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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 NOTICE:

Dear Habitat Supporters,

In response to the recent developments with coronavirus (COVID-19), our board and staff is taking all known precautions. To best protect our volunteers and staff we have decided to suspend construction site volunteer activities until further notice. Our construction team will continue to build at The Grove in order to serve our future homebuyers.  

We received direction from Habitat for Humanity International to close the ReStore in order to protect our ReStore shoppers, donors and staff. Although we are uncertain how long this closure will last,  we look forward to the opportunity to reopening our doors so that we can continue to serve the community. 

Our administrative staff will be working remotely until further notice, and can be reached by email or phone. 

Our board and staff remain committed to our mission of building homes, community and hope in the Greater Teton Area.  We appreciate your patience and support during these uncertain times. 

If you are experience symptoms, St. John’s Health and Teton County Public advises you to call the hotline at 307-739-4898 select Option 3.

For additional information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
Kris@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
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Women Build Week 2020

Women Build 2020

Presented by Lowe’s

Join Teton Habitat for an empowering day of construction at The Grove! For the 13th year, Teton Habitat for Humanity is engaging women of our community to come work together! We need you!
#WomenBuild #BuildHer #HabitatforHumanity

Wells Fargo Supports Affordable Housing in Jackson Hole through $300,000 in Grants

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area and Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust are two of 62 nonprofits nationwide to receive funding focused on solutions to the U.S. housing crisis

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) and Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust today announced a total of $300,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support housing affordability and catalytic neighborhood revitalization efforts in Jackson, WY. Teton Habitat received a grant for $200,000, and Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust received $100,000.

“We are delighted and grateful for the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation,” says Kris Greenville, executive director for Teton Habitat. “This grant and our ongoing collaboration allows us to address the critical need for housing for hardworking families in the Teton Area.”

Teton Habitat will use the funds to complete its largest project to date, The Grove, Phase III. This 24-home development in the Town of Jackson will provide affordable housing for the lowest income earners in the community. Teton Habitat is currently raising $6 million for the construction project. The grant, as well as one gifted in 2017, makes Wells Fargo the largest contributor to The Grove, Phase III thus far.

“Every affordable housing project, every time, requires a village. This work would not be possible without the help of our community and without incredibly generous financial support,” said Anne Cresswell, executive director of the Housing Trust. “The lead gift from Wells Fargo is a fantastic way to launch our $2.1 million King Street Capital Campaign; we are truly grateful for Wells Fargo’s support.”

The grant to the Housing Trust marks the first contribution for its development on King Street. This gift will leverage support from the Jackson Town Council and generous private donors to ensure 24 new condos are affordable for hardworking families in Jackson. The Housing Trust relies on grants and generous community support to maximize the affordability of each project.

“The housing cost burden is taking a toll on nearly every community, and these two organizations share Wells Fargo’s focus on strengthening communities by bringing forward housing affordability solutions and local neighborhood revitalization efforts,” said Clint Gillum, Wells Fargo district manager. “Wells Fargo is committed to the Jackson community. These grants give us a unique opportunity to continue supporting public-private collaboration to make an even greater impact.”

Grant recipients were selected based on their demonstrated ability to create positive outcomes and catalyze large-scale neighborhood revitalization. The Jackson organizations are two of 62 nonprofits across the U.S. to share in a total of $9 million in funding through the foundation. Wells Fargo committed $1 billion over the next six years to address housing affordability philanthropy solutions including transitional housing, availability and affordability of rental homes, and sustainable homeownership.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Teton Habitat builds attractive, affordable homes in partnership with donors and volunteers in the Greater Teton Area. Homes are sold at no profit to pre-selected families and individuals with an interest-free loan to ensure affordable monthly payments. Homeowners are required to contribute at least 500 hours of “sweat equity”, save for closing costs, and complete a series of homeowner education classes in order to purchase the home. Teton Habitat also runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells donated building supplies, home furnishings and appliances to help support Habitat’s program.

 

About the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust

Since 1994, the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust has built or acquired 146 permanently affordable homes that have served more than 420 individuals, families and couples. Most recently, the Housing Trust completed construction on Redmond Street Rentals, which is now home to 50 dedicated members of the community. In the spring of 2020, the Housing Trust will begin construction on 24 more affordable condos near the heart of downtown Jackson at 174 N. King St.

 

About Wells Fargo

Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,500 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com). With approximately 261,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. With its corporate philanthropy, Wells Fargo aims to pave a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities by focusing on housing affordability, small business growth, and financial health, among other local community needs. In 2018, Wells Fargo donated $444 million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits. For 10 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has held the honor of No. 1 in workplace giving by United Way Worldwide. Wells Fargo team members also actively support communities by donating more than 2 million hours of volunteer time in the last year. News, insights and more information on the company’s overall corporate responsibility are available at Wells Fargo Stories and www.wellsfargo.com/impact.

 

Contact Information:
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Kris Greenville, 307-734-0828, ext. 103

Kris@tetonhabitat.org

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Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust

Stefani Wells, 307-739-0665

stefani@housingtrustjh.org

 

Wells Fargo

Julie Fogerson, 208-570-3037

julie.m.fogerson@wellsfargo.com

@JulieFogersonWF

Grove Home Dedication Ceremony!

YOU’RE INVITED!

Please join us on February 13th for a Home Dedication Ceremony with reception to follow.  

After 16 months of helping hands, dedicated families, and countless successes— It is time to dedicate the next 8 homes at the Grove.

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
info@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
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Teton Habitat launches Winter Warrior Challenge

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) is challenging community members to participate in our 3rd Annual Winter Warrior Challenge. Teton Habitat is launching the volunteering competition tomorrow, January 4th. The competition will run until March 28th. Each hour spent volunteering earns participants a point in the challenge. The three volunteers with the highest number of points on April 1st receive prizes for first, second and third place. The prizes this year include a night stay and dinner at The Wort Hotel, a dinner for two with a wine pairing from King Sushi and one hour of vehicle diagnostics with one and a half hours of labor from Auto Service Elevated.

Habitat builds year-round and is most in need of support during the winter months. It is critical to continue to have volunteers active on the site in order to hit our project deadline. The Winter Warrior Challenge aims to increase volunteer participation during the chilly months. “Lending a hand at the jobsite during the winter is super helpful and a very warming experience,” says Community Engagement Manager, Elizabeth Ferguson. “Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside our construction team and future homebuyers.” Individuals and groups are invited to participate in the Winter Warrior Challenge.

Volunteers are welcome to build with Teton Habitat at The Grove, 825 W. Snow King Ave, any Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9-4:30 PM. Interested volunteers should sign up online at www.tetonhabitat.org/get-involved. Please make sure you always dress appropriately when you come to volunteer with Habitat, especially during the winter months. This winter, volunteer tasks include, but are not limited to interior finishes, flooring, installing cabinets and framing the final building at The Grove.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Habitat builds homes in partnership with hardworking families in the Greater Teton Area and helps build stronger families and neighborhoods through homeowner education and by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive, affordable homes.  Homes are sold at no profit to pre-selected partner families and individuals with an interest-free loan to ensure affordable monthly payments.  Homeowners are required to contribute at least 500 hours of “sweat equity”, save for closing costs, and take a series of homeowner education classes in order to purchase the home.  Habitat also runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells donated building supplies, home furnishings and appliances to help fund Habitat’s program.

For more information, please call 307-734-0828, visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or visit us on the web at www.tetonhabitat.org.

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
volunteer@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitat/
ReStore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitatrestore/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teton_habitat/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TetonHabitat 

 

Meet Our New Future Homebuyers!

Meet the Alvarado Household!

Hugo Alvarado has lived in the Greater Teton Area since 1999, his wife, Magali Alvarado moved into the area in 2018 after nearly 20 years of being separated! Hugo worked for future in which he could be reunited with his wife and three kids, Alisson (17), Hugo (13), and Ana (5). Hugo works in Maintenance for the Cowboy Village Resort and as a busser for Blue Collar Restaurant Group. Magali is a Housekeeper for the Wort Hotel.

The Alvarado Family is currently living in a small 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home. There are overcrowding issues and problems with heating. Their home is not properly insulated, no closet space and the washer and dryer is in the master bedroom, which causes heating problems.

The Alvarado family applied with Habitat to find stability through homeownership and provide a future for their family after being separated for such a long time! Hugo and Magali are excited for their teen children to be able to engage in more opportunities in their community.

“Having a home and a family is the greatest blessing we can have.” –The Alvarado Family

 

Meet the Beech Household!

Katie Beech, has lived in the Greater Teton Area since 2010! She is the Business Manager for Intermountain Roofing in Jackson. Katie loves to have a job that serves this community and looks forward to an opportunity to raise her kids in Jackson!

Katie and her kids, Ethan (19), Damon (14), and Marlee (11), live in an apartment where more than half of Katie’s monthly income goes to rent. They have adapted a big closet of the laundry room as a bedroom in order to create enough room and private space. There is poor heating and pest infestation.

Katie applied with Habitat to in search of stability through a home she can afford so that her kids can continue to blossom in the community.

”Family is not a thing.  Family is everything.  This is my Family, and they are my EVERYTHING!” The Beech Family

 

Meet the Cortes-Olvera Household!

Ruben Cortes has lived in the Greater Teton Area since 2014 and his wife, Jenny Olvera, was born and raised in area! They are new parents of Lionel (3 months) and they are excited for the opportunity to continue to grow and learn from their community. Ruben is a Mason for Four Corners Masonry Inc. and Jenny is a student and a stay-at-home mom. Although they are young, they believe that hard work and determination will help them through any life circumstances that would stop them from fulfilling their goals.

Currently, Ruben, Jenny, and Lionel live in one small bedroom in a shared house in Driggs, Idaho. There is six adults plus a few kids living in a 3 bedroom-1bathroom home. Now with a newborn baby, they will quickly outgrow the room. The home is old and has issues with heating, inadequate insulation, plumbing issues, and pest issues.

Ruben and Jenny applied for a home because they believe that being first time homebuyers will make them more responsible and dedicated to their work, thus giving their young family a better future.

“For us as a family, a home is the beginning of a new stage in our life that will be part of a better future, because a home represents harmony, peace, security and a great responsibility.” – The Cortes-Olvera Family

 

Meet the Garcia Household!

Lizmairu “Liz” Garcia was born and raised in Jackson! Liz would like to raise her son, Emmanuel (4), in the place she calls home! Liz is a front desk agent at The Lodge and she is excited for the chance to begin a new stage in her life and with her community.

Liz and her son Emmanuel currently share a room they rent from family. They live in an old trailer home that has some foundation and insulation issues. As Emmanuel gets older their room gets a little tighter, they are in need of their own space!

As a single mother, it is hard to find a place that she can afford. Liz has lived in Jackson her whole life and she wants to stay to continue to be part of our community! Liz applied with Habitat for a chance to become independent and grow with her son.

“Home means love, stability and security… home is wherever my son is.” The Garcia Family

 

 

 

Meet the Graham Household!

Tait Graham was born and raised in Jackson. He is passionate about helping his community, which is why he has worked in social services for the last 15 years. He worked at C-V Ranch, a residential school for children with emotional and mental disabilities, for 9 years. For the last 6 years, he has worked for Community Entry Services. Tait feels at his best when he is helping others!

Tait and his daughter, Tatum (13), live in a 2-bedroom basement apartment. The apartment has flooded every spring since it was built 7 years ago. It was bad last spring and the carpet in one of the bedrooms was completely soaked and ruined. In order to fix many of the damages that the flooding has produced, Tait and Tatum have had to move out of their apartment for weeks at a time!

Tait applied with Habitat because he feels it would be an amazing gift to be able to own and build your own home. The Graham Family are excited to be future homebuyers and advocates of Habitat.

“Owning a home in Jackson means everything to my daughter and me. It is stability, security, opportunity and independence that we have never had. It means not having to constantly move or worrying about flooding in the spring and a home for our dog. Habitat for Humanity has made the impossible possible.” – The Graham Family

 

Meet the Munguia Household!

Erica Munguia Fuentes, moved to the Greater Teton Area in 2004 and just a few years ago she was reunited with her son, Flavio Moreno Munguia, who is now living full time in Jackson. Erica is a Housekeeper for the 49’er Inn & Suites and Flavio is a cook for Blue Collar Restaurant Group. As a long time community member, Erica keeps working for the opportunity to own a home and provide a future for her family.

Erica and Flavio are currently living in a temporary 2 bedroom-1 bathroom apartment. The apartment walls are thin with poor insulation. The doors and windows do not function well especially in the winter and they experience extreme cold conditions inside the home. The heating system is dysfunctional and their health conditions are not the best due to issues with climate in the house.

Erica and Flavio applied with Habitat because they saw this as an opportunity to stick together after many years of being separated. Mother and son are ready to take the next steps for Homeownership!

“Having a home for us was a dream where our family could live safely and comfortably. Today we give thanks to Habitat for making that dream come true. Thank God for taking care of our family, for giving us love and health. ” – The Munguia Fuentes Family

 

Meet the Youcha Household!

Anika Youcha has been a resident in the Greater Teton Area for about 20 years! She is currently the Operations Manager for the JH Art Association. Anika is passionate about being involved in art education and supporting instructors and all students of art! Anika is fearful that without stable housing she may not be able to see the amazing growth of the Art Association, which is bringing to fruition in our community.

Anika and her daughter Victoria (9) are currently living in a 1.5 bedroom, one bath, and no closet space. Poorly insulated, as it is a very old log cabin, it requires constant keeping of fire, has had pipes freeze, inadequate plumbing due to overworked and aged system which causes yearly back up of septic and subsequent use of port-a-potty.

Anika and Victoria applied for a Habitat Home because they believe that the process of building through community is truly incredible and it maintains their faith in the goodness of humanity.

“To Victoria and me, home means having a safe and stable space to snuggle and learn, to be together and be yourself.” – The Youcha Family

 

Meet the Zarate Household!

Angela Zarate has lived in the Greater Teton Area for more than 20 years! Angela has accomplished many things and looks to her children for strength. She is currently working for Teton School District #1 as a Food Service Worker and has another part-time job as a Housekeeper.

Angela and her daughter Betzabed (13) currently live in a 1 bedroom-1 bathroom apartment. Her son, Miguel (23), often visits home from college. Angela has adapted the living room into a second bedroom so that her children can have their own space. The apartment has deteriorated. The heating system does not function and there are broken windows. There is also mold and floors rising in several parts of the apartment.

Angela applied with habitat in search of better living conditions for her teenage daughter. Her greatest wish is to have home she can call her own!

“A home is at the core of the family, the pillar of a better future for my children, and an example of values ​​and strength. Above all, I owe my many achievements to GOD our father, thank you for blessing me and taking care of me and guiding me as a mother and as a woman. To the Habitat organization, thank you very much and blessings to all! “ -The Zarate Family

 

Global Village Spring 2020 Trip-Information Session and Application

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area’s work does not end in our local community.

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Teton Habitat is taking a trip to Mexico! The Application for this trip is currently open and we will be having a public information session at the Teton County Library on December 18th from 6:00-7:30 PM. More information here.

 

 

 

 

APPLY HERE

Contact Elizabeth Ferguson for more information.

When: April 18th-April 26th, 2020
Where: San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Trip Cost: $ 1,525 ($975 paid/ fundraised by participant ; $550 covered by Teton Habitat) *calculations based on a team of 12, these number could change depending on team size

About Global Village

Teton Habitat annually tithes at least 10% of all undesignated funds towards building homes globally and is proud to be ranked in the top 25 tithing affiliates among small U.S. Habitat affiliates.  Teton Habitat has supported the construction of more than 65 homes and community development projects. Since 2009 Teton Habitat has partnered with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Philippines, and Columbia. Each year Teton Habitat recruits a team of dedicated individuals and travel abroad to build homes, communities, and hope.

Habitat Selects the Final Grove Homeowners

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) announces the final eight future homebuyers of The Grove. Wendy Martinez, Homeowner Services Manager, along with the rest of the Habitat staff welcomed Tait Graham, Angela Zarate, Anika Youcha, Katie Beech, Ruben Cortes, Hugo & Magali Alvarado, Erica & Flavio Munguia Fuentes, and Lizmairu Olvera into the Habitat Homeownership Program on Tuesday evening (see photo). The future homebuyers signed their Partnership Agreement documents which commits them to the Habitat program requirement of 500 sweat equity hours, 15 Future Homebuyer Education Classes, and saving $2,500 for closing costs. They will spend the next sixteen months working on these commitments in order to purchase their homes with a 30-year, 0% interest mortgage.

“This is a true partnership.  These families have their work cut out for them but we are excited to help them along their path to homeownership,” says Kris Greenville, Executive Director.

Application for the final eight homes at The Grove were accepted until mid-August. Applicants are selected for the Habitat Program based on Teton Habitat’s three criteria– Need for Housing, Ability to Pay and Willingness to Partner. A selection committee, made up of a diverse group of community members, then reviews the applications and makes a recommendation to Teton Habitat’s Board of Directors.

The next step for the future homebuyer will be to meet their Homebuyer advocates, which are volunteers in the community that will become a resource for our future homebuyers as mentors up to the time of closing. After meeting their respective advocates, our future homebuyers will be ready to begin tackling their sweat equity and homebuyer education classes. More detailed information about the future homebuyers will follow in the December Newsletter.

 

Winter Potluck

 

Please join us for our annual Winter Potluck on December 11th in the Habitat ReStore. Habitat will provide the main dish, please bring your favorite dish or beverage to share. All are invited!

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
office@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
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The Work Continues…

Last week we poured our final foundation at The Grove and selected the last eight homebuyers. Achieving these milestones gives us a good opportunity to reflect on our journey to get to this point.

Breaking ground in June 2017, it was daunting to contemplate that we’d be working on one project on the same patch of dirt until June 2021. During that period our team would construct twenty-four homes, rally thousands of volunteers, recruit twenty-four new households, and raise over six million dollars in funding while also maintaining a newly reopened ReStore and managing a growing staff.  We’ve accomplished a lot over these two and a half years and we have more to do.

Our plan was to complete the project in three stages of eight homes every sixteen months to achieve our goal of twenty-four homes by June 2021. In four months we had framed the first four units and were well underway with the next four. As winter approached the construction team, the volunteers and the future homebuyers knew they had only twelve months to complete all eight homes. Our team knew the amount of work that lay ahead and pressed on. We had made a promise to our community–these families will purchase a stable home for their children and a place to grow—and we had exactly one year to finish the job.

Walls were built, roof panels flown and buildings dried in. We stuffed insulation, (we froze), laid floors, set doors, set trim and cabinets, rolled paint and before we knew it we were calling for volunteers to help with a final clean. We had done it! We-the Habitat team, volunteers, AmeriCorps members, donors, and future homebuyers- had built more homes than ever before in the history of Teton Habitat!  The first Grove Dedication Ceremony was a celebration when our homebuyers, who had worked  hard for sixteen months finally received the keys to their own homes. It was also a celebration for all the volunteers who contributed their Saturdays and our donors and community partners who strengthened the project with their support.  And what a true celebration it was.

After the dedication, everyone took a long weekend break but in the back of our minds we knew that next week, we’d start the process all over again. We had momentum and we had eight new partner families to serve. Since last October we’ve been working on the next eight units, raising funds and working to educate and empower these families to succeed in their new homes. With less than three and a half months to go, it’s time to reflect again on our accomplishment and to invite you to celebrate with us–the Habitat team, the volunteers, AmeriCorps members, the donors, and most of all the future homebuyers. We’ve built homes, we’ve built community and together we’ve created hopetogether!

Please join us for the next Grove Home Dedication on February 13th, 2020 at St. John’s Episcopal Church from 5PM-8PM.