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  • RSS Explained

    What is an RSS feed?

    An RSS feed is, in essence, a direct line from your favorite websites to you. Most websites have news sections, product updates, blogs, and a lot of other daily, weekly, or even montly updated content. Keeping up with all your favorite sites can be tough, RSS feeds are the fix for that. Imagine you had 20 favorite websites and you wanted to check all their news and updates, but you knew you were going to be too busy with school or work that week and couldn't check them everyday. Instead of you having to go out and navigate to all of those websites and search for the content, an RSS feed sends the information directly to you. The RSS feed sends the information directly to your RSS reader and allows you to check all your favorite websites' updates in one convenient location, at your convenience. ...

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  • Come Meet Some of the Habitat Families

    Habitat families are great. Their stories never cease to amaze us and for many, their hard work and never-ending commitment inspires us.

    We wish that you could meet each and every one of them and hear about their lives, their Habitat experience and what having their own home means to them.

    We hear everyday about hardships that our families have endured and stories about families who just want to create a new life for themselves.

    You’ll have a chance to meet 11 of these families at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 13, at our final House Dedication of 2010.

    During this dedication you will meet a single mom you helped her own mother complete the “sweat equity” on her home and is now following in her footsteps to become a Habitat homeowner herself; you’ll meet a couple who have waited many long, hard years to create a home for their children. ...

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  • Help Us Fight Inadequate Housing

    Today is World Habitat Day.

    This is a global observance set aside the first Monday of each October to bring people together everywhere in recognition of the housing needs faced by people all over the world.


    But, it all begins at home.  So please join Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio today as we continue to recognize that the lack of decent, affordable housing in San Antonio is something that we just cannot accept.


    Recent headlines about the rising poverty in our nation – at it’s highest level in 51 years – brings the importance of recognizing the needs of our community to the forefront now more than ever.  According to recent Census Bureau statistics, 19.5% of San Antonians live in poverty.  This is sad.

    There are more than 210,000 San Antonians living in poverty – 50,000 of them are under the age of 5.  There are ...

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  • At HFHSA ... We are Truly Blessed

    At Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio we are blessed to work with many wonderful people –our volunteers, the hardworking families who come to us looking for something better and our financial supporters.


    We couldn’t do it without any of them.


    Our volunteers are the heart of our organization.  Thousands of volunteers generously give of their time to help build our homes each year.


    Working side by side with our volunteers are the families who made a tremendous commitment when entering our program to make something better of their lives.


    And finally – OUR HOUSE SPONSORS!  They provide the funding and often times the labor to construct many of our homes.


    We’ve recently launched a new section of our website to recognize some of our larger contributors.  Here you will see the logos of our full-house sponsors.  And even better, when you click on each ...

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  • Get a First-Hand Look at HFHSA on Hab-i-Tour

    There’s no better way to learn about Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio than to hear what our homeowners have to say about their Habitat homes.

    You can read another inspiring story that has just been added to our “Words from our Homeowners” page. Please take a moment to check it out.

    You can also hear words first-hand from homeowners and staff by attending Friday’s Hab-i-tour. The event is free and lasts only an hour. It’s a great experience if you are a seasoned Habitat supporter, if you just want to learn more or even if you are considering volunteering or donating to HFHSA.

    The guided tour leaves our offices at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 16. It is led by HFHSA staff and features words from homeowners. While on the tour you’ll see homes that are completed and homes that are under construction. You’ll see volunteers at work building homes ...

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  • Sponsors Help HFHSA Change Lives

    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio helps change lives!

    We’ve posted stories about the families who have entered our program, built their new home and began a new chapter in life for themselves and their children. Many of these families came from dilapidated, overcrowded situations, or from renting homes that cost them so much they couldn’t afford all the necessities of life.

    With the help of HFHSA and our simple, decent and affordable homes, these families now have a clean, safe place to put their children to bed in at night. And, with affordable mortgage payments they don’t have to make the choice between rent and other necessities, such as food and clothing.

    We have a whole section of our website dedicated to the benefits of homeownership. HFHSA is able to offer homeownership and the benefits that come with it to a whole segment of the population who otherwise ...

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  • "This is my house..."

    One of the greatest privileges of being involved with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is meeting the homeowners who take advantage of the opportunities offered by HFHSA and hearing their inspiring stories.

    Today, we want to introduce a new page on our website -- Words from Our Homeowners.

    This page will feature speeches that have been given at Habitat events, conversations between Habitat homeowners and HFHSA staff, and even artwork and notes from Habitat kids.

    Today’s entry on this page features a speech given by Roxane Faz at a 2008 volunteer appreciation luncheon.

    The page will be updated regularly over the coming weeks and months. We hope you enjoy.

    Read on.


    by Shelly, Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio staff

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  • Reflections on Homeownership...

    June is National Homeownership Month. I’m sure to many of us, June is just another month. But for some, especially Habitat families, it’s a time to reflect on what a difference homeownership has made in their lives.

    There’s no truer testament to the impact that Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio and the simple, decent and affordable homes we build in partnership with families in need has than words from the families themselves.

    We thought we would take this opportunity to reprint a few comments from homeowners past and present. These comments come from speeches they may have given at various Habitat events, from newsletter articles or just from conversations. Enjoy their comments. And, when you are done, take a look at the homeowner benefits section of our website.

    Read on.

    “To have your own home means freedom. To have your own home means having the ability to be an ...

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  • We Need You!!

    Volunteers Needed to Help With Landscaping

    and Help Complete Homes on Time

    Do you have a green thumb? Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Do you like to volunteer? Are you a seasoned HFHSA volunteer or are you looking to become one?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, WE NEED YOU this Saturday, June 5.

    Saturday is landscape day for 12 of the homes that are currently under construction in our Palo Alto Community and we don’t have enough volunteers scheduled to get the job done.

    This is where you come in: sign up to volunteer and come out to help us lay sod and plant greenery in the flower beds of these 12 homes. You will be filling a great need by helping us put the finishing touches on these homes and complete them on schedule for the 12 hardworking families who are waiting ...

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  • The Many Faces of Habitat

    Throughout my employment with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio I have watched as a neighborhood in our Palo Alto community has taken shape and as lives have been changed by something I’m sure many of us have taken for granted -- owning a home.

    As I’ve watched, I’ve realized I’m seeing more than people purchasing and moving into a home. I’m seeing more than construction crews laying foundations, raising walls and putting a roof over what will some day be the home of a well-deserving family. I’m watching more than houses pop up and line the streets of a new neighborhood.

    What I’ve been watching are the many faces of Habitat that ultimately come together to make our mission of eliminating substandard housing in San Antonio possible. These are people from all walks of life and from varied backgrounds coming together for one common goal – making sure as ...

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