From our Habitat for Humanity Family to yours, please have a safe and happy 4th of July!
For over five years we have been the first stop for a group of Bike & Builders. It’s always a pleasure to host a group of these young, enthusiastic folks and to work with them our build site.
This year they helped us spiff up a house we inherited in Hampton Falls.
After a quick blessing of their bikes at the New Castle beach, they headed off across the country, to continue building and spreading the word about the need for affordable housing.
You can follow their continued adventures on their facebook page, we are.
Bike & Build is a national non-profit organization that works to provide affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement. Each year a group of participants bikes across the country, making stops in many cities and towns where they temporarily trade their bikes for hammers and work on the construction of an affordable home with a local housing organization.
We had such a great time participating in this year’s Women Build. This year our “Women Build” days were on May 11 and May 13. We had both National and local support from Lowe’s Home Improvement. They supplied the flooring we installed, sent out volunteers and do so much more every year.
Portsmouth Rotary, Seacoast Rotary and Rochester Rotary all contributed money and volunteers to the effort.
Over 50 amazing women came out to help us build.
NH’s first lady and her daughters joined us, Mrs. Sununu spoke very movingly about her childhood experiences with housing insecurity.
One of our local state representatives, Kate Murray, joined us, spoke about the importance of affordable housing and worked hard all day long.
The Works Bakery Café, Domino’s of Rochester, and New England Pizza of Rochester donated breakfast and lunch.
Families from Portland, Maine; New Castle, NH and Milton, NH sent us cookies, brownies and fudge.
Talk about it taking a village!
I am humbled and grateful by how much enthusiasm was sent our way.
Wells Fargo has been a long time supporter of Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity. We are so grateful for all the years of support they have given us. This year, over the past few months they have sent us wonderful volunteers, feed us pizza and doughnuts and recently awarded us a donation of $20,000. Thank you so, so much!
Members of the crew of the USS Springfield joined us for a cold rainy day of building in Middleton and we all had a great time!