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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to stain and paint the buildings at the Grove!

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area is looking for groups and individuals to help us paint and stain the 6 buildings at the Grove. In May of 2021, we completed a 4-year project to build 24 affordable units behind the library, right in the heart of Jackson. Now we are charged with giving it one last coat before we move on to 445 E. Kelly.

In order to volunteer, please click here and follow the instructions!

Homeowner Spotlight: Tait Graham

 

How did you first hear about Habitat for Humanity?

I heard about Habitat for Humanity when my friend Jim Wolfgang was chosen for a home about 10 years ago.

Can you tell us about your current housing situation?

It is difficult. I live with my daughter and our dog Cookies in employee housing in the basement of the building I work in. My rent is 50% of what Community Entry Services, my employer, pays me. The biggest problem is the flooding. Every March or April when the snow starts to melt the groundwater raises and our apartment floods. Then the snow from the parking lot and roof melts and makes the problem much worse. By May, there is usually two inches of water in my daughter’s room and my carpet is completely soaked. Two years ago, I woke up to water pouring from the ceiling onto my bed, desk, and in my closet. It was coming through the seams in the sheetrock. The ceiling nearly collapsed from the weight of the trapped water. My daughter’s room and the bathroom were also flooding from the ceiling.

By July, it’s usually dry after Servpro comes and installs two huge loud dehumidifiers but the horrible smell persists into August. At that point, we have to move everything into the kitchen so they can replace the sheetrock and carpet in the bedrooms and bathroom. Last year that took a week. We have done this for 5 years. My employer Community Entry Services has tried to fix it but apparently, there is nothing that can be done. I still felt grateful for consistent housing after moving so often before we got this apartment.

What is your favorite task on the job site?

I really like doing siding and flooring. It is great to see the progress. It is also fun to use saws and nail guns and it feels so much like building something. Siding was especially fun on the scaffolding when the weather is warm.

Do you have any stories about getting your volunteer hours in?

When Covid hit, I was worried about completing my friends and family portion of my volunteer hours. I had a lot of family planning on coming throughout the summer and they were not able to. In general, it was difficult to ask anyone to put themselves or family at risk by volunteering. (Editors note: the risk here is in reference to the pandemic) By the time we were shut down for a second time, my friends and family hours were completed. It really was unbelievable and such a relief. Wonderful people like Don Cushman, Matt Hare, and Augusta Friedsmith had made large contributions to my hours through their hard work. I have completed all my volunteer hours and now the hours I will earn before closing can be donated to my neighbors and I am grateful for that opportunity.

 How will you decorate your home/make it your own?

I haven’t had the time to give that very much thought. I have agreed to give my daughter complete control in that department. People are so generous with furniture and other items that I am not worried about furnishing our home at all. I am very relieved to have saved enough for the appliances that Habitat has arranged.

 Is there anyone you want to thank?

It’s so hard to even know where to start. Unfortunately, I’m sure I will forget someone that has been crucial to this miracle. It has been such a fun time building my neighbors and my home with everybody from Habitat and the volunteers. I am so grateful for this home and it makes me so happy to see how happy my daughter is. Specifically, I would like to thank- Don Cushman, Kaeli McClenahan, Kai and Simone, Brandon West, Peter Wood, Nick, Tony Cross, Olga Salmina, Matt Hare, Wendy Martinez, Nick ‘Styx’ Staron, Kris Greenville, Augusta Friendsmith, Elizabeth Ferguson, Jackson Hole High School Honor Society and my nephew Robby Gilmore. I would also like to thank all the sponsors, builders and I am unendingly grateful to the Board of Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Dedication 2021

Dedication 2021

This year we decided to host the dedication celebration in stages to spread out the risk of spreading the virus . We also wanted to give more time to each of our hard-working homebuyers.  9 homes were finished on time and on budget!

May 20th we hosted tours of the Grove that were open to the public.

May 25th and 26th we held two separate home dedication ceremonies at building 12 and 11 respectively.

June 3rd marked the release of our dedication video!

We are tremendously proud of our homeowners, construction crew, ReStore team, sponsors, donors, volunteers, board, and office team for making dreams come true.

445 E. Kelly Ave

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area is proud to announce our newest project in collaboration with the town and county. 445 E. Kelly Ave is the future home of 18 affordable units. In addition to being right next to a Mike Yokel park, the bus stop is steps away, as well as access to nature trails. Which makes this an idea space for new homes.

Our goal is to provide safe, stable, and sustainable affordable housing to individuals and families in the 30% to 80% of the Area Median Income range. This project offers the opportunity to diversify our housing supply by providing one and two-bedroom units in addition to more of our typical three-bedroom sizes.

Buildings will be built in stages of 6 units at a time. Habitat relies on volunteer labor, donated materials, corporate sponsorship, and private financial donations in order to build affordable homes for the workforce in Jackson.

Summer 2021 Homeowner Spotlight

How did you first hear about Habitat for Humanity?

I learned about Habitat through a coworker.

Can you tell us about your current housing situation?

My current housing situation is that where I live is 78 miles away from where I work.

What is your favorite task on the job site?

My favorite task on the job site was painting baseboards, shelves and window seals (everything that needed to be white!).

Do you have any stories about getting your volunteer hours finished?

Not a story but I absolutely loved working at the ReStore with Chad, Nicki, Nate, Forest and Oliver!

How will you decorate your home/make it your own?

Still undecided but I want it to be comfortable and open for entertaining friends/family.

Is there anyone you want to thank?

I want to thank Habitat for choosing me to be a part of this incredible program, my advocate Jean Day and my family for all of the support. Especially my mom and dad for taking care of Eli while I was in Jackson not only working at my full time job but when I was working to gain my sweat equity hours also!

Do any of your kids have something to say about getting their own room/a house? (If so, please let us know which child).

Eli: I am excited that I get to paint my room whatever color I want with Blackhawk and Penguin wall stickers, I’m going to get to have an air hockey table and we will be able to get a dog! I’m also excited to make new friends, go to a new school and play hockey in Jackson!

Grove Tours

Tour The Grove

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area has been building at the Grove since 2017. This month we are celebrating the competition of our largest project to date. Join us on a walking tour of the Grove to see what hundreds of volunteers, donors, and community members can accomplish.

Tours will take place from 2 – 6 pm on May 20th. Please sign up in advance. We are restricting the group size to 5 people per tour. Please wear a mask and bring lots of questions. Parking is going to be located at the north end of the library’s parking lot in the spaces closest to the chain-link fence.

Please email our Community Engagement Manager at nick.staron@tetonhabitat.org if you have any questions!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Women Build 2021

Women Build is an international effort encouraging women to build on the job site and get involved with housing advocacy. Usually, we have a week-long build event on the job site. Due to COVID 19, we are trying something new.

We are celebrating by highlighting three women who are working to build a brighter community. We will post their interviews on this site and our social media platforms.

You can also build along with us from home. Our construction crew has built bird feeders that can be assembled at home with our easy video and print instructions.

Here is the first of our video celebrations. This one highlights our Construction Supervisor Kaeli McClenahan.

Next up is Anika Youcha. She is an artist, mother, and future Habitat homebuyer.

And for our Friday, March 12th release, Augusta Friendsmith stopped by to tell us a little bit about being an all-star volunteer.

Bird Feeder Project

Bird Feeder Project

SOLD OUT! The bird feeders are sold out. THANK YOU for your interest and participation. For those of you who reserved your bird feeder, please pick them up at the ReStore between March 2nd and 6th during our normal hours of operation. 

Women Build is an international effort to empower women to work on the job site. This year we are encouraging people to build along with us at home during the week of March 8th. If you placed a reservation for a bird feeder, please pick it up in the ReStore between March 2nd and 6th from 10am to 5pm.

Below are the two links to watch an instructional video about assembly of the bird feeders or you can download the written instructions.

Written Instructions

Annual Denim Drive

Annual Denim Drive

Do you have a dusty old pair of jeans or a 1980’s Canadian Tuxedo that is past its prime? Well, until February 16th, 2021 we are collecting denim products in the ReStore that will be donated to Blue Jeans Go Green. They clean and shred all of the denim and turn it into sustainable insulation material. It is a part of our goal to help create more sustainable housing.

They’ve helped us out by providing multiple homes worth of insulation so lets give back while cleaning our closets!

Teton Habitat Releases Community Need Survey

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area (Teton Habitat) is asking community members to participate in our Community Need Survey in order to collect data on diverse housing needs within different segments of our community. The results from this survey will help guide future programs and homeownership opportunities that Habitat offers to the community.

The survey is completely anonymous and contains questions specifically on household make up (income, household size, time in the area, etc.), ownership and location (where you work and live, current house conditions, etc.), and Habitat program awareness (current and future programs). The questions intend to identify gap in our community needs that are not being addressed by current services. The information collected will only be used for internal data collection. All members of the community are being asked to participate. We will be collecting data through mid-December.

“The data gathered in the Community Need Survey will inform all aspects of our organization so that we remain relevant to our community’s housing needs,” says Wendy Martinez, Homeowner Services Manager. “This is crucial internal information that will determine things such as bedrooms size, design of homes, and future programs offered.”

About the Community Need Survey

Click here to take the survey in English

Click here to take the survey in Spanish

 Feel free to spread the word! Thank you in advanced for your time and thoughtfulness in answering our questionnaire