Hammer, Nails & Cocktails

Hammer, Nails & CocktailsWould you like to support Cape Area Habitat for Humanity?  Would you also like to enjoy an unforgettable evening of music with the Vienna Boys Choir at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus?

Make your plans now to join us for "Hammer, Nails & Cocktails," a Vienna Boys Choir pre-show event in support of Cape Area Habitat for Humanity.  This event will take place on February 8, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the John & Betty Glenn Convocation Center on the River Campus.

Tickets are $50 per person / $75 per couple and include heavy appetizers and an open bar, plus tickets to the Vienna Boys Choir concert which follows the event at 7:30 p.m.  If, by chance, you have already purchased tickets to the Vienna Boys Choir, you can still purchase tickets to the pre-show event for only $25 per person.  To purchase tickets: call (573) 334-9728 or visit capeareahabitat.org/donate.

This event is sponsored by R. Hetzel Properties, LLC and by the Bank of Missouri.

Cape Area Habitat for Humanity's mission envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Simply click the link below to print out copies of a flier that can be printed out and shared with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.  Help us spread the word! We hope to see you at Hammer, Nails & Cocktails on February 8th at the River Campus.

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A local display has been assembled by members of the Cape Area Housing Committee in the lobby of Wehrenberg Theatres Cape West 14 Cine designed to bring awareness to the plight of those in our community who experience lack of food and shelter on a regular basis. The display can be viewed through November 28th.

Earlier this week, Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director, Al Stoverink, along with representatives from several other organizations and community leaders, joined together to kick off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, presenting the display and shedding light on several issues that affect the homeless community, including mental health, substance use, and food insecurity. Mayor Harry Rediger also read a proclamation, approved by the City of Cape Girardeau, in recognition and support.

While this week is a great opportunity to raise awareness and volunteer, it is important to acknowledge these issues live on year round. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity is proud to partner with over 20 other organizations in being part of the Cape Area Housing Committee, a group actively involved, throughout the year, in promoting housing resources within the Cape Girardeau and surrounding communities. If you are interested in learning more about the Housing Committee or want to be involved in the homelessness solution, please contact us at hfhc@capeareahabitat.org.

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Meet Jennifer
Meet JenniferJennifer is a remarkable woman.  At an early age, she made the decision that she did not want children.  However, life rarely unfolds as we have it planned out.  In those following years, Jennifer would watch a movie that would forever change her life and lead her to consider adoption as an option.  Today, the lady who didn't want children is a wonderful mother. Jennifer has six foster children whom she is in the process of adopting.  A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, hard-working, determined and focused all describe Jennifer. 

When Jennifer heard about Habitat for Humanity from a cousin, she thought that this would provide her with the perfect opportunity to provide a home for her family.  Jennifer has a steady income. She fell within Habitat's income guidelines and not only was she willing and able to partner with Habitat to build up her sweat equity hours, she may well have reached those needed hours in record time.  Perhaps you had the chance to meet Jennifer as she achieved a number of her hours volunteering at Habitat's Restore.

Jennifer exemplifies one of Habitat's core beliefs, it's not about giving a hand out, it is all about giving a hand up.  In this case, a hand up to a woman who has made an incredible difference in the lives of six young children.  Six children, who without Jennifer would still likely be in the foster system.  Six young children who, thanks to your support, will soon call a Habitat house ... Home!
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United Way of Southeast Missouri has always been one of the most supportive funded partner for Habitat for Humanity Cape Area. On September 2016, we participated on United Ways first Memorial Weekend with their LIVE UNITED event. Amazing team of at&t lend their hands on September 9 and another great team from Bank of Missouri extended their support on September 10. These amazing teams were led by one of our volunteer leader Brad Hughes, with his leadership these two teams were able to finish siding the exterior walls on all three sides of the house. All our volunteers showed such passion and enthusiasm at working on our house inspiring us to keep up with our mission. Our volunteers were all excited and not scared to step up the ladder to put the sidings on those walls.

I was glad to meet our volunteers who were just like me new to the skills of siding. We learned how to measure and cut the sidings and enjoyed our morning learning and helping on the house. Despite the fact that many of us were amateurs we were happy to see what we have accomplished in a very short period of time. Brad and his friend were such an amazing supervisors guiding us on getting the job done right.

Partners as United Ways of Southeast Missouri and companies as at&t and bank of Missouri helps us keep going on fulfilling our goals and mission to provide affordable housing to these amazing well deserving families. 

We thank all of our funded partners and volunteers who have extended their time and energy to spend on our houses. Without your support we could never accomplish our goal. 

 

 

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When you hear about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, the first thought that might come to mind is a hammer and nails.  While our volunteers that help with the actual construction of our homes are invaluable, so are the countless volunteers that help our organization in other ways as well.

Meet Mike Baughman.  Mike, a truck driver from Perryville, MO, injured his back on the job.  After a great deal of therapy, he was cleared to perform light duty work prior to being able to return to the rigors of his old job.  Mike drives down from Perryville 4 days a week and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity's Cape Girardeau Restore.  Here, you'll find him opening boxes, pricing items, placing items for sale on the store's shelves, organizing items and more.  Mike Baughman has been a great asset and an invaluable volunteer.

The Habitat vision sees a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.  Our mission seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.  We can only accomplish that mission with the help and support of caring volunteers that serve in a myriad of ways.

So, in the future, when you hear about volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, know that opportunities abound.  Would you like to volunteer?  Whether you pick up a hammer or a pricing gun, nails or pricing labels, a sheet of plywood or a mop, know that your willingness to serve as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity makes a very real difference!
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Below is our recent feature in the Southeast Missourian!

As the Cape Area Habitat for Humanity’s home project in Jackson takes shape, two more have begun in Cape Girardeau.

Construction on a 1,100-square-foot residence at 828 James St. has been slow, Cape Area Habitat for Humanity executive director Al Stoverink said Wednesday, but it remains on schedule.

“It took a while to get all the utilities in, but [the building plans] are all as was laid out before,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of rain delays, as everybody else has, so it’s been pretty slow coming out of the ground.”

Rain even forced the group to hold its June 1 groundbreaking at the nearby Jackson Civic Center.

Stoverink said it hopes to have the home finished by Thanksgiving. The basement and exterior walls have been erected.

“Next, they’re started in on the interior walls, and we’ll be putting up trusses as they arrive over the next several days,” Stoverink said.

Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity is building similarly sized houses at 1411 N. Clark Ave. and 1118 Ranney St. in Cape Girardeau.

“They’re pretty much the same house,” Stoverink said. “The house on Clark [Avenue] is also a walkout basement, but it won’t be a finished basement.”

The Ranney Street house, however, will be slab-on-grade.

The Cape Girardeau houses are expected to be finished about Christmas. Families have been approved for all three houses.

“That’s our plan,” Stoverink said. “We’ll see what the weather does to us. These things are kind of hard to predict ... .”

The Jackson house is the 55th that Habitat for Humanity has built in the Cape Girardeau area, and Stoverink said his organization has no plans to slow down.

“We’ve got another house to get started on this fall,” he said. “So we’ll need lots of help and lots of donations and lots of volunteer hours.”

The great majority of construction on Habitat for Humanity houses is done by volunteers.

So far, Stoverink said it has had enough help, but with as many as four projects going on at once, he urged residents to lend a hand.

“The only way we could do this is with a lot of support from the community,” he said.

Before construction began, residents near the Jackson site complained about construction traffic in their neighborhood. But Habitat for Humanity, with the city’s help, was able to widen James Street.

“We were able to put a pretty wide swath of rock and cement mix along either side of the road where we’re working, so now we’ve got plenty of parking space there for our volunteers,” Stoverink said. “And we’re talking with the city [of Jackson] about how we might get that paved with asphalt as part of our next build in that area that we would like to do next summer.”

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Jim Plassman is a retired parole officer who started to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Cape Area for past few years. He has worked on three houses built in Cape and Jackson neighborhood so far. He eagerly looks forward to work on the next three houses scheduled to build this year in Cape and Jackson area.

Along with helping build the houses, Jim has been a great asset for Habitat for Humanity ReStore as well. He has been giving ReStore his valuable time and skills to improve store layout in more than one ways. He took the lead in building the processing area wall, building shelves and creating more floor space for different big items as doors, bathroom accessories sinks etc. He also took part in three deconstruction projects we have had this year.

Jim always spreads positivity with his smile and energy. We feel blessed to have him as a volunteer!

 
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Habitat for Humanity ReStore has hosted many DIY projects in the past few months, the most recent being the Shimmering Wall Art project. This fun and easy project was led by Sandra Croule from Ipseity Creative. 

This DIY theme was to create a wall decoration out of shims and mirrors (Sandra added another quick DIY of making trays out of the shims as well). We had about 12 kids aged 5-12 who participated in this workshop. According to the kids, painting the shims in different colors and placing them around the mirror was their favorite part of the project!

This project was as much fun to the parents and guardians as it was for the kids. Many shoppers who came with their kids later wanted to join the workshop and enjoyed it as well! The workshop was initially $10, included all materials needed and the kids were able to take the finish product with them. 

We have held few other workshops in the past, and we are willing to host more workshops at ReStore if anyone is willing to volunteer with new ideas and creativity. We always have so many materials that can be repurposed or redesigned for better use!
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The Aydelott Family

Cape Area Habitat for Humanity has been a great organization to partner with. Their desire to help us fulfill the dream of owning our own home has opened so many doors for our family and has given us the courage needed to make other responsible financial and life decisions. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity has given our family the opportunity to take reasonable steps to get out of the mess we had made and pursue the American Dream. Thank You for the “hand up” to a better life for our family, our children, and our community!

-Paul Aydelott 

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We have lived in our Habitat for Humanity house for over 5 years and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Habitat, our family has a home of our own, that we helped build ourselves. Now our children can grow and thrive in a safe and affordable place. If it weren’t for Habitat, we might not have been able to build and own our beautiful home!

–John and Ashlei Sterling
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