Thursday, September 20, 2018

Impact:Global and Local

Every One Needs a Place to Call Home

If you make a gift to Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI), your contribution is directed to the area of greatest need wherever HfHI operates worldwide.  You may be surprised to learn that as an independent local affiliate, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity does not receive operating support from HfHI.  If you currently support HfHI and want to ensure that your gift also has impact locally, you can request that any portion of your donation can be directed to our local Watauga County Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  Whether you choose to support Habitat for Humanity locally or globally, thank you for helping us achieve a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Watauga Habitat for Humanity's GreenWood Neighborhood

A Place to Build- Habitat's GreenWood Neighborhood

In the spring of 2011, we broke ground on the first of 20 homes that will be built in our  GreenWood neighborhood. Now with nearly seven years under our belts and with the first five families moved in to their new energy-efficient homes, we are proving that sustainable housing can and should be beautiful and affordable for all.

 GreenWood is an example of what’s possible in the green building industry, beautifully demonstrating that efficient, ecological building practices can ensure lasting affordability for our hardworking partner families. Through numerous community meetings about design and homeowner input sessions, we have honed our plans for the site and its structures, creating an inviting community that sits lightly on the land. Children can enjoy Harris Park and walk to neighboring Green Valley School.  There are plans in place for a Community Barn for residents to use.

Directions to our current project:
GreenWood: Turn left onto HWY 194 from US HWY 421 South at the Hardees red light at New Market Center. Travel approximately 5.5 miles to right on Big Hill Road. After approximately 150 yards, turn into Green Valley Elementary School. Take an immediate left into GreenWood Community and then the first left onto Woodrow Street.  We are working on the second home, 133 Woodrow St. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

DIY Guide for Home Maintenance

Habitat for Humanity's Make Yourself at Home 

Habitat for Humanity International asked its ReStore supporters for their favorite home maintenance and improvement tips – and they responded by the thousands! Builder and maintenance experts reviewed and selected the best and most useful suggestions. The result is this collection of more than 150 DIY tips to care for your home inside and out—and on a budget. 
Habitat partner families know the importance of improving and maintaining a home on a tight budget. That's why we provide valuable training—including maintenance, finance and budgeting—before they earn the keys to their new Habitat homes. Thanks to our supporters, this guide can help you learn a few new helpful hacks to keep your home in top shape.
Follow this link to download the Habitat DIY Guide for Home Maintenance.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Did You Know?

What is Sweat Equity?

Sweat equity is a term used often when talking about the creation or building process. It’s about doing the work — the hard work — to bring an idea to life.
That work becomes an investment in the project. It can be an investment as real as money or land.
According to Investopedia, an online financial resource, sweat equity is the “contribution to a project or enterprise in the form of effort and toil. Sweat equity is the ownership interest, or increase in value, that is created as a direct result of hard work by the owner(s). It is the preferred mode of building equity for cash-strapped entrepreneurs in their start-up ventures, since they may be unable to contribute much financial capital to their enterprise.”
In his 2009 book If I Had A Hammer: Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity, David Rubel wrote, “Habitat affiliates require only a small down payment because few low-income families can afford more than that. Instead, partner families are required to contribute sweat equity. The phrase sweat equity refers to an ownership interest created by the sweat of a person’s labor.”
At Habitat for Humanity, sweat equity is a new homeowner investing in their home or one for another family. It’s not a form of payment, but an opportunity to work alongside volunteers who give their time to bring to life a family’s dream of owning a home.
Sweat Equity takes many forms for partner families working with Habitat. It can mean construction work on their home or on a home for another family, cleaning up the build site, working in a Habitat ReStore, assisting in administrative duties, or countless other ways of helping out. 

Homeowner classes — learning how to manage a home or finances — also count as sweat equity. Families invest their time in the long-term success of their homeownership. Throughout the process of purchasing their home, Habitat partner families can earn sweat equity credit as they learn about their mortgage, insurance, maintenance, safety and more.
The idea behind sweat equity, families working side by side with volunteers to build their homes, goes back to even before Habitat for Humanity began in 1976. Clarence Jordan — the founder of Koinonia Farm, where Habitat for Humanity began — wrote in a 1968 letter, “What the poor need is not charity but capital, not case workers but co-workers.”
That co-worker approach informs Habitat’s emphasis on sweat equity: all of us working together so that homeowners can achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Can you continue helping tangibly impact families in need?
Can you organize your workplace, church or group of friends to volunteer?
We build every Wednesday and Saturday and we have and IMMEDIATE need for volunteers. Can you help? Saturdays, September 15th and 29th, October 13th and 27th!

We can't do it without you

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Watauga Habitat for Humanity. Everyone, regardless of ability, can make a difference to help build affordable housing for our local families. No experience, tools or skills are necessary to participate – we will show you how!

If interested, please contact Allison Jennings at 
or 268-9545 ext. 104
Join us as we provide affordable housing solutions to hard-working families!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wish List Wednesday

Watauga Habitat for Humanity’s daily work takes place on and off the construction site. You can help to make our work more effective and efficient by donating any of the following items:

Habitat Office:

  • Office Supplies (from paper to paper clips)
  • Printer Ink (HP 902)
  • Used ink cartridges that can be taken for recycling
  • Postage Stamps
  • Committee Members


Construction Site:

  • Saturday lunches
  • Grocery Store gift cards (to buy snacks and drinks for volunteers)
  • Small pick-up truck to haul tool trailer
  • large contractor trash bags
  • work gloves (all sizes)
  • dust masks

Donations of Professional Services:

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity and the ReStore benefit from donations of professional services including marketing, printing, and all phases of home construction.

To donate or volunteer contact:

Watauga Habitat for Humanity
1200 Archie Carroll Road
PO Box 33DTS
Boone NC 28607

Friday, August 3, 2018

Why Shelter?

Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads.
Caught in punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to land and affordable financing, these families live with a constant burden of uncertainty, stress and fear.
Habitat for Humanity knows that safe, decent and affordable shelter plays an absolutely critical role in helping families to create a new cycle, one filled with possibilities and progress. Affordable homeownership frees families and fosters the skills and confidence they need to invest in themselves and their communities. The outcomes can be long-lasting and life-changing.
With a little help, Habitat homeowners are able to achieve the strength and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. They are empowered to overcome the barriers that so often stand between their families and better, healthier, more financially stable lives.
Studies conducted by academics and experts draw a straight line between housing quality and the well-being of children. Surveys of Habitat homeowners show improved grades, better financial health, parents who are more sure that they can meet their family’s needs. Wherever we work, we witness tangible evidence that strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities.
Decent shelter provides the solid foundation for all of this. It’s the platform on which a family lives out today’s realities and prepares for tomorrow’s transformations. Every Habitat house changes lives: those of the families who help build them and pay an affordable mortgage or loan and all those who offer them a hand up in a time of need.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Habitat for Humanity History Lesson

Millard and Linda Fuller

The idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
On the farm, Jordan and Habitat’s eventual founders Millard and Linda 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 decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes.
Beau and Emma were the owners of the first home built by Koinonia’s Partnership Housing Program. They and their five children moved into a concrete-block home with a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system, replacing the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.
In 1973, the Fullers decided to take the Fund for Humanity concept to Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program there, the Fullers then returned to the United States and called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream: Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976.
The times have changed, the build site locations have grown in number, but the very real change that Beau and Emma’s family experienced is shared by families today who partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Thanks in no small part to the personal involvement of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn and the awareness they have raised, Habitat now works in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries and has helped more than 13 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A House Built with Love

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Love Home

Folks gathered June 23 for a Watauga County Habitat for Humanity dedication ceremony for a home “that will truly be filled with Love,” said Lynette Orbovich, secretary for the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.  The home — an eco-friendly Habitat house in the GreenWood neighborhood — was dedicated to James Sr. and Isabelle Love.  Orbovich went on to say that the home would not only be filled with Love by name, “but with the love of family, the love this family feels for each other and for God’s great love for you.” Isabelle Love said she and her husband have six children — five boys and one girl. James Love Sr. said he’s anxious to be able to move into their new home, which is Habitat’s 27th home in Watauga County. Isabelle Love said they hope to be able to move in sometime in July.  People who gathered for the home dedication also heard sentiments from Habitat Director of Development Allison Jennings, Construction Manager Ed Tausche, Executive Director Alex Hooker and Pastor Jonathan Weant.  Isabelle Love said she wanted to thank all of the volunteers, Habitat staff and her siblings who helped her and her husband to obtain this home.  
"Love Has Found a New Home"- High Country Press

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Watauga Habitat is Looking for Future Homeowners

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications for our affordable housing program until June 30th, 2018. Eligibility criteria for a Habitat home include a housing need, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage and a willingness to partner with Habitat.  Homeowners assist in building their own home and the homes of others, and attend educational workshops on topics such as financial literacy and home maintenance so they are well prepared to be successful homeowners.
Those interested in learning more about Habitat’s affordable housing program can visit our website or call Jennifer Ramey at 828-268-9545 or email  Applications for a new Habitat home can be found on our website, may be mailed to applicants by calling Jennifer or picked up at Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s office located at 1200 Archie Carroll Road in Boone.
Watauga Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing and make decent, affordable housing an option for all families.  We do this locally and worldwide through construction, rehabilitation and preservation of homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  Watauga County Habitat for Humanity builds houses for qualified homebuyers regardless of race, religion or background.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Lowes National Women Build 2018

Thanks to everyone who helped make Women Build a success!!

Check out the May 10th, 2018 issue of the Mountain Times and read all about this year's Women Build.  What a great day!

Impact:Global and Local

Every One Needs a Place to Call Home If you make a gift to Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI), your contribution is directed to t...