At Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, we believe that a home means so much more than a roof over your head. That’s why we’re asking students from grades 4 to 6 to tell us their #MeaningofHome for the chance to win a grant to a Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast build! For every submission, $10 will be donated on that student’s behalf to their local Habitat. To enter visit meaningofhome.ca
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast board chair Dave Taylor, executive director Douglas Dunn and Sechelt Mayor John Henderson welcomed three new families to the Habitat Sunshine Village in Wilson Creek last month at the Habitat welcoming ceremony.
New homes will be available in 2023, and Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is now accepting applications. For details of the requirements to be considered for Habitat Housing and to view an application form, please visit our website at https://www.habitatsc.ca/howtoapply/
Habitat Welcomes New Families
“On December 3rd, Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast celebrated the completion of a brand new fourplex building and the arrival of three new families at the Habitat Sunshine Village in Wilson Creek. This fourplex is the final building in the Habitat Sunshine Village project which includes six duplexes plus the newly completed fourplex.” Read more in the January/February 2023 issue of Home on the Coast.
Tax season is a good time of year to think about your finances, and how you can “give smarter”.
One of the best ways to do that is through a charitable gift in your Will. You can make a bigger contribution to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, without using any of the money you need now. And there are tax advantages that could benefit your estate and loved ones.
The national Will Power campaign is hosting a FREE webinar on how to set up your estate to support loved ones and charity, and save on taxes. Choose your preferred time, and attend this 30-minute webinar at your convenience.
Free registration here
Do you know any students from grades 4 to 6 who love writing AND helping others?
Let them know about the #MeaningofHome for the chance to change a family’s life. The winner of each grade will win a $30,000 grant for their local Habitat, among other prizes! Learn more about the writing contest: meaningofhome.cameaningofhome.ca
ReStore Holiday Hours
The Key of Possibility
Like an Orchestra we can create beautiful memories when we come together.
When you shop or donate at a ReStore you are supporting our mission to bring safe and affordable homes to families across Canada.
Our Keys Change Lives
Shelby’s Habitat for Humanity home may be new… but she has been playing music since she was a child.
Entering is easy! If you know any students in grades 4 to 6 interested in the #MeaningofHome writing contest in support of @HabitatCanada, all they need is a pencil and paper (or a computer!) and to share what home means to them. With their entry, $10 will be donated to a local Habitat. Sign up today: meaningofhome.ca
Habitat for Humanity welcomes three families to the
Sunshine Coast Village
The Key of Possibility
Habitat for Humanity ReStores across Canada make it possible for families to live in safe and affordable homes, and so much more! Providing a future that hits the high notes starts with coming together. Watch the video!
Happy International Volunteer Day! A huge thank you to all of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers! Whether you volunteer at one of our recycling operations, at the ReStore, on the Family Services or Lands Committee or in some other way, the time and expertise you offer to Habitat makes a difference! Our volunteers are the backbone of our success! Without them, our work would not be possible.
Our Keys Change Lives
Our Keys Change Lives Music to our ears this holiday! Join us this holiday season as we celebrate bringing joy to families across Canada. Watch the video!
Giving Tuesday 2022
At Habitat for Humanity, we believe everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live, both locally and globally. This Giving Tuesday, donate to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast and help local families build brighter futures.
Habitat Canada Affordable Housing Survey
Habitat for Humanity Canada has released a national survey revealing Canadians’ attitudes towards the affordable housing crisis in Canada and sheds light on the growing barriers to homeownership.
The Affordable Housing in Canada Survey by Habitat for Humanity Canada finds affordable housing is a top concern for Canadians – the third most important issue facing the country today behind inflation and healthcare.
The majority of Canadians believe that more affordable housing could solve the social issues we’re currently facing as a country and that owning a home can create more stability in your life.
- Most Canadians (87%) agree that owning a home can create more stability in your life.
- Three-quarters of Canadians (75%) believe that more affordable housing could solve the social issues we’re currently facing as a country.
- As the cost of living and housing across Canada continues to rapidly increase, Canadians are being priced out of the market and housing options in their own communities.
- Four-in-five Canadians (78%) are worried about having to spend less on food, savings, transportation costs and/or debt payments to continue to afford their current housing – whether they are homeowners or renters.
- Three-quarters of Canadians (74%) feel that homes in their area are unaffordable, and half of Canadians (54%) are worried about affording a home in their community.
- Around two-in-five Canadians (37%) would likely relocate to a different community to find affordable housing and one-in-ten (11%) say they’d be very likely to do so.
As a leading provider of affordable housing in Canada, Habitat for Humanity is on the frontlines of the housing crisis, advocating for safe, decent, and affordable places to call home for Canadians across the housing continuum.
- Habitat for Humanity Canada advocates for:
- Increasing housing supply through more assertive municipal affordable housing policies.
- Decision making on new housing at the local and provincial levels are driven by the requirements of those who need it, not by those who already have it.
- Investing in solutions to improve access to affordable housing at all points of the housing continuum.
- Connecting affordable housing and infrastructure investments to improve access to services and employment that will lead to stronger communities.
- Increasing opportunities for those living with low income to access affordable homeownership
Every submission to the Meaning of Home writing contest will support Habitat Canada and help families on the Sunshine Coast build strength, stability and independence through affordable housing. Learn more here.
Habitat Seeks a Family for New Fully Accessible Home
“Canada’s first Chief Accessibility Officer, Stephanie Cadieux, (seen here with Habitat’s John Leech) expressed appreciation to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast for including a fully accessible home in the new fourplex.”
Non-profit struggles to fill vacant accessible family home on the Sunshine Coast
New at the ReStore, Shoprider Sprinter XL4 Deluxe heavy duty scooter. Retails approx. $6319.00 without the window shield and roof cover. ReStore is selling it for $3500.00, all included. Runs perfectly. Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.
Did you know the #MeaningofHome writing contest is back? Starting in January, we’re once again asking students in grades 4, 5 and 6 what home means to them for the chance to win a $30,000 grant for [local Habitat]! That’s not all — for every submission, $10 will also be donated to a local Habitat. For more details, visit meaningofhome.ca
Is Leaving a Gift in Your Will for You?
We hear it often. Donors want to do more for Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast but they don’t feel like they have the power to make that much of a difference.
Consider leaving a gift in your Will.
You can make a bigger contribution than you ever thought possible, that will last well into the future, while still supporting your loved ones.
Want to see for yourself? Check out the easy-to-use legacy calculator on our Will Power page: https://www.willpower.ca/charities/habitat-for-humanity-sunshine-coast/.
Discover how even 1% of your estate can result in the biggest gift of your lifetime, while still leaving 99% for family and friends.
New at the ReStore, various low voltage path lighting and deck/step lighting (wire and transformers sold separately). Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.
New at the ReStore, Vim disinfecting wipes (30 pack/$2.50 each) and Clorox disinfecting wipes (75 pack/$4.00 each)! Stop by the ReStore Tuesday-Saturday from 9-5 or call us for more information.
Habitat is Happenin'...Building One Home a Year
“One home a year is a great legacy for Ed and Gwen Hawkins, the founders of Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast. Launched on the Coast in 2005 Habitat has 14 families in seven duplexes, six at the Sunshine Coast Village at Wilson Creek and one more duplex in Sechelt. Four more families will become Habitat families before the end of 2022, bringing the total families to 18. Quite the accomplishment for a very small society in a community with a relatively low population.”
Our Thanks to Shoreline Law
Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award
We have been nominated for a Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award for Favourite Home Appliance/Mattress/Lighting Store! 🎉 🏆 🤩 Voting for the retail category is open July 1 to July 14, show the love for us and all your other favourite coastal retail businesses and #CoastyourVote today at www.scbrc.ca/coastyourvote
What’s a win-win-win-win scenario? Donating and shopping at Habitat ReStore!
It’s a win for our donors and shoppers, a win for the earth, and a win for the families we work with across the country. You must be thinking – how? Let us break it down for you!
Learn more: habitat.ca/ReStoreWins
Sunshine Coast People’s Choice Award
Indigenous History Month
This Indigenous History Month marks the 7th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing ceremonies, which concluded with the publishing of their 94 Calls to Action.
Take the time to educate yourself, and others, on these important calls to action and their findings: https://bit.ly/3weSZzb
Habitat is Hiring
National Indigenous Peoples Day
On Indigenous Peoples Day, Habitat Sunshine Coast is proud to celebrate and honour the Indigenous families we work with, like Tina and Niu. We are pleased to share their family’s journey towards affordable homeownership through the Indigenous Housing Partnership program.
Get to know their story: habitat.ca/stories/home-is-for-the-future
We Want Your Milk Cartons!
And now milk, soy and similar cartons – of all sizes – are being accepted at Habitat’s refundables operations in Sechelt and Gibsons. Our only request: that the cartons be clean, and for the Gibsons operation, that you not scrunch the cartons. Sorry, but cream and 50:50 cartons are not refundable; these can be put in with all your other recycle stuff.
Avalon and other glass milk bottles are cherished as they bring in about $2500 a year to Habitat. After you drop your bottles with Habitat we take them to a local grocery store for a refund. So, when you are gathering your pop and beer cans and wine & alcohol bottles destined for Habitat, remember to include your milk containers. They, too, help build affordable housing.
$80,000 is Habitat’s target for our 2022 refundables operations. Our goal will only be achieved with YOUR HELP, your bottles, cans and cartons. We thank you.
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, why not consider joining the Habitat volunteer team? You can make a difference in your local community!
Have questions or want to volunteer? Email us at email@example.com
Firewood Is Available to Habitat Members
Habitat March 2022 Newsletter
Happy International Women's Day!
It’s the last week to enter the yearly Meaning of Home writing contest – don’t miss your chance!
We’re asking students from grades 4 to 6 their meaning of home for the chance to win one of three $30,000 grants for their local Habitat. And that’s not all: for each student’s submission, $10 will be donated to their local Habitat help families build strength, stability and independence.
To enter visit meaningofhome.ca.
Our Refundablers report that in addition to making a difference in our community they also have FUN doing it! Maybe you would like to offer an hour a week at either our Sechelt or Gibsons locations? If you are interested in learning more & joining our team, call or text John Leech at 604-230-5827
Pictured here, Tim takes satisfaction in completing a shift sorting and counting cans and bottles. THANKS Tim!
New Habitat Homes Available Fall 2022
Volunteers with Fundraising Experience Needed
Habitat Welcomes Your Cans & Bottles
You can help by depositing your cans and bottles at either the Habitat drop spot at the Gibsons Bottle Depot at 1035 Venture Way (not the main recycle place) or at Salish Soils in Sechelt.
Doug is hard at it sorting cans and bottles. Christa & Bryan survey their handiwork.
We thank all in our community who regularly drop your cans and bottles for Habitat. It is appreciated.
We could use a couple more volunteers at both locations. If this is something you might consider please contact our Board Vice Chair, John Leech, at 604.230.5827.
National Housing Day 2021
Habitat Update in November-December 2021 issue of
Home on the Coast
5 year old helps Habitat sort cans and bottles. 94 year old retired earlier this year. Yup, there is no age restriction on volunteering for Habitat. Shae (5 years) and her Mom Tara (centre in photo) and friend Katie were on site in Gibsons recently, donating their time in an effort to raise funds for the new fourplex building planned for The Village at Wilson Creek. Earlier this year Murray Drope at age 94 ‘retired’ from volunteering due to a health issue. We are so grateful for all of his help, but are in need of some new volunteers.
We are looking for a couple more volunteers to offer 1 to 2 hours a week sorting and counting cans and bottles. We are located at the Gibsons Bottle Depot, 1035 Venture Way. To get more info on volunteering please call or text John Leech (Board Vice Chair) at 604-230-5827.
P.S. Please take a moment to drop off your refundable cans and bottles. By doing so you will be supporting Habitat in its efforts to help four more families in the community. We thank you!
Habitat Gets Wagon from B&K Garden & Landscape Supply
We invite the Gibsons and area community to drop your cans and bottles at 1035 Venture Way. ALL FUNDS from the cans and bottles goes to building homes. Habitat will soon announce the start of construction of the final homes at The Village at Wilson Creek.
Seeking Sechelt Recycling Volunteers!
Seeking part-time volunteers to join the Habitat Sechelt Refundables team!
Volunteer position description:
– Short shifts to be shared between a few volunteers
– Located at Salish Soils – 5646 Schetxwen Rd, Sechelt
– Manage all aspects of refundables handling and related work
– Ensure that work area is safe and highly organized at all times
If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat ‘Refundablers’ Raise $80k a Year
Habitat Volunteers sort on their 24th Anniversary!
Members of the Sunshine Coast community interested in volunteering at either the Sechelt or Gibsons Recycle operations should email email@example.com. Typically a volunteer is asked to commit an hour or two once a week. If you are not able to make a firm commitment to a regular schedule then we can list you as a ‘floater’ and add you to a team at times that work for you.
Habitat for Humanity Seeking 6 more Volunteers!
First to express thanks to six locals who came forward to volunteer to help out at Gibsons Recycle Operation. Much appreciated. They will be going to work this coming week. We would like to find another SIX (6) volunteers, and with the added number assure all volunteers that they would have no more than one short 1 – 2 hour shift a week. Please consider and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Here are a few volunteers gathered at the Gibsons site to help clear the large backlog of cans and bottles, which, thankfully, has now been accomplished. Going forward we will work on the old phrase, ‘many hands make for light work’. Your volunteer contribution will help Habitat raise $100k from our recycling operations at Gibsons and Sechelt.
Board Vice Chair
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast
Happy International Youth Day! At Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast, we believe in the transformational impact of affordable housing. By partnering with local families and community members, we help provide safe, affordable housing, supplying youth with safe spaces to live, learn and grow.
While Indigenous History Month is coming to an end, the responsibilities of allyship should be permanent. If you are non-Indigenous, continue to utilize the many valuable resources that exist and honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples every day. Learn more yourself, and start conversations with your family, friends, and community.
This Indigenous History Month marks the 6th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing ceremonies, which concluded with the publishing of their 94 Calls to Action. Take the time to educate yourself, and others, on these important calls to action and their findings: https://bit.ly/3weSZzb
National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021
Today is Indigenous Peoples Day. On this day — and every day — we celebrate all Indigenous peoples and communities, including our Indigenous partners across the country. While commemorating this day, it is important to understand what allyship to Indigenous peoples looks like. Anishinaabe-kwe scholar Dr. Lynn Gehl’s Ally Bill of Responsibilities is a helpful resource: https://bit.ly/2SqLNS0
June is Indigenous History Month
June is Indigenous History Month. Habitat for Humanity in Canada is proud to have partnered with 22 Indigenous families in 2020, building a path to safe and affordable housing. But there’s more to be done. Through our Indigenous Housing Partnership, we’re committed to finding housing solutions that are by and for Indigenous communities and fostering equitable partnerships rooted in respect for Indigenous culture.
We're Turning 30!
Habitat Update in May/June 2021 issue of Home on the Coast
Outstanding Volunteer Murray Drope ‘Retires’ from Habitat for Humanity after 17 years
Murray Drope started his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast working at the recycling operation in Gibsons in 2004. At this time, Gibsons’ recycling operation was larger than Sechelt’s. Murray volunteered Tuesday and Friday mornings, recycling in the parking lot up from IGA. He started as and remained the volunteer driver, going to and from the Gibsons Bottle Depot.
Murray has always been ‘on the job’ no matter the weather. The ‘reward’ for Murray was time to dry out or warm up at Timmy’s with other members of the team. “Murray played a key role at Gibsons recycling for almost two decades,” said Habitat Sunshine Coast CEO Mark Powell, “Murray and so many other volunteers help Habitat deliver much needed housing on the Sunshine Coast.”
Murray has held the Gibsons recycling operation together throughout all the years since, working tirelessly with Gibsons Bottle Depot to keep the building funds for Habitat coming in. It is estimated that because of Murray’s contribution, Habitat brought in more than $100,000 over the years. And Murray’s constant hard work gave Habitat a wonderful public profile in Gibsons.
“Murray was always an excellent manager and the very best volunteer any organization could ever hope for! A million thank yous for his wonderful sense of humour, his selfless commitment to Habitat’s recycling program and for being one of the most loyal supporters of Habitat,” commented Margie Garrard, Habitat’s Recycling team leader for many years.
On behalf of Habitat for Humanity Canada, President and CEO Julia Deans has proudly recognized Murray Drope for his exceptional volunteer service.
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast is grateful and honoured to have had Murray as an outstanding volunteer.
See our very own Murray Drope recognized by Habitat Canada during National Volunteer Week!
Laurie Vance donates $10,000 (USD) TED Grant to Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast!
Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast (HFHSC) is pleased to announce that Laurie Vance, a long-term supporter and past board member of Habitat, received a $10,000 (USD) TED Grant through their Mystery Experiment program. Laurie has very kindly decided to donate the grant money to HFHSC exclusively towards the purchase of children’s playground equipment and construction of garden areas at the Wilson Creek Village.
Completion of the work will be a collaboration between many members of the community including Habitat members, volunteers and families working towards completing their commitment hours as part of the HFHSC affordable home ownership program.
We are so grateful to Laurie for her continued support and generosity!
National Volunteer Week 2021
It’s National Volunteer Week! This year, more than ever, we celebrate the unwavering support of all the volunteers who make our work possible. In the ReStore, on build sites, or even virtually — thank you to every volunteer who has dedicated their time and effort to supporting us during these challenging times. You are the heart of Habitat Sunshine Coast!
Rich drove the Habitat truck for the recycling operation for many years, volunteering several times a week to sort and count the large loads of donated bottles and cans which provided funding for the construction of Habitat homes. Not only would he handle the loading and unloading of tonnes of recyclables for Habitat, Rich would go overtime to lend a hand with anything the team needed to operate, including planning wonderful potluck dinners with his wife Lee at their lovely waterfront home. Rich was a warm generous host, and loved to see his friends and teammates enjoying social time together. Always friendly, helpful and kind, Rich’s contributions to Habitat will live on by way of the happy families living in Habitat homes he helped provide, and in the sweet memories he leaves all his Habitat friends with.
Do you know any children in grades 4 to 6 who love helping others?
We’re asking for poem or essay submissions on the meaning of home for the chance to change a family’s life. The winner of each grade will win a $30,000 grant for their local Habitat, among other prizes! Learn more about the writing contest: meaningofhome.ca
Habitat's 2020 Recap in the Coast Reporter
Recycling at Salish Soils Now Open!
The Meaning of Home writing contest is back! Starting in January, we’re asking students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 what home means to them for the chance to win a $30,000 grant for Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast! That’s not all — for every submission, $10 will also be donated to a local Habitat. For more details, visit meaningofhome.ca
National Housing Day 2020
For some of us, home has been the one constant in our lives this year, but for many others living in Canada, the idea of a safe affordable home is still a distant reality. This National Housing Day, let’s work together to make safe, decent and affordable housing a reality for all. #righttohousing
Habitat in November/December 2020 issue of Home on the Coast
World Habitat Day 2020
30+ years ago, the UN declared the first Monday of October #WorldHabitatDay, a day to recognize the basic right of adequate shelter for all.
ReStore Silent Auction!
We’re holding a Silent Auction at the ReStore! Come stop by to look at these two beautiful Robert Bateman prints and place a bid! Starting bid for the Great Horned Owl is $300.00, and starting bid for the Big Horn Sheep is $250.00. Bidding ends September 30th. Good luck and thank you!
Habitat Sunshine Coast is so grateful to have been the partner charity for the August 28th and August 29th Sechelt Drive-Ins. Thanks to everyone who came out to see E.T. and Jaws, we had two great sold out nights with you all. A big thank you to Fresh-Air Cinemas, Fortis BC, District of Sechelt and our volunteers for making the event possible!
New Board Members & Habitat 2020 AGM in Coast Reporter
Habitat Village keeps growing - New Coast Reporter Article
"True Love at the Village" article in Spring 2020 issue of Zoom Magazine
Our quarterly newsletter with news of what's been happening with Habitat and what's coming up next