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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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AmeriCorps Volunteer Spotlight

AmeriCorps Volunteer Spotlight 2Our Affiliate has been selected to host three (3) AmeriCorps members for the 2016-2017 program year!

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

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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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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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