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Building Abundance at a Small Affiliate

Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Spotlight

Idea: To sustain the affiliate’s capability to participate in the process of community development, new executive director Terry Laney had to wear multiple hats. Within a year of his hiring, HFH Lincoln County is doing Neighborhood Revitalization in the Oaklawn community. “Neighborhood Revitalization is going to be the future of this affiliate,” he said.

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A New Beginning in 2015!

Today, July 15, 2015, the Board of Directors at Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity approved hiring Family Services Coordinator AND Marketing/Communications Resource Development Coordinator for our affiliate. This, after approving our first construction coordinator position last month. It didn't hurt in reviewing a DRAFT of our 2015-2016 Budget, reflecting over 3 times as much as last year's budget!

We already have a Community Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator, Patrick Rust, on board as of April 1, 2015, and his position is being paid through a 3-year Capacity Grant! Our Board’s adopted theme since January 1st has been “A New Beginning in 2015”. A truly AWESOME Board focused on growing our impact on families in our county, Guatemala, and Nepal! We are filled with abundant hearts and minds!

Why?

The question why is asked by children, as well as, adults, in order to learn more about a topic.

We just spent over 3 months of work to bring a proposed budget to our Board of Directors for approval. The fiscal year began July 1st, but the budget wasn’t approved until August 22nd. WHY? The answer is simple, the budget was built from the ground up by each of our departments, construction, volunteers, family services, Youth Engagement, administration, fundraising, Denver ReStore, Lincolnton ReStore, instead of from the top down. But why? To be good stewards of our resources, to have total buy-in from our entire staff, finance committee, and our board to manage those resources to their fullest. Again, I ask the question WHY? To align our budget with our strategic plan so that we can utilize checkpoints along the way to ensure that we are on track with our strategies, and if not, adapt our strategies to keep us focused on rapid growth. We thought it more important to get it right, than get it approved, just for the sake of having an approved budget.

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Building Our Impact in 2016

We sent in our August through November tithe, plus the funds we have received thus far, for “smokeless” stoves. This amount is $10,000, the exact amount we needed for the “smokeless” stove challenge! WE DID IT! We are funding 100 “smokeless” stoves for 100 deserving families in need of a smoke free home environment in Guatemala, before January 1, 2016!

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