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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Habitat’s ReStore Earns $30,000 To Support Affordable Housing Construction

Columbia County Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams announced that Habitat’s ReStore earned $30,000 over the past 12 months that will go directly to support high-performance     affordable housing construction for lower-income working families.

“ReStore is the ultimate recycling operation,” Adams said. “Everything we sell in the ReStore has been donated by individuals or businesses with surplus goods. Our customers benefit by being able to buy new or gently-used materials at deeply discounted prices. Both donors and customers have the added satisfaction of knowing that they’re also reducing waste as contributions are repurposed.”

 Gathered at Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore to mark the ReStore’s 2014 contribution of $30,00 to Habitat’s construction program are, left to right, Board President Sara McWilliams, Executive Director Brenda Adams, ReStore Manager Marcia Witte and Board member ReStore liaison Peter Cervi. The funds have enabled Habitat to double its annual build from one to two houses as well as invest in energy-saving high performance construction, which provides homeowners with long-term economic sustainability and security.

Gathered at Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore to mark the ReStore’s 2014 contribution of $30,00 to Habitat’s construction program are, left to right, Board President Sara McWilliams, Executive Director Brenda Adams, ReStore Manager Marcia Witte and Board member ReStore liaison Peter Cervi. The funds have enabled Habitat to double its annual build from one to two houses as well as invest in energy-saving high performance construction, which provides homeowners with long-term economic sustainability and security.

Habitat President Sara McWilliams added, “We expanded the ReStore’s selling space by 50% 18 months ago, and our increased capacity has really paid off. Thanks to ReStore’s contribution, Habitat can build two homes a year instead of one. ReStore funds also support our investment in energy-saving high-performance homes, which give our families long-term economic sustainability and security.”

The ReStore sells furniture, appliances, building materials, tools, windows, doors, vanities, tiles, lighting and a whole lot more. “Every day really is Earth Day at the ReStore,” ReStore Manager Marcia Witte noted. “We’re so proud to make such a substantial contribution to Habitat’s building fund. This level of support is only possible through the generosity of our donors and the yeoman efforts of our amazing volunteers. They do everything from pricing and inventory to merchandise set up and donation pick-up.”

To meet popular demand, in August the ReStore added Thursday shopping hours from 4 to 8 pm, in addition to Fridays and Saturdays, 9 to 5. Donations can be made during those hours or by appointment by calling the ReStore/Habitat office at 518-828-0892, Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 to 5.

The ReStore is located at 829 Route 66, just east of Route 9H. To volunteer at the ReStore or on the current Habitat build in Hudson, email volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org or call the Habitat office at 518-828-0892.

HOME IS WHERE THE START IS – Week 4

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.

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

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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.

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HOME IS WHERE THE START IS – Week 3

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.

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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HOME IS WHERE THE START IS – Week 2

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.

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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HOME IS WHERE THE START IS – Week 1

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.

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.

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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. To celebrate its expanded hours, everything in the store will be 10% off already discounted prices on August 7th.
“ReStore customers have asked repeatedly for evening hours. We’re delighted to be able to add Thursdays from 4 to 8 to our longtime hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 5,” ReStore Manager Marcia Witte said.
In addition to the opening night’s storewide 10% off sale, there will be treats and major door prizes for savvy ReStore shoppers. Witte added, “Besides celebrating our new hours, the sale is one way that ReStore staff and volunteers can thank our community of donors and customers for their wonderful support.”
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams said, “As regular ReStore shoppers know, we receive donations every day, so each visit is likely to offer surprises for even the most faithful customers.” As an example of the one-of-a-kind items that ReStore receives, Adams pointed to the fabulous F.A.O. Schwarz life-size rocking llama now in the store.
The ReStore sells new and gently-used furniture, appliances, building materials, windows, doors, lighting and assorted other items, all of which have been donated by area residents and businesses. The ReStore offers its merchandise at discounted prices, and all proceeds go to support Habitat’s building programs.
The ReStore is located at 829 Route 66 in Hudson, just north of the intersection of Routes 66 and 9H. For more information about the ReStore or to volunteer there, call 518-828-0892.

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.

“We’re so pleased to move our Columbia Street Campaign forward,” Adams said.  “In 2010, Habitat made a commitment to our partners, the City of Hudson and the Hudson Development Corporation, to build affordable housing for working families on Columbia Street. We continue to fulfill that promise.”

At the start of Habitat’s Columbia Street Campaign, the number of vacant lots up and down the street discouraged pedestrian traffic and challenged neighborhood security. The homes going up at 208-212 will be Habitat’s seventh and eighth houses on Columbia Street.

Habitat Board President Sara McWilliams and other Board members joined Congressman Chris Gibson, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck, Common Council President Don Moore and Habitat volunteers at the groundbreaking. The award-winning firm of BarlisWedlick Architects, who designed the first Columbia Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia, will again provide its services pro bono, as will The Levy Partnership and other firms experienced in the engineering and construction of high performance buildings.

McWilliams said, “We are most grateful for the extraordinary generosity and personal involvement of Dennis Wedlick, Alan Barlis, and members of their firm. Last year’s homes were the first affordable housing in New York State built to Passive House standards. Building on what we’ve learned from that experience, we’re here today to begin a new chapter in high performance, affordable housing.”

The first Columbia Passive Townhouses were recently named the 2014 Best in Building for homes less than 2000 square feet by the Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association. The new Passive Townhouses build will incorporate a different construction technique, to provide a basis for comparison of relative efficiencies. Like all Habitat homes, the Townhouses will be approximately 1200 square feet.

The two families who will help build and live in the new Passive Townhouses were also introduced: Misha and Mario Forbes, Jr., who have four children ages 15 to 6 months, and Besham Burgess, the father of an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. Both Misha and Besham are lifelong Hudson residents; Mario is a native of Brooklyn and a longtime Hudsonite. Each family is responsible for contributing 300 hours of sweat equity to the construction of these homes and/or another Habitat project.

Because energy costs are second only to mortgage payments for most homeowners, whatever their income, Habitat has constructed its houses to progressively higher energy-saving standards since 2009, moving from an Energy Star 1 home on Mill Street to Energy Star 2 and 3 townhouses on Columbia Street and last year, the first Passive Townhouses at 244-246 Columbia.

McWilliams said, “Our families need homes that are not only affordable, but also sustainable over the life of the house. Passive House design and construction provide that level of sustainability.”  Homes built to Passive House standards cut heating and cooling energy usage by 90% and overall household energy demand by 70%.

Habitat welcomes individual volunteers as well as groups from area businesses and community organizations.  To volunteer at the construction site or at the ReStore, contact Volunteer Coordinators Sara and Barry McWilliams by email at volunteer@columbiacountyhabitat.org. or call 518-828-0892.

Questar Construction Interns Make Big Improvements at Habitat

 Before: left to right: 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.

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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.

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 www.columbiacountyhabitat.org.

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.
“Peter and I are honored and excited to take on these new responsibilities,” McWilliams said. “Janis is an inspiring, effective leader, and we’re eager to build on her legacy and take Columbia County Habitat to the next level.”
Habitat Executive Director Brenda Adams added, “Peter Cervi will be the Board’s ReStore liaison. He’s already making a real contribution to the ReStore, working every Saturday, coordinating volunteers on our busiest day.”
McWilliams, who lives in East Chatham, owns Kent McWilliams, Inc., an executive search firm. She said, “My first experience with Habitat was at a Women Build Day on Mill Street in 2006. I joined the Board the same year and have served as Secretary and Vice President. I believe that Habitat offers the opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors. Building a Habitat house builds a community as it changes lives, one family at a time.” In addition to her commitment to Habitat, McWilliams also serves on the Advisory Board of the Marist College School of Management, the Board of Managers of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie and the Board of the Chatham Film Club.
Ghent resident Peter Budelman owns the General Roll Leaf Company in Ghent. “I’ve been involved with Habitat for five years and the real enjoyment for me is seeing working families getting good, solid, energy-efficient homes. I think Habitat offers three big positives for Columbia County. We provide affordable, energy-efficient housing; we put property back on the tax rolls; and we spend money with local businesses.” Budelman is Co-Chair of Habitat’s annual Gala on May 10th, a role he’s played several times. He is also the President of the Columbia Golf and Country Club.
Peter Cervi is a newcomer to Habitat, though not to volunteering. Once a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, now retired, he owned and operated two different businesses in New York City. He came to last year’s Gala, had a great time and learned about Habitat. “I’ve always tried to give back, and I believe very strongly in the work of Habitat. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a home my parents owned, and that stability is so very important for families.” Cervi’s father was a builder, so he feels right at home in the ReStore, which is full of new and gently-used building materials, doors and windows as well as furniture, appliances and tools.