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2017 March
30
Mar

Home is the Key

Did you know that one in four households in the US pays more than 30% of their income for housing and may have difficulty affording food, clothing, medical care or other necessities? To address the critical need for affordable housing in our community and around the world, we are joining Home is the Key, a national campaign by Habitat for Humanity International aimed at highlighting the need for decent, affordable shelter throughout the month of April.

 

Inadequate housing conditions create barriers to opportunity, success, stability and health, and we are working hard in your community to unlock the potential of hard-working families. By shopping, donating and volunteering at your neighborhood Habitat for Humanity and ReStore, you are part of a worldwide movement dedicated to ensuring everyone has a decent place to live.

 

For the month of April, in support of the Home is the Key initiative, Park City ReStore customers can make a donation at the cash register that will directly impact local housing programs and services. Come visit our ReStore today to get involved.

 

Home is the Key

30
Mar

Deconstruction is the new Demolition

Deconstruction is an environmentally-friendly alternative to demolition. Trained deconstruction crews carefully disassemble the building to salvage as many of the reusable materials as possible, diverting them from local landfills to organizations like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Salvaged items typically include doors, windows, cabinets, lighting and plumbing fixtures, framing lumber, roofing materials, and flooring. Choosing deconstruction has a Economic Impact, Environmental Impact and Social Impact.

 

Economic Impact

The ReUse People of America (TRP) is a national firm specializing in the deconstruction of buildings. They currently operate in 14 states, including Utah, and estimate that their company alone has diverted over 300,000 tons of used building materials from landfills. With their thorough documentation and appraisal of all materials recycled and donated, homeowners are able realize a sizable tax benefit that generally offsets the cost of the deconstruction process. On a typical 2,400 square foot home, they estimate the average after-tax savings for deconstruction to be $11,700 over traditional demolition.

  • The majority of what is removed from a deconstructed home can be donated to a qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit and claimed as a tax right off.
  • Beyond doing the right thing, deconstruction can actually provide around $11,700 after-tax savings over “Smash and Dash” demolition on a 2,400 square foot home.
Environmental Impact

Not everyone will have the chance to do a major remodel, or tear down a house to make way for a custom home, but for people who do, there is a new GREEN way of doing things known as deconstruction. Compared to the old “smash and dash” style of demolition where everything ends up in the landfill, deconstruction is an environmentally friendly process where the home is carefully disassembled, to salvage as many reusable materials as possible. On average, 75-80% of a building can be kept out of landfills, and on occasion The ReUse People of America have reused and recycled more than 95%! Some of the few items that cannot be repurposed are drywall, rotted materials and broken tile.

  • Nearly 250,000 houses are demolished each year in the US.
  • Landfills are filling up quickly. By choosing Deconstruction over demolition, 75-80% of a building can be kept out landfills.
  • The ReUse People of America has diverted over 300,000 tons of building materials from landfills.
Social Impact

Salvaged materials have a significant social impact as they are often donated to nonprofit organizations to help the less fortunate members of a community. Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country have been the recipients of much of the salvaged material, which is then sold in ReStores to support critical housing programs. “We have been the beneficiaries of major deconstruction projects in the past. The proceeds from reselling salvaged materials provide funding that we are then able to reinvest in our community-based programs and services. It’s really a win-win for all parties involved in the process.”

  • Deconstruction salvages incredible treasures for reuse in preserving other historical homes.
  • Deconstruction supports hardworking nonprofit operations like Habitat for Humanity, whose ReStore is one of the local recipients of amazing reclaimed treasures.

The environmental, economic and social impact of deconstruction is tremendous. People involved at all levels need to advocate for a change in how we deal with remodels and unwanted homes- Homeowners, Contractors, Architects and CPAs all have a role to play in promoting this new way of doing things. If you have questions or want to schedule a free workshop on deconstruction, please contact Habitat for Humanity.

29
Mar

Habitat and AmeriCorps

When your local Habitat for Humanity is between home builds, our hard-working team doesn’t sit idly by. In fact, some head to other communities facing disaster relief or other critical housing needs. Jodi Flickinger, Habitat’s Volunteer Coordinator and former AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) member, recently returned from a 10-year reunion service project with her team members in New Orleans. In 2007 her team helped rebuild the gulf coast after Katrina, and in January returned to the same area to build for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. Here is her story:

 


 

Ten years ago, I joined the AmeriCorps NCCC. AmeriCorps NCCC members travel the country strengthening communities and developing leadership skills while working with a diverse team. Members serve full-time for 10 months to address community needs and respond to disasters. We wear the recognizable large letter “A” patch on our clothing representing the AmeriCorps program we are a part of. As AmeriCorps members, we pledge:

 

  • I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
  • I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
  • Faced with apathy, I will take action.
  • Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
  • Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
  • I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
  • I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.

 

When I joined AmeriCorps, in 2007, Hurricane Katrina had just devastated the gulf coast. Every team was deployed to the south with the purpose of helping the gulf coast communities rebuild. Most of the teams that year were centralized around New Orleans. I worked with Habitat for Humanity in Biloxi Mississippi helping to rebuilding homes and schools. It was an experience I will never forget, and it has changed my life for the better.

 

This year, we decided to hold a 10-year reunion in New Orleans and volunteer for the local Habitat for Humanity. We had the opportunity to help build a home in the lower 9th ward. When we arrived, the house was only a foundation. With our AmeriCorps attitude of “Get Things Done!” we worked hard and by the time we left we had framed the whole house! As with all Habitat for Humanity homes, we were able to work alongside the future homeowner and get to know them. We had a great time and look forward to the next reunion.

 


 

AmeriCorps NCCC teams, drawn from the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930’s, strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based community service with non-profits. They are an amazing resource for organizations looking for committed volunteers to support local service projects. At our local Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps teams have conducted housing studies, completed repair projects, and helped build new homes. In exchange for their term of service, we offer professional skills and experience that the participants will carry with them for a lifetime. We look forward to the possibility of hosting more of these dynamic young people to increase our impact in the Summit and Wasatch Counties!

29
Mar

Welcome to Habitat

 

Kari Dunn, ReStore Operations Director

 

We are thrilled to introduce our new ReStore Operations Director, Kari Dunn. The outdoor industry brought Kari and her husband, Jeff, from California to the Wasatch 25 years ago. The magnificent terrain, outdoor communities, and diverse culture have fueled her interests of sports, environment, and people. Along with their son, Nate and dog, Scout, they have loved calling this part of the country ‘home’ ever since.

 

Kari comes to us from the outdoor outfitter, Patagonia, where she worked for 26 years. Her new position with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore gives her the opportunity to marry her retail experience with her passion for social consciousness and mission-based work.

 

“I am honored to become a member of the fantastic ReStore team and Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties! I am also an avid old home restorer and salvager, and look forward to getting to know the many customers and volunteers of ReStore and Habitat for Humanity who share a passion for people and homes.”

 

Stop by our ReStore to meet Kari and the rest of the incredible team. Welcome to our Habitat for Humanity family, Kari!