HabiChat e-Newsletter   

Spring 2015 

In This Issue
Women Build
Aboriginal Build
Youth Build
Global Village Alumni Wine & Cheese
In The News
Save The Date
5 Myths and Facts
Volunteers Sarah Street Painting    
How You Can Help

For more information contact development@habitatncr.com.   

Do you have vacant land?
We are looking for land to build simple, decent, affordable housing with low-income families. We will provide recognition in our materials and media as well as a tax receipt for the value of the land.

To learn more visit www.habitatncr.com
613.749.9950 x222


Build 2015 
We have big plans for Build 2015! Habitat NCR will be building five homes - two singles and one semi-detached home on Cousineau Street in Orleans and one home on Eve Street in Overbrook. We are excited to announce that 2015 will feature three theme builds - a Women Build, an Aboriginal Build and a Youth Build.
Women Build 


Women Build promotes the involvement of women in the construction of Habitat homes.

Women form teams of 10 - 15 women, they raise funds for Habitat and come out for a day to swing a hammer on our build site. The Women Build 2015 home will be constructed with the generous support from hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors.


It's easy to get involved! Start by going to www.habitatncr.com. There you can:

  • Sign up to be a builder
  • Register a team
  • Donate to an individual builder, team or the project as a whole

Women in Law and the Leacross Foundation are the title sponsors for the semi-detached Women Build home, generously contributing $75,000 each to the project.


The Women in Law group is led by phenomenal volunteer Beverly Mulligan. Involved in Habitat NCR's first Women Build in 2007, Bev's incredible efforts have left a lasting impact: "Seeing the pride of home ownership in Lewis & Penny Pettapiece and the excitement on the faces of their four children has been a true gift. That is payment enough for me for the countless hours I invested in this project. I think, without a doubt, this has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done."

To explore corporate sponsorship opportunities or to involve your company through in-kind donations, please contact Alexis Ashworth at aashworth@habitatncr.com or 613.749.9950 ext. 222.

Aboriginal Build

In 2015 we are holding our second Aboriginal Build for Barb Wolfe and her daughter. Barb is a single mother currently living in a subsidized housing apartment. From the Cockburn Island Band, Barb's mother was in a Residential School and learned to be ashamed of her culture at a very young age. Because of this, Barb's mother did not pass her heritage on to her children. Barb says that she is "especially grateful to Habitat for allowing me to reclaim my culture and give me a sense of belonging that had been missing my entire life."  
Youth Build 

Youth Build provides local youth with the opportunity to gain knowledge of trade industries on the build site and to raise awareness of the rising need for affordable housing in Ottawa. It also provides an opportunity to participate in community development and volunteerism.


As a Youth Build participant, you will be part of Habitat for Humanity's mission to build homes, communities and hope. Our participants come from a variety of backgrounds, skills and trades, joining forces to share their time, talent and resources to build Habitat homes. Youth Build will build with us for fun-filled Saturdays from July - October.  Click here to learn more!

Global Village Alumni Wine & Cheese 

Across Canada, and here in Ottawa, Global Village Volunteer Alumni have contributed to important international development initiatives. Not only have you built much-needed homes, you've also built the foundation for healthy, thriving communities. For this, we thank you very much!


Whether you completed your Global Village trip months or even years ago, it's easy to stay involved with your local Habitat for Humanity community. Please join us for an evening of story-telling, a tour of the new Restore and Offices, and a visit with the Senior Director of the National Global Village program, Rick Tait.


March 25, 2015 from 4pm - 7pm

768 Belfast Road   Ottawa, ON

Habitat Dedication in the News


In December we held a spirited dedication ceremony where four families received keys to their new homes. The pictures and stories are told in the articles bel
ow. Owen Stanton-Kennedy from our major sponsor (2014 & 2015) Wine Rack summed it up beautifully:                                                                                                 "Every penny raised in our stores went towards

building a legacy for a family that will have a ripple effect for many years to come. It's been a few weeks since the dedication day, and I am still filled with pride at the incredible accomplishment we, as a company and as people who care about our communities, achieved. This campaign has brought out the best in our creativity, dedication, and passion. It has been especially moving for me as I have been on site four times and watched the houses build from the ground up. I do encourage everyone to do a build day as every ache, bruise, blister and scratch pale in comparison to the feeling of building a house for a deserving family."  

Habitat for Humanity building four new homes in Orléans

Orleans News

Read Article

Habitat for Humanity to build more in Orléans

Orléans Star

Read Article


Upcoming Habitat NCR Events 


Community and Volunteer
Information Session
Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd.
April 9

7:00 pm

Cottage and Backyard Show
EY Center
4899 Uplands Drive
Ottawa, ON
April 10-12

Booth 1307

National Women Show
Shaw Center
55 Colonel By Drive
April 11-12

Booth 524

Ottawa Wedding Show
EY Center
4899 Uplands Drive
Ottawa, ON
April 10-12
Groundbreaking Ceremony
1277 Cousineau Street
Orleans, ON
May 28

2-4 pm

Volunteer Appreciation Event
Details to follow
Zombie Run for Humanity!
(Registration Open April 1)
Maple Hill Urban Farm
Carp, ON
October 3

9 am - 12pm

Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala
Canadian War Museum
Ottawa, ON

October 17

Calling All Volunteers!

Sign up today for your chance to volunteer 

on our new build in Orléans. Take our Adopt-a-Day Challenge and put together a team with your office (great team-building exercise!). Come out to our Community and Volunteer Information Session to learn about how you can help on the Cousineau Street Build.


Food donations are always needed for our Orleans build to help feed our hard-working volunteers. 


To offer your services or for more information, please contact Peggy at 613-749-9950 ext. 229 or volunteer@habitatncr.com.

Five Myths and Facts about Habitat for Humanity

Myth #1: Habitat gives houses away to poor people. 
Fact: Habitat for Humanity sells houses to families who are unable to obtain conventional home financing. Prospective Habitat families contribute 500 hours of volunteerism, often constructing their own home, and participating in other Habitat projects and community activities. Housing payments are geared to household income. The mortgage payments go to Habitat for Humanity to finance building new homes in the future.


Myth #2: Habitat houses lower neighbourhood property values.
Fact: Housing studies show affordable housing has no adverse effect on neighbourhood property values. Also, Habitat homes increase local government tax income.


Myth #3: Habitat builds fancy new homes.
Fact: Habitat's philosophy is to build simple, decent and energy efficient homes. According to house design criteria approved by Habitat's Board of Directors, living space in a three bedroom home, for example, is approximately 1,000 square feet.


Myth #4: Habitat homeowners are on Welfare (Ontario Works).
Fact: All Habitat NCR homeowners have an income of between $43,000 and $65,000 from steady employment. Families with income only from Ontario Works and/or employment insurance are not eligible for a Habitat home.


Myth #5: Families can sell their Habitat house for a quick profit.
Fact: The Habitat mortgage is designed to keep monthly payments low, encourage long-term commitment, and prevent short-term profit. If a family were to sell their home in the early years of their mortgage, the outstanding balance of the mortgage would be payable and any capital gain would go back to Habitat for Humanity.

Book a First Aid/CPR Course and Support Habitat NCR


Carol Halstead, a First Aid and CPR instructor who is certified with St. John Ambulance, will be making a 10% donation to Habitat NCR with each registration fee for the following courses:

  • Standard First Aid, CPR (adult, child & infant) & AED (defibrillator) -- 2 days
  • Recertification Standard First Aid, CPR (adult, child & infant) & AED (defibrillator) 1 day
  • Emergency First Aid, CPR (adult, child & infant) & AED (defibrillator) - 1 day
  • CPR -(adult, child & infant) & AED (defibrillator) - half day


Carol, who is a dedicated Habitat NCR volunteer, will teach the courses in your home, at a community site or in your workplace. Each course, which complies with WSIB guidelines, includes videos, lectures and hands-on learning.


Book your course today using the code H4H at first-aid@opstrat.ca and give back to Habitat NCR.