Happy holidays!

We wanted to thank everyone who has supported our charity and helped all of the families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing by giving you a fun ornament that you can print off and build your own Habitat home to add to your Christmas tree.

Directions on how to save and print off the ornament:

Please click on the image above and it will open up the ornament document, from there you will right-click and save it to your computer and then you will be able to print it off.

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No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, everyone can agree that this time of year should be a joyous and magical one for everyone in our community. You can be a part of the magic by donating today https://habitatsaskatchewan.ca/donate/

Thank you for your continued support!

Homeownership enriches the lives of families in countless ways, just like it has helped Ramona and her family. Stable housing decreases transiency among children, who do better in school and lessens stress in adults, who are able to focus on advancing their future. We are proud to share the impact of Conexus Credit Union’s one-million-dollar partnership with us and how it has benefited 170 children from 57 homes across the province. There’s still more work to be done as we enter the final year of our partnership, and we look forward to working together to build safe and affordable homes for families in need.

Thank you Conexus Credit Union!

Habitat for Humanity hands over 17 units to new homeowners!

“We were so happy and excited knowing that our family will be safe, and we never have to be a part again, and our kids will have the freedom to live their lives with security. It means the world to us.”

City councillor Terina Shaw (Ward 7) and Minister of Social Services Lori Carr also attended Monday’s event. Shaw spoke of how she empathizes with Moo and Ku, as she herself has experienced difficulty in finding and affording accessible housing. She said the story is “very dear to my heart.”

“I have a daughter with a wheelchair and, you know, just trying to find places that are accessible, trying to find the money to make things accessible was very, very difficult,” said Shaw.

During the announcement families living in the units came to join and take part in the announcement. People from all over the world are represented within the community. Children played on snowdrifts, parents spoke to one another and families sat and stood on the front steps leading to their homes.

“This seems to me like such a wonderful community. It’s not just a home, it’s a community,” said Shaw.

The project will see 62 families moved into homes that they will own. Denis Perrault, CEO HFH Saskatchewan, said the project, which started back in 2016, currently houses around 150 people.

Check out the full article here:

https://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/habitat-for-humanity-hands-over-17-units-to-new-homeowners

Habitat Saskatchewan is so grateful!
Thank you ISC for the current donation of $25,000! In total, ISC has given Habitat Saskatchewan $75,000 over 3 years and this final amount brings us so much JOY!!!
If it wasn’t for organizations like this, helping families in our communities across the province gain affordable housing would not be possible!
The more people give, the more homes we can build and the families we can serve! So, thank you so much for being a part of our mission and vision!

Take a listen here:

https://iono.fm/e/1169235?fbclid=IwAR1qMm8W8kLE63IrbYEgrm4_qjg-R5VMIz89gYqjHUKb9cR_KAvsDqTrBqM

 

John Gormley from 650 CKOM speaks to our Chief Executive Officer, Denis Perrault today to discuss all things amazing about our charity! Thanks, John, for giving us that opportunity!  

Some of the important topics they discussed are fundraising, volunteering, and what Habitat is all about.  Habitat is always looking for volunteers to come out to our 3 ReStores and help us by working in our customer service environment.  We are grateful that people in our communities have still supported us and given donations even while we were in a pandemic!

If it wasn’t for volunteers, community partners, and donations from people in our communities, our dream of helping people in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing would not be possible.

In January of 2021 Habitat Regina, Habitat Saskatoon, and Habitat Prince Albert merged to become one Habitat, Habitat Saskatchewan! The goal is to be able to unify our efforts to serve more families in our communities across the province.  

We hope that this message and our mission hits HOME for you and that you would want to make Habitat your charity of choice.  We value every dollar, every moment we spend helping people in our communities, and every person that comes out to support what we do.  

If you want to know more about us or how you can help, please give us a call at 306-347-4673.

Thanks for listening! 

Thank you, FCC for choosing Habitat Saskatchewan as a worthy recipient of a donation of $3,000.00 to support our goal of building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership in our communities across the province.
This means the world to us!
Over the years FCC has also been there for us by volunteering their time on our build site! What a fun way to build relationships with your team!
At FCC, they care about the communities where their customers and employees live and work. Each year, FCC supports numerous registered charities, non-profit organizations, and schools. Corporate social responsibility guides how they operate and it helps them to achieve their goals as well.
We are in this together and we appreciate the support and partnership!

Check out this article: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/media-newsroom/news-releases/2022/new-homes-support-most-vulnerable-regina

Regina, Saskatchewan, March 10, 2022

Everyone in Canada deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Affordable housing is key to Canada’s pandemic recovery for communities across the country, including in Regina.Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, was joined by Tara Osipoff, Executive Vice-President, Avana, and Nicki Ackerman, CEO of Avana Foundation Inc., to announce a federal investment of $30.8 million to support the construction of new housing through the National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF), representing the largest federal investment in affordable housing through the National Housing Strategy (NHS) for the city of Regina.Located on Trombley Street, the three-storey, wood-frame apartment building will be comprised of 116 units, with 39 units of affordable housing dedicated for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Building amenities include 117 electrified surface parking stalls, as well as an onsite turf play area, and a playground in the interior courtyard for children to play.

The building will be owned and operated by Avana Foundation Inc., the non-profit arm of the Avana, a real estate development and property management company based in Regina. Established in 2019, the Avana Foundation Inc. was created to provide affordable housing and give back to the western Canadian communities where they operate.

Construction of the Trombley Street project is currently underway and will begin welcoming residents in spring 2023.

This investment by the Government of Canada was made possible by the National Housing Strategy’s (NHS) National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF).

November 2021, Nimo, Yasin, and their three children purchased their first home located in Prince Albert, SK.
This family looks forward to putting down permanent roots as their journey to a safe and peaceful home has taken many years.
With over 25 years spent in a refuge camp, let’s celebrate this family and their remarkable story about love, hard work, and a commitment to finding a better life.
Congratulations to them and we are so excited for their journey ahead as homeowners!
I guess you could say that is why we do what we do at Habitat Saskatchewan, and that is why people in our community and beyond give so genoursly to our charity.  Helping one low-income family at a time assume a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home, and giving them a chance to own a home is an amazing thing.
As the Director of Family Services, every day I show up at work means that I am one step closer to helping another family achive their dream.  I show up for them, not for me!
I hope that we can continue to do this for years to come!  That is why a donation means the world to us no matter how big or small.  The fact that someone thought of our charity brings us a sense of gratitude and joy.  I truly hope that the people who don’t know about Habitat have the opportuniyt to connect to our mission and vision at some point in their journey, and know that helping families in need of housing is the most gracious and important thing you can do in your life.
Thank you so much for listening!  We hope to connect with you soon, whether you are a donor, a family looking for housing, or someone who would like to partner with us!
Tara Goulet – Director of Family Services

Our build team at Haultain Crossing in Regina has been hard at work finishing up the last 7 units of our 62 unit townhouse complex. Finishing touches like countertops, closet doors, and paint have all been completed in the last couple of weeks to prepare for the families’ possession date!

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization, and the volunteer’s experience with Habitat Saskatchewan is of the utmost importance to us! Our goal is to follow up with our volunteer groups after their volunteer experience on our build sites to see if they would share their feedback anonymously. By doing this, Habitat can learn and grow from understanding their experiences and improve when improvement is needed.

My Volunteer Experience

Here is some of the feedback we have received from groups that have come and volunteered at
our build sites:

  • Volunteering was very rewarding. The staff and other volunteers that were not from our group were all friendly. I have, and will continue to, encourage others to volunteer with Habitat.
  • Great atmosphere! Great people!
  • Great build site staff! They were amazing to work with and all very knowledgeable, helpful, and polite.
  • Very well organized and a good program. I enjoyed working with the staff
  • RBC thoroughly enjoys these volunteer build days with habitat. Thank you so much for this opportunity.
  • The Habitat staff were very patient and upbeat. I appreciated that there were options for work that did not involve using power tools. It was a positive experience.
  • It was really great to work with all other volunteers. The coordinator also shared more about how the program works for prospective families, so that was great.

Ta and Sah Blu fell in love in a refugee camp. Forced to leave behind everything they knew, they escaped from the civil war in Myanmar. After spending 14 long years in the refugee camp, their applications to immigrate were accepted. The only hiccup in this news was that Ta’s was accepted by the USA and Sah Blu’s was accepted in Canada. The couple spent five long years apart before they were reunited in Canada.

They moved into a small home with Sah Blu’s parents and siblings. There wasn’t much space for 10 people in the modest house, and soon, Ta and Sah Blu were expecting their first child, Michelle. They started saving for a home to call their own. Then, when Michelle turned two, Ta and Sah Blu welcomed another daughter, Milda, who was born with spinal bifida and hydrocephalus. This meant that Ta and Sah Blu’s hard-earned savings would now be used to purchase the equipment that Milda need to grow and play comfortably.

When they heard about Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan, they knew the affordable homeownership program would be just the support they needed to stand on their own and would give them the opportunity they never thought was possible. They applied for the program and were thrilled to be accepted as future Habitat homeowners! They couldn’t believe that their homeownership dream was becoming a reality.

Thanks to Habitat and all supporters, sponsors, and donors, as Ta and Sah Blu have now purchased a safe, decent and affordable home for their family to live in that is also wheelchair accessible. Michelle is excited to paint her very first room pink. Milda will have room to move freely around the house in her wheelchair and has a wheelchair lift which allows her to come and go from the property with ease. Ta and Sah Blu will finally be able to put down roots in a home that they will be able to call their own.