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Monday, February 20, 2017

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CUTS RIBBON ON FIRST EVER AMERICAN FORK HOME

A large crowd, including American Fork Mayor James Hadfield, joined Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and the Gundersen family on Saturday morning as we cut the ribbon on our first ever American Fork home and 65th Utah Valley home. The home, located at 332 East 580 South, has been built in partnership with Grey and Candace Gundersen and their six children. The five bedroom home was sponsored by and built with volunteers from various local business partners including TD Ameritrade, IM Flash Technologies, and Wells Fargo.

ABC4 Utah highlighted the ribbon cutting celebration during its nightly newscast. Check out the story at http://www.good4utah.com/news/top-stories/first-habitat-for-humanity-home-built-in-american-fork/659805160.

 








Saturday, February 18, 2017

Habitat Celebrates Completion of its First Ever Full Women Build Home!

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County celebrated the completion of its first full Women Build home with a ribbon cutting celebration and culmination event. Over 150 volunteers and other community members joined the Krystle Long and her two children as they cut the ribbon on the home, located at 548 South 500 West in Provo, on Friday night. Those in attendance also had a chance to tour the beautiful home, create a circle around the home with pink glow sticks, and celebrate with soup, S’mores, music, and t-shirts at the Corporate Alliance Hub. The home was also open to the public for viewing on Saturday.

Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide.

The Provo home commenced in May during Habitat’s annual National Women Build Week and was completed this past week. It was built by teams of 92 percent women.These women were also able to raise more than 70% of the cost of home through the Circle of 100 campaign. The remaining funds were donated by generous sponsors.

The Circle of 100 gathered 70 groups of community women – consisting of seven to twelve volunteers each. Each circle donated $1,000 for the Provo home. These groups of women wrote checks themselves, got friends and family to donate, held bake sales, and raised funds via social media to accomplish this feat.

Special thanks to all the Circle members, volunteers, and sponsors that made the home possible including McCoy’s Flooring and Cabinets, Terry Olsen, Designers with a Difference, Jeannine Marvell, Galaxie Lighting, Powerhouse Electric, Progressive Power Solutions, Jenelle Coberly, the Women Build Committee, and Rock Solid.

Check out the wonderful article that appeared in the Daily Herald last week about the project at http://www.heraldextra.com/habitat-for-humanity-s-first-women-s-build-highlights-strength/article_dc24397e-cdb8-572d-bd68-bde47e254784.html.

























Monday, January 23, 2017

Habitat Cuts Ribbon On Orem Renovation Home

Habitat cut the ribbon on its 63rd Utah Valley home and ninth renovation home in Orem last Wednesday. Over 75 community members, including the Orem Mayor, celebrated the completion of the four bedroom renovation home, located at 271 West 1310 North, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and pizza dinner, provided by Hungry Howie’s. The home will be sold to a single mother and her three teenage children. We appreciate all those that helped to make this home a reality!






AmeriCorps Member Organizes Housing Honk and Wave for MLK Day!

Habitat AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Kimberly Harter, worked with AmeriCorps members at Community Action Services and Food Bank to organize a Housing Honk and Wave on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The members made signs and promoted the Utah County Housing First Fund at the Wal-Mart in Springville. This Fund helps local community members in need obtain housing as a fundamental way to build self reliance.



Students Honored Dr. King with Habitat ReStore Project

Students from Brigham Young University honored the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County on Monday morning as part of the University’s annual Community Outreach Day. The students volunteers spent their “day off” to help clean and organize at the Orem Habitat ReStore. The project was also highlighted as part of story on ABC 4 Utah.