ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Meet at 187 Francis Ave at 8 am. We are then moving to Edward Ave to finish a handicap ramp project. Call the office at 442-3181 for further information.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
We are hosting a group from St. Stephen's Church at our 187 Francis Ave rehab from 8 am to 2 pm. If you have any questions, call Luke: (413) 446-7732. Click here to check out our projects!

Women Build in the Berkshires 

May 6-21, 2015

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Where: A rehabilitation home project at 187 Francis Ave, Pittsfield.
For whom: Vera St. John - click here to read her story! 
Habitat’s Women Build challenges women to come together and devote at least one day to address poverty housing in the Berkshires. Women are integral to helping families achieve their dream of having a safe, affordable place to live. Registration is closed for Women Build in May, but we would still love to host your team this summerClick here to learn more.

INTRODUCTION TO CENTRAL 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!
Now Accepting Applications:
4 AmeriCorps National Service
opportunities beginning
summer 2015 

We're accepting applications for 3 AmeriCorps VISTA positions and 1 AmeriCorps National service member. We are seeking a Volunteer Engagement VISTA, Financial Literacy VISTA, Community Resource Development VISTA, and a Construction Crew Leader to join our team in Pittsfield. Apply online today and make a difference in our community! Click here to learn more or call our office at 413-442-3181.

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Shop and donate in honor of the mothers, daughters, and special women in your life! Every dollar we raise goes towards alleviating poverty housing in our community and support our Women Build in the Berkshires event. 
When you donate, you'll receive a special Mother's Day card. Donate $30 or more, you'll also receive a Habitat Women Build t-shirt! 

The Westside Neighborhood Watch meeting is cancelled for April.  
We will resume Westside Watch in May, when the warmer weather is here!

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Looking for a Different Kind of Volunteer Opportunity?

Our one-on-one Coach Mentors say that working with the graduates of our Financial Tools & Budgeting classes who are going for BIG life goals has been rewarding beyond their wildest expectations.
Share your financial and life skills to help create a better life for a Pittsfield family by joining our awesome Building for Tomorrow Coach Mentoring Team!
We need your good listening and communication skills, compassion, sense of humor, and about 10 hours of your time each month. No financial expertise required.
Apply today for the next Coach Mentor Training Session on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pittsfield. Contact Lin Schreiber at (413) 441-8286. 
BUILDING FOR TOMORROW
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Do you feel like you are drowning in debt? Are you ready to take charge of your financial future in just seven 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 soon! 

To sign up, email or call Habitat at
(413) 441-8286
Building Dignity

Habitat builds homes with families that demonstrate a willingness to partner with us. These families invest hundreds of sweat equity hours and at the end of the day, the mortgage they pay helps fund the construction of more Habitat homes. It’s easy to feel good about that!

Building Relationships

Politics, professions, ethnicity, religion and economics all fall away at Habitat. We invite people to find common ground through shared goals and collaboration.

Building Community
Habitat seeks to end poverty housing by transforming whole communities, house by house, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood. Our new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative allows us to serve more families by expanding our offerings to include critical home repairs and rehabilitation programs.

Our homebuyer partners must go through a rigorous qualification and selection process. Our homebuyer partners must have earnings and attend financial literacy training that teaches them to maintain a budget. They must invest 400 or 500 hours (or about a year) of sweat equity in the building of their own home as well as the homes of others. During sweat equity they learn home maintenance and upkeep.

And guess what? After all that:

They still have to pay a monthly mortgage.