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.


Columbia County
Habitat for Humanity
829 Route 66
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-0892

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Celebrate Earth Day at Habitat’s ReStore on April 26th

Every day is Earth Day at Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore, but on Saturday, April 26th, ReStore will host a special Earth Day celebration from 11  a.m. to 3 p.m. ReStore’s mantra – reuse, renew and repurpose – will be the focus of Earth Day activities, which include food, fun, demonstrations, balloons, games and Sundog Solar-powered music. In addition, shoppers can take advantage of the April Showers sale, which is offering 25% off on all showers, tubs and Jacuzzis.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County is partnering with Habitat and ReStore to inform and encourage Earth Day celebrants to be savvy green consumers, whatever their ages. Master Gardener Susan Shreck will perform free soil testing for anyone who brings a half-cup of soil. This test determines the relative acidity or alkalinity – the pH level – of the sample, which is important to know when growing food or flowers.  Theresa Mayhew, the Extension’s Go Green Lady will be on hand with loads of tips on how to live well while protecting the earth and its environment.
Music outside will be powered by Sundog Solar’s battery pack.  Area artist Erika Klein will demonstrate chair caning, while ReStore will provide free balloons, popcorn and drinks. There will also be several rounds of the special Earth Day Word Search game, with a prize going to the first finisher in each.
Friends of ReStore and Habitat Joseph Lewis and Ida Pearl Cross will sell their specialties.  ReStore volunteer Joe’s jerk chicken with rice and beans is not to be missed.  Pearl will offer her amazing soup, sandwiches and jello cake. The HGS troop will provide free cookies.
The ReStore, located at 829 Route 66 just past 9H in Hudson, next to Village Dodge, sells new and gently-used building materials, tools, appliances, furniture and other household essentials at discounted prices. All of ReStore’s profits support Columbia County Habitat’s construction programs. The ReStore is open for shopping on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 5.  Donations may be made during shopping hours and by appointment during the week.
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1993, has built 16 houses for lower-income working families, including the Columbia Passive Townhouses in Hudson, the State’s first affordable housing constructed to Passive House standards, which save homeowners up to 90% on heating costs and 70% on other household energy use.  Next on Habitat’s agenda is building Phase 4 of the Columbia Street Project, two new Passive Townhouses 208-212 Columbia Street. That build is expected to break ground in the next month.
For more information or to volunteer at the ReStore or on a Habitat build, please call 518.828.0892 or visit




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Kirk Kneller & Christina Schober Join Columbia County Habitat Board of Directors

Columbia County Habitat President Janis Smythe announced today that Kirk Kneller, owner of The Lofgren Agency insurance group, and Christina Schober of Kinderhook Bank have been elected to Habitat’s Board of Directors for 3-year terms.
Kurt Kneller2“We are so pleased that Kirk and Christina have come on board,” Smythe said.  “Kirk was one of the founders of Columbia County Habitat and has been involved in one way or another for most of our history.  Christina brings her strong financial background as well as a youthful perspective to the Board.”Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams added, “Kirk and Christina contribute great business acumen and experience as well as real devotion to Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing for lower-income working families.”

Kneller said, “I’m very glad to re-join Habitat’s Board. Its work is important not only to the families whose lives it transforms, but to the fabric of our community as a whole.  It’s an honor to be a member of the Board.”
Schober added, “Habitat is a very special organization, and I’m proud to have been elected to help guide it as it continues to grow and innovate. It’s a privilege to help change people’s lives.”

Kirk Kneller bought the Lofgren Insurance Agency in Chatham in 1988, and has built the business to include offices in Valatie, New Lebanon and Copake aswell.  He and his wife Susan also own and run Locust Hill Farm in Ghent, a 245-acre operation they built from scratch. They have 50 head of heirloom breed, all organic grass-fed cattle as well as 50 chickens. Locust Hill Farm beef and eggs are sold on site at 174 George Road and at the Berry Farm in Ghent. The parents of three children, Kirk and Susan were founding members of the Northern Columbia County Pop Warner Football Program, in addition to many other civic activities.

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Christina Schober, a credit analyst and portfolio manager for Kinderhook Bank, received her B.S. in Financial Information and Analysis from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, in 2005. She served as an operations analyst in insurance and pension derivatives at JPMorgan Chase in Delaware for two years before moving to General Electric in Albany, where she was a financial analyst in executive compensation.  In 2008, she moved to Kinderhook Bank in Greenport.  She manages more than $4.6 million in the commercial loan portfolio and works with more than 300 commercial clients.


Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore Celebrates 4th Birthday Nov. 23rd;
Merchandise 20% Off All November

Regular ReStore volunteers (left to right) Becky Armstrong and Coarc residents Heather and Becca prepare the entrance lobby for the coming weekend and ReStore’s birthday party.

Regular ReStore volunteers (left to right) Becky Armstrong and Coarc residents Heather and Becca prepare the entrance lobby for the coming weekend and ReStore’s birthday party.

Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore will celebrate its 4th birthday on Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the community is invited to enjoy the fun. From noon to 3, there will be music, do-it-yourself demonstrations, tasty treats and balloons. Girl Scouts from Troop 1008 from Hawthorne Valley will make and hand out cookies, too. Merchandise gift certificate raffles will be held all day long.

ReStore Manager Lauren Haberland adds that “in honor of Columbia County Habitat’s 20th anniversary this year, all ReStore merchandise is 20% off the entire month of November. Our birthday party will be very festive and we hope to see lots of our friends and neighbors on Nov. 23rd.”

Located at 829 Route 66, just north of the 9H intersection and Village Dodge, the ReStore sells new and gently-used furniture, cabinetry, tools, building materials, lighting, appliances and more. All proceeds from the ReStore support Habitat’s mission to build affordable homes for lower-income working families. This summer the ReStore completed an expansion that’s increased its selling area almost 50% to 7500 sq. ft. ReStore shopping hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 5. Donations are accepted on Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment only at other times.


Snapshots:  The Columbia Passive Townhouses

Photo credit: Ber Murphy

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Columbia County Habitat Dedicates Energy-Saving Columbia Passive Townhouses

The completed Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY.

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) dedicated the revolutionary Columbia Passive Townhouses on Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Hudson, NY. Designed by ground-breaking green architect Dennis Wedlick of BarlisWedlick Architects, the Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street are the first Habitat homes in New York State designed to achieve the Passive House standard, the world’s most advanced building science benchmark for energy efficiency. Heating energy use in the Townhouses is expected to be 90% less than in conventional construction.

Wedlick, who volunteered the firm’s services for this project, explained the concept behind passive design: “Generally speaking, a Passive House is a high-performance residence that is able to maintain a constant comfortable indoor temperature, year-round, with little need for heating or air conditioning. It is able to do so because of its carefully calibrated construction, which includes advanced wall

Pictured on the doorsteps of 244-246 Columbia Street at the dedication of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s Columbia Passive Townhouses are, left to right, architect Dennis Wedlick of BarlisWedlick Architects, Habitat President Janis Smythe, Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck and Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams. Photo credit: Sarah Sterling.

framing and state-of-the-art insulation techniques. This Passive House design standard far exceeds the energy efficiency achieved by LEED or Energy Star 3 homes. While the standard is well-established in several European countries, few single-family homes in the U.S. have been able to achieve this level of energy efficiency. The Columbia Passive Townhouses will be one of the first multi-family homes in the nation to do so.”

CCHfH President Janis Smythe said, “The Board is very proud and happy to be the first Habitat affiliate in New York State to invest in a building that is designed to achieve Passive House standards. This year is our 20th anniversary and we couldn’t have a better way to celebrate. Habitat is all about affordable home ownership for families. The Columbia Passive Townhouses are affordable not only in their purchase cost and no-interest financing. These homes also offer their owners long-term financial sustainability as well because of the nominal energy required for heating.” read more…






Questar Construction Trades students worked regularly on Columbia County Habitat’s Columbia Passive Townhouses. Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams said, “We really couldn’t have built the house without the skill and energy these young men brought to the site every time.” Pictured above, left to right, are: sitting — Questar Construction Trades Instructor Bill Ebel, Phil Martin, Habitat Board member and Questar site supervisor John Livingston, Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams, Aaron Jackson, Bruce Hamm and Kevin Kiefer. Standing — John Schermerhorn, Anthony Bashford, Robert Kohler, John Farace, John Dickert, Ronin Turner and Mike Bliss.



Ichabod Crane H.S. Habitat for Humanity Gives Money & Muscle to Columbia County Habitat




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Ed Herrington, Inc. Donates $10,000 to Columbia County Habitat

Pictured below at the Columbia Passive Townhouses, 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson, are, l-r, Ed Herrington; Allison Herrington Neumann; Janis Smythe, President of Columbia County Habitat; Larry Ostrander, manager of Herrington’s Hudson location; Brenda Adams, Habitat Executive Director; and Rich Herrington. Ed Herrington Inc. gave Habitat $10,000 to support the Columbia Passive Townhouses build.

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity President Janis Smythe announced today that Ed Herrington, Inc., the family-owned supplier of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has given the organization $10,000 to support the construction of the Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia Street in Hudson.

“Columbia County Habitat has enjoyed a long relationship with Herrington’s. The company has generously supported our work in many ways: providing high quality building materials and products as well as professional advice and financial assistance,” said Smythe. “This $10,000 gift comes at a critical point in the Passive Townhouses build. We are deeply grateful to have the confidence of a major business leader like Ed Herrington, Inc.”

Ed Herrington, President and CEO of the well-known business, said, “Working with and supporting Columbia County Habitat is not only the right thing to do for the community; it makes sound business sense. Ed Herrington, Inc. has been serving building professionals and homeowners alike for over 100 years, and we owe our success to the loyal support of our customers throughout the tri-state area. It’s a privilege to have the resources to give back to the community through this donation to Columbia County Habitat. We’re also very pleased to support the innovative Columbia Passive Townhouses project, which we hope will serve as a model for energy-saving, sustainable construction and remodeling in the future.”
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Photo credit & many thanks to David Lee, Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

Souvenirs from the smash concert

HOME BASS: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat

Hand-screened Posters, Tees, and Bandanas for sale NOW at the ReStore!

Left photo: t-shirt on top of poster; right photo: posters. Bandanas have the same design, screened on cream or charcoal scarves with charcoal or cream ink.

Even if you missed our incredibly successful benefit concert on Sunday, January 31, you can still be a part of the event!!
We have a few remaining pieces of concert merchandise, designed and hand-screened by Hudson artisan Rebecca Meek.
  • 100% cotton, charcoal gray t-shirts in M, L & XL – $25
  • 100% cotton, 22″ by 22″ bandanas in either charcoal gray or cream – $10
  • posters approximately 13.5″ x 19″, silk-screened on different shades of heavy gray paper in complementary ink colors – $25
Choose your collectibles at the ReStore on Fridays or Saturdays, 9 to 5.  We’re at 829 Route 66, just past Route 9H. Proceeds benefit Columbia County Habitat for Humanity.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the ReStore.

Columbia Habitat Awarded $45,000 in Grants for Passive Townhouses

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Meet GreenFiber, Columbia Habitat’s New Partner in the Columbia Passive Townhouses

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s (CCHfH) newest corporate partner is GreenFiber read more…


Erin McHugh, One Good Deed Author, To Speak at Columbia County Habitat Brunch At Local 111
in Philmont on November 3

Erin McHugh, author of the just-published One Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying To Be Just a Little Bit Better, will be the featured speaker at Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s celebrity fundraising brunch read more…


Columbia County Habitat To Host September 9th Brunch at Helsinki Hudson Featuring
Green Architect Dennis Wedlick

Nationally acclaimed green architect Dennis Wedlick will star in Columbia County Habitat for Humanity’s (CCHfH) first celebrity fundraising brunch of the season at Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m. read more…


2012-13 Build of Energy-Saving Columbia Passive Townhouses Underway

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity (CCHfH) has started work on two attached townhouses that will bring energy efficiency to unprecedented levels in affordable housing. Designed by ground-breaking green architect Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC (DWA) read more…


Designer ShowHouse Big Hit

In late March, Habitat hosted our first Designer ShowHouse, organized by volunteer Timi Bates around the theme of “BIG IDEAS/small spaces.” read more…