October 2022     sandhillshabitat.org       (910) 295-1934

Update from Our Director

Aging in Place Program  serving our Veterans

Raymond Collins and his wife, Brenda, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. “She traveled all over the world with me when I was in the army except for a year in Korea,” shared Mr. Collins. After 14 years in the Army with multiple decorations, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, Mr. Collins separated from the Army. During his years in the service, Mr. Collins sustained a wound to his foot which left him permanently disabled.

Mr. and Mrs. Collins have two grown daughters, both of whom are school teachers in Moore County. They learned how to lead a life of service from their incredible parents, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to give back to such a wonderful family.

Jim Parsons, Aging in Place Coordinator, a fellow Army Veteran, presented an American Flag and flagpole to the Collins as an additional thank you for their service and partnership in the Habitat for Humanity Aging In Place program. We look forward to our next Veteran home repair and thank the Habitat for Humanity Veteran Home Repair and Modification Program for their continued support.  

CEO and Local Leaders come to Build

Beautiful Day with an Excellent Turn Out!

As our community grows, so does our need for affordable homes. Habitat is at the forefront of building quality homes that will last for generations and change the future of many families who would otherwise not qualify for a traditional mortgage.

We appreciate that our local community leaders also recognize the need for affordable housing where our employees have a safe and affordable place to call home within the community where they work. Often they are the first to see that one of their hard-working employees is struggling to make ends meet and can help facilitate the connection with Habitat.

We are incredibly grateful that CEO and local leaders joined us to raise the walls for Shanesha Ingram's new home in West Southern Pines. Shanesha's parents and other family members were on hand for build day. Even Shanesha's employer, Karen Neumayer, helped, including the Revenue Director of Accurate Background, Dan Shoemaker, who drove up from Charleston just for the build. "Shanesha is a great employee-smart and hardworking. We are proud to support her in this way."  That's teamwork!

Natalie Hawkins - CEO

Moore County Partners in Progress

Reagan Parsons - Town Manager

Southern Pines

Carol Haney - Mayor

Southern Pines

Tim LockLair

Moore County Schools Superintendent

Micke Foster- CEO


Phil Werz - CEO

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Alan Tucker - CEO

Vice President of Operations

Coldwell Banker Advantage

Neil Robinette - CEO

C.F. Smith Property

Rachel Mann- Town Planner

Southern Pines

Welcome Lamia Haitoti

Our New Administrative Assistant

Hi! I’m Lamia Haitoti

I was born and raised in Morocco and had been living in Pinehurst since 2015. I have two daughters, the oldest in the first grade and the youngest in the pre-K. My husband works at Fort Bragg. I’m a student at Sandhills Community College and will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science-Accounting in December 2022.

In my free time, I like to go to the gym and read. I love to go to the beach or camp with my family. I also love traveling and exploring other countries’ cultures, food, and traditions.

In the short time I have worked at Habitat, I have enjoyed interacting with the staff who support me in my learning process. I believe that Habitat is one of the most worthwhile organizations.

 Habitat's primary purpose is to provide home ownership to people who would never be able to achieve that on their own. This gives those people a sense of well-being and worth. I am pleased to be a part of an organization like Habitat.

Women Build Fashion Show

Smashing Success!

WOW! The Women Build Committee knocked it out of the park again! The fashion show was held at CCNC last week, with over 200 women eager to see the new fall fashions. An abundance of shopping was available, with over 15 vendors and boutiques showing their merchandise. Kathy Beddow and Lynda Moegling led the show, and their expertise showed in every detail!

Many thanks to the committee, vendors, models, florists and boutiques that made this a signature event! The show was the last 2022 Women Build season event, and we proudly announce that they exceeded the goal!

Save the Date

Annual Holiday Volunteer Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

 December 5th at 12:00 pm

 The Country Club of North Carolina

 1600 Morganton Road

This year's celebration will include anyone who has volunteered for at least 50 hours (October 1st, 2021- October 1st, 2022). “Please register by November 14th  as all guest names will need to be added to the list for entry into CCNC. Each 50+ hour volunteer may also invite a guest at lunch cost of $40.

Please Register yourself and buy your guest tickets here.

Milestone Volunteers Register Here

Sponsor a milestone volunteer’s lunch and join in the celebration this year!

This year we are opening the event to our friends who may not be able to volunteer as often but still care deeply for the mission and would like to support our volunteers. Your ticket purchase of $80 for the holiday luncheon will include a delicious buffet at CCNC, time to mix and mingle with other Habitat fans, and a presentation by Habitat staff highlighting our impactful year together. Half of your ticket cost will sponsor the cost of the meal for a volunteer, and together we will look back at work we are making possible.


We hope you will consider joining us on Monday, December 5th at 12:00! Please click on the button below to purchase ticket(s).


First Annual Zombie Run

Many thanks to SCG Coldwell Banker and Sandhills Community College

SCG Real Estate Solutions of Coldwell Banker Advantage, in conjunction with Sandhills Community College, hosted a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills' Aging in Place Repair Program. SCG made over $5,000 to help provide critical repairs for the elderly and physically disabled in our local area. The best part is they had fun doing it!

October Faith Relations Meeting

First United Methodist Church, Rockingham NC

Pastor Darrell Bowles blessed the delicious meal which Sheila Webb and her Hospitality team prepared. Later in the meal time, those assembled introduced themselves. As Ella Dixie of Mt. Sinai Baptist spoke, she also called attention to the need for support for breast cancer patients. Three cancer survivors who were present raised their hands at Ella’s request and received support from the group. Ella also distributed pink ribbons to attendees. 

Dan Joslin, Faith Relations Coordinator, then shared how, recently, a pastor from the Boys and Girls Home commented on what an excellent thing Habitat does for churches at lunch. The focus is that Habitat provides opportunities for fellowship and ecumenism while doing the Lord’s work in the community. Amen.

Pastor Bowles then shared words. His message included his own experience with construction efforts. It then concluded with statements of appreciation for Habitat’s mission which allows families to have a solid base on which to build their lives, reflecting on Christ’s message to build our faith on rock and not sand. Michelle Parrish, the Executive Director of Richmond County United Way, reviewed the recent United Way Days of Caring. One project brought Habitat and United Way together as we raised the walls on two houses, soon to become homes in Hamlet. Six churches provided meals for all three work days: Mt. Sinai Baptist, Mount Zion UCC, Hamlet FBC, Rockingham First Presbyterian, our host Rockingham UMC, and Kings Gate Church. Thanks to all of them.

Amie Fraley, the Executive Director of Habitat of the NC Sandhills, updated Habitat's efforts in Richmond County. In addition to the two houses, as mentioned earlier, under construction in the Briarwood area of Hamlet, Habitat is allocating resources to community development in several regions around Richmond County. Habitat includes repairs of homes not owned by Habitat partners. We also provide repairs specifically aimed at helping people to “age in place” by making strategic repairs. She encouraged anyone interested to go to our website to identify places where they can volunteer to help with these and many other facets of Habitat’s mission.

Faith Moment for September 2022

Churches sometimes lend financial support to nonprofits as part of their effort to “Grow the Kingdom.” Supporting organizations that are doing God’s work in our community is a way for congregations to help all of His people. As an ecumenical Christian ministry, Habitat for Humanity serves people of every faith and even those of no specific faith – and no test of faith is presented to anyone seeking home ownership, repair assistance or the opportunity to volunteer. We believe the work we are doing at Habitat is always evidence of God’s love in action, though, and we believe that serving as the hands and feet of Christ is our calling through our ministry. 

Dan Joslin, Faith Relations Coordinator  

November Faith Relations Meeting

Save the Date for our Faith Relations Meeting on Wednesday, November 16th at 12:00 at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church. We are looking for community partners and volunteers to advocate for affordable housing.


Contact our Faith Coordinator

This month we hosted an outdoor/parking lot sale! This sales event helped lighten the load in the warehouse as well as boost sales for the weekend. It was a success and is an event that we plan to do again, possibly every quarter, on top of our 50% off entire store sale that we plan to do at least twice a year. These incredible sales will be sporadic as managers see fit. Please follow us on Facebook for details regarding all sales and events.

We will also be raffling off holiday baskets each month; our theme for Thanksgiving for November and Christmas for December - tickets are $1 each. 

Sales are up, volunteers are happy, and the store is clean, so we are now focusing on appreciating our customers, who also help support our community and homeowners by shopping with us.

We love our volunteers and everything they do for us, but we love the unity and happiness we share with them. Bob gets his work out in the warehouse while Sandra gets "jiggy with it" with her dancing bunny.

These are the fun and exciting things that take place in the Restore, we have a lot of fun, but we get the job done. A hardcore volunteer reaches 50 hours and continues to volunteer regularly. We currently have 60 hardcore volunteers with an average of 10,148 hours worked in one year. The national estimated volunteer time value is $21.36 per hour. Volunteers have saved us $216,761 this year alone. As we state with pride, volunteers are Habitat's backbones; because of them, we can build approximately 12-15 homes each year.

Thanks to all who support us. No matter which way you give your support- volunteering, donating, or shopping you are all playing your part!!!

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