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Global Village Mexico Testimonials

Global Village – Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

April 20 -28, 2019

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 out-of-pocket expenses.

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.

Written by: Jackie Riley

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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Ready for Homeownership?

Habitat will be accepting applications for 8 homes at The Grove. You must attend an information session to receive access to the application. If you can not attend an information session contact us!

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
wendy@tetonhabitat.org | 307-734-0828
850 W. Broadway | P.O.Box 4194
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
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AmeriCorps National Service- Construction Crew Lead

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the construction industry but don’t know where to start? Then we have the perfect opportunity for you! Teton Habitat is searching for an AmeriCorps National Service- Construction Crew Lead to service with us during the 2019-2020 service term. 

This hands-on experience provides you an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and confidence while serving a critical role in helping Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future for themselves and their families. You can get paid to serve on an active build site or at a local Habitat assisting homeowner families, volunteers and staff.

Construction Crew Leader

Construction crew leaders play an integral part in building and repairing more homes, leading to better neighborhoods and communities. As a construction crew leader, you will lead and develop groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers and homeowner families in construction activities all while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment. Using volunteer management techniques, you will manage volunteers and homeowner families as they assist in the building of new homes and/or repairing existing homes or completing weatherization projects. Together, you will perform hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping.

Please Note: while construction experience is helpful, it is not required. 

Required Qualifications: 

• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Valid driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements

Helpful Qualifications:

• Previous experience with a residential homebuilder or a construction AmeriCorps member
• Experience with power tools• Ability to drive large pick-up trucks (or willingness to learn)• Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity International and AmeriCorps• Ability to work with a diverse group of people• Strong verbal communication skills• Experience working with volunteers, teaching or group facilitation• Experience working as a member of a larger team• Knowledge of community development practices• Basic experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel
Benefits of Service:

• Living allowance minimum of $13,992 for a full 46½ weeks of service
• Segal Education Award of $6,095 (upon successful completion of service) – lifetime maximum of 2
• Affordable Care Act-compliant health plan.
• Personal and sick days — approximately 10 days total.
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area

Jackson, WY and the Greater Teton Area is a beautiful, vibrant place to live with endless opportunities for outdoor exploration for individuals who have such a passion. Located just miles from Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Bridger Teton National Forest, and Targhee-Caribou National Forest, Jackson always offers you new places to explore. The need for housing in our community ranges from seasonal employees who seek short-term rentals to long-term residents of the community that wish to have the benefits of homeownership. Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope, creating long-term solutions for our housing crisis. Teton Habitat is the sole only housing provider building homes solely for members of the community who earn 30-80% of the Area Median Income. Our AmeriCorps member will play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and building 16 homes in downtown Jackson. Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships while creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families.

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See full description on Habitat for Humanity International website

Women Build Sponsorship Opportunities

For 21 years now, Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area has educated, inspired, and empowered women, providing ongoing volunteer opportunities where everyone can learn and hone a wide range of construction and home building skills.  The annual Women Build event has become a popular day of celebration of gender equality in a field that is typically dominated by men.  This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever and we’re inviting you to join Teton Habitat in support of women building homes at The Grove, behind the library in Jackson. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4th.

If your business places a value on women’s leadership and empowerment, and you want to support the women of Jackson Hole in growing their ability to build with confidence, please consider partnering with Teton Habitat to make Women Build 2019 our best build day yet!  Supporting businesses will have their logo or name on the event t-shirt and enjoy publicity in pre-event marketing, on our website, and via special mention at the event.

Silver Sponsor: $250 (business name only on tee)

Gold Sponsor: $500 (medium logo on tee) 10 available

Platinum Sponsor: $1,000 (large logo on tee) only 4 available

Presenting Sponsor: $3,000+ (additional benefits) only 1 available

The sooner you get on board, the more PR value comes your way!

Paul Schmidt, Development Officer
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area
Office 307.734.0828, ext 101  |   paul@tetonhabitat.org

Teton Habitat Awarded Major Funding for The Grove Phase III From FHLB through Bank of Jackson Hole

A $200,000 Competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant from the Bank of Jackson Hole and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) will help fund the $8 Million affordable housing development at The Grove Phase III, a 24-unit condo-home development in the town of Jackson, WY.

The grant was awarded to Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat), a local non-profit organization that is spearheading the project. This grant is the first ever AHP grant awarded in Teton County.

“The homes we’re building at The Grove will positively impact the long term quality of life for 24 local families,” said Teton Habitat Executive Director Kendra Heimbuck. “Being awarded this grant underscores the great value of affordable housing in our community and the high caliber of Teton Habitat’s project execution in comparison to affordable housing developments across the nation.”

The first 8 units at The Grove Phase III, behind the County Library in Jackson were finished last fall. The 8 units in the second stage supported by this AHP grant will be completed in early 2020 with the entire 24 unit construction project slated to wrap up in the summer of 2021.

“The Bank of Jackson Hole is proud to facilitate projects that help our community,” said Bank of Jackson Hole’s President, Jim Ryan. “Through this partnership with FHLB Des Moines, we are able to support a great cooperative project making the dream of affordable living for some working families a reality.”

Funds for this program were provided through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Competitive Affordable Housing Program.

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

Welcome to the Team!

Wendy Martinez joins the Habitat team as Homeowner Services Manager

Wendy was raised in Jackson and has lived in the area for 26 years. She attended the University of Wyoming receiving a B.S. Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy. As a long time community member, Wendy wanted to pursue a career opportunity that would allow her to apply her expertise towards helping her community resolve some of the most pressing issues.

As the Homeowner Services Manager, she is responsible for overseeing a range of services for our current and future homeowners. In addition, she responds to housing inquiries and conducts information sessions for the public. Her favorite aspect of Habitat is that the organization’s impact goes beyond building affordable housing for the Greater Teton Area.

When she is not working, Wendy loves playing soccer, running, and hanging out with friends! Contact Wendy at wendy@tetonhabitat.org or at 307-734-0389 ext. 104

Building strength, stability, and self-reliance!
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat)
wendy@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 launches Winter Warrior Challenge

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) is challenging community members to participate in our 2nd Annual Winter Warrior Challenge. Teton Habitat is launching the volunteering competition on January 8th. The competition will run until March 31st. 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 include an evening stay and a round of golf for two at Big Sky Resort, a dinner for two at any Fine Dining Restaurant, and a $100.00 gift certificate to Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Company.

Habitat builds year round and is in need of support during the winter months the most. 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 educational and very rewarding.” says Outreach Coordinator, Elizabeth Ferguson. “Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside our construction team and homeowners.” Individuals and groups are invited to participate in the Winter Warrior Challenge.

Volunteers are welcome to build with Teton Habitat at The Grove, 845 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.

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)
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

GAF supports Teton Habitat project through Community Contractor Program

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area is grateful to have received a generous donation of roofing materials from the GAF Corporation for the first homes at The Grove, Phase III in Jackson WY, completed in October 2018.

GAF Corp and Habitat for Humanity International developed the Community Contractor Program to facilitate support for the construction efforts of local Habitat affiliates. Roof Top Solutions from Idaho Falls, a GAF-certified installer agreed to contribute all the labor necessary for installation. The net value of the donation was $22,995.

“In-kind donations help us to keep our building costs down and to serve more households in our community.  We are so pleased with the newly developed partnership with GAF Corp.” Says Kendra Heimbuck, Teton Habitat’s Executive Director.

Habitat is currently under construction of twenty-four homes in Phase III of The Grove. The first eight units were sold to homeowner’s in mid-October.  The next eight homes are set for completion in February 2020. Volunteers are welcome on the Habitat jobsite every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9-4:30. Sign up online at tetonhabitat.org/get-involved/construction-site-volunteer/

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