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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.}


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Wanna go on a cruise?  Of course ya do, who doesn’t wanna go on a cruise? Now what if I told you we could go on a cruise (for 7 days) and on top of the vaca, help Habitat For Humanity of Smith County at the same time?  You’d say sign me up! So let’s go! (I just met the maximum of question marks and exclamation points allowable per post.)

Now I’ve been on vacation before, but I have never been on a cruise.  And I’ve heard of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico before too, but never been to any of ‘em.  And escaping Texas for a week (seven days) in February definitely sounds like a good idea to me.  So you tell me how I could pass up this opportunity.  I can’t.  Now I’m gonna ask you the same,  how can you pass this cruise up?  Well, you can’t either.  And remember the icing on this cake is, proceeds from the cruise go toward helping Habitat for Humanity continue in it’s mission to build and renovate homes for low-income families in Smith County.

And I didn’t even mention yet that we’ll be sailing on Carnival’s brand new ship ‘The Magic’ — quit thinking about it, come help our friends at Habitat For Humanity and have a great time on a boat.  It’s easy to sign up just click here.  Or call Cruise Director DJ McCoy at 903.258.5061 for full details, you’ve only got till November 30th to sign up and join me on this aquatic adventure.  And if you still need convincing check-out this virtual tour of “The Magic” Carnival’s brand new ship we’ll be sailing on.