Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1993, is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. To date, our volunteers have built safe, affordable housing for 16 families. We make home ownership possible for lower-income working families through no-interest mortgages. To encourage re-use and recycling as well as generate revenue for building projects, Habitat operates the ReStore, adjacent to our office on Route 66, just north of 9H in Hudson, NY.

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HOME IS WHERE THE START IS.

See what’s happening at 208-212 Columbia Street, Phase IV of Habitat’s Columbia Street Campaign. Track our progress as Habitat volunteers & families build 2 new Passive Townhouses. You may see someone you know, or even be inspired to join the crew some Saturday.

Each week we’ll post pictures & share the names of the remarkable volunteers who contributed their time and talents to help build these homes. The heads of our families  Besham Burgess & Misha & Mario Forbes   work weekly, making the down payment on their futures with sweat equity

Thanks to our volunteers, our families, our donors & friends. You make all things possible.

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Week 4:  Kudos to this week’s crew of volunteers. It was one hot week!

September 5:  Katherine Gould-Martin, John Livingston,

September 6:  Matt Blazewicz, Bill Ebel, Bob Elinson, Mario & Misha Forbes, Tim Hall, Guy Hazelton, Tom Larsson, John Livingston, Sara McWilliams, Harold E. O’Brien, Eric Perlman & Ron Tanner.

Build 090514 - 5click here to see more photos from Week 4


Week 3:  Thanks to our super volunteers!

August 28: John Livingston, Harold O’Brien, Joanne Stiles, Ron Tanner.

August 30:  Besham Burgess, Bob Elinson, Mario & Misha Forbes, Tim Hall, Guy Hazelton, Tom Larsson, John Livingston, Harold E. O’Brien & Joanne Stiles.  Photos by Don Moore.

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Week 2: A busy week. Hurray for our volunteers!!

August 18: Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute freshmen Elija Coley, Noah Dropkin, Mark Florkowski, William Foley, Jessica Gentile, Johanna Segura, Lila Sferlazza, Beverly Sihsobhon, Emily Svlanowski, Paige Trasatti, Madison Wheeler & William Zucker. Photos by Joanne Stiles.

August 21: Rita Cominolli, Patty Easton, Mario Forbes, John Livingston, Al MacDonald, Richard Moran, Harold O’Brien, Joanne Stiles & Mario Tarolli.

August 23: Besham Burgess, Peter Cervi, Teresa Coons, Miriam Duhan, Bob Elinson, Misha Forbes, Georgene Gardner, Tim Hall, Terry Jory, Tom Larsson, Sara McWilliams, Donna Morgan, Harold O’Brien, Tom Ragle & Nicole Risch. Photos by Don Moore.

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Week 1: August 16, 2014   Thanks to our first group of volunteers:

Brenda Adams, Bernice Burgess, Besham Burgess, Teresa Coons, Kate Czajk, Mario & Misha Forbes, Guy Hazelton, Ken Kornelli, Angelo Larangera, John Livingston, Al MacDonald, Thomas Martin, Tracy Newkirk, Harold O’Brien, Charlene Paden, Tom Ragle, Christina Schober, Kathy Schober, Bill Sebert & Joanne Stiles. Photos by Don Moore & Joanne Stiles.

Besham.Mario.Ken Karnelli_1click here to see more photos from Week 1

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Habitat’s ReStore Adds New Thursday Hours Starting August 7

This life-size llama rocking horse from F.A.O. Schwarz is just one of the many surprising items ReStore customers can discover. One-of-a-kind old and new pieces regularly turn up in the ReStore’s inventory.

This life-size llama rocking horse from F.A.O. Schwarz is just one of the many surprising items ReStore customers can discover. One-of-a-kind old and new pieces regularly turn up in the ReStore’s inventory.

Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore will add new shopping hours on Thursdays from 4 to 8 pm,
starting Thursday, August 7. read more…

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Columbia County Habitat Breaks Ground on New Passive Townhouses, Phase IV of Columbia Street Campaign

 There were smiles all around at the June 13th groundbreaking for Columbia County Habitat’s second pair of Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson. The Burgess and Forbes families, who will help build and live in the new homes, were introduced at the event.  From left, pictured are: Besham Burgess, Sr., second from left, with his family Besham, Jr., Briella and their friend Aaliyah Jones; Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck; Assemblywoman Didi Barrett; Congressman Chris Gibson; Habitat President Sara McWilliams and Executive Director  Brenda Adams; Mario Forbes, Jr., Julian and Misha Forbes.

There were smiles all around at the June 13th groundbreaking for Columbia County Habitat’s second pair of Passive Townhouses at 208-212 Columbia Street in Hudson. The Burgess and Forbes families, who will help build and live in the new homes, were introduced at the event. From left, pictured are: Besham Burgess, Sr., second from left, with his family Besham, Jr., Briella and their friend Aaliyah Jones; Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck; Assemblywoman Didi Barrett; Congressman Chris Gibson; Habitat President Sara McWilliams and Executive Director Brenda Adams; Mario Forbes, Jr., Julian and Misha Forbes.

Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams led the festivities as Habitat broke ground today (June 13) for its second pair of Passive Townhouses on Columbia Street in Hudson. These homes will be Habitat’s 17th and 18th houses overall and the 14th and 15th built in Hudson for lower-income working families. read more…

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Ichabod Crane H.S. Habitat Club Raises $700 for Columbia County Habitat

Working throughout the current school year on a wide range of money-earning activities, the Ichabod Crane High School Habitat for Humanity Club raised $700 for the Columbia County Habitat affiliate.  There were 18 members of the club this year, coming from all four classes.

Pictured left to right, are: seated – Collin Fraioli, a junior; Alexis Hoffman, a freshman and club Treasurer; Amanda Guido, a sophomore; and Sorrel Rowley, a freshman.  In the back row are Randy Goold, faculty member and co-advisor to the club; Mark McCowan, a senior and club VP; Molly Yezzi, a senior and club President; Judy Bury, a community member and club co-advisor; and Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams. Not pictured, due to the press of Regents preparation, are club members: Sagan Leggett, Secretary; Mariela Jacome, Eric Papas, Alysha Lauster, Hannah Deweerd, Jared Frick, Meagan Tretheway, Nate Manchuk, Haley Hickman, Brittney Roche, Chase Ward and Rainey McCewan.

Pictured left to right, are: seated – Collin Fraioli, a junior; Alexis Hoffman, a freshman and club Treasurer; Amanda Guido, a sophomore; and Sorrel Rowley, a freshman. In the back row are Randy Goold, faculty member and co-advisor to the club; Mark McCowan, a senior and club VP; Molly Yezzi, a senior and club President; Judy Bury, a community member and club co-advisor; and Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams.
Not pictured, due to the press of Regents preparation, are club members: Sagan Leggett, Secretary; Mariela Jacome, Eric Papas, Alysha Lauster, Hannah Deweerd, Jared Frick, Meagan Tretheway, Nate Manchuk, Haley Hickman, Brittney Roche, Chase Ward and Rainey McCewan.

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Columbia County Habitat Gala Honors Builders & Volunteers of the Year

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s 2014 Gala on May 10th celebrated the extraordinary generosity of two firms as well as the amazing efforts of three ReStore volunteers. The evening was Habitat’s most successful Gala ever, with the Silent and Live Auctions breaking all records.

 L-R:  Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Brenda Adams and Board member Kirk Kneller, who served as emcee for the evening.

L-R: Habitat President Sara McWilliams, Brenda Adams and Board member Kirk Kneller, who served as emcee for the evening.

Habitat President Sara McWilliams and Executive Director Brenda Adams presented the Builders of the Year award to BarlisWedlick Architects LLC and The Levy Partnership for their work on the Columbia Passive Townhouses, New York State’s first affordable housing built to Passive House energy-saving standards. BarlisWedlick has offices in Hudson and Manhattan, while The Levy Partnership engineering firm is based in Manhattan.

L-R: Dennis Wedlick, Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams and Alan Barlis, receive the Builder of the Year award for their firm, BarlisWedlick Architects.

L-R: Dennis Wedlick, Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams and Alan Barlis, receive the Builder of the Year award for their firm, BarlisWedlick Architects.

L-R:  Jordan Dentz and Emanuel Levy of The Levy Partnership accepting their Builder of the Award from Brenda Adams.

L-R: Jordan Dentz and Emanuel Levy of The Levy Partnership accepting their Builder of the Award from Brenda Adams.

Habitat’s Volunteers of the Year award went to Marie Bianco of Red Hook, Sharon Hinkley of Hillsdale and Barbara Valicenti of Greenville in Greene County.  Sharon and Barbara developed a plan to reconfigure the ReStore after its expansion last year, and Marie devised an inventory management system that now guides the merchandising of the store.

The ReStore Crew:  Seated, L-R:  ReStore Manager Marcia Witte, volunteer Merry DePhillips and ReStore staffer Margot Carroll.  Standing, L-R:  2013 Volunteer of the Year Ron Tanner, this year’s winning trio of Marie Bianco, Barbara Valicenti and Sharon Hinkley, and 2012 Volunteer of the Year John Livingston.

The ReStore Crew: Seated, L-R: ReStore Manager Marcia Witte, volunteer Merry DePhillips and ReStore staffer Margot Carroll. Standing, L-R: 2013 Volunteer of the Year Ron Tanner, this year’s winning trio of Marie Bianco, Barbara Valicenti and Sharon Hinkley, and 2012 Volunteer of the Year John Livingston.

Habitat Vice President Peter Budelman and Board member Kirk Kneller co-chaired the event.  Board members Gina Armstrong and Susan Chiafullo organized the Silent and Live Auctions.

Naznin Khan, whose family helped build the first Habitat house on Mill Street in Hudson in 2009, sharing her experience as a Habitat homeowner.  The remarks by a Habitat family member are always a highlight of the organization’s Gala.

Naznin Khan, whose family helped build the first Habitat house on Mill Street in Hudson in 2009, sharing her experience as a Habitat homeowner. The remarks by a Habitat family member are always a highlight of the organization’s Gala.

All Gala photos by B. Docktor.

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Questar Construction Interns Make Big Improvements at Habitat

 

Before: (left to right) Questar seniors Hasan Seabrook, Mike Jennings & Wyatt Beaumont building a roof over Columbia County Habitat’s office door.  Habitat volunteer Ron Tanner, pictured right, supervised the students’ weeklong internship.

Before: (left to right) Questar seniors Hasan Seabrook, Mike Jennings & Wyatt Beaumont building a roof over Columbia County Habitat’s office door. Habitat volunteer Ron Tanner, pictured right, supervised the students’ weeklong internship.

Three Questar construction interns spent the week of April 28th at Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s office and ReStore, making several major improvements to the exterior.  Seniors Wyatt Beaumont, Mike Jennings and Hasan Seabrook, all from Greenville, built a concrete ramp at the ReStore’s delivery entrance, replacing gravel and mud.  They also built a roof over the office door, which will make everyone who uses that entrance very happy on wet days. The young men are students of Questar instructor Bill Ebel.  They were supervised on site by Columbia County Habitat’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year Ron Tanner, and were accompanied by Jacquie LeClair, construction teaching assistant.

After!  Almost finished – just the roof shingles left to do.  Greenvile residents and Questar seniors in the construction program (l-r) Wyatt Beaumont, Hasan Seabrook and Mike Jennings.

After! Almost finished – just the roof shingles left to do. Greenvile residents and Questar seniors in the construction program (l-r) Wyatt Beaumont, Hasan Seabrook and Mike Jennings.

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Sara McWilliams & Peter Budelman Elected as Columbia County Habitat President & VP;
Peter Cervi Joins Board

Pictured left to right are:  new Columbia County Habitat President Sara McWilliams, new VP Peter Budelman, outgoing President Janis Smythe, Executive Director Brenda Adams and new Board member Peter Cervi.

Pictured left to right are: new Columbia County Habitat President Sara McWilliams, new VP Peter Budelman, outgoing President Janis Smythe, Executive Director Brenda Adams and new Board member Peter Cervi.

The Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors elected longtime Board members Sara McWilliams as President and Peter Budelman as Vice President at the organization’s recent annual meeting. Retiring after three years as President, Hillsdale’s Janis Smythe will remain on the Board. North Chatham resident Peter Cervi was elected to a 3-year term as a Director. read more…

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