Tuesday night at the Alderman’s meeting, GMHFH was approved to receive a $105,000 block grant through the HOME Investments Partnership Program. The grant is administered through the Community Development Department of the City of Manchester. The funds will enable us to move forwards with work such as plumbing, electrical and fire sprinklers for the 3 units at Hosley Street. For more information on HOME, visit the HUD website.
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Registrations are being accepted for our Saturday build days. Remember to register by Wednesday 5pm prior to the Saturday you wish to volunteer. Go to http://volunteer-signup.habitatmanchester.org/.
Manchester, NH — Several employees of Regency Mortgage Corporation recently spent a full day at Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity’s work site at 50 Hosley Street in Manchester, giving back to the community while learning new skills.
During a Corporate Team Building Day, the site is closed to public registration and crew leaders guide the volunteers in the projects scheduled for the day. Safety instructions and proper use of tools is covered and tasks are geared to the level of the volunteers. During their work session, Regency volunteers did prep work for a new porch roof, framed a doorway, and worked on getting walls ready for insulation.
Regency Mortgage is based in Hooksett, with several offices in the region, including Portsmouth, Concord and Nashua NH.
Greater Manchester HFH is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Greater Manchester HFH serves the communities of Manchester, Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield, and Londonderry. To find a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in your area, go to www.habitat.org.
Those wishing to learn more about Greater Manchester HFH can visit their website www.habitatmanchester.org/ or go to facebook.com/habitatmanchester. Many businesses in the Greater Manchester area have participated in Corporate Team Building Days. For more information, contact their office at 603-626-3944.
Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity is seeking partner families for its 50 Hosley Street project.
Each unit in the three-family condo has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, dining room, kitchen and deck.
To become a Habitat homeowner, a family must be in need of affordable housing, able to make an interest-free monthly mortgage, tax and insurance payments, and work as a partner with Habitat. If your family lives in substandard housing with inadequate plumbing, poor heating, leaking roof, overcrowding (three to a bedroom), unsafe or unsanitary conditions; or you are a resident of public housing, and you have lived or worked in the greater Manchester area for at least a year, you may qualify for a new home from Habitat for Humanity. Read the rest of this entry »
When Graham moved to the Manchester area in 2010, he searched for a way to engage in the community. And that search led him to Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity. He enjoyed building, especially furniture, and Habitat provided an outlet for his skills while giving back to the community. And he’s been stuck with them ever since.
On October 18th, Graham will be one of several nominees awarded a Volunteer Service Award as part of the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards. The Spirit of New Hampshire Awards is organized by Volunteer NH and celebrates volunteerism in the state of New Hampshire. According to their website, Volunteer NH’s mission is to “promote the tradition of service in New Hampshire.” Graham has exceedingly exemplified this spirit and continues to do so every day at Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity in all of the hats that he wears.
Graham is the vice-chair of the Construction Committee, ReStore Committee Chairman and member of the Board of Directors. With few exceptions, you will see Graham at the current build site at 50 Hosley Street every Saturday, often acting as site supervisor or crew leader. But while you see him bustling around at Habitat a lot, you won’t hear him talking about the award he is about to receive.
“Graham did not know anything about this until I told him when I read it in Sunday’s paper,” fellow volunteer Janine Woodworth wrote in an email to Habitat. And even when I contacted him for a few bits of information for this article he said, “Why me? I don’t like attention.”
And he really doesn’t. For two years, Graham has done what he loves at Habitat. He builds things. When asked what he hopes to accomplish in the future at Habitat, Graham replied, “Complete the Hosley Street project,” referring to the current build. Graham’s focus remains absolute and sincere, to support Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing for all. He enjoys the hands on construction experience, and even more, he enjoys being with the friends he has made at Habitat.
And what would he like to see happen in the Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity affiliate?
“I’d like to see the organization grow and develop, especially on the non-construction side of the organization,” Graham replied. One of his pet projects is to see GMHFH open its own ReStore, a place where donated recycled or new building materials is sold to the public at a big savings to the pocketbook.
So while he may have come to Habitat to build things, Graham stayed because of a vision. His ardent drive to complete the Hosley Street project moves our affiliate along, and his hope to see the affiliate grow beyond just building, to become a true part of our community, supports his fellow and future volunteers.
And so to Graham, we say thank you. Thank you for your passion. Thank you for your drive. And thank you for wanting to build things with us.