We are thrilled to announce the completion of the spring financial literacy workshop series – “She Means Business.” The 8-week course is made possible by your generous donations, sponsorships, and in partnership with local women in business who volunteer their time teaching about the financial topics they specialize in. This session these wonderful partners include Kathleen Barlow, Kristal Bowman-Carter, Lindsey Powers and Temple E. Smith. Participants learned about financial concepts including budgeting, saving, credit, planning for retirement, mortgages and home purchases.
Kathleen Barlow, a Financial Advisor with Raymond James, co-developed the program with Habitat staff in response to the disproportionate poverty levels in single women, especially single parents and elderly. Executive Director, Shellie Barrus explains, “When we examined the census results, we realized that a surprising number of women in our community were being thrown into poverty when their lives took an unforeseen turn, whether it was a divorce or the death of a partner. It was such a diversion from the general perception around wealth in our area. Our goal is to teach women to plan and prepare for any situation.”
The results from our workshop series have been tremendous, and we anticipate the same from the most recent session. 30% of the participants from our 2017 series have since purchased homes and 100% of our previous participants reported the following:
Improved knowledge about budgeting, saving and investing;
Better understanding of mortgages and the home buying process;
Improved knowledge about planning for retirement;
Increased access to tools and resources for improving financial health.
The improved knowledge and skills result in changes beyond the individual students, and can benefit their families for generations. Lindsey Powers, a Branch Manager for America First Credit Union in Park City, says “As a volunteer, I have seen first-hand the impact of Habitat’s education and advocacy work.” It is easy to see how financial stability can result in improved health, education and wealth outcomes. We look forward to continuing to grow this program, and making a deep and lasting impact on the hard-working women in our community.
Though spring cleaning is often most associated with bleach and glass cleaner, scrubbing and dusting, many also use the time to declutter their homes of items they no longer use. While the task can seem overwhelming, a room by room spring cleaning checklist can make the decluttering process much more manageable.
This checklist is designed to help you break your decluttering process into bite size chunks. Completing each room before moving on to the next will give you a motivating sense of accomplishment at multiple stages during the decluttering process.
The three box method
The three box method is a great way to organize your decluttering process. As you go from room to room, take three boxes or large containers labeled “Donate,” “Keep” and “Trash/Recycle.” For larger items, place sticky notes labeled with the same three categories. Removing all items in every room and sorting them into boxes also presents a fantastic time to tackle a thorough deep clean of your house.
Benefit your community
In addition to providing you with a clean and organized home, we see indirect benefits of spring cleaning at Habitat for Humanity ReStores every day from those boxes marked “Donate.” When those donated items are sold, someone in your community gets to give your item a second life for a great price. An even further benefit is that the proceeds from the sale go towards helping a family build affordable, decent housing.
We’ve also provided a partial list of items accepted at the ReStore for each room to help you know what items from your home can be donated. Print out an abbreviated version of the Declutter spring cleaning checklist PDF to take with you from room to room.
Declutter: A simple spring cleaning checklist for every room
Bedroom items accepted
Kitchen items accepted
Living room items accepted
Other items accepted by the ReStore
For ReStore contact information, directions or hours of operation click here.
“Affordable housing is so important to me – so giving back in any way to generate revenue fills my heart.”
Julianne started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity several years ago, assisting with Computer Setup for the Overall Ball. Over the past year, she has dedicated her Wednesdays toward helping the Restore with merchandising, pricing items, restocking and enlightening customers with her positive personality and welcoming smile.
“Coming from a retail background and being able to lend a hand Is so rewarding and so much fun. The people at Restore are amazing to work with and I feel very appreciated when I volunteer. And working in the ReStore is an adventure – it’s like being a pirate and finding such wonderful treasures!”
Thank you Julianne for all your support; everyone at Habitat loves having you here! You have become a staple to our staff and customers every Wednesday when you volunteer.
We believe that home is the foundation for our lives, and it should provide an atmosphere of contentment and calm where individuals can thrive. Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home.
Yet for many families in the United States, the concept of home seems out of reach. Often, this is a result of families living in inadequate conditions or paying rent beyond their means. Home has become a place families need to escape from, rather than escape to.
When we join together to provide access to decent housing opportunities, the effects can be felt across entire communities. After all, it takes a thriving community of people to build thriving neighborhoods. You are touching the lives of real people working toward strength, stability and self-reliance.
Throughout the month of April, Habitat will be highlighting the need for affordable housing and raise funds to make lasting change in our community. Your donation today will help us to unlock the future for local families in our community.
Habitat for Humanity is a proud member of the Park City Chamber of Commerce, and was thrilled to host our first Chamber “Business After Hours” event last Tuesday at our ReStore. Not only did Chamber members have a chance to network over great drinks and hors d’oeuvres, they also enjoyed a private shopping experience. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and to the Chamber staff for all they do to support local businesses. Learn more about the Park City Chamber of Commerce.
Because of Jonathan and Drew Scott’s extraordinary dedication to Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat International has recognized them as Habitat Humanitarians.
Jonathan and Drew join former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in this group of special volunteers who serve as tireless champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the United States and around the world.
Jonathan and Drew Scott’s Favorite Parts of a Habitat Build
Getting started? Handing a new homeowner the keys to the house they helped build? Everything in between? Habitat Humanitarians Jonathan and Drew Scott share the moments they love most when volunteering for Habitat.
“We always want to make sure that people realize that when they’re volunteering with Habitat, that when you go to that build site, that’s going to be a family that probably thought they never would’ve in a million years have something like this — a home of their own,” Drew says. “And they’re going to get that thanks to you.”
Jonathan and Drew Scott On Why They Love Habitat
Habitat Humanitarians Jonathan and Drew Scott share what draws them to our work.
“We’ve seen firsthand how affordable homeownership changes lives,” Jonathan says. “Owning your own home — it’s not even just the American dream, it’s a human dream, it’s a family dream. It’s something that we think everybody should have the right to and access to, and Habitat for Humanity is who does it the best.”