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27 Jun , 2013

Tomorrow, Norma Smith is retiring after serving 16 years with Habitat Wake.  Norma is Habitat Wake’s longest tenured staff member in our history.   Thousands of volunteers from near and far have interacted with Norma over the years and have been greeted by her as they came out to volunteer.  I always tell our staff that we are here to set the stage and enable the work of volunteers.   Norma’s work embodied that.  Everyone is welcome and everyone has something to give.

Norma joined the Habitat Wake team in 1997 as a construction superintendent after years in the teaching profession.  In the mid-2000’s she shifted over to our Volunteer Services team.  Most recently, Norma created a group of “hospitality volunteers” greeting other volunteers as they come to our construction sites and to our office.  The positive, relational spirit that Norma has shared with so many on behalf of Habitat Wake will live on in our work as her legacy.

Norma is motivated by her Christian faith and knows well what it means to welcome others in Jesus’ name.  She has lived that out each of the days she has served at Habitat Wake.  Norma’s daily presence with Habitat Wake will be missed and we wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement, which based on her volunteer activities at her church and other places, will not be your typical “sit back and rest” type of retirement.  Godspeed, Norma, and thank you!


19 Jun , 2013

I hate it when I have to miss a house dedication.  They are such beautiful celebrations of an act that provides a life changing opportunity.  Last Saturday, I had a family graduation celebration in Virginia and I was unable to attend the dedication of our most recently completed home in Augusta Crossings.  I reached out by e-mail to our homebuyer partner, Ty, to tell her I was sorry to miss her big day.

Ty responded that she understood the importance of my family obligations and closed by writing, “Habitat is the greatest gift ever besides the Lord Jesus Christ!”  Dedicating her first home on her birthday and understanding where those blessings come from.

Many thanks to our faithful partners from Christ Church Raleigh and Highland United Methodist Church for making this home possible and for showing the love of Jesus in a tangible way to someone who already knows it!

3 JUNE 2013 | 102 FAMILIES!

3 Jun , 2013

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”     Matthew 21:21-22

At our annual board meeting last Thursday, our board of directors approved a plan for Habitat Wake to serve 102 families in our fiscal year that begins on July 1.  This is an increase of 19 families from this current fiscal year—or 23%!

This is more than sheer numbers.   Think of the impact in the lives of those 102 families.  It’s huge!  Owning a home for the first time or having a long-time residence repaired makes a remarkable difference in all aspects of a family’s life.  32 families will have the opportunity to purchase a new or fully rehabbed home in Wake County.  35 families will have essential exterior repairs made to the homes they already own in the neighborhoods in which we are building throughout Wake County.  And 35 families in western Honduras will be able to move from inadequate thatched roof, dirt floor homes to a modest home with a metal roof and concrete floor.

So, we’ll need at least 23% more of your prayers.  And 23% more of your time and talent.  We’ve created a budget that will need 18% more of your generosity—whether it is a donation or a purchase at one of our stores.  I promise you that you’ll get more in return than you give.

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