Tag Archives: Habitat for Humanity

Do it Yourself!

Do it Yourself, or DIY is all the rage. From Pinterest to HGTV, it’s everywhere! Some people call it junkin’- when you take an old, tired piece of furniture or used materials and rehab it into something wonderful.  A little elbow grease, paint and ingenuity can go a long way to create a DIY success!

Here’s an idea straight from the Habitat for Humanity of Smith County ReStore using an old cabinet door, if you can believe it.  This cabinet door is made of wood, solid wood, the kind of wood you rarely see anymore, yet can often be found at our ReStore!





With a little cleaning, paint and embellishment, this is the cabinet door now. A beautiful home decor sign!



Watch. Share. Build.

The Valspar Color Project brings together celebrities to help families in need connect to the power in color.  Watch Lauren’s video and share it because every time you do, Valspar will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity. Help Lauren and Valspar reach their goal of $100,000.

Thanks Valspar for all you do for Habitat for Humanity!

To learn more about the color project and see which other celebrities are helping click here to see Valspar’s Facebook Page.

{Text and Video from thier Facebook Page}

Wall Raising Day

Raising walls on a Habitat home is one of the most inspiring moments I’ve ever witnessed. The volunteers arrive at 7 a.m. or before and despite being awake at such an early hour on a Saturday, they are always cheery and eager to start construction. Once everyone arrives, we gather around on the foundation of the house and start the morning in prayer. It is always an honor to listen to the Pastor pray over the homeowners, volunteers, and Habitat before construction starts. When the blessings are finished, everyone goes off in their assigned places to get started. Volunteers gather the first two walls and place them in such a way to make a corner. One of my favorite moments is watching the homeowner bravely climb a ladder and hammer in the first nail on their brand new home. The joy radiating off their face is a moment that cannot be put into words. No matter if it’s sunny or misting rain; hot or so cold you can’t feel your fingers, wall raising day remains one of the most magical moment of being a part of Habitat.

{Walls frames are built off site before hand.}

{It is awesome to see this pile of lumber turn into a home.}

{Congratulations to the Ponciano Family!}

{The Habitat truck. Stocked with everything from granola bars to hammers.}


{Happiest Habitat Helper}

{The Blessing}

{Father & Son}

{First Walls}

{First Nail for Him}

{First nail for Her}











More Than Houses

A House is something visible. It is a place in which to be.

An address in a neighborhood. It is the site where loved ones live. It is where children study, play, and grow. It is where friends and family come to visit.

A Habitat homeowner in the western Ugandan city of Kasese once said, “There is nobody who is peaceful without a house.”

A house is incredibly important to a family. A house is to a family what soil is to a plant. It is a place to be rooted, a foundation on which children can grow, develop, and become all that God intended.

But millions of people all over the world do not have a decent house in which to live. The United Nations estimates that as many as a billion and a half people live in inadequate housing. A hundred million people have no house at all. They are homeless.

Even in developed countries like the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or New Zealand there are thousands of families who have no decent place to live. In developing countries the number of families living in substandard housing are much greater.

We in Habitat for Humanity believe this sad situation is a disgrace. And we are committed to transforming that disgrace into grace. We believe every person, every family should have at least a simple, decent place in which to live. That’s why our goal is to eliminate poverty housing from the face of the earth.

We aren’t the only ones who have noticed the problem and are working toward solutions. Eliminating poverty housing from the earth is also the goal of the United Nations Habitat program. In June 1996, national leaders from one hundred and seventy-one countries met in Istanbul, Turkey, for the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II). I was privileged to be a plenary speaker at that conference. The Istanbul conference had two themes: “adequate shelter for all” and “sustainable human settlements development in an urbanizing world.” The paper that resulted from the 1996 conference is called the Habitat Agenda. Government representatives, private sector people, nongovernmental leaders, and individuals from community-based organizations worked together to present a vision for affordable housing for all.

{Text is from More Than Houses by Millard Fuller. Photos from Habitat.org}


The boys in the pictures below are so excited about living in their Habitat home they refused to stand by watching other people build, they jumped right into the action. We are thankful we could capture this sweet moment. Congratulations to the Lopez Family on their Habitat Home!

The Lopez Family

Home Builders Blitz

A good idea that continues to grow

By Tom Gipson, Home Builders Blitz national builder chair
This week, hundreds of professional home builders in 24 states are partnering with Habitat for Humanity for the third Home Builders Blitz, an event where contractors, carpenters and other construction experts lend their talents and skills to help low-income families in need of affordable housing.

In 2002, when I recruited 12 builders in Raleigh, N.C., to help build Habitat houses, we knew that we were onto a good idea, but we never suspected that it would grow into a national event. We are now celebrating the milestone of more than 1,000 families helped through the Home Builders Blitz program. I was in Memphis, Tenn., today and saw firsthand how professional home builders there are working to help a local low-income family with their future home.
Home builders understand that the value of homeownership goes beyond each individual family to the greater community as a whole, especially when considering how increased homeownership helps to stabilize our housing market. The Home Builders Blitz offers the building industry the opportunity to help provide a lasting and proven safeguard against a depressed housing market. This translates into a positive for everyone involved: Habitat serves more families, communities are strengthened, and home builders help bolster home values.
I’d like to thank all of the builders, subcontractors and other professionals who have helped so many families realize their dream of homeownership, as well as the many sponsors who have stepped up to the plate to make this event a true success.
Even as this year’s Home Builders Blitz kicks off, we are starting to plan for 2014, and we are encouraging all Habitat affiliates to partner with their local builders association and help make the Home Builders Blitz program a continued success.


{This is an article from Habitat.org ‘s blog. For the link, click here.}

Habitat ReStore Doorknob

See how you can help Habitat for Humanity keep rolling along….

The Habitat Doorknob