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Please pardon our appearance as we are currently in the process of rehabbing our Web site. In the meantime please Contact us with questions or if you would like to volunteer.

 

Visit our ReStore page here.

 

Dear Friends,

 

As we begin a new holiday season, I want to thank you for your generous support throughout the year. When you donate your surplus furnishings and building supplies to Housatonic Habitat, you create opportunities for individuals in our community to improve their lifestyle – and help Habitat raise the funds needed to build affordable housing for others.

As you clear space to store all those holiday goodies, please contact Michelle at ReStoreDonations@housatonichabitat.org or call 203-7205-0952 to add more space to your home while donating items to our warehouse. We can schedule a pick up in a matter of minutes! We welcome all home furnishings but at this time of year, we are in particular need of kitchen cabinets, appliances, and small furniture.

More than a daily treasure hunt, our ReStore is an 11,000 square foot thrift warehouse which thinks Green by repurposing, reusing and ReStoring items that still have purpose but could easily be sent to a landfill instead.

 

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible – Act now to lock in your 2016 tax deductions!

 

Putting people into homes since 1991

 

Homeownership is more than the homes we build. Homeownership provides financial benefits that impacts and contributes to the quality of life in greater Danbury. Throughout the region affordable housing attracts families and individuals, who will locate, work in, invest in and contribute to the economic and civic life of our communities. Habitat has a solution to stimulating this economic vitality: Give people a chance to live in simple, decent homes they can afford – and sustain. We provide affordable homes built by volunteers with materials gifted by local businesses. We provide an interest-free mortgage for those working families who qualify.


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It helps to have someone you know in the business to make it “happen”. Habitat Volunteer Paula Cosgrove, turned to her husband, Mike, when the call went out to find someone to host a wine tasting at Housatonic Habitat's 25th anniversary event on Sept. 23. Mike, who owns King's Corner Liquor Store of Westport, then turned to his distributor, Matthew Habdas of The Winebow Group. Matt is volunteering his extensive wine expertise as a sommelier to select a wine tasting list that will be hard to beat and enhance the event. A “sommelier” specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing.

Wines are being selected from the The Winebow Group, a national importer and distributor of fine wine and craft spirits, with a focus on education and outstanding customer service. The Winebow Group’s distribution network reaches over 70 % of the wine consumption in the U.S. including Connecticut.

To enquire about the fundraising event call 203-744-1340 or www.housatonichabitat.org. Housatonic Habitat serves Western Connecticut and in addition to providing affordable housing, also works with local volunteers and businesses to provide low-cost home repairs, and operates ReStore, a home improvement thrift warehouse. For more information please visit our website www.housatonichabitat.org.
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Volunteers are needed to work at Housatonic Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Anniversary event, which will take place from 6-9 pm on Friday, September 23rd at WCSU’s Ballroom on its Westside campus.
The fundraising event will include craft beer and wine tastings, a country and R&R band, cocktails, appetizers and dinner. To volunteer, call 203-744-1340 or www.housatonichabitat.org.
Housatonic Habitat serves Western Connecticut and in addition to providing affordable housing, also works with local volunteers and businesses to provide low-cost home repairs, and operates ReStore, a home improvement thrift warehouse. For more information please visit our website www.housatonichabitat.org.
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Habitat Home Dedication & Reception

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, the local Habitat affiliate, will celebrate the completion of its recent home in New Milford's Greenfield Village from 2 to 4 pm Sunday, August 21.

It will also recognize house sponsors and supporters: Shemin Nurseries, Newtown Savings Bank, Leahy Fuel, Ring's End, Claris Construction, Todd Dietzman Construction, Praxair, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, DCA, O&G, KAMCO, Zoltan European Flooring, Michael and Autum Derby, Ridgefield Supply, Ridgefield Overhead Door, New Milford Septic, Dunkin Donuts, Bobcat of Connecticut and The Upper Crust.

Housatonic Habitat serves Western Connecticut and in addition to providing affordable housing, also works with local volunteers and businesses to provide low-cost home repairs, and operates ReStore, a home improvement thrift warehouse. For more information please visit our website www.housatonichabitat.org or call 203-744-1340.
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WCSU’s Ballroom on its Westside campus is the venue for Housatonic Habitat for Humanity’s 25th anniversary event on Friday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 9 pm.
“Housatonic Habitat has changed the landscape of Danbury and the region,” said Janet Coffman, Event Chair and Director of National Accounts with Praxair, “and we felt it was appropriate to celebrate our silver anniversary at WCSU where they are changing the quality of life for other area residents.”
The event will include craft beer and wine tastings, a country and R&R band, cocktails, appetizers and dinner. For more information on how to register, donate or volunteer: 203-744-1340 or www.housatonichabitat.org.
Housatonic Habitat serves Western Connecticut and in addition to providing affordable housing, also works with local volunteers and businesses to provide low-cost home repairs, and operates ReStore, a home improvement thrift warehouse.
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Christmas starts early at the local Habitat. Malcolm and Alex McLevy are co-chairing the 2016 Wrapping for Habitat holiday fundraising campaign
which runs December 1 through December 24 at the Macy*s second floor entrance to the Danbury Fair Mall
at 7 Backus Street, Danbury. “This is gift wrapping for a cause,” said McLeavy, who is co-owner of Handol
Martial Arts Studio in Danbury’s Nutmeg Shopping Center. This year – his fourth of the event’s fifth year –
he is co-chairing with his son, Alex. “We are back by popular demand for the fifth consecutive year! Come
with friends and share the fun of wrapping for the holiday season. All donations go toward building homes
for working families.”

Individuals as well as community, civic, religious and school groups are welcome to sport their school colors
or favorite holiday shirt when they are wrapping. Training is provided. “This is fun … just fun,” he said.
“We recognize our wrappers on facebook, the web, on site, and in print.” McLevy said. “We are booking
dates now.” For more information: 203-744- 1340, events@housatonichabitat.org or information at
www.housatonichabitat.org.
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Janet Coffman of Newtown, has been named chair of Housatonic Habitat for Humanity's 25th anniversary on Friday, September 23. Coffman, Director of National Accounts with Praxair, said that the fundraising event is a dinner-dance and auction at WCSU, Westside Campus Ballroom from 6 to 9 pm. The event will honor local volunteers, businesses and donors who have raised the roof on 27 area homes and helped countless others through its programs. The cost of $75 includes wine and beer tastings, dinner and music from the local R&R band, The Cutouts. To attend or donate items for the auction, contact: 203-744-1340 or www.housatonichabitat.org ... See moreSee less

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Carolyn Sistrunk, Executive Director of Danbury’s Public Housing Authority (HACD), and Doug Hensel, Housatonic Habitat for Humanity’s Board President and Vice President of Retail Banking at Newtown Savings Bank, were speakers at Habitat’s Leadership Advisory Council which met recently at Bio Restaurant, 7 Backus Avenue. The Advisory Leadership Council brings together community leaders who share Housatonic Habitat’s affordable housing mission.

Sistrunk shared with the leadership Advisory members that HACD is one of the 10 largest public housing agencies in Connecticut. Its combined state/federal public housing and choice voucher programs consist of 1840 affordable family and senior rental units in five developments and private apartments throughout Danbury and the region. As such, both the HACD and Housatonic Habitat seek to provide safe affordable housing for residents in the region. “We are very fortunate to have partners like the HACD,” said Hensal, “and we are excited with the prospect of deepening our ties to provide a seamless transition from rental assistance to home ownership.”

Housatonic Habitat is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International which has serviced western Connecticut since 1991. Habitat makes affordable homes for local families, runs a ReStore which is a home improvement warehouse and provides affordable home repair services through its Brush with Kindness Program. For more information contact: info@housatonichabitat.org or 203-744-1340.
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Housatonic Habitat supports the S.A.V.E. Program for Danbury seniors. S.A.V.E. (Seniors Add Valuable Experience) is a collaborative project of the City of Danbury and The Volunteer Center that places income eligible older adults, ages 65+ , who are homeowners in Danbury with city departments and local nonprofit organizations as volunteers. Participants will receive up to $700 property tax credit for next year (2017-2018) after completion of 100 hours of volunteer service by June 30, 2017. The 2016-2017 Program will begin July 2016.
S.A.V.E. is open to Danbury residential homeowners age 65 with following incomes:
Single Person - $57,900 annual income all sources
Married Person – 65,600 annual income all sources

Contact Morgan Greening at 203-797-1154 or volunteer@uwesternct.org. Housatonic Habitat for Humanity fulfills its mission of building affordable homes with the help of more than 300 volunteers locally.
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Our friends from Ridgefield Overhead Door are helping us with our New Milford project. The Greenfield Court home is scheduled for completion this September. Ridgefield Overhead Door is a longtime supporter and recently provided the five overhead doors for our Hospital Avenue Project. Thank you! ... See moreSee less

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Getting a floor under foot! Great news! Zoltan Flooring of Danbury has donated the installation of flooring for all rooms and finishing of the stairs. Zoltan is providing all materials at cost. That's a more than $3,000 (Gift in Kind) GIK. More details as the project is installed. ... See moreSee less

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Thanks to the volunteers from Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, residents at Brookfield Housing Authority now have clean and mildew-free exteriors in this senior housing complex. Brush with Kindness Project Executive Kent Rohrer of Ridgefield said, "I'm probably the one who gets to hear most of the words of gratitude but they were meant for the entire crew - Curt Haedke, Dave Dillion, Ralph Rand, Rich C and Gayle Gagliano." The Brush with Kindness program provides critical repairs to low-income, under-served homeowners and allows elderly homeowners to age in place. Since it was formed two years ago as a complimentary service to Habitat home construction, Brush with Kindness has helped many low-income residents, social services agencies and housing authorities improve housing conditions. For more information, contact Kent@Housatonichabitat.org or 203-744-1340.
Housatonic Habitat is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International which has serviced western Connecticut since 1991. Habitat makes affordable homes for local families, runs a ReStore which is a home improvement warehouse and provides affordable home repair services through its Brush with Kindness Program. For more information contact: info@housatonichabitat.org or 203-744-1340.
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Outlaw country band, The Cutouts, and are donating their band for an upcoming nonprofit event. The Cutouts are headline entertainment for Housatonic Habitat for Humanity's 25th anniversary gala on Friday, September 23, from 6 to 9pm at the Western Connecticut State University Campus Center located on the WCSU Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury, CT.
The September gala is a fundraiser and celebration of the affiliate's 25 years of helping the community and making a meaningful difference in the lives of qualified working families by promoting financial stability and self-sufficiency through ownership of affordable housing. The event will feature craft beer and wine tasting, music and dancing, cocktails, appetizers, dinner, and silent auction. Suggested donation is $75 per person.
The Cutouts' musical careers span more than four decades including live performances with legendary singer/songwriter Jose Feliciano. Band members include Bruce Domizio (lead vocals/lead guitar), Daria Verelley (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Mario Pirulli (drums), and David Verelley (bass). Daria Verelley is secretary for the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and its Executive Committee.

For further information, contact the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity office at 203-744-1340 or email info@housatonichabitat.org. Additional details are available at www.housatonichabitat.org.
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Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 years of helping others with an anniversary party event. Housatonic Habitat’s mission focuses on making a meaningful difference in the lives of qualified working families by promoting financial stability and self-sufficiency through ownership of affordable housing.
The 25th anniversary fundraising event will feature a craft beer tasting and wine tasting, Country and R&R Band, cocktails, appetizers and dinner. The event is September 23rd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the WCSU Campus Center, located at the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT. Suggested donation is $75 per person. For details call (203} 744-1340 or email info@housatonichabitat.org. Additional information is available at www.housatonichabitat.org.
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Doug has been a volunteer at Housatonic Habitat for 4 years. He assists with construction details and budgets and also leads the site selection team in finding new properties. Doug has always been involved in community service whether as a Boy Scouts leader or coaching sports. Housatonic Habitat for Humanity is a good fit with his professional background and love of helping others. ... See moreSee less

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Wells Fargo practices what it preaches for affordable housing support. Wells Fargo representatives from the Greater Danbury market rolled up their sleeves at Housatonic Habitat for Humanity's current new house construction at 18 Greenfield Court, New Milford. The group, led by Lucille Harriman, Senior Vice President and District Manager, painted trim and molding which will be used by Habitat volunteers who are part of the ongoing construction team. The 1300 square foot home will be sold this fall to a local New Milford couple and their 3-year-old son. Founded in 1991, this is Housatonic Habitat's first home in New Milford.
Back Row (from l): Honoree Goodson, Dana Radice, Juan-Diego Valerio, Graham Andrews, Simon Tarvin, Michael Dushay, Michael Yacavone, Steve Ruccio, Natalie Moore
Front Row (from r): Jennifer Kennedy, Ruth Ditroia, Laurel Laster, Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Fran Normann, Lucy Harriman, Jean Antinozzi, and Maureen Broad
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Upcoming Events

Wrapping for Habitat fundraising event from December 1 through 24 at the Macy*s entrance to the Danbury Fair mall.

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Amazon Prime users and Housatonic Habitat

Family Partnership Chair Allison Homberg of Brookfield Insurance Agency has this tip for us this holiday season:

 

"Just a reminder... Amazon will give a portion of the purchase price for Amazon Prime users to the Charity of Choice if you go to : Smile.Amazon.com (instead of just Amazon.com). Price to purchaser is the same; they simply give a portion to whichever charity I select. Christmas is coming; this would be a very easy way to raise some money. I have made 4 purchases so far which tagged HHFH as the charity. Free money!!!"

 

Supporting our Mission

Our thanks to Dr. Robert Bedoukian and Bedoukian Research who has again supported the Habitat mission with a $10,000 gift. King Street United Church of Christ is one of our faith-based organizations who annually support decent housing.

 

Union Savings Bank recently supported our financial literacy program with a $5,000 grant that will be the seed money for an improved program with additional community outreach.

 

Our thanks to our BOD Kelly Cagianello who spearheaded her company's support!  An IBM Community Service grant of $1,500 will be used toward improving our affiliate's technology thanks to the support of BOD Secretary Daria Verelley.

 

Employees of Wells Fargo recently spent a day at our Habitat home on Greenfield Court in New Milford. Thanks to their efforts, the Wells Fargo Foundation made a $5,000.00 gift in their name

 

Praxair Foundation is once again supporting our mission with a $10,000 grant and the expertise of Janet Coffman to our Board.