Durham Habitat welcomes spring with two home kick offs

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It seems appropriate that Durham Habitat celebrated two home kick-offs on March 21 - the second day of spring.  A time full of hope and promise of new opportunity, Habitat home kick-offs are special days. 

As we kick-off home builds, we celebrate the diverse partnerships that make our builds possible.  The Tu-Yi family began building in partnership with Duke Habitat, a passionate and dynamic student-led Habitat chapter, and long-term Habitat partner, Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs.  It’s always inspiring to work with Duke undergraduates, especially during March Madness.  Even with a late game Friday night, these dedicated students woke up early on a Saturday morning to serve their community and celebrate the start of another home they've help to fund and build with Durham Habitat.

 The youngest member of the Tu-Yi family poses in front of a banner signed and presented by Duke students to celebrate their kick off

We also kicked off a Families for Families (F3) home build on Angier Avenue in North East Central Durham, just a few short blocks from the first two homes Durham Habitat built in Durham.  F3 is a unique build started by the Replogle and the Trapani families last year.  This year, these two families are again inviting their family friends to join them in building a home in partnership with the most important family in all Habitat partnerships, the family buying the home.

A high-energy component of the F3 build is a program to engage youth in service, fun and community building in NECD.  Safety regulations prevent youth under 16 from working on active construction sites, so Habitat and North East Central Durham partners are creating opportunities for youth to contribute to the neighborhood while their parents build.  SEEDS urban farm and the Angier Avenue Farm are two such partners.  This past Saturday, more than 50 youth participated in the Habitat youth program.  While some attended a financial literacy class at Joe's Diner in the heart of North East Central Durham, others gardened at Angier Avenue Farm.  Kids of all ages, youth and adults, gathered together for lunch and fellowship at the build site.

Habitat youth making birdhouses for the Angier Avenue FarmHabitat youth making birdhouses for the Angier Avenue Farm

It was a beautiful and joyful spring day in Durham!  Together, we built community far beyond the nails that were hammered and the walls that were raised.

I invite you to be become a partner in Durham Habitat’s community building work in Durham.  Join me for breakfast on April 21 in Bay 7 at American Tobacco where we’ll celebrate 30 years of building homes, hope and community in Durham.  You'll learn about Durham Habitat through our passionate partners including Habitat youth, and you’ll be invited to support our work.  For more information about Durham Habitat’s Foundation Breakfast contact Heather Graham, hgraham@durhamhabitat.org.

Habitat Success Stories

Theresia partnered with Habitat and twelve Durham congregations to renovate a historic home in East Durham. She became one of three Habitat families to renovate homes on her street, helping rebuild the neighborhood.