Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Carly Yansak  Earlier this month, the Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery wrapped up a partner project with Austin Habitat in Onion Creek in the continuing efforts to help the area stabilize.  Though the Texas Baptist's main operations are based in Dallas, the group always goes where there is need. "If you've got folks who are overwhelmed, they need help. Sometimes you don't even know where to sta...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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Kauai and Community

  • By: Claire Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator In February 2015 I traveled to Kauai, HI on a Global Village trip and had the pleasure of meeting new Kauai Habitat home owners, Don Baker and Vern Kauanui. Vern is native to Hawaii and Don moved to Kauai from Dallas, TX in 1991. The two met in 1993 and have been inseparable ever since. In 2013, same-sex marriage was legalized in Hawaii, so they decided t...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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ReStore-ing Education

  • By: Carly Yansak Tamie Glass is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture for The University of Texas at Austin. Recently, she brought a group of students into the Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore to learn about what is has to offer.  We caught up with her to ask, "why?" 1. Why did you decide to bring your students to the ReStore? Field trips are an important part of learning about ...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Tyler Markham The one most important thing I took away from the conference was the idea of treating Habitat and affordable homeownership as a social movement - as a push for stronger and socially just communities. After 3.5 years in Habitat, I felt like I finally got it. Before, I’d known why I volunteered and why other student members volunteered. But I wasn’t framing—to myself or to others—w...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Carly Yansak Keith and Sue Durio are the owners of JKD Builder, a small family-owned homebuilder who build custom pools, homes, and outdoor living spaces in the Lakeway and West Austin areas. This holiday season, the Durio’s chose to benefit Austin Habitat for Humanity in a unique way. They invited their clients to write blog posts, and for every like or share on the post, they donated $2.50 t...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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Welcome Home

  • By: Claire Anderson As I reflect on our Homes for the Holidays Blitz Build, I am reminded why I am so passionate about Habitat. I am grateful there is so much generosity in the world, and I am reminded we are more than home builders. The last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind, and at times I have found it hard to keep myself focused on the present moment. I’m always thinking about the safety of our vo...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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My AmeriCorps

  •   By: Raine Miller  Originally from Georgia, I served my first term of AmeriCorp in a more researched-oriented VISTA position focusing on the makeup of the local homeless population in Billings, Montana before coming to Texas. I joined AmeriCorps to shift the focus of my service to our nation's domestic problems versus the problems plaguing developing nations oversees that will mostly ever see cos...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Kimberly Griffin  As the Grants Manager, I am responsible for researching potential funders, writing proposals, preparing budgets, tracking revenue, submitting reports, and overseeing compliance. There are a lot of reasons that I love my job – from the people I work with to the people we serve – but there are a few things that I never anticipated would become really unexpectedly awesome aspect...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  •   By Nikki Graham Salzillo   Building homes goes beyond the construction of a structure. It’s about community strength and empowerment through sustainable change.   The sweat equity the homeowners put into their new house is one of the most important foundations at Habitat. Over the years, I’ve loved working side-by-side these homeowners to put up the tresses, move dirt for a new backyard, or pa...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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The Light-bulb Moment

  •   By: Nathan Aubert In my time at Austin Habitat I have had numerous encounters that have affected me deeply. The one that stands the out most happened a while back, while I was in a house I had just put a roof on. I walked into the house at the end of the day and saw the family partner, Sergio, looking at the walls that would soon be his. I casually asked if everything looked okay to him, he look...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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New Kid on the Block

  •   Hello internet universe!  My name is Tess Cain and I am the new AmeriCorps VISTA member at Austin Habitat for Humanity. I am 23 years old from Plano, Texas. I graduated in May 2013 from the University of Tulsa with my BA in Sociology. I am also a registered 200 hour yoga teacher from the Yoga Tree Plano. This year I will be serving Austin Habitat as the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Vista fr...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • I am a firm believer in helping others help themselves. In my eyes, it creates the most sustainable change. Consider the proverb "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime," giving mankind the means to survive, thriving versus a one-time handout. This is what Austin Habitat for Humanity does, through faith in action, bringing individuals tog...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • Guest Blog by Al Threlkeld, Home Depot Habitat builds have been a long standing service program for The Home Depot for over 20 years. My family started working on Habitat for Humanity homes back in the 90’s in Atlanta. I can remember my wife coming home from builds exhausted, dirty and happy all at the same time. She was elated at helping make someone’s dream come true. It sounded like so much fu...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Richard Cantu, Founder of GoMedigap  GoMedigap is committed to giving back to our community by contributing not only financially to local charities but through direct participation as well.  Allowing our employees the opportunity to participate in charitable acts is great for team-building and provides our caring people an outlet for their inherent desire to give. While this year marks GoMedi...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  •   Without the dedication of our volunteers, we would not be able to build strong, stable, and self-reliant communities. They are the backbone of our mission and our greatest advocates. We recently asked one of our long-standing volunteers, Patti Kluth of NXP, a few questions about her volunteering experience.  Why do you choose to support Austin Habitat for Humanity?Patti: The most common misconce...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Carly Yansak  The repairs on Ms. Bobby January Jones's home have started! Austin Habitat for Humanity is partnering with many organizations on this project, and the City of Austin is the first to begin working. For the next few weeks, they'll be removing toxic lead paint, widening doors for ADA access, putting ADA ramps in the bathrooms and the back of the home, and replacing rotted wood thro...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Carly Yansak Most people know Austin Habitat builds affordable homes for deserving families, but our lesser-known Home Repair Program is making a big difference in the community as well. The client standards are the same - they must make 60% or less than the Median Family Income ($46,000 for a family of four) - and their quality of life is just as negatively impacted by inadequate housing as ...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Yolanda Alvarez Habitat Homeowner since 2001 I learned of Habitat for Humanity from one of my colleagues who was working towards getting her home. We had a lot in common, and were both single parents with toddlers. After my colleague shared her journey about Habitat, I volunteered without hesitation to help her get her 300 sweat equity hours for her home. I met some incredibly good people, peo...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Karli Jaenike of HomeCity HomeCity Real Estate prides itself on giving back to the community, and for the past two years has been holding a volunteer event each month in which its staff and agents can participate. Austin Habitat for Humanity’s home builds are among our most anticipated events because the experience includes extremely hands-on and fulfilling activities. Austin Habitat Build pa...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Jeff Cartledge, Financial Associate for Thrivent Financial Thrivent Financial has been a supporter of Austin Habitat for over five years now, with five homes completed and one currently under construction to bring that number to six. Our current build is one of the last homes to close out and complete another Habitat neighborhood here in the Austin area. Our members choose to work with Austin...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Carly Yansak Ralph and Carol Germer became involved with Habitat in Paterson, N.J., where they were financial supporters of the mission. Ralph calls himself a Texan now, but Carol claims, “I’m still a Yankee!” After they moved to Austin, they began working hands on alongside our community of volunteers and family partners. “The most rewarding aspect is seeing the volunteers having fun and get...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • By: Wayne Gerami  On Saturday I got the opportunity to work with a group of students from the McCombs School of Business who are helping us with our Neighborhood Revitalization program we are piloting in the Mary Vice neighborhood in East Austin. The students, along with Tess (our AmeriCorps Vista) and I, fanned out into the neighborhood to talk to homeowners and get their thoughts on the state of...

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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  • Atlassian Foundation Austin Habitat Build

    This video captures the emotion behind working on a Habitat project from start to finish. The sense of pride and accomplishment you feel is not only for what you have helped build, but for the homeowner you've helped empower. Being alongside their journey allows you to take your own. We want to thank Atlassian​ for producing such a beautiful tribute to our program, and hope you all enjoy.

  • Hitting the Pavement for Affordability

    Austin Habitat for Humanity is excited to be an official charity partner of the 2017 Austin Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K! Join us as we hit the pavement for affordability. Sign up today to "Just Build It." https://www.crowdrise.com/austin-habitat-for-humanity

Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Habitat for Humanity
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Austin Habitat for Humanity
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