Habitat building committee directors Al Middleton

Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay looking forward to the future

Organization hopes to (literally) build on past success and provide homes for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay is holding their annual general meeting on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the United Church in Castlegar and are inviting the public to learn more about the organization.

Current volunteers and donors have a chance to see where their hours and money have gone, and new volunteer opportunities exist for those wanting to help fundraise, participate in the next build or even take a position as a director on the board.

“We just completed our first build in Castlegar, getting a family into their home last fall,” said volunteer director Marc Allarie. “It’s just down behind Kootenay Market.”

The home in Castlegar was built on a lot donated by the City of Castlegar with help from over 80 donors and many others who donated time and energy.

“Basically, the entire house was built on volunteer labour,” said Allarie. “Selkirk College volunteered all of the hours for carpentry and electrical which was a huge help; as far as finishing touches, the entire community has been very supportive.”

Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay has previously built a total of three homes in the Nelson area, including one duplex.

The faith based, non-profit, and non-government organization has been in existence in Canada since 1985 and is working to provide affordable housing and home ownership to low-income earners.

“Habitat is all about community, making sure that those who need a hand up, rather than a hand out, get on their feet,” said Allarie. “Any family in need can apply and they don’t need a downpayment on the house. The downpayment is community service hours and they pay off the house at a zero percent mortgage to Habitat.”

Allarie said it is important for the community to realize they aren’t just giving a house to someone.

“They contribute and give back to the community,” he said. “They pay for the house in the long run and they really have a chance to build equity for the future.”

Funds collected through the mortgages then get used, along with donations, to help build more homes.

A March 21 press release from Jason Kuzminski, vice-president of government relations and advocacy for Habitat for Humanity Canada, said they are currently in the midst of a plan to build 1,800 more homes by 2016, the same number it originally took 25 years to achieve.

For more on Habitat for Humanity West Kootenay, and links to volunteer forms and donation information, visit www.habitatwk.ca.

 

Just Posted

Rossland couple face charges after faking sex to commit petty theft

Couple fakes the dirty to clean out a laundry

Snowfall warning issued for Kootenay passes

Up to 35 cm of snow expected Monday night and Tuesday.

Castlegar wildlife conflicts down in 2018, though problems persist

Official Bear Smart Community status still elusive for city

How long can Castlegar support a repertory cinema?

Cinema owners find audiences with older, obscure movies

Castlegar Search and Rescue gets early Christmas gift

Boston Pizza donated $1,107 to local search and rescue group

‘Are we going to play?’ Alberta boy with rare illness no big deal for classmates

Porter Stanley is one of 30 people in the world to be diagnosed with Beare-Stevenson syndrome, a craniofacial disorder.

The prize was wrong: Man turns down trip to Manitoba

A New Hampshire man won the prize on “The Price is Right”, but turned it down because the taxes were too high

Publication ban on name of girl killed in Abbotsford school lifted

Reimer’s family had supported an application by Black Press to lift ban

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

RCMP, civilian vehicles rammed in North Okanagan incident

Police attempt to stop truck near Enderby, thought to be tied to alleged Salmon Arm armed robbery

New biker gang with ties to Hells Angels crops up in Lower Mainland

The Street Reapers were formed late last year and have been seen in Fort Langley.

Couple caught up in B.C. Legislature bomb plot to learn their fate

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested as part of an undercover RCMP sting on Canada Day 2013

10-lane George Massey bridge too big, B.C. study says

Consultants say replacement tunnel cost similar to new bridge

Most Read