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  • College Day is 'Fitting' for Habitat Site

    Tomorrow is College Day at Coleman Ridge.

    More than 150 college students from the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio College, Our Lady of the Lake University and Trinity University will gather to help us build homes with families in need.

    We have always had tremendous support from our area schools, colleges and universities, but we are really excited to have so many students on site at one time.

    What a perfect way to continue our work and a unique way to emphasize the benefits of home ownership.

    Did you know that children of homeowners are 116% more likely to graduate from college than children of renters? We think that is amazing and how fitting to have college students help build homes in partnership with our families.

    The students – and all of our volunteers – are doing more than just building homes.  They are ...

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  • Volunteers "Take Our Breath Away"

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    While sorting through some old photographs Friday in the Habitat office, I ran across this photo.

    I don’t know who took it, who is in it or even when it was taken.

    What did strike me is the wording written on the top of the window frame –

    Life is not measured by the number of “breaths” you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

    I’ve heard and seen this quote many times. I’ve seen it attributed to many people ranging from Maya Angelou to George Carlin to a greeting card company. I’ve even used it as a caption under photos of my children in scrapbooks, but on this day it really hit home.

    It hit home because on Friday I had just left the construction site of our newest subdivision. The commitment of our families and the dedication of our volunteers and supporters never cease to ...

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  • We Need Volunteers

    Long before I worked for Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio (HFHSA), I was a volunteer. 

    Through the years I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity with various organizations.  When I picked up that hammer or that paint brush, I did so knowing I was doing something good; knowing that I would be helping a family achieve their dreams; and knowing that I could be helping a small child who may have not yet have known the security of living in a safe and comfortable home.

    For me, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity was very rewarding and fun.  Now that I work for the San Antonio affiliate, it means so much more to me.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of families who come to HFHSA seeking a way to better their lives.  I have a so much better appreciation for their hard work and for ...

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  • HFHSA Mourns the Loss of Our Co-Founder

    The staff of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio was saddened today to learn of the death of our co-founder and beloved supporter – Bill Lytle.

     

    Along with his late wife, Faith, Rev. Lytle brought the idea of partnership housing to San Antonio. Together they founded and put Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio on the map in 1976, making it the first affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in the United States. It was through the Lytles concern and commitment to our community that HFHSA began its mission of eliminating substandard housing in San Antonio.

     

    Since that time, HFHSA has worked with thousands of volunteers and supporters to build more than 700 homes in our community and is one of the largest producers of new Habitat homes in the nation. There are more than 700 hardworking families in need who owe their lives in their Habitat homes not ...

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  • The Faces of Habitat

    In this month's issue of Vision, the quarterly newsletter of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, we brought back a feature that proved to be popular in last year's may newsletter -- The Faces of Habitat.  In turn, we've made this a regular feature of our website.

    Also worth bringing back was the blog that announced the new feature.  Use the link at the end of the blog of access the 2011 "Faces of Habitat."  Read on:

    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 ...

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  • Volunteers Make the World A Better Place

    It’s National Volunteer Week and we cannot let the week go by without giving a big THANK YOU to the thousands of volunteers that make the work of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio possible.

    We cannot express enough – not just this week, but all year long – our gratitude to the wonderful people who give of their time and money to help build homes with families in need in our community.  YOU make a tremendous impact on the lives of many.

    I was revisiting a few past blog posts and ran across this one, where we explored the “what if’s” of a perfect world and making the world a better place.

    The reality is the world is not a perfect place.  But our volunteers are making great efforts to make it that way!

    There are families right here in San Antonio living in conditions that no one ...

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  • Dough for Habitat

    Don't forget that today and tomorrow (March 23 and 24), Domino's Pizzas across the city are offering a large, one-topping pizza for only $5.99 (carryout only).  For every special pizza you order, Domino's will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio.

    What a deal -- you can have some dough and some "dough" will be donated to help us build more simple, decent and affordable homes with families in need.

     

    We hope you enjoy some pizza.

     

    Thanks Domino's.

     

     

    Dominoes Special Offer

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  • We Need You!

    We don’t just need you to support us financially. We don’t just need you to man our construction sites and continue being the heart that keeps Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio in motion toward its mission of eliminating substandard housing in our community.

    These things are tremendously important and make a huge impact on the lives of the families served by Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. We continue to need you daily for these things…but also for so much more than that.

    By volunteering you are helping hardworking families realize a dream – a dream of homeownership. You are helping families at an income level that without HFHSA, they would never be able to own a home of their own.

    By volunteering you are doing more than building a house. You are building communities. You are building better lives. You are building a foundation that will help these ...

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  • Start the New Year with HFHSA

    It’s 2011! Why not start the year out with us??

    VOLUNTEER
    Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is currently in need of volunteers on Fridays and Saturday’s throughout the month of January.

    We have 12 homes under construction and without enough volunteers we won’t be able to finish them on time. What a disappointment that would be to the families who are working so hard to make a better life for themselves.

    To volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 210-223-5203 or contact them via email at sarah@habitatsa.org or volunteer@habitatsa.org.

    You won’t regret the decision to volunteer once you experience working alongside one of our families or our other volunteers. For more on volunteering, CLICK HERE.

    TAKE A TOUR
    If you aren’t sure if volunteering for HFHSA is for you, attend one of our Hab-i-tours to learn more. This one-hour, guided bus tour will give you a unique look at ...

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  • A Gift From the Heart Builds Houses

    It only seems like yesterday that I sat down to write this very same blog and again  the holidays are in full swing and Christmas is almost here!

     

    At Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, we like to take a moment to remind you each year that we offer a great gift solution for that hard-to-buy-for-friend or family member, or for that special someone you just want to honor in a unique way.  We can also offer you an escape from the hustle and bustle of holiday season, giving you time to really sit down and remember what the season is all about.

     

    Rather than fighting the crowds to find that perfect gift for your loved one, why not make aGift donation in their honor to Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio? Then all you have to do is sit back and relax.  Habitat will take care of ...

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