Join us for THE Halloween event in Jackson. This year with a new twist— A TAP TAKE OVER by the super cool peeps at Grand Teton Brewing Company! DJ’d and MC’d by our local community radio station, KHOL 89.1 FM.
Like white wine? Red wine? Bubbly? All the wine? We got you covered. Your entry fee includes any wines you would like to try all night (until the party ends at 11) We will have amazing silent auction items for libations, adventures and gear from around our community. DID WE MENTION THE COSTUME CONTEST?!?
Costume contest prizes will be given for:
🏆Best in Show
🧠Best Creative Theme
Judged by local celebrities!
$20 at the door gets you all you can drink wine, free food and access to a bomb silent auction!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) will come under new leadership with the recent hiring of Kris Greenville, who has enthusiastically accepted the role as Executive Director for the organization. He replaces Kendra Heimbuck who left the position and moved from the area in early August when her husband took a full-time job in Sheridan.
“Following a lengthy process during which time we received more than 35 applicants, our search committee and staff unanimously agreed to hire Kris. He has spent his entire career in the non-profit world and has the leadership qualities, community-oriented passion, and diverse skill sets we were looking for,” says Carol Linton, President of the Board.
Kris is leaving his position as Wilderness Medicine Business Operations Manager at NOLS in Lander to assume the role on or before October 1st. Before working for NOLS, Greenville spent ten years working in various positions for Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI) in San Francisco, CA. While employed with PPI, Greenville increased membership revenue by 73%, directed their membership acquisition and retention program, and managed a diverse staff. In 2017, he left the organization as Vice President to pursue his dreams of living in Wyoming. Greenville began his non-profit career working for the YMCA as both a program and membership director.
“I came to Wyoming a little over 18 months ago to change the trajectory of my career and establish roots in this amazing region. I am excited about working for an important, community-based organization like Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area,” says Kris. Stop by Teton Habitat’s booth at Old Bill’s Fun Run for an opportunity to meet and welcome Kris to our team.
Chad Darnel was born into a military family and moved a lot. By the time he graduated high school, he had moved 10 times. Then after moving to Jackson and dealing with the forever-changing rental market, Chad moved another 10 times before meeting his wife Amber. Amber and her brother grew up in Jackson. Their parents worked and lived in Teton County for over 20 years were also renters–which means moving every year or so. Between the two of them, Chad and Amber had moved over 40 times.
“I guess you can say that for quite some time ‘HOME’ was a cardboard box with your stuff in it ready to be moved” Chad said. “More like a box of memories of the last place you lived. Eventually you stop decorating or reorganizing your room just so it would be easier to take to the next place you move.”
Like many others in Jackson, the two fell in love with the area and it endless landscapes, outdoor playgrounds and sense of community. They sat down together and talk about their ideal wishes for their future family, at the top of both of their list was too able to raise their children in a place they both loved- the place they met, the place they fell in love, and the place they got married- Jackson. When they decided to start their family here, they knew that the decision would come with a lot of sacrifice.
After exploring their options, the Darnel Family, Chad, Amber, Tucker (3) and Sadie (10 months), applied for an affordable housing through Teton Habitat for Humanity Homeownership program in spring 2018. The family’s unhealthy and hazardous living conditions, including collapsing ceilings, high rent, and depilated housing, was seen as a need for housing by the Teton Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee. After further review the Darnels met the two other selection criteria, ability to pay and willingness to partner and were selected as Habitat Future Homebuyers.
“A HOME, OUR HOME! OUR VERY OWN HOME! This is OUR house! That’s YOUR room Tucker! That’s YOUR room Sadie! That’s DADDYS GARAGE!” Exclaimed Chad.
The Darnels would finally have place to celebrate true traditions- Trick or Treating, Christmas, ‘Hunny do’ list!
After over 300 hours of sweat equity, 16 Future Homebuyer education courses, and other hurdles, the Darnel Family purchased their home on August 8th, 2019. Through the Teton Habitat Home Buyer Program, they were able to purchase their home at a 0% interest mortgage for 30 years. Many friends and family member, volunteer and supporters came out to celebrate the successes of the family! If you live in East Jackson, you may even see Tucker and Sadie playing at the park down the street!
Bank of Jackson Hole Continues To Support Affordable Housing with Teton Habitat
Keeping true to its local values, Bank of Jackson Hole is continuing its longstanding support for one of the area’s greatest challenges, affordable housing. As a top annual sponsor for the local housing non-profit, the bank will again underwrite one of Teton Habitat’s most important fund-raisers, the annual Dream Builders Luncheon.
“It’s really gratifying to see an organization like Bank of Jackson Hole stand with Teton Habitat year after year.” Says Kendra Heimbuck, Teton Habitat’s Executive Director. “The support from them goes beyond the business sponsorship with many of the Bank’s employees volunteering at the job site, on committees, and the board, as well as donating generously on their own.”
“We’re proud to have such a strong partnership with Teton Habitat for Humanity,” says Dawn Pruett, Bank of Jackson Hole SVP and Habitat Board Member, “Both our organizations share a value on providing an important community service in a way that deeply honors the people and families that make our community shine.”
This summer’s informal, environmentally-related summer networking event will be co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity and Beyond Efficiency at The Grove Phase III, 825 W. Snow King Ave. Complimentary light appetizers and drinks will be provided.
Attendees will hear from Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area regarding their green building and zero waste practices. The discussion will then focus on the broader topic of sustainable, affordable building and workforce housing in Jackson.
As always, Green Drinks JH encourages you to carpool, ride the START bus, bike or walk to the event and BRING YOUR OWN CUP! The 2018/2019 fun and engaging happy hours are hosted by Beyond Efficiency with support for the July event from Habitat from Humanity and the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Call 307.200.7236 x 5 or visit greendrinksjh.org for more information.
Green Drinks JH is a quarterly gathering for people and the planet.
The event is open to the entire community and encourages discussion, education and general awareness surrounding such topics as sustainability, best business practices, conservation and energy efficiency.
Twenty volunteers from Teton Counties in Wyoming and Idaho,
traveled to Mexico to assist in constructing a pair of homes for families in
need. A new relationship between the Global Village arm of Teton Habitat for
Humanity and Habitat Mexico paved the way for our construction efforts. The
need was profound, the result substantial and the experience unparalleled.
This trip was highly organized, well communicated and
flawlessly executed. The leadership of Augusta Friendsmith, Carsten Stuhr and
their counterparts in Mexico was instrumental in the seamless operation from
start to finish. Well in advance of our trip several fund raising opportunities
allowed the volunteer participants the chance to minimize and even eliminate
Accommodations were clean, comfortable and conveniently
located on the beach. Though our work days were hot and physical there was
ample time to rest, relax and explore our new surroundings in Puerto Escondido.
The homes under construction provided our two small groups plenty of productive
work and a newly acquired measure of masonry skills. Enough cannot be said of
the caliber and character of this hardy, happy and hardworking volunteer group.
I may have traveled to Mexico with 19 strangers but came home with 19 friends.
This experience was perhaps the most personally fulfilling week of my life and I
eagerly look forward to the opportunity to do it again.
Written by: Matt Hare
I was told my international experience with Habitat would be life changing and it was. I was so fortunate to travel with such an incredible team from Teton Habitat. Then to meet the fabulous team in Mexico and work side by side with them, I can’t express how rewarding it was to see what can be accomplished in such a short period of time. The Mexico Habitat families were so open and appreciative of our team’s work. Even though there weren’t always words to communicate because of language; gestures, smiles and hugs spoke volumes. When our work week was done, the closing ceremony in the afternoon brought all the families and friends together to mingle with more hugs, tears, and not necessarily good-byes, but until we meet again. I thank Teton Habitat and Habitat Mexico for this opportunity and can’t wait till next year. I also celebrated a milestone birthday which will always be a highlight of my experience.