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27 Oct , 2011

We enjoyed a visit this week from Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford here in the Triangle.  Jonathan’s position enables him to visit Habitat for Humanity work throughout the world.  In one of our local meetings, Jonathan shared the story of Dorcas Phiri, a Habitat homeowner in Zambia.

Dorcas and her three siblings were left orphaned when their father died of HIV/AIDS.  Their housing, if you can even call it that, was severely substandard and insecure.  Take a few minutes to watch this video of Dorcas sharing the story of her family:


The story has a good ending.  Thank God for Habitat and our work in Zambia—able to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and needy.


25 Oct , 2011

Last week, I attended a Habitat conference in Atlanta and had the opportunity to listen to some of God’s wisdom coming through the mouth of Clive Rainey, Habitat’s first volunteer back in 1977.

Clive’s meditation focused on the prophet Nehemiah.  Clive said that Nehemiah saw the walls around Jerusalem in ruins and, in disgust, proclaimed, “This is a disgrace!  We don’t have to live like this!”

Nehemiah then mobilized the City and in 52 days the City Wall was totally rebuilt by an entire community effort that involved courage (there were enemies out there) and sacrifice.

When you get a chance, read the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.  It reads just like a story to be told of a Habitat build project, just on a much grander scale.

Raleigh and Wake County are often listed as the #1 place to live in the United States.  Sometimes I think that the raters must have overlooked some neighborhoods where I’m sure the residents would wonder, “if this is #1, I’d hate to see….”

Habitat’s founder Millard Fuller would often say that, “The opposite of grace is disgrace”.  Do you want to live in a graceful community or a disgraceful one?”  Here’s to a graceful Raleigh and Wake County, where everyone has a simple, decent, affordable place to call home.


11 Oct , 2011

Last Saturday was the long-anticipated opening of our second ReStore, located at 181 High House Road in Cary.  It was a great occasion with speeches, ribbon cutting, balloons, and lots of eager customers.

For us, ReStore has a three fold mission:  1)  Assist families in securing low-cost products to upgrade their own dwellings   2)  Raise funds for Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide simple, decent, affordable housing for those in need  and 3) to promote re-use of products rather than discarding them to landfills.

Our ReStore sales could generate close to $500,000 for our mission this year.  Biblically speaking, the ReStore is a “tent-making” ministry for Habitat Wake.  The Apostle Paul supported himself and his evangelical, itinerant ministry by making tents and selling them.  We happily continue in the oldest of Christian traditions to extend our reach and serve more families.

Drop off your donations at the new Cary ReStore, 10 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday and 8AM – 4PM Saturdays.  We can pick up your large donations as well.  Call 919.744.2420 to schedule a pick up.

4 OCTOBER 2011

7 Oct , 2011

Rightly, there is much political discussion these days about government deficits and the bond ratings of these governments.

Transportation and housing bond measures on next week’s ballot in Raleigh have raised this issue.  When considering these bonds, we must make a distinction between deficit and debt.  Capital projects benefit a city for multiple years and shouldn’t be expected to be entirely paid for in the year the work is undertaken.  This is the definition of a capital expense.  Debt is the facility by which capital projects are financed.  These bonds create debt, but not deficits as the funding for their repayment is included in the referendum with minimal property tax increases.

Raleigh is often ranked the #1 city in the nation.  Bond financed infrastructure has helped achieve that ranking.  Raleigh city government has been able to maintain a AAA bond rating while keeping property tax rates and general obligation debt per capita among the lowest for North Carolina municipalities.

Political debate is essential, let’s just make sure it is at a meaningful level.   Vote yes for
Raleigh and approve the Transportation and Housing bonds on Tuesday!

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
2420 Raleigh Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27604-2235
Phone 919.833.1999
Fax 919.833.8256
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStore

Store hours:

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays