Chapters are an integral part of Habitat Saskatchewan – an extension of our organization, building homes for families outside of our main hubs in Regina, Prince Albert, and Saskatoon. Each Chapter receives support and guidance from Habitat Saskatchewan, but is run by its own Steering Committee, sub-committees, and is volunteer-led. We are grateful for all the people who spend their free time volunteering for our local chapters across the province; it’s no small feat, but you’re doing important work for families who need it most. That is why the current state of the Estevan Chapter is so dire. Without new members joining the team, including a chair or co-chair, our Estevan Chapter is at risk of shutting down.

Financially, Estevan is in a great spot.

The Chapter currently has over $40,000 fundraised dollars and $30,000 in mortgage payments in the bank. In addition, they also already own a plot of land in the city. This is a great spot to be in to start fundraising additional money for the next build. The only thing missing, is the people power to get it up and running. That’s where you come in.

Volunteering your time for a Habitat Chapter

A chapter holds a lot of responsibility when it comes to the execution of a build, and the dedication and determination of its committee members is crucial to the success. The responsibilities of the Chapter members include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a business plan and budget for the build
  • Identifying qualifying families to partner with
  • Acquiring land to build on
  • Raise sufficient money and gift-in-kind to cover budgeted costs of the house project (at least 75% of budgeted amount must be raised by the time Chapter is ready to break ground)
  • Coordinating volunteers and/or acquiring contractors for the build

Habitat Saskatchewan is there to help and support throughout the process and offer guidance and expertise when need be. We operate as one organization and want to see everyone succeed. If you have any further questions regarding volunteering for the Estevan Chapter, please reach out to a current member. (contact information below)

Volunteer Testimony

It was 15 years ago when I began my amazing journey as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer in Yorkton. There is nothing more heartwarming than to be present when a family receives the key to their new home. I have been present for nine of these in Yorkton, and I can’t wait until some time next fall when I am there for #10.” – Tom, Yorkton Volunteer

Estevan Committee Recruitment

If this sounds like it’s in your area of expertise, or the cause is something you are passionate about – then perhaps joining the Estevan committee is the right fit for you! Closing down this Chapter is not something we want to do, nor do we take lightly. It is our mission to help all people in Saskatchewan have a safe and decent place to call home. We hope you consider joining.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Tara Goulet:

tgoulet@habitatsask.ca | 306-347-4661

 

On February 23rd Habitat staff, alongside government partners, community members, donors, neighbours, and the two families, gathered to celebrate the next chapter for Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan.

A Sod Turning is always a memorable day. It’s the beginning of a new journey for our partner families; and this time around, it also marked the new beginning for Habitat Saskatchewan as we break ground on the first new homes in Regina in over 2 years.

We started the event by acknowledging and paying respect to the Indigenous land we are on with a presentation of sweetgrass.

In Indigenous cultures across Canada, sweetgrass is respected as a sacred herb, used for centuries in ceremonial practices to invite positive energy, healing, and protection. It embodies the strength and resilience of both family and community, and its braiding of three strands represents the unity of mind, body, and spirit.

As a symbol of the rich heritage and our shared values, we presented the families with a braid of sweetgrass. This gift is not only a token of peace and unity but also serves as a protector, warding off negative energies from homes and ensuring safe journeys. It embraces a tradition that fosters a positive living space, enriched by the teachings and blessings it represents.

 

We were thrilled to be joined by our generous government partners: the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and The City of Regina.

Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and MLA for Regina Gardiner Park; and her Worship Sandra Masters, Mayor City of Regina attended the event.

Without the support of the SHC and the City of Regina, our builds wouldn’t be possible. We rely on the funding of government partners, community members and businesses, and volunteers to get these projects up and running. Together, we are building more than just four walls and a roof, we are building a home where families will make memories that will last a life time.

Mayor Sandra Masters, Gene Makowsky, Habitat for Humanity Sask Sod Turning

Salim & Sanjida and Abdihakin & Fartun – we couldn’t be more thrilled to have you and all your beautiful children join our Habitat family.

This day was much bigger than just Habitat Saskatchewan, bigger than just our families. It was a moment that spoke to the dreams and hopes of families across Canada. Habitat Saskatchewan is deeply honored to once again embark on a journey of building homes, of crafting sanctuaries where laughter and memories can be made for generations to come.

From your house to your car, here are 4 things you can do to be prepared for the winter season.

Although it feels like spring time out there right now in Saskatchewan, we sadly all know this won’t last forever. Those cold temperatures are around the corner; and a drop in temperatures can bring some unpleasant outcomes. But staying prepared is how we make sure our house, car, and our bodies are safe for what’s to come. Of course there are many more things you can do, but here are 4 to get you started:

1. Stock Up on Winter Supplies

This is a great time to make sure you’re fully stocked with cold weather, essential supplies. Items like de-icing salt, snow shovels, and emergency blankets can be lifesavers during heavy snowfalls and freezing temperatures. Preparing ahead ensures that you’re ready to face the winter months with confidence and ease. Stay prepared, stay safe!

2. Check Your Furnace

The heart of your home’s warmth lies in a well-maintained furnace. As the cold sets in, ensure your furnace is in top working condition. Regular maintenance checks not only extend the life of your furnace but also keep your energy costs down and ensure your family’s safety and comfort.

3. Protect Your Pipes

As winter deepens, it’s crucial to protect your home’s plumbing. Insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing and potentially bursting, which can lead to costly repairs. Remember, a small effort in insulation can save a lot of hassle and expense. Stay vigilant and keep your home safe and warm!

4. Winter Clothing + Shoes

If you’re in need of a new winter coat or boots, keep an eye out for the sales that have either already started or are around the corner. Companies will soon start putting out spring, which means the winter stock has got to go! But since Saskatchewan has its infamous 6 month long winter, we aren’t naive enough to think spring is actually that close (hahaha). So now is the time to get those essential items on sale!

As we embrace another year of growth and community building, we’re excited to share updates on our latest projects in Saskatchewan. Each build is a symbol of hope, community effort, and a brighter future. Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening across the province.

Prince Albert: Leading the Way in 2023

Prince Albert has proudly set the pace for 2023, being the first to break ground on a new build. The project commenced in October with the basement’s excavation, symbolizing the start of a journey to a better future for a deserving family. Set to complete within 12 months, this home is more than a structure; it’s a foundation for a stable, secure future.

Regina: A Spring of New Beginnings

In Regina, we are working with Fiorante Homes, a respected local contractor, and bringing the dream of homeownership to life more efficiently. This month, we began the construction of two single-family homes, starting with basement excavation. Our aim is to hand over these homes to families by spring 2024, showcasing our commitment to building strong communities.

Yorkton: A Testament to Community Spirit

In our Yorkton Chapter, the power of community and volunteerism shines. Our volunteers are gearing up to start a new single-family home in early 2024. Their fundraising efforts have already raised nearly $20,000, reflecting the community’s generosity. This build, marking Yorkton’s 10th Habitat for Humanity home, celebrates the community’s enduring spirit and generosity.

How You Can Support Our Mission

Your involvement is crucial in helping us build homes and hopes across Saskatchewan. There are several ways you can contribute:

Shop and Donate to Our ReStores: Discover a variety of items for your home while supporting our cause. Your purchases and donations of gently used items can make a significant impact.

Donations: Every financial contribution, big or small, helps us continue our mission of providing affordable housing solutions.

Volunteer with Us: Join our team of dedicated volunteers and be a part of this transformative journey.

Join us in making a difference in the lives of families across Saskatchewan!

Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan is delighted to announce its return to building homes in Regina, marking a significant milestone with the groundbreaking for our first basement dug since the onset of the pandemic. Following the completion of our most recent builds at Haultain Crossing in spring 2022, this year signifies a renewed commitment to constructing homes and positively impacting lives within the community.

Working Together for Faster Impact

 

To expedite the building process and help more families, we are working with Fiorante Homes, a trusted local contractor. This collaboration will result in the construction of two homes in Regina this year, representing a significant milestone for the organization.

Partnering with Fiorante Homes accelerates our ability to make a meaningful impact and fulfill our mission.

Volunteer Opportunities at ReStores

Due to the nature of this contracted build, volunteer opportunities directly on the build site will be temporarily suspended. However, volunteer opportunities remain available at our ReStore location. Volunteering at ReStores provide an alternative way for community members to contribute to our mission and initiatives. To learn more about how to volunteer at ReStores – click here!

Support Our Cause

As we embark on this journey to build homes and hope in Regina, we invite you to be a part of the change. Your support matters. Visit our donation page to contribute and help us continue making a positive impact on the lives of families in need.

We are more determined than ever to build a better future, one home at a time. Thank you for joining us in this important mission!

In an exciting new initiative, Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan is proud to announce our partnership with Call2Recycle, a leading organization committed to promoting battery recycling across Canada. This collaboration brings a sustainable twist to our 3 ReStore locations in Saskatchewan, as we introduce battery disposal bins for the benefit of both the community and the environment.

A Green Vision for Saskatchewan

Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan has always been dedicated to making positive impacts on communities, and our latest initiative is no different. The 3 ReStore locations in Saskatchewan are now equipped with battery disposal bins, offering an environmentally conscious solution to encourage responsible battery recycling. What’s more, this service is provided to our customers entirely free of charge.

How it works: 

Drop Off Your Batteries: You can drop off your used household batteries, whether they’re single-use or rechargeable, at any of our three ReStore locations in Saskatchewan. These bins can contain batteries weighing up to 5 kg each.

Eco-Friendly Journey: Once collected, Call2Recycle takes over, arranging the safe transport of batteries to their sorting partners. These partners meticulously organize the batteries by chemistry, ensuring they’re handled with care.

Sustainable Transformation: Processing partners step in to extract reusable battery components. These components are then repurposed as inputs in the manufacturing of new, eco-friendly products.

By adopting these practices, you contribute to a greener future and help protect our environment from the harmful effects of battery disposal. To learn more about this program, please visit their website at www.call2recycle.ca

Join the Movement

Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan and Call2Recycle are calling upon our community to embrace this eco-friendly opportunity. Together, we can make a significant impact by responsibly recycling our batteries and reducing their environmental footprint.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting partnership as we continue to work towards a more sustainable Saskatchewan. Together, we can build a brighter and greener future.

 

We’re thrilled to share some exciting news: SaskTel recently showcased Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan on their MaxTV channel! This incredible feature provides a unique window into the heart of our organization, showcasing our mission and the work we do within our community.

Meet the Faces of Habitat: Gail, Brett, and Dessie

In this special feature, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of the key individuals who drive our mission forward:

Gail: Board Chair

Gail, our dedicated Board Chair, offers valuable insights into the core values that drive Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan. Her unwavering commitment to our cause is truly inspiring!

Brett: Regina ReStore Manager

Brett, the passionate manager of our Regina ReStore, plays a vital role in our operations. He shares his experiences, shedding light on the impact our ReStore has in supporting our mission.

Dessie: Homeowner 

Dessie, one of our amazing homeowners, shares his heartwarming journey with us. His story exemplifies the transformative power of a safe and stable home.

Discover More

Watch the full video below:

 

Get Involved

As always, your support is instrumental in our mission to provide safe and stable homes for families in need. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our upcoming projects, please don’t hesitate to reach out. To support our cause, donate here or learn more about our volunteering opportunities here

A Brighter Future, One Home at a Time

We extend our deepest gratitude to SaskTel for providing us with this platform and to all of you, our dedicated supporters, for making our work possible. Together, we are building a brighter future for families across Saskatchewan.

Chelsey and Owen’s story is a testament to the power of having a place to call home. Becoming Habitat homeowners has been nothing short of a dream come true for them, akin to winning a life-changing lottery. “My father still lives in the same home that I grew up in. There are so many memories. Knowing that you can come back to the home you grew up in, for holidays and family dinners – there’s comfort in that. And that’s what I want for my family,” shares Chelsey, her voice resonating with a sense of hope and determination.

Their journey is one of blending families and aspirations. With five children, creating a harmonious home was a challenge, given their initial limited space. However, when their eldest daughter, Bailey, left for college, the opportunity arose for them to finally live together under one roof. Yet, the reality of sharing a confined space with four growing boys, aged 10, 14, 14, and 17, presented its own challenges. Finding a larger, affordable apartment proved elusive in their search.

“It’s been a struggle. We live in a rental and while it’s not the worst of neighborhoods, it’s not the best either. There’s limited housing in our area and we just couldn’t come up with a down payment to buy a home,” Chelsey candidly admits.

Years ago, a glimmer of hope emerged when a college classmate shared information about Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program. Back then, Chelsey, a single parent, applied but faced income constraints that didn’t meet the qualifications. Fate had different plans, and two years later, Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties reached out to Chelsey and Owen. This time, with their combined efforts, they were accepted into the program.

Their future home’s location holds a deep significance. The land, donated by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, holds ancestral connections for Owen, a member of the Band. Situated across from Pilon Island, where Owen’s grandfather once resided, the land echoes with cherished memories. It was the very spot where Owen’s grandfather used to pick him up before embarking on canoe journeys to spend time together. This land, infused with heritage and history, was the meeting ground for generations. In a touching ceremony attended by Mohawk Grand Chief Abram Benedict, the family broke ground on their new home last October.

Despite the pandemic causing delays, Chelsey and Owen’s family is on the cusp of completing their 500 mandatory volunteer hours. Their commitment to Habitat’s cause led them to volunteering at the Habitat ReStore and participating in various fundraisers. Owen, a skilled carpenter, crafted over 50 birdhouses and feeders during the summer of 2020, which the family then painted and donated to the local Habitat ReStore for sale. As construction finally begins, they eagerly await their chance to contribute on the build site.

For Chelsey, homeownership embodies safety, security, and the promise of a better future for her children. It’s about anchoring her family in a forever home where memories will flourish. The anticipation of extra space, privacy, and the ability to create a vibrant garden fuels their excitement. Their new dwelling will be a sanctuary for family gatherings, a place for extended family to congregate during holidays and dinners. Importantly, it will be a launchpad for their children’s dreams and aspirations.

“Homeownership gives us stability. I want my kids to get a good education. To do well and succeed. That’s my dream,” Chelsey expresses, encapsulating the essence of their journey – a dream of stability, growth, and creating a legacy of hope for generations to come.Our goal at Habitat Saskatchewan is to continue to help families like Chelsey and Owen’s for years to come, and in order to do that, we rely on donors to help support our mission. If you’d like to contribute and make a difference, please visit our donation page.

At Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan, our commitment to empowering families extends beyond building homes – it encompasses providing the knowledge and tools necessary for successful homeownership. Our Family Services Department partners with families to guide them through the journey of homeownership, and a crucial aspect of this journey is our comprehensive Homeownership Education program. 

Building a Strong Foundation: Homeownership Education

Once a family partners with us, they embark on a transformative journey towards homeownership. A cornerstone of this journey is our mandatory online Homeownership Education classes. These classes are designed to equip families with the essential knowledge and skills required to not only obtain their own homes but also to thrive in their new roles as homeowners.

The Integral Role of Education

Our Homeownership Education classes are not just a requirement; they are a fundamental part of our program. They play a pivotal role in ensuring that families are well-prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that come with owning a home. We believe that a solid foundation of knowledge enhances families’ confidence and success in their homeownership journey.

A Holistic Curriculum

The curriculum of our Homeownership Education program covers a diverse range of topics that are crucial for successful homeownership. Some of the subjects include:

Understanding Mortgages: Familiarizing families with the intricacies of mortgages, empowering them to make informed financial decisions.

Tax Considerations: Providing insights into tax implications and obligations related to homeownership.

Home Insurance: Educating families about the importance of home insurance and how to choose the right coverage.

Financial Obligations and Budgeting: Equipping families with budgeting skills to manage homeownership expenses effectively.

Credit Education: Offering guidance on building and maintaining good credit, which is essential for financial stability.

Home Maintenance and New Home Warranty: Empowering families to take care of their homes goes beyond ensuring longevity and comfort. We understand the significance of long-lasting investments, and that’s why we also provide families with valuable insights into the New Home Warranty Program. This program outlines details around the 1-year, 2-year, and 10-year plans families buy into when moving into their new home.

Safety Measures: Educating families on home safety practices to create a secure living environment.

Supporting Families on Their Journey

Our goal is not just to provide homes; it’s to ensure that families succeed in their homeownership journey. To support this goal, we provide volunteer hours to families for their attendance and performance in the Homeownership Education classes. We understand that informed families are better equipped to make the most of their homeownership experience.

Fostering Success and Stability

The Homeownership Education program reflects our commitment to creating lasting change in the lives of our partner families. By arming families with knowledge, we empower them to make informed decisions, achieve financial stability, and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Affordable housing isn’t just a roof over one’s head; it’s the foundation upon which brighter futures are built. At Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan, we’re committed to addressing the critical need for housing in our communities and empowering low-income families to break the cycle of instability. Let’s delve into the vital importance of housing for these families and explore the positive impact it has on their lives!

A Home’s Transformative Power

The significance of safe, affordable housing goes far beyond basic shelter. It serves as a springboard for positive change and opportunities for families who might otherwise struggle to secure stable living conditions. A home offers stability, security, and a sense of belonging that can transform lives in numerous ways:

  • Education Excellence: When families have a stable place to call home, children’s school performance improves significantly. With a consistent environment, kids can focus on their studies, leading to increased school grades and a brighter future.
  • Positive Behavior Changes: A secure home environment contributes to improved behavior among children. When they have a space to thrive and grow, their overall well-being is positively impacted.
  • Skills and Career Advancement: Stable housing allows parents to focus on their personal growth and development. With secure housing, adults can dedicate time to education and skills training, leading to better job prospects and higher income.
  • Breaking Dependence on Assistance: Affordable housing helps families move away from relying on social assistance and community services. This shift not only empowers individuals but also lessens the burden on public resources.
  • Community Strength: Strong communities are built on the foundation of stable homes. Affordable housing fosters a sense of community, creating connections and collaboration among neighbours.

Habitat Saskatchewan’s Mission: Creating Lasting Change

At Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan, we’re on a mission to address the affordable housing crisis and create sustainable solutions. Through our homeownership program, we enable low-income families to purchase homes at fair-market value, with a mortgage set at just 25% of their gross annual income. This model promotes financial stability and breaks down barriers to homeownership, fostering a brighter future for families and the entire community.

Transforming Lives, One Home at a Time

The importance of housing for low-income families extends beyond statistics – it’s about transforming lives and creating lasting change. With each home we build, we’re not just constructing walls, but opportunities and dreams. We’re providing a safe haven where families can flourish, children can thrive, and communities can grow stronger together. Join us in our journey to build hope, stability, and brighter futures for all.

Kelsey Stewart, our Director of Fund Development and Marketing at Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan, embodies an unparalleled commitment to the non-profit landscape. Armed with a comprehensive education in Marketing and Economics from the University of Regina, Kelsey’s professional journey has evolved over a decade of steadfast dedication.

With a history deeply intertwined with Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan, Kelsey’s initial role as Volunteer Coordinator back in 2013 laid the groundwork for her enduring passion for community engagement and the non-profit sector. Now, as she rejoins our team, her extensive experience will elevate our marketing and fundraising endeavours to unprecedented heights.

A pivotal juncture in Kelsey’s career was her distinction as the youngest international team leader for Habitat Canada’s Global Village Program. Through eight transformative ventures to Central America, she guided teams in constructing homes and fostering community bonds.

Kelsey’s legacy reverberates through her orchestration of fundraising events, innovative marketing campaigns, and imaginative fundraising initiatives. Her strategic prowess, complemented by her partnership-building skills, positions her at the forefront of leading positive change.

With Kelsey’s return, we are excited to witness the next chapter of transformative change at Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan and to welcome her back to our family. Her dedication, coupled with her visionary leadership, ensures that our organization will continue to make a meaningful impact, one home, one partnership, and one life at a time.

Every year, on National Nonprofit Day, we come together to recognize and celebrate the profound impact that nonprofit organizations have on our communities. It’s a day dedicated to honoring the selfless efforts of individuals and groups who work tirelessly to create positive change in the world. Let’s delve into the significance of National Nonprofit Day, shed light on the essential role of nonprofit organizations, particularly Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan, and explore ways you can support our mission.

Understanding National Nonprofit Day

National Nonprofit Day is a day of gratitude and reflection, a day to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable contributions of nonprofit organizations. It serves as a reminder that these organizations play a crucial role in addressing societal challenges, improving lives, and fostering a sense of unity within communities. This day highlights the collective power of individuals and groups coming together to create positive change and make a lasting impact.

Unveiling the Role of Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are driven by a passion for social and environmental change. They operate with a mission to address specific issues, uplift underserved communities, and make a positive difference. These organizations operate under the principle that profits are reinvested into their causes, rather than being distributed to shareholders. Nonprofits encompass a diverse range of fields, from education and healthcare to social services and environmental conservation.

Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan: Building Homes, Transforming Lives

Among the myriad of nonprofit organizations, Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan stands out for its profound dedication to providing safe and affordable housing. We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to call home, and we work tirelessly to make this a reality. What sets us apart is our unique Homeownership Program, which empowers families by offering them a hand up, not a handout. 

At the core of our mission, Habitat for Humanity ReStores hold an extraordinary role in crafting homes and reshaping lives. With three ReStores across the province, we redefine the charitable landscape by offering a mix of gently used and new goods at a fraction of the price. What truly sets this initiative apart is its profound impact – each purchase you make at our ReStores flows into a ripple effect, helping with the construction of homes for deserving families and fortifying our vital operations. 

This exceptional synergy between our ReStores and Homeownership Programs redefines the concept of giving, as you shop sustainably and purposefully, actively contributing to the transformation of communities and the realization of dreams. Through collaborative efforts, volunteers, and community partners, we create a pathway for families to achieve homeownership and break the cycle of poverty.

Making a Difference, One Home at a Time

Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan is not just about constructing houses; it’s about building stronger communities. Our focus on affordable homeownership goes beyond bricks and mortar—it creates a ripple effect of positive change. Families who partner with us experience improved well-being, stability, and self-reliance. By providing a foundation for families to thrive, we contribute to the overall betterment of our society.

Supporting Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan: How You Can Make a Difference

Your support is integral to our mission of creating affordable housing opportunities. Here are a few ways you can contribute:

  • Volunteer: Join our dedicated team of volunteers and actively participate in building homes and transforming lives. Explore opportunities at our ReStores in Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert, where you can give back, learn new skills, and make a lasting impact. Your commitment, whether a few hours or a full day, is a crucial step toward brighter futures for families in need. Learn more about volunteering on our website.
  • Donate: Your financial support helps us secure materials, resources, and funding needed to build homes.
  • Spread Awareness: Share our mission with your friends, family, and social networks to raise awareness about the importance of affordable housing.

Celebrating the Power of Collaboration 

As National Nonprofit Day draws our attention to the vital role of organizations dedicated to positive change, we encourage you to join us in honoring their collective efforts. Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan’s commitment to affordable housing exemplifies the spirit of nonprofit work in action. By engaging with our mission, you become an essential partner in the journey toward a world where secure and comfortable homes are within reach for all. Together, we lay the foundation for a brighter future, one home at a time.