Habitat Articles


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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In Memoriam: Don Luis Samayoa, National Director for Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Our sister affiliate, where we send our tithe, Habitat Guatemala, suffers a tremendous loss.

Don Luis

 (Pictured:  2nd from left -- Luis Samayoa (National Director)

We received the news that we lost a great friend, and a true humanitarian and servant leader this week. His name was Don Luis Samayoa, the National Director for Habitat for Humanity Guatemala. He was hired as National Director in 1997.

Habitat Guatemala was founded in 1976, and up until Don Luis was hired, they had served about 2300 families. Since 1997, Habitat Guatemala has served 85,000 families. Don Luis was a man of vision, a man that learned that the volunteer committees in the 22 states of Guatemala, were the key to serving more families than anyone thought possible. I met him in 2003, my first global village trip to Guatemala. We became fast friends, and although we did not speak the same language, we were always able to communicate well, without translation. He helped me become a better executive director back here in the states, and, as a result of his teachings, we were able to grow my first affiliate beyond anyone's wildest dreams.

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The Story of Life, to Me!

story of life

I was driving out in the country one day after M.C. and I had moved here from Georgia in 1996, and found this old pump.   I had been looking for one because these old pumps always seem to mirror life. (It wasn't red like this when I found it.)  

I took it by my dad's house in Huntersville and showed him. He said he would clean it up and paint it for me. I told him I wanted it red because at the time, I was working for Pizza Hut.

Not only did he clean and paint it, he mounted it on this piece of wood. I've used it from time to time when talking to different groups, as it just seems to hold their attention. At one time, I had it sitting on my book shelf. Now I have it prominently displayed on my desk as a constant reminder of its meaning to me.  

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