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January 2016

~John Palmer Art Names Houston Habitat for Humanity as 2016 Charity of the Year~

John Ross Palmer (3rd from left) flanked by Houston Habitat’s Kate Plouvier, Allison Hay, and Angela Cox

Houston Habitat is excited to announce that John Palmer Art has named Houston Habitat for Humanity as its 2016 Charity of the Year. Artist John Ross Palmer says, “In the Summer of 2015, my husband Ryan and I joined 13 American volunteers to build a Habitat home in Trinidad & Tobago. The transformative experience was humbling, inspiring and taught me great respect for community improvement. In late December, I had the pleasure of taking a ‘Habitour’ of Habitat’s on-the-ground work here in Houston. I was sold…and I wanted to help out. I absolutely cannot wait to help this non-profit in 2016 and I look forward to creating an art series that will be inspired by their mission.” Allison Hay, Executive Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity, shares Palmer’s excitement, “We are honored for the partnership. The news comes so early in the year that it becomes a great opportunity to make 2016 an amazing 12 months to help Houstonians become homeowners and improve the lives of each of their family members.” For more information on John Palmer Art, and events to support Houston Habitat for Humanity, please visit their website at: http://www.johnpalmerart.com/.

~We Did It!~ Houston Habitat was presented with a financial challenge to end the year of 2015: a special benefactor would match dollar for dollar donations up to $10,000 by year’s end. We are so happy that our generous supporters saw the need to help more Houstonians become homeowners and to double their impact. They gave generously from their hearts and wallets, and we raised an additional $13,000 with our #HomeLoveChallenge! What a way to round out 2015!

Many thanks goes to our family of donors that understand the great need of affordable homes in Houston and the impact their gift makes for families. And thanks to all our social media friends who re-posted and re-tweeted our challenge!

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~ KPRC Habitat Home Build~ The KPRC-TV crew joined Houston Habitat for the third year in a row to build an affordable home for a hard-working, lowincome Houston family. Though it was a bit chilly, the staff of KPRC grabbed their hammers and built the frame of the Habitat home on Tuesday, January 5th. A few missed nails and a lot of laughs made this wall build a great success! The fun did not stop there! For the following six days the KPRC sponsors built alongside Houston Habitat Partner Families and KPRC anchors and reporters in Harrel Park in northeast Houston. This home will help a Houston family fulfill their dream of homeownership and will impact the community by revitalizing an historic area of Houston. Houston Habitat and KPRC would like to thank Star Furniture, Coventry & Plantation Homes, Christian Brothers Automotive, Pappas Restaurants and Shipley Do-Nuts for supporting this special project.

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Save the Date!

2016 Women Build!

Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. Last year our Women Build volunteers came out in full force, and we invite you to join us this year to help build a home for a deserving family. No experience is necessary! The impact of homeownership for Houston families is enormous, both social and economic. Homeownership helps break the cycle of poverty, leads to improved health, leads to greater achievement in school for their children, builds stronger connections to the community, and leaves a positive legacy for generations to come.

Our 2016 Houston Habitat for Humanity Women Build is designed to empower women to build their own dreams. During National Women Build Week, May 1st – May 7th, 2016, women devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. We hope you will consider participating in a most rewarding experience!

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DID YOU KNOW Houston Habitat leads affordable housing providers in sustainable building practices. Our homes are Green Built certified by the Gulf Coast Green Build Agency and 5 Star Energy rated by the Department of Energy, receiving the prestigious Sustained Partner Award in 2014. Houston Habitat is one of the leading housing organizations in Houston serving hard-working, low-income families earning 50%-80% of area median income. Each Houston Habitat Partner Family contributes 300 hours of “sweat equity,” – including helping to build their own home and completing training in finance, minor home repair and the operation of a Home Owners’ Association. Partner Families even execute wills to provide for future generations. Receiving a “hand-up, not a hand-out,” Partner Families purchase their homes with no down payment and a 0% interest mortgage provided by Houston Habitat. The stability of homeownership is transformative for Partner Families. Homeowners build wealth through home equity and invest in their communities by paying property taxes. Children of homeowners are more likely to complete high school and college and own homes themselves.

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~New Year’s Resolution: Get Organized!~ A new year brings promises of changing our lives for the better and many of us resolved to get our life and homes a little bit more organized. Here is a great DIY project to help you get the year off on the right foot! Turn an Old Filing Cabinet Into Garage Storage

Photo and tutorial courtesy of Trash to Treasure

What you will need: 1. Sand paper 2. Spray Primer and Paint 3. Painter’s masking tape 4. Casters (4 if converting a small cabinet, 6 if working with a large one) 5. Peg Board and peg board hanging kit 6. Scrap wood 7. screws 8. Level (if choosing to do a decorative stripe) 9. Power drill How to Create: 1. Lightly sand and wipe cabinet clean so that spray primer affixes easily. Spray with primer and allow to dry completely. Using a level, mark where your decorative stripe will be located (if you choose to do one). 2. Cover contrasting stripe with tape and spray the rest of the cabinet with the spray paint of your choice (a glossy finish looks great on a file cabinet). Allow to dry completely before removing tape 3. Cover the painted part of the cabinet with tape and/or newspapers to protect newly painted surface and paint contrasting stripes. Allow to dry completely before removing the tape. 4. Cut scrap wood to slightly smaller size than the base of the cabinet. 5. Measure casters to be affixed at equal intervals from each other along the board, approximately 2 inches from the edge of the board. 6. Mark holes with pencil where each caster is to be screwed in and affix with a washer and machine screw. 7. Using a hand saw, cut your peg board to slightly smaller than each end of the cabinet and affix to the sides using the peg board hanging kit sold in stores. 8. Mount cabinet on rolling wooden platform and secure by inserting two screws on both ends, passing through the base of the cabinet and into the wood. You can also screw several pieces of peg board into the metal slats that separate each compartment for a neater look.

Find all you need for this project and more at the Houston Habitat ReStore! 1/12/2016

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~Welcome Home to the Rougeau Sisters ~

The Rougeau sisters, Sharita and Shuranda, (featured left to right) came to Houston Habitat in 2015 to build a better life for themselves and their families. They supported each other through the entire process and built their homes together. On January 8th Sharita and Shuranda closed on their Habitat homes! Houston Habitat is very proud of all the work they accomplished together. We are so excited for them to be neighbors and watch their families grow alongside each other.

~Mortgage Payoffs~ Congratulations to Joyce Harris from the Woodglen subdivision on paying off the mortgage on her Habitat home!

A round of applause to Vicki Solco from the Woodglen subdivision on paying off the mortgage on her Habitat home! 1/12/2016

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~Save the Date: Building a Dream Breakfast ~

Save the Date 2016 Building a Dream Breakfast Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Junior League of Houston Ballroom 1811 Briar Oaks Lane Houston, TX 77027 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Melissa Fox, Communications & Events Coordinator at mfox@houstonhabitat.org Brick and Mortar Contributors: Denise Bates, Communications Director Melissa Fox, Communications & Events Coordinator

3750 N. McCarty St. Houston, TX 77029

Houston Habitat for Humanity, with community minded sponsors and volunteers, has built over 1,000 homes for hard-working, low-income Houstonians. Our Partner Families contribute 300 hours of “sweat equity” including financial and home ownership training including helping to build their own homes. They purchase their homes with zero-interest mortgages. Houston Habitat has also helped countless other families preserve their homes by providing critical home repairs. For more information about Houston Habitat for Humanity and the Houston Habitat ReStore – a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center open to the public, go to www.houstonhabitat.org, or call 713-671-9993. Houston Habitat for Humanity is a tax-exempt 501(C) (3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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