There are many ways to get involved with Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County. Here are just a few: -Volunteer at an event -Work behind the scenes on one of our committees -Donate
Mission Statement: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
Committee Selects Third Partner Family
The Family Selection Committee of Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is pleased and excited to announce the selection of the partner family for its third house. On July 10, the Habitat Board of Directors approved the selection of Amanda Ehler, a single mother and Mariposa business owner.
The Ehler family includes two charming children, Khalil, 8, and Ella Rose, 6, and all are thrilled about their selection. Amanda is required by Habitat to take homeowner classes in finance, budgeting, and home maintenance, in addition to working on the construction of their home. The children will earn sweat equity hours as they are able from a wide variety of activities.
Amanda owns Anahata, a Free Trade store, in downtown Mariposa where she sells products from the U.S. and around the world. It is located across from the Fremont House and next to Sierra Artists at corner of Highway 140 and 6th Street.
Habitat for Humanity is planning a lasagna dinner at Mariposa Lutheran Church on September 13 to introduce the family to the community. The public is invited to attend this dinner and welcome Habitat’s third family!
Westamerica Bank supports Habitat for Humanity
Westamerica Bank Manager, Christene Scott, recently presented a $500 check to Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County President Al Johnson for use in the construction of Habitat’s third home. This home will be located on Sebastopol Road adjacent to the first Habitat home. Both properties were donated to the affiliate by Howard and Joy Dudley of Garden Grove.
As Habitat gears up to build its next home, it invites the public to participate in the work in actual construction or in auxiliary ways such as donating food for the crews or materials for the home.
Call 966-7444 if you would like to volunteer in any way.
A Brush With Kindness is Working
People often ask, “What is Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program?”
The program is another way that Habitat can help homeowners in the community and in the county. Low-income homeowners, especially single parents, the elderly and the disabled, may apply to the program when they are in need of minor repairs, yard cleanup and exterior painting. A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) helps homeowners stay in their homes by making homes safer and better maintained.
Some jobs that ABWK crews might do include fixing broken windows and doors, loose siding, rotting soffits and fascia, and peeling paint. Yard cleanup is also a part of ABWK, and through this program Habitat for Humanity is helping to beautify communities nationwide.
The criteria used for selecting families for these projects are
2) willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County; and
3) ability to repay a 0% loan for materials used in the project.
Families or individuals may be asked to put in “sweat equity” by helping with the project as they are able. One homeowner in Mariposa County donated fruit from her trees to a food pantry and knit blankets for the homeless as her “sweat equity” because she was unable to do the physical labor.
Due to the fact that Habitat often uses donated materials, costs for these projects are generally low. Homeowners are asked to repay the costs if they are able, so the program may serve more people. Payments are placed in a revolving fund so there is money for the next project. An affordable-loan repayment plan can be worked out, as needed.
Those interested in applying for the ABWK program may call the Habitat office at 966-7444 for more information. They will be referred to the new ABWK chairman, Bruce Pickard.
Tour de Habitat was an $11,000 Success
There was a lot of enthusiasm for the Tour de Habitat stationary bike race on February 22 at New Life Christian Fellowship. Sixteen teams rode competitively or casually and the winner of the competition was “CDF on Fire,” the CAL FIRE team for the third time in four years! The Mariposa County High School Grizzly mascot, (i.e. Joe Moore) added some fun to the event!
Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County thanks all the team captains and riders, all sponsors and donors of prizes, and all helpers at the event! All together, we raised more than $11,000 for safe, decent, affordable housing! (See our Appreciation Page for lists of sponsors, donors, and teams. See the photo page for more photos.)
Thank you from all of us at Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County!
A Brush With Kindness
Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is offering low-income families or individuals, the elderly, and persons with disabilities an opportunity to participate in a new housing preservation program called A Brush with Kindness (ABWK). For more information, please contact our office at 209-966-7444.
Habitat for Humanity International Mission Vision:
“A world where everyone has a decent place to live.”