Thursday, October 11th from 7 to 9 PM
Doors will open at 6:30 PM with refreshments at intermission. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or at Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County located at 1840 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC
A lot can change in 30 years and Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County is a prime example. The nonprofit was started by community-minded volunteers Becky Carter and Johan Newcombe in 1988. Their first house was built a year later.
Now, the nonprofit has a full staff and board of directors and volunteers are currently working on its 117th and 118th houses.
Mary Harris has been the executive director of Habitat for 23 of those 30 years and was the first person paid for the position. At the time, the nonprofit was Habitat for Humanity of Gastonia with satellites in Belmont, Cherryville and Mount Holly. When she first started, there were talks of starting another satellite in Bessemer City.
Habitat for Humanity International encouraged them to combine the satellite locations to one central affiliate. The locations merged in 2000 and by 2001, the group became Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County.
Habitat Gaston has moved a few times over the last 30 years with locations including the former BB&T bank building on Main Avenue, a building on Union Road, a warehouse on Second Avenue and now, the site of a former cardiac rehab facility and Northern Tools location on East Franklin Boulevard...Read More
THIS YEAR'S CARPENTERS BALL IS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA. This event is Habitat Gaston’s major fundraising event. The event includes dinner, live music, dancing and best of all a live and silent auction. Please join us on September 29, 2018, as we celebrate our 30th year in Gaston County. Ticket and sponsorship opportunities are now available. To learn more click here.
HOLMES FAMILY GROUNDBREAKING!
On Sunday, September 9th Mary broke ground on her new home! She was overwhelmed with joy when she learned that the Gaston County Police Department would be helping her through this process by volunteering with her every Saturday. The Gaston County Police Department is special to Mary because not only is this her place of employment, but also her second family. Mary is a widow with four children and twelve grandchildren, and she hopes that this journey will encourage them to continue to chase their own dreams.
WELCOME COULTER FAMILY!
We want to congratulate our newest Future Homeowner Desjiah. Desjiah grew up in a Habitat house and always dreamt of owning her own home one day. Desjiah is a single mother of one son and believes that this home will give her the opportunity to provide the best life for her son. Desjiah cannot wait to start earning her first set of sweat equity hours.
MATTHEWS FAMILY CLOSING
Dinisha joins us as our 116th homeowner. Her home wrapped up construction at the end of June and was closed on September 11th. Dinisha will reside in her home with her two daughters. She is grateful for the experience and wants to thank all those who supported her along the way. On behalf of Habitat’s staff, volunteers, and donors we want to congratulate Dinisha on her new beginning!
117th HOUSE - GAP BUILD - EPPES FAMILY
We are excited to be partnering with the Gaston Area Presbyterians (GAP) on our 117th house here in Gaston County. Our fall build kick-off with GAP always brings back lots of familiar faces and fond memories. We are truly blessed to have such a great partnership with GAP. To learn more information about GAP click here.
118th HOUSE - HOLMES FAMILY
Mary's coworkers at the Gaston County Police Department are partnering with us to build her home! Building homes, communities, and hope are what Habitat for Humanity is known for and this is just another great example of our mission at work. Thank you to everyone at the Gaston County Police Department.
Another familiar group will be returning this fall and that is the RV Care-A-Vanners. This volunteer program invites anyone who travels by recreational vehicle to make Habitat part of their journey, or even their destination. Want to join the RV Care-A-Vanners? Read more about them by clicking here.
More than 30 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.
Every year Habitat for Humanity joins our partners around the world to rededicate ourselves to recognizing the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter. Habitat for Humanity asks everyone to join together as one global network in communicating the message that every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future, and that 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.
Join us for World Habitat Day and year round by lifting your voice to help people in need of decent and affordable housing.
SOLID GROUND CAMPAIGN
Solid Ground is a global advocacy campaign created by Habitat for Humanity to improve policies and systems that increase access to land for shelter for 10 million people. Housing accounts for more than 70 percent of land use in most cities, yet 1 billion people in cities around the world lack secure land rights.
To achieve the vision of a world where everyone has access to land for shelter, Solid Ground focuses on four primary areas:
- Gender equality is vital. Women are half the global population, yet are routinely and systematically denied their right to land.
- Slum upgrading is critical. This is a smarter and more sustainable alternative to eviction as the world urbanizes. At the current pace, nearly one in every four people could live in a slum by 2030.
- Secure tenure is the ability to live without fear of eviction. With security of tenure, people are more likely to invest in their families, homes and futures.
- Disaster resilience is essential. Nearly 200 million people per year are affected by disasters, and secure land rights are often a major obstacle to reconstruction.
Habitat for Humanity, our partners and people like you have already helped millions of people access decent housing through changing land policies and systems. But we haven’t realized our vision of a world where everyone – and we mean everyone – has a decent place to live. Yet. This is where you come in.
How you can help
Donating your vehicle to Habitat for Humanity is a great way to support our work. Proceeds from the sale of your donated vehicle will help Habitat families build strength, stability and self-reliance in the United States. Plus, it's fast and easy to do, and you may qualify for a tax deduction.We accept almost all vehicles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, farm equipment, construction equipment and airplanes. If you want to donate your car or truck, stop by our office at 1840 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia or go to our donation wizard. If you want to donate any other type of vehicle, please call us at 1-877-277-4344.
UNITED WAY - DAY OF CARING - AUGUST 29TH
We had a great time with the team from Georgia-Pacific on the Day of Caring. Thank you so much for taking the time to spend the day with us!OWENS CORNING - CAREER FAIR
Thank you, Owens Corning, for setting up a great community event for your employees. We enjoyed meeting your employees and look forward to seeing them again!18 GROUPS IN 2018
NEW RESTORE MANAGER
Have you heard the news? The ReStore has a new Manager! Come by and meet Terry and all the staff at the ReStore.
Check out this upcycle that was completed by a Habitat Gaston staff member! She converted an old ironing board cabinet into extra bathroom storage. First, she filled all the old holes with wood putty, cut shelf brackets out of wooden dowels, painted everything white, made shelves out of acrylic glass, and finally cut a hole in the bathroom wall to sink the cabinet in. We think it turned out great. What a good way to give new life to an old cabinet.
BAGS, BOXES, AND NEWSPAPER
We would like to thank all our customers who donate used grocery bags, boxes, and newspaper. This is a tremendous help to our operations and we appreciate it. If you would like to donate some just bring them by the store on M-F 9-6 and Sat 9-5.
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JOHAN NEWCOMBE EVENT CENTER
A North Gaston grad, who has enlisted in the military, organized the state’s largest ever Rubik’s Cube competition on Saturday. Read More