makes. John, Marie, and their five children fled the Democratic Republic of Congo, which suffered from political instability, insecurity, and violence since its independence in 1960. The family sought safety in a Zimbabwean refugee camp in 2006 and spent seven years there. The conditions in the camp were harsh. It was a struggle just to get food and water. There were no employment opportunities for John and Marie, nor were there educational opportunities for their children. Luckily, they were granted amnesty in 2013 and relocated to Tucson. Just a few months after arriving in Tucson, John got a job doing maintenance work at an RV park and Marie found work as a caregiver. And while things were much better than they had been in the refugee camp, their apartment had breakins and a front gate with a flimsy lock. John had a dream of a safe and stable home, something to pass down to his children, and his children’s children. A place – for generations – to call home. On the day of their dedication, John, Marie, and every one of their children stood up to speak. They shared their joy, their tears, and their overwhelming gratitude to everyone who made their new home possible. Now as a family partner, John can’t wait to give that feeling to other Habitat families. John is eager to hand them the key to their new front door. To smile warmly and say, “Welcome! This is your home.”

“Home is a place to cherish your memories. And I am looking forward to building memories there.”


“Helping people is something that we have done our whole lives. It’s something we can do together.”

inspiring volunteers

“Helping people is something that we have done our whole lives,” says Charlie, who worked 31 years as an elementary school PE teacher. Marj, a registered nurse, agrees. “Both Charlie and I can volunteer with Habitat,” she added. “It’s something we can do together.” Charlie and Marj Wippermann first got involved with Habitat for Humanity years ago, chaperoning a youth group from their church in Missouri to work on a build in Alamosa, Colorado. When they moved from their home state to Tucson, they reconnected with Habitat right away. And they’ve served as Habitat Tucson volunteers for a staggering 22 years!

To this day, they work on building projects together, caulking, painting, and installing doors and cabinets. It gives them a great sense of satisfaction to put the finishing touches on a Habitat home. “Habitat gives people an opportunity for some stability in their life,” says Charlie. “They don’t have to worry so much about day-to-day, how their life is going to be.” But they’ve also built incredible friendships along the way. One of the first friends they made on the build site was a future homeowner, and they remember seeing the ribbon cutting at her home dedication. After the celebration, Marj and Charlie helped the family move out of their current place. “It was like a barn – like a horse stall,” Marj remembers. And seeing the difference a

new home made for this family inspired them to do more than volunteer. They wanted to leave a legacy for Habitat families to come. Charlie says, “Instead of having to rent a run-down one bedroom apartment with three children in it, the homeowners could now have a new place to live with ample space and a nice community. That’s what we’d like to have happen. And it will.” That’s what made them want to become legacy donors. They wanted to leave a lasting gift to Habitat in their will. “You really see it,” Marj said. “At Habitat, you’re feeling your money goes to build this house.” And that’s a gift that lasts many lifetimes.

generations of giving

“It was a way to honor God, and honor our Pops.” The very first Habitat volunteer. Builder of over 250 Habitat Tucson homes. Devoted father, husband, and community member. All these describe the incomparable Leland Yarbrough. Leland first started volunteering with Habitat Tucson in 1980, and worked with fellow volunteers, staff members, and homeowners to build the foundation for Habitat Tucson’s volunteer corps—what we now call “the regulars.” A gifted carpenter, Leland brought the quality of his craft to the construction team. His faith led him to serve and thousands of people were impacted by his generosity. That includes Leland’s daughter, Leah. When Leah’s husband received an unexpected bonus through his work, she was moved to make a gift to Habitat. “It was a way to honor God and honor our Pops,” Leah said. She is inspired by families who work towards self-reliance and stability, and her father’s long legacy with Habitat. “We knew you would do the best with what was given, and it would go to the best people.” To honor his life and efforts to make Tucson a more compassionate and just community, Habitat Tucson volunteers built a home in partnership with a hardworking, local family— John and Marie’s family in fact!— in Leland’s name. Every board, every nail – every part of that house – served as a testament to the dedication and passion Leland brought to Habitat Tucson. And Leah continues his legacy. “I try to see a need,” said Leah, “to see if we can make someone’s load a little easier. You try to live life with open hands.”

air force veteran helps hundreds of families live in safe, decent homes This past year, Gary Miller received the highly prestigious Volunteer Excellence Award from the 355th Fighter Wing Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Presented to him by Colonel Roger Nelson, this award is bestowed by the Secretary of the Air Rorce to individuals who make it a personal mission to serve their communities.

Gary Miller is the definition of an outstanding volunteer. He is dedicated to Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes in Southern Arizona and always steps up to work hard when he is needed most. He has personally helped hundreds of families live in safe, decent homes. Gary was also crucial in leading a neighborhood improvement project in partnership with The Home Depot and the YMCA to restore and improve the safety of the Triangle Y Ranch Camp. As a veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force in the rank of SMSGT (E-8), he served two Vietnam tours and retired in 1981. Gary wanted to ensure that the Triangle Y Ranch Camp continues to be a pillar of the community, hosting thousands of children of veteran families. Volunteers like Gary are vital to the success of Habitat Tucson, providing expertise, leadership, labor, and support on our construction sites.

the spirit of


purple heart veteran continues outreach Richard is a ten-year US Army infantry veteran, deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. He received a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service. When Richard was discharged, the family moved in with Jennifer’s parents to save money. With two young sons and both of Jennifer’s adult siblings living at home, the fourbedroom home felt crowded with nine people living in it. They didn’t think homeownership was even an option for them until their counselor at the Veteran Rehabilitation Center recommended that they apply for Habitat Tucson’s veteran home, which is made possible through the generosity of The Home Depot.



“My first reaction was, ‘I can give you at least twenty names of veterans that are more deserving of this than me,’” says Richard. But he was eager to roll up his sleeves, get started on his sweat equity, and find ways to help other

veterans at the same time. Richard and Jennifer were compelled to build community. They joined the Veterans Committee and did outreach for their fellow veterans throughout their homeownership journey. Additionally, Richard is going back to school to get his degree in psychology with the goal of becoming a veteran’s counselor. With the security of his new Habitat home, he is eager to pass on strength and stability to more of the veteran community.

"No words can express the gratitude I feel," Richard said.

Jennifer added, “I look forward to sharing this with our boys. It will be a wonderful example to them of working hard for something you want. We want them to grow up and volunteer for Habitat and learn valuable skills like we are learning right now.”

every community deserves investment A once-abandoned subdivision transformed. Thanks to an innovative multi-sector collaboration, Habitat Tucson joined hands with other community organizations including Southern Arizona Land Trust (SALT), Tucson Electric Power, City of Tucson, Wells Fargo, The Home Depot, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and more to establish the Desert Vista neighborhood. Together, we broke ground and raised the walls on 10 new homes! The unique collaboration between SALT and Habitat Tucson created two different but complimentary models of affordable housing production which are now working seamlessly together in one neighborhood. Through the combined efforts of homebuyers, community sponsors, and volunteers, we can break the cycle of poverty through homeownership. Neighbors engage with Habitat and each other to raise everyone’s quality of life. By working together with Habitat, you continue to build lasting communities that are strong, stable, and self-reliant.

laying the groundwork for future families

desert vista neighborhood

a collaborative approach to neighborhood improvement

helping seniors age in place With the help of University of Arizona’s Pre-Pharmacy Club and Alpha Epsilon Phi, as well as students and staff from San Miguel High School, volunteers were able to paint caregiver Jackie Albritton’s home, clean up her backyard, and rejuvenate her back porch.

caring for where we live 25 high school students who are a part of the Ironwood Honor Society at Ironwood Ridge High cleared away leaves, trash, and overgrown vegetation in their neighborhood.

not just new homes

HabiStore Super Volunteer

Since February 2017, Matt has put in 500 volunteer hours and counting.

598 tons are saved from the landfill annually thanks to donations to the HabiStore Matt sees opportunity in every object – a chance to upcycle, repurpose, and reuse. Embracing Habitat’s focus on conservation and building green, Matt researched and introduced new environmentally friendly cleaning products to the store. In addition to his daily tasks of mopping, washing, and folding aprons at the HabiStore, he looks at other areas of the HabiStore to see what else could benefit from his imagination. Matt has organized the safety equipment area in the back of the store and designed a task list for volunteers when they have down time. He even revitalized an old gray cart from the “products in need of repair” section of the store. That’s the same mission of the HabiStore itself. Habitat for Humanity Tucson’s HabiStore provides individuals and businesses an effective method to donate and purchase new or gently used household goods and building materials. Proceeds generated from the sale of donated items help families seeking decent, affordable housing in Southern Arizona.

Philanthropic Gifts FY17-18

$1.3 million in donations from individual donors,

community groups, foundations, and corporations

$1.6 million

in in-kind gifts that include construction materials and items donated to the HabiStore

$1.4 million the estimated national value of our volunteer workforce

from Tucson, your impact multiplied Every year Habitat Tucson reaches beyond our city limits to help impoverished countries throughout the world. Reaching out to the biggest housing crisis in the world, our work took us to Bangladesh last year. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated cities on earth — and there is an overwhelming need for access to safe and stable shelter.

27 families in Mexico and Bangladesh

now have access to adequate shelter, potable water, and sanitation.

TMC builds homes from the heart

Health isn’t just about bodies. And Tucson Medical Center knows that. They not only care about the physical health of individuals, but the health of our communities as well. The TMC House is a reflection of that. Strong and consistent evidence indicates that homeownership has several positive effects for enhancing an individual’s quality of life. Increased health, life satisfaction, academic achievement, wealth and social

capital, and neighborhood stability are just some of the positive effects of owning a home. Stephanie and her son experienced those benefits firsthand. After being accepted into the Habitat Tucson homeownership program, she and her son were finally able to move out of her parents’ house. They each would have their own room in their new home. And the freedom and space to grow as a result.

Each of us knows someone like Stephanie — a kind neighbor, a single parent, a reliable co-worker, a friend, someone who just wants to make a better life for their family. Many of us know someone like Stephanie, and may not even realize it. Thanks to the generous gifts made by Tucson Medical Center, families like Stephanie’s have a chance to thrive — to achieve their dreams. And it starts with a safe place to call home.

“My family has always been there for me,” she said. “But I’m finally getting a chance to own something of my own.”

In a recent study, Habitat homeowners... Say homeownership has had a positive impact on their family

Feel better about their children’s future since becoming homeowners

Have set different goals for their children since becoming a homeowner

thank you

corporate & foundations

donors You made all of this possible. Thanks to your tireless efforts and generous contributions, you’ve invested in the futures of hundreds of families across Southern Arizona. You built lasting foundations and changed struggle into strength. Uncertainty into stability. Self-doubt into self-reliance.

Thank you! With your continued support, we are able to partner with more families to build or improve a place to call home.

ADP Affinity Wealth Management Aldea Spiritual Community Amadeus Revenue Integrity Inc. Bank of America Bank of the West Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona The Boeing Company Cardinals Charities Catalina Rotary Foundation CDG Architects, Ltd. Chapman Automotive Citi Community Church at SaddleBrooke City of Tucson Cox Communications Cree Cypress Civil Development Eugene C. and Wiletta F. Denton Family Foundation Design Modulars Inc. Design to a T Dow Chemical Company Eddy Foundation Family Housing Resources and FHR Cares, Inc. GEICO Good Law, PC Google Advertising The Gordon Foundation Granite Habitat for Humanity International

Hamstra Heating & Cooling Inc. Dorothy Harmsen and Bill Harmsen, Sr. Charitable Foundation Hexagon Mining Connie Hillman Family Foundation Home & Lands The Home Depot USA Humana Inc. Hunter Douglas Blinds Jade Tree Foundation The JASAM Foundation of Arizona Kautz Family Foundation Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC Larson Manufacturing Leidos Inc. Lowe’s Margaret Mellon Hitchcock Foundation McCulloh McTavish Foundation Mesa Fully Formed Morgan Stanley Mulcahy Foundation John & Helen Murphey Foundation Northern Trust Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Radiology, Ltd. Schneider Electric Sons Of Orpheus Southern Arizona Land Trust St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church Mark & Mary Ellen Stinski Foundation Stonewall Foundation Elizabeth Read Taylor Foundation Tierra Right of Way Services Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation Tucson Electric Power Tucson Fire Department Tucson Medical Center Tucson REALTORS Charitable Foundation U.S. Bank Foundation Valspar Corporation Walmart Foundation Washington Federal Weidner Property Management Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Whirlpool Corporation Woodard Family Foundation XL Mechanical YouthBridge Community Foundation

Ana Angulo-Gaxiola & Ariel Ramirez-Valencia

“This home is a promise that we will be together for a long time, the peace of mind that my family will be taken care of.

Thank you.�

Habitat Tucson Board of Directors 2017-2018 Board President Past-President Vice President Treasurer Secretary

Pete Morgan The Rev. Canon John Kitagawa Pat Hirschman, Bill Hard Lisa Cooke Jerry Miron

Board Members Veronica Aguilar-Nelson Christina Borboa Allyn Caywood Carmen Cueva Frederic Dardis Kevin Henry Terry Galligan Sam Jordan

Jo Riester Alyson Trinidad Jeanne Taylor John Howell Lonny Sternberg Souleymane Barry Cole Salgado Theresa Medina

Profile for Habitat Tucson

Habitat Tucson FY2017-2018 Annual Report  

Habitat Tucson FY2017-2018 Annual Report  


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