(910) 295-1934
Habitat Newsletter
March 2021
From our Executive Director
Opportunity to make up for lost hours this Spring!
We went to great lengths last year to keep our entire team of staff and volunteers safe and healthy. We added Covid safety procedures and supplies on our build sites and in our ReStore, and we even limited the number of volunteers allowed for nearly a year and suspended the active recruitment of volunteers on build sites from December through February. We are hopeful that the steady decline of Covid cases and the increase in vaccinated individuals will provide us the chance to hit the ground running this March. We are hoping to make up for the lost time to allow us to stick to our build schedule and serve the families counting on us as well as meet the requirements of some of our funding sources. 
To provide for this, we will have 3 homes in progress beginning in March and hope to close them by the end of June – it’s a tall order, and one we cannot achieve without added volunteerism. The great news is that the weather is warming up, and 3 houses need framing which means outside work! This makes it easy to provide social distancing in most cases. These builds will spread across Moore County from Aberdeen to Robbins.

We will build every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 am-1 pm and available volunteer slots can be seen easily at sandhillshabitat.org
If you can spare a day or more to build with us this spring, you will help make a family’s dream of purchasing their own home come true – and we are pretty sure you will also have a really fun time! Questions? Call or email our fabulous Construction Volunteer Coordinator, Christy Brewster, at 910-295-1934 opt 5 or at volunteer@sandhillshabitat.org.

~Amie Fraley
Faith Relations Meeting
(Virtual Zoom Meeting)
Please join us online for our Faith Relations Meeting on Zoom on April 21st at 12:00 pm. To get your invitation, click below. We are looking for community partners and volunteers to advocate for affordable housing for a hard working family in Robbins !

Habitat Gala Auction and Dinner Update
We are grateful and excited to tell you of the great success our signature fundraising event has had. We are still three weeks away from the in-person event at Pinehurst Country Club on April 17th! Two “Live Auction” items have been sold, the Holden Beach house donated by Heather Dyer of Save the Wave Skincare and the Port St. Lucia Villa donated by Helen Probst Mills. Both items were purchased at habitatgala.org at special buy-it-now pricing! 
Tickets for first-round seating are almost sold out, we are hoping that we will be able to extend another 50 tickets at the end of the month. Supporters are excited to get out and about again. The Habitat Gala will be one of the first in-person fundraising events since Covid hit last year, people are ready to celebrate.
Special thank you to our donors who have already secured their sponsorships!
Kirk and Victoria Adkins
Al and Patricia Beranek
Richard and Nancy Blum
Ed and Sally Bold Frick
Eric and Julia Brokemeyer
Rudy Carlson
James and Mary Connell
Len and Rita DiNapoli
John and Nancy Ellis
Chris and Amie Fraley
Friends of Pinehurst Surgical Center
Richard and Karla Keating
Michael and Susan LaGraff
Carnie and Sharon Lawson
Janet B. Lowry
Bob and Linda McVay
Bill and Paula Montgomery
Craig and Marianne Moulton
Bob and Peggy Raney
Wayne and Alice Robbins
John and Linda Sapp
Dick and Joan Wolstenholme
Habitat Gala and Silent Auction

Something for everybody, every occasion. Place yours bids now!
Habitat Repair Program

Ms. Williams is a sweet, elderly lady living in Vass who requested some help with her home's access. Recent medical conditions also made it difficult for her to get in and out of her house, and she no longer used her back deck due to safety concerns.

Jim Parsons, our new Aging in Place Coordinator, and Rick Ford from our Construction Separtment teamed up with local “hardcore” volunteers to complete decking and railing replacements, and new ramp access for her front door. Ms. Williams participated in the repair of her own home by paying a small portion of the material costs (based on her income level) as is normal for our partnership Repair Program and cheering on the volunteers. The final piece of this project is to move her useable front landing and steps to her back door, so she has a safer back exit. Big thanks to our repair volunteers, Justin Gage, Skip Ruedeman, and Christopher Sweet.
Habitat for Humanity is seeing a huge increase in the need for owner-occupied critical repairs to allow elderly and disabled neighbors to age in place safely and affordably. Our repair team has earned a reputation for quality and affordable work made possible in large part to grants and donors with a shared mission. 

In 2021, our work in this area will more than triple and we will be seeking partners for a sealed bid process to assist in carrying out components of repairs that require a subcontractor such as roofing. We will be expanding this bid process in the upcoming year. If you know of a qualified roofer, painter, plumber, or electrician who may want to partner with Habitat in creating affordable housing opportunities, please refer them to our website at 
To learn more about volunteering or applying for our repair program, contact Mark Trudeau at repair@sandhillshabitat.org or by calling (910) 295-1934 option 6.
Homeowners-in-Progress Update
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell who’s who on the job site or in the ReStore. It’s important to us that you know when you are working hand-in-hand with a Homeowner in Progress (HIP). We’ve designed new t-shirts to help our HIPS stand out. Next time you see them they will be wearing new gear.
David and Judy Page
Longtime Volunteers
David and Judy Page is one of many of our dynamic duos who volunteer at Sandhills Habitat and although they may not be in the same place at the same time, they volunteer throughout our community.

David said he has been volunteering with Habitat for 15-20 years! He’s a valued hardcore volunteer who comes to the construction build site about twice a week. He has 5000+ hours (we are pretty sure he has way more hours than we think since he has been volunteering for such a long time.) Judy started out making lunches and snacks for volunteers on the construction sites. Judy is also a dedicated volunteer for our “Honey-Do” team, a group of women who help get invitations, announcements, and thank you note’s out to our supporters. They are a huge help with the Gala production and we could not do it without them! Judy is always cheerful and adds charm and grace to everything she does!

David and Judy have been married for 55 years, and he is a retired school teacher who worked primarily as a junior high teacher in Pinehurst and Southern Pines
Jane Garcia
ReStore Volunteer
Jane Garcia volunteers in housewares and home décor and has over 600 volunteer hours at the ReStore. Jane and her husband, Leo, moved to Pinehurst in August of 2001. They first came to Pinehurst to visit Josie Bunting (sister-in-law) in Oct. 1996, fell in love with the area and bought a house, and moved here from Troy, Michigan. 

“I have always volunteered one place or another since I was a teen. I started volunteering for Habitat here in the retail store in the fall of 2002 at the old building. I started because a friend of mine was a volunteer at Habitat, and she loved it and I was looking for something to fill in free time between playing golf, reading, exercising at Curves (which is no longer in the area), and keeping up the social life. I no longer play golf as the ladies I so enjoyed playing with have moved, have physical disabilities, or have passed on. I do miss it but have filled that void with other volunteer opportunities for Women of the Pines, Community Presbyterian Church, and Back-Pack Pals. I love the people involved in Habitat, both the staff and the people I have worked with. That keeps me coming back.”
Habitat ReStore Expands
Ways to Increase Revenues
Did you hear about our sailboat auction? A very kind donor gifted a MacGregor 26 sailboat with motor and trailer and the ReStore was able to sell it in an online auction in one week for $16,000! 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 Sandhills. 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, and construction equipment.
Inspired by the quick sell of the boat, we have decided to put our most desirable and unique items on auction before they go out on the floor for sale. Visit www.restoreauction.org to see what treasures might be waiting for you!
Janet’s Art and Collectibles Gallery
The ReStore has received many fine pieces of art but never had a place to properly display the pieces that are donated. Now, thanks to our construction team and the tasteful eyes of our very own art connoisseur, Janet Lowry, you can enjoy perusing through our fine art and collectibles in Janet’s Art Gallery. Janet has been a longtime supporter of the Habitat mission and the ReStore. She has been with us for over 30 years serving as a volunteer, on the board, and in administration. She is the glue that keeps us together!
“This room is a wonderful place to display some of the beautiful art and collectibles that are donated from our generous community” - Janet Lowry
Free Donation Pick Up Service
with new Online Donation Scheduling

Need More Guidance?
Call 910-295-2798
Press 1 for Donation Scheduling

New to the Moore County or New to Habitat?
We welcome you to join us the third Saturday of every month.
Are you new to Habitat? Are you curious about how much it costs to build a Habitat home? Are you interested in volunteering with us in the future? Have you volunteered with us in the past? Here is your chance to find out exactly how everything here at Habitat works and get your questions answered! 

Saturday, April 17th from 10 AM- 10:45 AM, we will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation. You can attend this orientation from the comfort of your own home via Zoom or join us in the office (2268 NC Highway 5)! 

If you would like to attend, RSVP by simply commenting below or email volunteer@sandhillshabitat.org! We appreciate all that you do to help support Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills and look forward to seeing you Saturday!
Our Leadership Team
Al Beranek, Chairman
Lisa Fagan, Vice Chair
Len DiNapoli, Secretary
Kirk Lynch, Treasurer
Amie Fraley, Executive Director
Fallon Brewington
Charles Cobb
Karen Dulmage
Tim Dwyer
Bob Friesen
Robin Porter Graham
Fran Grandinetti
Jana Green

Buffie Hall
Bert Harrell
Jeff Hutchins
Tim Maples
Bob McVay
Helen Probst Mills
John Sapp
Everyone Deserves a Safe and Affordable Place to Live
All Donations are Appreciated!
Because we partner with our suppliers' Habitat can often get building materials at or below cost which stretches every dollar, $50 can buy doorknobs for a Habitat Home!

Please visit our website to get more information about our Donor Appreciation Level.

www.sandhillshabitat.org (910) 295-1934