Monday, January 4, 2021


Thrivent and Watauga Habitat for Humanity Partner to Help Families Stay in their Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thrivent is awarding Watauga County Habitat for Humanity a contribution of $5000 to help families in Watauga County stay in their homes. Thrivent’s donation will allow Watauga Habitat to provide mortgage relief to Habitat homeowners who need temporary assistance making their mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. With Thrivent’s support, Watauga Habitat will sustain affordable homeownership costs for families who will be served through these funds. Prior to the spread of the novel coronavirus, more than 18 million households across the U.S. were paying half or more of their income on a place to live. As the pandemic continues to cause job disruption and economic fallout, many households are enduring lay-offs, unemployment, and pay cuts. This wage loss has amplified the financial burden on households to maintain essential payments and can result in families having to trade-off between bills, mortgage, or medical care. “We appreciate our partnership with Thrivent and the opportunity to help Watauga Habitat families during these trying times,” said Alex Hooker, Executive Director for Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. Watauga Habitat is one of 100 Habitat organizations across the nation partnering with Thrivent to help families stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, Thrivent is donating $750,000 to Habitat for Humanity to assist with mortgage-related relief and prevent foreclosures across the U.S. “This year has been incredibly difficult for many people as financial hardship has added stress and anxiety to daily lives,” said Nikki Sorum, senior vice president of Thrivent Advisors at Thrivent. “This pandemic has underscored how important it is for people to have safe, affordable homes. Given all we have endured in 2020, we are especially honored to provide financial support to Habitat for Humanity to help people stay in their homes so they can continue to build toward financial stability.”

Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent began their partnership in 2005. Over the past 15 years, Thrivent and their clients have contributed more than $275 million to Habitat and have partnered with families to build safe, affordable homes across the U.S. and around the world.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020


“Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President” to premiere Jan. 3 on CNN

When: Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. EST and PST 

Where: CNN and CNN en Espanol  

To see a trailer for JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT, 

Habitat for Humanity is pleased to share that CNN and CNN en Español will premiere the acclaimed documentary JIMMY CARTER, ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT this Sunday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. EST and PST. Viewers will learn the story of how music played a surprisingly significant role throughout the 39th President’s life and political career and how President Carter forged tight bonds with well-known musicians of all genres.  

The film illuminates an era that saw youth culture and politics join forces for change, and offers a revealing look at how President Carter’s love of music is essential to who he is as a father, a citizen, a man of the South and a leader during his presidency and beyond. The program includes contemporary interviews with Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright, Bono, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Bishop Michael Curry, Paul Simon, Nile Rodgers, Gregg Allman and others, as well as extended exclusive interviews with President Carter and his son, James ‘Chip’ Carter, III.   



Since 1984, the Carter’s have helped families around the world build simple decent houses through our ministry. They also have helped put housing and our ministry on the national and international stage in ways we could have never accomplished without them. The program provides a glimpse of an era when few people had ever heard of Georgia’s former Governor and his wife and how some of the best-known musicians in the country helped bring attention to the Carters in ways they might have never accomplished without their support.  

It was a privilege for Habitat International to be able to help the filmmakers tell this little-known story. When contacted by director Mary Wharton and others involved in creating the documentary, they were happy to provide historical photos and footage from our archives. Also approached were the Carters’ fellow Habitat Humanitarians, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and asked them to be interviewed for the documentary. 

In addition to airing on CNN and CNN en Español on Sunday, the program will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android, and will be accessible on demand beginning Monday, January 4 on CNN via cable and satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. The film will encore on CNN Saturday, Jan. 9 at 9 pm EST and PST. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Virtual Blueprints and Bow Ties Has Begun!

I know we all miss being together in person, but we are coming to you virtually and LIVE on December 1st for our 9th Annual Blueprints and Bow Ties.  AND you don't have to wait until then to check out our online auction and start bidding.  We have LOTS of great, unique items for your shopping pleasure. All proceeds support safe and affordable housing in Watauga County.  

Monday, November 9, 2020


 Blueprints and Bow Ties 2020

Online Auction Bidding Begins November 17th, 12pm

Giving Tuesday, December 1st Virtual Event 6-8pm

Mark your calendars and save the date!  On Giving Tuesday, December 1st Blueprints and Bow Ties is going virtual! We are pleased to welcome Keynote Speaker Tom Gerdy, fearless leader of the Habitat Road Trip Crazies.  Hear impactful stories from our Habitat homeowners and volunteers as we host a live event from our Habitat ReStore into your homes!  Although we will miss the talents of acclaimed Auctioneer Jesse Miller, we have an exciting catalog of online auction items!  Register now for updates so you can begin placing bids on November 17th and we will see you on December 1st at 6pm.


Want to know the best way to watch the live event AND enjoy the fun of online bidding and not miss out on your favorite auction items? Try setting up two screens if possible.

1) WATCH THE PROGRAM on your TV or any larger screen internet accessible device like a laptop, desktop or tablet AND

2) VIEW THE AUCTION site and bidding from your phone so you can keep bidding on your favorite items. 

Anyone can view the auction items but if you want to bid or donate, you will need to register.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

A Time to Build

 App Builds a Home Breaks Ground

Future homeowner and App State employee Sheila Potter, Watauga Habitat for Humanity, and students from App State University had a Groundbreaking Ceremony for Sheila.  This is the 2nd App Builds a Home Project.  Students and staff are committed to raising $40,000 and donate hundreds of hours volunteer time to help build the Potter home.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Watauga Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo team-up in Boone, NC and across the country to help build affordable housing


Boone, NC- October 1st, 2020 – Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Watauga Habitat for Humanity with a $15,000 grant to build an affordable home in the Meat Camp Community. The funding is part of an $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States.  The grant is provided through Wells Fargo Builds and is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025. 

“We’ve had a rich history of working with Wells Fargo to strengthen our Watauga Habitat eco-friendly neighborhood,” said Allison Jennings, Watauga Habitat’s director of development.  “Wells Fargo understands safe and affordable housing transforms families and communities for generations to come. Now, more than ever, people need a safe place to call home,” said Jennings. 

Wells Fargo Builds provides philanthropic financial assistance from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the construction, renovation, painting or repairing of homes with low-to-moderate income households. In 2019 alone, Wells Fargo employees volunteered more than 1.9 million hours of service to strengthen their communities, including building, repairing, and improving 674 homes across the U.S. with several organizations through Wells Fargo Builds. 

The grant will support the construction of a home for App State employee, Sheila Potter.  This newly constructed home is the second App Builds a Home project.  Students and staff from Appalachian State have committed to fundraising and building this home.  “App State students are thrilled to have a jump-start on fundraising thanks to Wells Fargo Builds support,” said Jennings.  To learn more about App Builds a Home visit

Join Watauga Habitat for Humanity in celebrating World Habitat Day


Thirty-five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.  On October 5th, 2020, Watauga Habitat for Humanity joins with our partners locally and around the world to rededicate ourselves to recognizing the basic right to adequate shelter.  Watauga Habitat for Humanity asks that we all come together as one communicating that: 

• Every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.

• A decent place to live can remove barriers to opportunity, health and success that might have been part of a family’s life for years and in many cases for generations.

• It is unacceptable that even before the COVID-19 crisis, more than 18 million U.S. households were paying half or more of their income on housing. Now, as the significant economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, the number of families struggling to make ends meet is only growing. 

Habitat for Humanity International is working to improve home affordability for 10 million people through a five-year U.S. advocacy campaign called Cost of Home. The campaign, which launched in June 2019, provides the opportunity to mobilize corporate and faith partners, volunteers and community members to meet the nation’s home affordability challenge. Donate your voice and invite your network to advocate for policies that increase the supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increase access to credit, optimize land use for affordable homes, and develop homes and ensure access to and the development of communities of opportunity. 

Given that World Habitat Day falls one month before the 2020 elections, we encourage everyone to use this time to call on candidates and voters to prioritize home affordability this Nov. 3. To learn more visit, .


Friday, September 25, 2020

Watauga Habitat "ReStore Rick" Retiring


After more than 14 years of service, former ReStore manager, Rick Melo is hanging up his hat and hammer and retiring.  Rick is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and will be moving to the Asheville area.

“To say he will be missed is an understatement,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development for Watauga Habitat for Humanity. “Rick’s hard work and devotion to the ReStore has helped our affiliate fund and build 14 affordable houses in our community.  Rick has transformed families for generations to come,” said Jennings.

In 2006, Rick began volunteering at the original ReStore on George Wilson Road. Two years later he accepted the role of store manager.  Rick helped moved the store to different locations and the ReStore is now a thriving non-profit home improvement and donation center located at 1200 Archie Carrol Road in Boone.

For customers who would like to wish Rick a safe and happy retirement, stop by the ReStore through Friday October 2nd.  Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-5pm.  Friday October 2nd the ReStore will be offering “Retirement Rick” discounts.

“On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Watauga Habitat for Humanity, we are thankful for Rick Melo’s dedication and time-served,” said Gardner Hoover, ReStore Manager. “From the bottom of our hearts, we’re going to miss you. It was great working with you-your hard work and dedication truly made a lasting impact, and one that has changed Watauga County Habitat and the ReStore for the better in so many ways. Congratulations on your retirement! Here’s to watching your grandkids and not the bottom line!” said Hoover.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Visit Mast General Store and "Round-Up For a Cause"


During the month of September, Mast General Stores in Boone and Valle Crucis are asking guests to "round up for a cause" to support Watauga Habitat for Humanity and their efforts to help hard-working neighbors build and buy homes. Habitat has been working in our community for more than 30 years helping people purchase affordable homes. When shopping at Mast General Store in Boone and Valle Crucis, we hope you'll round up your purchases to the next dollar - spare nickels, dimes, and quarters add up to a big impact. Through shelter, we empower.