Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area would like to shine the light on Shirley Causley and Charlene Greely for their continued support and dedication to our organization. These two beautiful ladies started volunteering with Habitat in April 2013 and have become the best of friends since. Shirley and Charlene work very well together to complete difficult tasks. One of the jobs that they are responsible for is ensuring that our appliances are clean and ready to sell in the ReStore. With the help of these two ladies Habitat is able to resell these appliances at a fair price with the profits going towards our build program. Shirley and Charlene are two of the most dedicated volunteers that we have had the privilege to have in the Restore.
Shirley is very friendly, she is always willing to lend a helping hand wherever she is needed and has been a huge asset to our volunteer family.
Charlene is very hardworking, kind and generous with a huge heart. She always has a smile on her face no matter what task she is completing.
Habitat for Humanity is very proud to have these two beautiful ladies be a part of our team. They are both very thoughtful and dependable individuals, which is exactly the type of volunteers that Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area relies on to help make our vision of safe, decent, affordable housing a reality for the hardworking families of Sault Ste. Marie. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication Shirley and Charlene. We are very proud to call you our friends.
On behalf of staff and volunteers, we wish to thank you Shirley and Charlene for all of your continued support!
Mystic Rains Contracting
Matt Stephenson, owner of Mystic Rains Contracting decided to start his own business after gaining valuable experience in contracting and building. He has found it very rewarding to be his own boss and do what he is most passionate about. Currently, there are eight certified people working on Matt’s team. Mystic Rains Contracting focuses on all your building and renovation needs including custom homes, roofing, foundations, sidings, windows and door installation, decks, water proofing and even offers free estimates.
Matt and his team had a blast building their dog house for the Great Dog House build in support of Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area. The dog house they built is practical for small dogs and even has a doggie patio with room for their food and water bowls. Matt and his team can’t wait to participate in the event again next year!
Mystic Rains Contracting has been a huge help with Habitat for Humanity house builds in the past and also plan on helping with builds in the future. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those families in need of a safe and decent place to live.
For more information on Mystic Rains Contracting you can e-mail email@example.com
Founded in 2002, HFHSSMA is a non-profit community based organization serving Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and the surrounding area. HFHSSMA offers a sustainable solution to the housing crisis facing our communities.
To mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership and to break the cycle of poverty housing structures.
A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
Housing for Everyone
Access to safe, affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to all.
The worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those that help in our journeys and recognize them as our greatest resource.
We can achieve our mission by meaningful and mutually-beneficial partnerships with others.
Faith in Action
Live through action. Building on our Christian foundation as we serve and work with people of all faith and belief in a spirit of justice and compassion.
Diversity and Inclusiveness
Theres a role for everyone committed to our vision, mission and values. We seek to enrich our organization through diversity. Inspired by the vision where everyone has access to a safe, decent affordable place to call home.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CANADA
Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985. It has since grown to 69 affiliates in 10 provinces and 2 Territories. Over the years, Habitat for Humanity Canada volunteers have logged more than 10 million hours, contributing to the completion of over 2000 homes for low-income Canadian families. The Canadian headquarters is located in Waterloo, Ontario. To find other Canadian affiliates located near you click here to go to their site.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL
The Habitat for Humanity movement was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia by Millard and Linda Fuller. The program developed from the concept of "partnership housing" where those in need of adequate shelter work with volunteers from all walks of life to build simple, decent houses. Habitat has built, rehabilitated, improved more than 500,000 houses around the world, providing more than 2 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Click here to learn more.
Habitat for Humanity Canada invites you to join thousands of volunteers from all over the world who are working to eliminate poverty one house at a time. The Global Village teams bring invaluable support to the communities they visit. Volunteers do not need building experience, just adventure and good health. Work with a family to help them build a home, strengthen their community and enrich both their lives and your own. You’ll be more than a tourist as you will be welcomed into the community by your hosts and introduced to the local culture as a guest.
To learn more please visit the Global Village website or contact our local Global Village Team Leader,Tammy Paterson at firstname.lastname@example.org Tammy is a seasoned volunteer and led her first team to Armenia in April, 2013!
Board of Directors
Lorri Kennis - Chair Person
David Thompson - Vice Chair
Jodi Nastor - Treasurer
Tom Marcolinni - Recording Secretary
Penny Hunter - Director
Candy Mitchell - Director
Harvey Walsh - Director
Kristy Aloe - Director
Millard and Linda Fuller founded the Habitat for Humanity movement in 1976 in Americus, Georgia. Built on the idea of partnership housing, Habitat for Humanity volunteers gave a hand up to those in need by working side by side with them to build safe, decent and affordable houses.
The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. Koinonia Farm was founded in 1942 by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965. They had recently left a successful business and an affluent lifestyle in Montgomery, Alabama to begin a new life of Christian service.
At Koinonia, Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing." The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.
The Fund for Humanity
The houses would be built at no profit and interest would not be charged on the loans. Building costs would be financed by a revolving fund called "The Fund for Humanity.” The fund's money would come from the new homeowners' house payments, no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities. The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses.
The Fund for Humanity’s mission statement:
What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance. The Fund for Humanity will meet both of these needs. Money for the fund will come from shared gifts by those who feel they have more than they need and from non-interest bearing loans from those who cannot afford to make a gift but who do want to provide working capital for the disinherited . . . The fund will give away no money. It is not a handout.
Inception of Habitat for Humanity
In 1968, Koinonia laid out 42 half-acre house sites with four acres reserved as a community park and recreational area. Capital was donated from around the country to start the work. Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest. The basic model of Habitat for Humanity was begun.
In 1973, the Fullers decided to apply the Fund for Humanity concept in developing countries. The Fuller family moved to Mbandaka, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo.) The Fullers' goal was to offer affordable yet adequate shelter to 2,000 people. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, the Fullers returned to the United States.
Expansion into Habitat for Humanity International
In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International as an organization was born at this meeting. The eight years that followed, vividly described in Millard Fuller's book, "Love in the Mortar Joints,” proved that the vision of a housing ministry was workable. Faith, hard work and direction set HFHI on its successful course.
In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat's ministry brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work across the nation. HFHI experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new affiliates around the country.
In 1985, the movement spread to Canada with the first Canadian build in Winkler, Manitoba. Two years later, Winnipeg became home to the first Canadian affiliate. Habitat for Humanity in Canada has since grown to 58 affiliates in 10 provinces and two territories and has successfully provided over 2,500 families with safe, decent and affordable housing.
Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 600,000 houses worldwide – providing shelter for more than 3 million people.
Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada has served over 2,700 families nationwide. Internationally, Habitat’s improved the shelter conditions of 1 million more.
Habitat for Humanity Canada signs memorandum of understanding with Flying Dust First Nation to make affordable Habitat homeownership available on the Saskatchewan reserve
Canada Builds volunteer program is launched with trips to the Yukon, PEI and Alberta
Habitat for Humanity Canada celebrates its 100th family served under the Aboriginal Housing Program
Habitat for Humanity Canada partners with Correctional Service of Canada to offer tours of Kingston Penitentiary
ReStore awarded Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retailing Award
CMHC survey demonstrates that Habitat homeownership improves health and happiness of families in Canada
241 Habitat homes were built in Canada and Habitat’s largest build in Canadain history, the 64-unit Neufeld Landing, is kicked off in Edmonton
The 10,000th Global Village Canada volunteer travelled to Argentina
27,000 tonnes of material were diverted from landfills by Restores
63,000 Canadians volunteered on build sites
Habitat for Humanity Canada named one of Canada’s top 100 charities
Habitat for Humanity Yukon kicks off the first house to be consructed on First Nations settlement land in Canada
Habitat for Humanity recognized as a leader in alleviating poverty in Canada and is invited to Federal Budget consultations
220 homes were built and 11 Women Build events took place in Canada
ReStores divert more than 25,000 tonnes of material from landfill
Habitat for Humanity celebrates the 2,000th Habitat home in Canada, built in Winnipeg next to Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg’s 200th home
ReStores celebrate their 20th year with 65 stores nationwide
On World Habitat Day, the 500,000th Habitat home to be buit was dedicated in Kenya
Habitat for Humanity in Canada celebrates its 25th anniversary with 72 affiliates, 65 ReStores and almost 1,800 homes built across the country
HFHC launches ReNew It! – a program to improve existing homes through renovations and repairs enabled by volunteer labour and a no-interest homeowner loan
The Right Honourable Edward Schreyer is named to the Habitat for Humanity International Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity Toronto celebrates 20 years with its 100th home
Canada’s first Energy Star certified Habitat home is built by Habitat for Humanity Wellington County
14 homes completed through Women Build program and seven via Student Build
The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, then Governor General of Canada, becomes Vice Regal Patron of Habitat for Humanity Canada
Student Build takes place in Winnipeg with all homes built and funds raised by students
The Global Village program is launched in Canada
70 affiliates, 38 ReStores, and 974 homes
Habitat for Humanity Toronto celebrates the largest town-home project in Canada
Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon hosts the 5th Canadian Women Build
Habitat for Humanity Windsor celebrates ten years of building
Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg celebrates its 100th home and the tenth Cycle of Hope bicycle tour. The Cycle of Hope allows volunteers to enjoy cycling while supporting the Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg’s cause
First Canadian Campus Chapter house built
First ever Royal (The Earl of Wessex/Prince Edward) visit to a Habitat build site
700th home built in Canada
59 affiliates, 25 ReStores, and 600 homes
Pope John Paul II visits Toronto for World Youth Day where youth volunteers of Habitat for Humanity Toronto build a home onsite
HFHC celebrates its 500th home, which was built in London, Ontario
Second Canadian Women Build hosted by Habitat for Humanity Grey-Bruce
52 affiliates, 15 ReStores, and 400 homes
The first Canadian Women Build is hosted by Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region – 200 female volunteers contribute their time and talents
Home for Christmas Blitz holiday build in Coburg, Ontario
Habitat for Humanity passes the 300th home landmark in Canada
First build in Quebec, Habitat homes have been built in all ten provinces
Ten ReStores open nationwide
Canada’s 200th Habitat for Humanity home is built in Moncton, New Brunswick
‘Bike Atlanta ‘96’: 50 cyclists from all over Canada cycle from South-western Ontario to Atlanta, raising more than $200,000 for Habitat for Humanity Canada
25 affiliates, six ReStores, and 146 homes
Building on Faith launches
ESWP: Edward Schreyer Work Project launched by former Governor General of Canada and his wife, Edward & Lily Schreyer
Canada’s 100th Habitat for Humanity home is built in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
First Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) in Canada – Winnipeg (18 homes built) and Waterloo (10 homes built)
World’s first ReStore is opened by Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg with the help of five volunteers
HFHC’s head office is established in Waterloo, Ontario
Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg pioneers the ReStore concept – ReStores are building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials in an effort to generate funds to support Habitat for Humanity building programs
The first Canadian Habitat for Humanity affiliate is established in Winnipeg, Manitoba
The first Habitat home is built on Canadian soil in Winkler, Manitoba
Inaugural meeting of Habitat for Humanity in Canada
Habitat For Humanity Explained
How It Works
How Our Program Works
Donate to ReStore our Community
Habitat homes are funded through profits from the ReStore, from mortgage payments on existing Habitat homes, and from individuals and community partners like you. The return on investment of a Habitat home is far reaching your donation will continue to benefit our community for years to come.
The ReStore accepts donations of overstocked, seconds, used, and discontinued items as well as salvageable building materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. Items can include new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances, cabinetry, sinks, countertops, decor and household items. If you would like to make a donation to the Restore, please go here to schedule a free pick-up or click the button below to make a monetary donation.
Super Credit for First Time Donors: The Government of Canada is offering a tax credit to first time donors- support Habitat and save at tax time! http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/charitable-donation-tax-incentives
Celebration Gifts: As you plan gifts for family and friends this year, consider a celebration gift that keeps on giving long after the wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, holiday or other special event or memorial. Upon receipt of your contribution, we will send an acknowledgment card indicating that you have made a gift to Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste Marie in honour or in memory of the person you are celebrating. Be sure to include the name and address of the person who will receive the card. If you would like to make a celebration gift via credit card, or need further information, contact us at 705-942-7443.
Individual Donations:At Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste Marie & Area (HFHSSMA) a large portion of our funding comes from individual donations. From the dollar sent to us by a school child to a large gift from a major donor, each and every donation supports our efforts to build homes with families in need.
Give until it Feels Great:Here's what your donations can buy: $5,000 will pay for an insulated roof and walls so that a family will literally have a roof over their heads. $4,000 will pay for excavation and footings which will ensure a firm foundation for this home. $3,000 will purchase kitchen cabinets for after school snacks and dinner dishes. $2,500 will purchase drywall which will provide a place where family photos and children’s artwork can soon hang. $1,500 will purchase a furnace with water heater so children can play in a warm bubble bath. $1,200 will purchase a a fridge and stove (we don’t provide other appliances) to provide hot meals. $1,000 will purchase flooring to allow toy cars to race across the floor. $600 will pay for landscaping to allow green grass to cushion cartwheels and somersaults. $500 will purchase interior paint to provide warm colours to brighten rooms. $250 will purchase a window to open and let the fresh air in. $100will buy wall insulation for an entire room to keep out the summer heat and winter cold. $75 will purchase an interior door to allow children to do homework in the quiet of their own room.
Home Builders Recurring Program:A strong home needs a firm foundation. A monthly or quarterly pledge can keep us building all year round. Your recurring gift gives HFHSSMA the foundation of reliable support that we need to plan for future builds. This means that we can move forward with confidence towards our goal of offering more families a hand up towards affordable home ownership.
Matching Gifts: Did you know that a matching gift could double or triple your donation? Many corporations will match employee or retiree gifts. Obtain a Matching Gift Form from your Human Resources office and include it with your donation. Be sure to fill out and sign the donor section before sending in the form.
Habitat Partner Families become homeowners and gain equity in their homes with each mortgage payment. Habitat mortgages contribute to the Revolving Fund for Humanity, helping to fund future builds through a positive cycle of hope and opportunity.
Each HFH affiliate accepts Homeownership applications and select partner families based on the following criteria:
1. Level of Need:
Families income must be below the government-set Low Income Cut-Off guidelines.
2. Ability to pay a Habitat Mortgage:
Family must have a stable income sufficient to cover mortgage payments
as well as other costs associated with home ownership.
3. Willing to Partner with Habitat:
Families must contribute 500 hours of volunteer labour, or "sweat equity" in building their home.
Are you interested in scheduling an information session about our Habitat for Humanity's Homeownership Program with your organzation?
Staff, volunteers, community groups and faith organizations may benefit from an information session about Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie's Homeownership Program in oder to understand how the program works and help to identify families who may qualify.
If you would like to schedule an hour information session with a Habitat Representative at your location please contact the Executive Director, Colin Glassford at 705-942-7443 ext: 23 or email@example.com
ReStore is Habitat for Humanity's social enterprise that accepts donations of new and gently used home improvement items and then sells them to the public at a greatly discounted rate. Whether you're looking to renovate your kitchen or bathroom, build a shed, or fix up your basement, ReStore should be your first stop!
All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area’s fundraising administration costs so that every dollar donated to our charity goes directly towards building homes and serving families.
How ReStore Works
Items you can donate to ReStore
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
*Note: Beginning Tuesday September 2nd, 2015 our hours will change.
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Who benefits from the ReStore?
Families: The proceeds from the ReStore cover HFHSSMA’s administrative costs. That means every dollar raised goes directly into building homes and strengthening communities. Environment: Whether you buy or donate materials, you are helping to reduce the amount of usable building materials being deposited into a landfill. For every $1 of product sold at a ReStore, approximately 1.3lbs of waste is diverted from local landfills Community: Our ReStore is 90% staffed by volunteers assisting HFHSSMA with our mission to build homes in partnership with hardworking, low income families in Sault Ste Marie. Volunteering with HFHSSMA is helping to build social capital through skill development, networking and mentoring opportunities.
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Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie and Area (HFHSSMA) is a community based non-profit organization that relies on our volunteers daily to help us carry out our vision of providing safe, decent and affordable housing to hardworking families in our community. We could not do what we do without the generous commitment of our many volunteers.
There are several opportunities to volunteer with HFHSSMA including at our ReStore, on our builds, in the Affiliate office, joining a committee or our Board of Directors.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with HFHSSMA, there are just a few things we need to get you started! Please complete a Volunteer Application found below. All applications can be submitted through email firstname.lastname@example.org or brought into the ReStore. For more information about volunteering with HFHSSMA please contact Melissa Jones, Community Outreach Coordinator. (705) 942-7443 x24
We look forward to working together to make a stronger, healthier and happier community! Building Homes. Building Hope.
- All individuals and groups welcome.
- All skill levels are welcome. Beginners to trades people.
- All safety equipment other than work boots are provided by Habitat for Humanity.
- Our minimum commitment is 40 hours.
- ReStore hours are 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 pm Saturday. Closed on Sundays.
You need to know
Volunteers must have the following abilities to work on our construction site or in our ReStore:
- Willingness and ability to learn new skills and apply new skills to different situations.
- Follow the instructions of our Site Supervisor independently.
- Ability to climb stairs comfortably.
- Adequate vision to do detailed work.
- Use of conversational English.
- Ability to lift and carry at least 15 pounds.
Where we're building
Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie is currently recruiting volunteers across Sault Ste. Marie and Area for the 2015 Build! We are currently building on the corner of Cedar Street and Birch Street.
We also have exciting volunteer opportunities available in our ReStore, our retail outlet that sell new and gently-used building materials and home improvement items to fund Habitat's administration costs.
Events & Fundraisers
Habitat For Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area ReStore
SAULT STE. MARIE ON, P6B 4J8
Entrance is located off North Street just south of Second Line West
ReStore: (705) 941-9646
Affiliate: (705) 942-7443
Fax: (705) 941-9100