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.

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!

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!