2018 May

“She Means Business” Spring 2018 Graduation

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.


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Declutter with Habitat’s ReStore

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
  • Beds
  • Dressers
  • Nightstands

Kitchen items accepted
  • Sinks
  • Refrigerators
  • Other appliances

Living room items accepted
  • Furniture
  • Antiques
  • Rugs
  • Bookcases

Other items accepted by the ReStore
  • Bricks
  • Pavers
  • Doors
  • Lumber
  • Windows
  • Paint
  • Tools
  • Light Fixtures
  • Building Materials

For ReStore contact information, directions or hours of operation click here.