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Holiday Poinsettia Drive Is On Now – While Supplies Last!

Teton Habitat’s popular annual Poinsettia Sale is underway!

Click here to order

Order early to reserve the best Poinsettia’s in town to add some holiday cheer to your home or office!  Both red and white plants in 6.5” pots are available. Plants are $16 each allowing for $12 to go directly to our projects.

FREE DELIVERY for orders of 15 or more.

Questions? Contact: Paul Schmidt, Teton Habitat Development Officer, paul@tetonhabitat.org or 307-734-0828 x 101.

Grove Home Dedication

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

In June 2017, Teton Habitat broke ground on the first 8 of 24 homes at The Grove. Our future Grove homeowner’s have contributed over 2300 hours and engaged over 300 friends, family and community member to help build their homes.

Completion of the first 8 homes could not have been accomplished without the help of our volunteers, supporters, community partners, staff and board. Thank you!

Join us to celebrate the dedication of these homes Thursday, October 18th at 4:30 PM. Refreshments and home tours will follow a brief ceremony.

Habitat Pilots Zero Waste Construction Site

Teton County’s first model of a zero waste construction site, a partnership between Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling (ISWR) and Greater Teton Habitat for Humanity, was successful in diverting  25,737 pounds of material from the landfill, a 45% diversion rate for the overall project. The process to achieve this level of resource recovery and careful project management was both exciting and challenging! The impacts of this significant effort were shared with 14 staff members, 1131 volunteers, 55 subcontractors, and a lunch-and-learn event audience of 31. The experience turned out to be everything we hoped, a little we didn’t expect, and a lot we can all use going forward.

Results:

As shown in the table below, the year-end results from zero waste efforts at the Grove resulted in the diversion of 25,737 pounds of material from the landfill, a diversion rate of 45%. As discussed in the initial grant application, this diversion rate may now function as a baseline comparison for future zero waste construction projects.

Material Pounds to Landfill Pounds Diverted

from Landfill

Total Pounds Generated % Diversion from Landfill
Trash 32,000
Metal 2,000
Wood 20,000
Glass 36
Aluminum Cans 290
Plastic Bottles 211
Corrugated Cardboard 3,200
Total 32,000 25,737 57,737 45%

 

As anticipated, the 2017-2018 Zero Waste Model Construction Site was successful in  demonstrating what a zero waste construction site could look like, how it could be managed, what it could achieve in the way of diverting materials from the landfill, and how it might influence the standard practices of staff, volunteers, subcontractors, waste haulers, and local industry professionals.

With support from ISWR, Teton Habitat staff did an excellent job of identifying the materials that would be targeted for diversion. These categories included wood, metal, cardboard, and lunch area recyclables (as pictured). The Habitat team planned the spatial arrangement of multiple material bins and coordinated the collection and hauling of each of the materials.

Once the systems to collect materials were in place, Habitat organizers developed and implemented appropriate signage and training to educate site participants on how to utilize the zero waste systems and processes. This included a daily training for volunteers on how to properly dispose of recyclable and non-recyclable materials. The photo below depicts one of the instructional signs.

A Lunch-and-Learn event, hosted by ISWR with the support of the Community Foundation, was held in November 2017 to share the results of the first five months of testing zero waste operations at the Grove. Teton Habitat Outreach Coordinator, Elizabeth Ferguson, along with additional Habitat staff members, described the process to separate and divert construction materials, train volunteers and subcontractors, and track progress. The event audience totaled 31 people and included representatives from the design and construction industry, the waste hauling industry, and several sustainability related organizations.

A number of event attendees expressed interest in continuing the conversation and remaining involved in the effort to increase waste diversion within the construction and demolition industry. A focus group was created from these individuals and has continued to meet quarterly since the initial November event. The group is currently managed as a committee of the ISWR advisory board and includes sixteen members.  Initiatives underway include:

  • the addition of ISWR waste diversion guidelines to the information provided by these designers, project managers and haulers to their customers;
  • an expansion of material bin sizes, locking tops, and collection services provided by local hauling companies – to accommodate the variable needs of different sizes and types of construction sites and projects;
  • plans to draft a zero waste construction site manual for project managers that will include many of the practices and lessons from the Grove and other demonstration sites;
  • the selection of additional/future zero waste demonstration sites in the region; and
  • possible collaboration with the TRUE program, a new resource and certification program from the US Green Building Council, http://newsroom.usgbc.org/gbci-introduces-true-zero-waste-rating-system/ 

Lessons

Many thanks to the Teton Habitat staff for opening their site and themselves up to the many lessons learned throughout this initial year of zero waste demonstration. They were diligent in tracking results , noting observations and, when things did not go as planned, “diving” in to clean up anything that went awry. The following is a summary of the lessons they recorded:

  • Bin Sizes – Initially, the bin sizes available from local waste haulers were limited. They offered only large roll-off dumpsters, which took up a large amount of space on the site and assumed that equal amounts of wood, metal, etc. would be generated. Habitat coordinators originally ordered three 16 foot roll-offs; one each for metal, wood and landfill bound trash. Once it was understood that the footprint of these dumpsters was oversized and unnecessary, an adjustment was made to use one 16 foot roll-off for wood, a 4-yd bin for landfill bound trash, and a self-crafted metal bin.
    • This discussion at the lunch-and-learn event resulted in the subsequent expansion of bin sizes available from several local waste haulers for construction materials.
  • Metal Hauling – The amount of metal collected from the site was less than expected. The large metal dumpster and planned haul trips turned out to be unnecessary. Habitat staff, instead, fashioned a small box for metal recycling and hauled this material to recycling on their own as necessary. The financial impacts of this change are noted in the budget section below.
    • In new construction, there is less metal recycling to be done than on a demolition project.
  • Daily Training – The Habitat volunteer model, which includes a daily safety talk, allowed for a short daily recycling and waste diversion training session for any new people on site. On a traditional, non-volunteer construction site, recycling training would need to take place any time a new construction member or subcontractor participates on site.
  • Recycling Lunch/Personal Items – For the first stage of this particular project, Habitat subcontracted the framing out to a local construction crew. This allowed for the observation of a typical construction crew in comparison with those participating in the Habitat volunteer model. It was noted that the subcontracted crews struggled more with recycling lunch/personal items (water bottles, cans, and glass) than they did with the construction materials, such as wood, metals, and cardboard. These crews were more familiar with sorting construction items than the personal use items, so special steps were taken to increase signage and awareness around the lunch/break area.
    • Habitat coordinators noted a potential opportunity to include the elements of zero waste operations within all coordinating project contracts (subcontractors, etc.) but were not able to implement them within the timeframe of this project.
  • Magnetic Signs for Roll-off Bins – Habitat coordinators opted for magnetic signs to attach to the roll-off bins to be easily interchangeable when a full bin was removed and an empty one was delivered. These signs were substantially delayed at the beginning of the project but were eventually found to be useful.
  • Upstairs Recycling – Smaller, 50-gallon trash cans, were used for crews working on the second-floor spaces to sort their materials nearby and then deliver the pre-sorted items to the larger bins on the ground. This method was found to be more effective than having the crews combine materials upstairs and handle them again in order to sort them into the larger bins.
  • Contamination – Despite ample training and appropriate signage, contamination is an issue in all efforts to collect recyclables. Not all materials are sorted and deposited into the correct bins. The photo below is of Habitat Outreach Coordinator, Elizabeth Ferguson, following her triumphant removal of pounds and pounds of unwanted trash from the WOOD ONLY container. Contamination from trash in wood disposal loads is a common occurrence and results in a sorting fee of $250/ton at the Teton County Trash Transfer Station.
  • Plastic-coated Wood Wrap – The largest contributor, by volume, to the landfill-bound trash bins was the plastic-coated wrap used for the bunks of wood from the lumber yard. Although this material is light, it is very bulky and quickly filled the trash dumpsters, requiring more frequent emptying. ISWR was unable to identify a recycling opportunity for this plastic wrap but will continue to monitor markets.
  • Stretchy Plastic Film – The collection of recyclable stretchy plastic film also proved difficult. None of the waste haulers offered any type of bin or collection service for this material, so ISWR provide a large roll-off container (similar to the large blue bins used at community recycling sites) for collection during the late spring and early summer months. It tends to be that the longer an unlocked bin sits on a public site, the higher the chances are that it will be filled with trash. Unfortunately, this was the case with the bin supplied for plastic film. When it was finally emptied onto the recycling floor, it was found to be completely contaminated with food waste and the accompanying mold and maggots. This load, consisting of 2300 pounds of plastic and trash, had to be sent to the landfill rather than recycled. A smaller bin with more regular tipping service is recommended for plastic film collection in the future.

Project Continuation

Teton Habitat intends to continue to operate the Grove as a zero waste model site. ISWR plans to provide support through additional/improved signage, outreach and social media promotion, and collaboration via the zero waste construction focus group mentioned above.

Budget

The total expenses for this project turned out to be less than anticipated. The changes to the plans for scrap metal collection and hauling described in the Results section above resulted in expenses that totaled 26% less than originally anticipated, a surplus of $1102. Following a conversation and subsequent approval from staff at the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, these funds will be utilized in related areas of ISWR zero waste outreach. The additional funds will be used for updated brochures explaining construction material disposal guidelines, additional cardboard recycling services at the Grove, and reusable banners and signage for continued zero waste operations at the Grove as well as future demonstration sites.

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Wayfair joins Teton Habitat to support Phase III of The Grove

Wayfair donates all the bathroom fixtures to homeowners at The Grove, Phase III.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) and Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, are collaborating to support the development of Phase III of The Grove, a multi-family condominium complex that will provide housing to an estimated 32 adults and 54 children.  Residents at The Grove will benefit from Wayfair’s vast renovation product selection and receive donated fixtures such as bathroom vanities, countertops, mirrors, toilets, and towel racks. In addition, residents also received sink and shower fixtures from Kohler.

“Since 2012, Wayfair has partnered with Habitat for Humanity International, our headquarters, as well as local affiliates across the nation. We were very eager to build a direct relationship and help promote their versatile contractor services in Jackson,” says Kendra Heimbuck, Teton Habitat’s Executive Director.

The donated fixtures are currently being installed in eight homes, the first to be ready for residents at The Grove. Future homeowners were overjoyed to unwrap the bathroom vanity packages from Wayfair during a recent Saturday build day.

“It’s so beautiful!” exclaimed Nicolle Moyer, future Habitat Homeowner “I can’t believe this is going into my house.”

Habitat is currently under construction with 16 of the 24 units in Phase III of The Grove. The first eight units are expected to be finished in late September.

“We’re proud to support such an important project in the Jackson Hole community by working with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area to provide needed bathroom fixtures for the homeowners at The Grove,” said Jane Carpenter, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wayfair. “Habitat for Humanity’s critical work in local communities supports our core mission to help people live in a comfortable home that they love.”

About Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Habitat builds affordable homes in partnership with hardworking families in the Greater Teton Area and strengthens families and neighborhoods through community education and volunteer engagement.  With the proud support of one of the area’s most passionate donor communities, homes are built and sold at no profit to pre-selected partner families and individuals through an interest-free loan to ensure affordable monthly payments.  Homeowners also contribute at least 500 hours of sweat equity, save for closing costs, and take a series of homeowner education classes to qualify as Habitat Homeowner partners.  Habitat also runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells donated home furnishings, appliances and building supplies to help fund Habitat’s program.
For more information: www.tetonhabitat.org/ or 307-734-0828 or visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
kendra@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitat/
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Beloved Community Member Nominee Form

Do you know someone in the community who goes above and beyond to help those who are facing housing insecurities?

Teton Habitat for Humanity, Spread the Love Commission and Shelter JH are taking applications for Beloved Community members who make a stand for affordable housing.

Foresters Financial Delivers the Difference at The Grove

Last month Teton Habitat entertained its largest volunteer group to date.

On June 21st, 150 volunteers from Foresters Financial lent their helping hands at The Grove working on various flooring, painting and framing projects. Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, hosted their annual sales celebration in Jackson Hole in late June. The group was made up of their agents from all over the continent who had reached a particular sales goal.

“The Foresters organizers reached out in early fall 2017,” said Elizabeth Ferguson, Outreach Coordinator for Teton Habitat. “Since that time we have been in constant communication planning, organizing and coordinating the large group.”

This Delivering the Difference program was Foresters Financials first project in the state of Wyoming. Forester’s contributed financial support as well as dedicated volunteers. At the end of the day on June 21st, the group contributed 450 hours of service on sixteen homes at The Grove. The group successfully painted the first eight units, placed almost all the fence along the west side of the property, and framed all the pony walls in the fourth building.

“Foresters Financial and our members have worked together since 1974 to build strong communities and enrich lives.” Kaylie McCann, Foresters Financial Manager of Sales Engagement. “We are excited to have helped families in Jackson Hole through this partnership with Teton Habitat.”

Teton Habitat has just begun exploring hosting traveling groups similar to Forester’s Financial. Voluntourism is an idea that Elizabeth Ferguson had just started exploring.

“We are set up to host many more groups similar to Foresters,” said Ferguson. “I would love to see more tourist get involved with our local community, the community that they are visiting and enjoying.” Ferguson has explored the idea of Voluntourism in collaboration with the Jackson Hole Chamber and other groups.

About Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Habitat builds affordable homes in partnership with hardworking families in the Greater Teton Area and strengthens families and neighborhoods through community education and volunteer engagement.  With the proud support of one of the area’s most passionate donor communities, homes are built and sold at no profit to pre-selected partner families and individuals through an interest-free loan to ensure affordable monthly payments.  Homeowners also contribute at least 500 hours of sweat equity, save for closing costs, and take a series of homeowner education classes to qualify as Habitat Homeowner partners.  Habitat also runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells donated home furnishings, appliances and building supplies to help fund Habitat’s program.
For more information: www.tetonhabitat.org/ or 307-734-0828 or visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)

elizabeth@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitat/
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Colter Elementary Supports Habitat for Humanity

Colter Elementary Supports Habitat for Humanity

Each year Colter Elementary contributes funds and support to an organization selected by the students. This year the student’s leaders wanted to donate to a charity within our local community. They voted to support Habitat for Humanity, a local non-profit that helps build affordable homes for those in need. “This amazing group has provided homes for many of our students, past and present.” Says Student Leader Program “PEAK” Coordinator Christine Jenkins. “The students really connected with the need for everyone to have a safe, decent and stable home.”

Students were able to contribute through the school’s annual fund drive as well as volunteering their artistic talents. Organized through the school’s student leadership program the school mobilized to raise funds via an innovative coin-drive generating over $1,200 to support local efforts to provide affordable homes to families in our community.  They also hand painted 40 flowerpots, which the organization will use at its annual fund raising luncheon and then gift to each new homeowner family at the Grove.

“I was blown away when these kids presented us with this big check!” says Paul Schmidt, Teton Habitat’s Development Officer, “It’s incredible to see Jackson’s youth get so fired up about supporting local affordable housing.”

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)

paul@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828

850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001

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Colombia Trip Builds Lasting Relationships

Teton Habitat Global Village 2018 trip to Colombia changes lives and builds lasting relationships with our global partner Habitat para a la Humanidad Colombia.

In April a team of volunteers from Teton Habitat laid the foundation for one new home and prepared the ground for a second in Filandia, Colombia. It was the beginning of a 5-year partnership between Habitat para la Humanidad Colombia and Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area.

Under the guidance of professional maestros, our volunteers worked alongside Habitat Colombia partner families leveling ground, digging trenches, mixing concrete, and fabricating the steel structures that would give strength and stability to the new homes. But the real adventure was forming heartfelt bonds with the community, learning from Colombians’ experiences, and absorbing the culture of a country striving for peace.

“It was a great experience, I highly recommend others to try it at least once!” exclaims ReStore Manager, Kevin Spence.

In addition to 5 days of building, the team met staff from the mayor’s office who shared there their vision of Filandia’s future as an agri-tourism/eco-tourism destination. They met naturalists who taught them about Colombia’s unique ecosystems and their role in the country’s history. They met a coffee grower who showed them how coffee is farmed in Quindio and explained its importance in the local economy.

Team members were moved by the welcome that greeted them and encouraged by the hope and optimism that was expressed by the people of Filandia. Having established a firm foundation of mutual gratitude and respect, Jacksonites and Filandians alike are excited to watch this partnership develop.

Are you interested in going on a Global Village trip with Teton Habitat? Get on our list email volunteer@tetonhabitat.org 

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)

elizabeth@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001

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Tom Evans Real Estate Announced as New Annual Sponsor

Tom Evans Real Estate Announced as New Annual Sponsor of Teton Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton (Teton Habitat) gains another annual sponsor through the dedicated support of Tom Evans Real Estate.  Promoting the value of area residential and commercial real estate ownership since 1986, Tom Evans understands that having a diverse range of affordable and market properties is key to maintaining our region’s desirability.  His annual Habitat Sponsorship will help the area non-profit add two dozen new properties to its stock of Category 1 affordable homes over the next 3 years.

“Tom’s consistent support of Teton Habitat helps to maintain an economically diverse community and a local feel so many area residents desire.” Says Kendra Heimbuck, Teton Habitat’s Executive Director. “Tom’s generous partnership is a great example of the strength of character that makes our community so compelling.”

“We are all fortunate to live in such a beautiful area,” says Tom Evans, “the kind of work Teton Habitat does to build affordable homes in a way that strengthens our community for the long term is always worth investing in.”

About Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Habitat builds affordable homes in partnership with hardworking families in the Greater Teton Area and strengthens communities through homeowner education and volunteer engagement.  With the proud support of one of the area’s most passionate donor communities, homes are built and sold at no profit to pre-selected partner families and individuals through an interest-free loan to ensure affordable monthly payments.  Partner families also contribute at least 500 hours of sweat equity, save for closing costs, and take a series of homeowner education classes to qualify as Habitat Homeowners.  Habitat also runs the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells donated home furnishings, appliances and building supplies to help fund Habitat’s program.

For more information: www.tetonhabitat.org/ or 307-734-0828 or visit the
Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 850 W. Broadway in Jackson

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)

kendra@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