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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.

 

HalloWine 2019 raises over $6,000!

Our 2019 HalloWine event broke records this year raising over $6,000 for affordable housing. 

We would like to give a huge shout out to our presenting sponsors Moe’s Original BBQ, Grand Teton Brewing and The Bomb Sommelier!

Thank you to all our silent auction sponsors who made this event possible!
Jackson Hole Jewelry CompanyGive’rStioSnake River GrillSnake River BrewingFine Dining Restaurant GroupJackson Hole Moose HockeySnow King ResortJackson Hole Shooting ExperienceBar J ChuckwagonBuffalo Springs Massage TherapyJH Backcountry HealthScenic SafarisHaydens PostInversion YogaThe Laff StaffLocal Restaurant & BarTrio An American BistroJackson Hole Golf & Tennis ClubFour Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson HoleSUDA IzakayaSudachiGrand Teton Music FestivalTrilipidermGrand Teton Brewing CompanyGrand Targhee ResortTeton TigerWhite Buffalo ClubThe Wort HotelSnake River Sporting Club, Abhyasa Massage Therapy and Rendezvous River Sports/ Jackson Hole Kayak School

Annual Poinsettia Sale!

Poinsettia's on sale now!It’s Time For Teton Habitat’s Annual Poinsettia Sale!

Plants can be picked up from the ReStore after December 3rd.

FREE DELIVERY for orders of 15+ plants

$16 PER PLANT

ORDER BY NOVEMBER 23rd

Questions? Contact Maggie Gabruk, Development Officer

maggie@tetonhabitat.org | 307-7347-0828 x 101

 PRE-ORDER TODAY!

 

 

 

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
maggie@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/
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HalloWine 2019

 

 

 

 

HALLOWINE 2019

Who is ready to party Halloween style?🎃👻💀
Support a great cause by booging down at the 7th annual HalloWine at Moe’s Original Bar B Que – Jackson Hole

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
👹Scariest
💏Best Couple
🙌Best Group
🧠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!

TICKETS

 

 

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/
ReStore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitatrestore/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teton_habitat/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TetonHabitat

Teton Habitat Welcomes and Announces New Executive Director

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.

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/
ReStore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitatrestore/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teton_habitat/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TetonHabitat

The Darnel Family Settles Into Their New Home!

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!

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/
ReStore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitatrestore/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teton_habitat/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TetonHabitat

Bank of Jackson Hole Continues To Support Affordable Housing with Teton Habitat

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.”

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/
ReStore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tetonhabitatrestore/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teton_habitat/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TetonHabitat