Saturday, November 22
This Saturday we are hosting a combined group from First and South Churches. We will meet at 53 Edward Avenue for the handicap ramp construction. Regular volunteers are encouraged to join us at Edgewood Road to finish the vinyl siding for the porch project. Call Luke Kaplan if you have questions: 413.446.7732.
See what else we're working on right now!
INTRODUCTION TO BERKSHIRE HABITAT
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that builds homes, communities and hope.
Berkshire Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
All that said, please understand that we do not give away homes. Our homebuyer partners must:
- Go through a rigorous qualification and selection process.
- Have a qualifying income and attend our Building for Tomorrow financial literacy training program.
- Invest 400 (for a single person) or 500 (for dual heads of households) hours of sweat equity in the building of their own home as well as the homes of others. During sweat equity, homebuyer partners learn home maintenance and upkeep.
- Pay their mortgage on time.
We do not give away homes. We help those who are just a little short of realizing the American Dream of Homeownership. It's a hand UP, not a hand OUT!
A pickup truck to pull our trailer! We'll need at least a V8 truck--and hopefully one not needing extensive or expensive repairs.
Do you feel like you are drowning in debt? Are you ready to take charge of your financial future in just six classes? If you have tried and failed at budgeting, this class is for you. Here are the rules:
Make every dollar work for you.
Save for a rainy day.
Roll with the punches.
Live on last month's income.
The rules make a lot of sense, and they are worth striving toward.
Our program will change your financial life.
A new series of classes begins every 8 weeks.
To register, call or email Habitat at 413-442-3181 to sign up for the next series of classes, which being January 6, 2015.