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.”
Fifth-annual Tour de Habitat Cycles Up Close to $12,000
Habitat for Humanity’s fifth-annual Tour de Habitat was another successful fundraiser for safe, decent, affordable housing in our county. The event brought 14 teams together in the New Life Christian Fellowship gym on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Four competitive teams vied for the perpetual trophy, and the winners this year were from Pure Training Studio. The individual who ride the farthest was Kristyn Mankins. The team that raised the most money for the third year in a row was St. Andrews Anglican Church with a donation of $1,635.
The Fitness Zone II’s Jeff Tomerlin donated eight spin bikes and towels for the event. His donation given so generously was typical of the community outpouring of prizes and sponsorships for the Tour. Team captains and members from churches, fitness and yoga studios, and civic organizations brought in nearly $10,000 to the event, and sponsorships raised the total amount to close to $12,000.
The Tour played a very important role in providing funding for the three Habitat homes acquired by partner families in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County is grateful to this community for its support of the Tour and its work in our county.
Photos of the teams and participants are displayed below.
Ehler Family is Welcomed to Third Partner Home
In a well-attended and heartwarming ceremony, Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County celebrated its third Home Dedication on January 17. Amanda Ehler and her children, Khalil and Rosie, received the keys to their home on Sebastopol Road at the event. Their property was donated to Habitat by Howard and Joy Dudley of Garden Grove (Orange County).
The gift of land was one of many donations recognized at the celebration. Thirty local contractors and businesses supplied labor, materials or other price breaks for this Habitat home, making it affordable to the family. Habitat partner families repay the real costs of their homes to the affiliate. These payments go toward future homes in our county.
Local Dentists Issue Matching Challenge
The Habitat Challenge is back! Drs. Timothy Barnes and Dennis Miller are challenging all of us to band together to match their $1,500 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Mariposa County before the end of the year. If you would like to participate, please send your check in any amount with the notation, “Habitat Challenge” to P.O. Box 1420, Mariposa, CA 95338.
These gifts to our non-profit are tax deductible. Thanks to these generous local dentists for their support!
Dave Lawson Completes ‘Blitz Build’
Mariposa’s Habitat affiliate sincerely thanks Dave Lawson and his crew for their “blitz build” of the group’s third partner family home.
Over five-and-a-half days, the framing, trusses, siding and roof sheeting all went up. This donation of labor by Dave Lawson means that the third Habitat house will become a home for the Ehler family before we know it.
“Bouquets to Dave, Kim, Sue, and the construction crew of Mike, Josh, Dennis, Lee, and Don,” affiliate volunteer Executive Director Beth Tomsick said. “You are Habitat heroes!”
Thanks Go Out to ‘Dining Out’ Partners
Eleven local restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds during this year’s Dining Out fundraiser on Oct. 5 through 11. Close to $2,000 has been raised as of Oct. 29, and volunteers are grateful.
The proceeds will help build the affiliate’s third partner home on Sebastopol Road.
Participating restaurants included Bett’s Gold Coin Sports Tavern, Castillo’s, Charles Street Dinner House, High Country Health Foods & Cafe, Miner’s Roadhouse 140, Pizza Factory, Savoury’s, Sierra Sunrise, Steve’s Sportsman Cafe, Sugar Pine, and Triangle Road Cafe. The affiliate is also grateful to Sylvia Gilbertson and Sarah Brewster for organizing the event, to Shayna Hoeltje who makes our beautiful posters and to the Mariposa Gazette for publishing our news.
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.
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.”