Family Services

Habitat and Families

Together with the support of volunteers and our community, Habitat families become stable contributing homeowners. Family Resource Volunteers help families break the cycle of poverty by providing educational opportunities and programs to assist families in their transition to home-ownership, and a better life. Family Services is involved in educating our families to be good neighbors and citizens within the community. Classes are provided on a myriad of subjects like household finance, landscape maintenance, home repairs. All classes are instructed by experts in their fields who donate their time.

Donating to HFHSC Family Services

Life is a daily challenge for our families who find themselves on the edge of poverty. Imagine having to choose between buying gas to get to work or buying food for your family. Many of these families work two jobs and still have difficulty making ends meet. A small expense like a flat tire or the cost of a prescription can quickly become a financial crisis. As our families struggle to provide the basics, they find they cannot provide life-enhancing activities for their children such as art, music, dance, sports and leadership classes. Yet we know from studies, that involvement in the arts, sports and other skills help children with their academic success, their human development; their behavior and self-discipline. These extra-curricular activities also help reduce school dropout rates and help to strengthen family bonds. By providing children with growth opportunities, we can expand young minds and possibly alter future generations to come. Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County’s mission is to provide decent affordable homes for low income families. In addition, we are dedicated to improving the lives of our families by ensuring that their children thrive and grow. If you would like to support our programs for youth, you may make a donation to our Habitat Family Services Program. Please designate Family Services on your donation. Habitat families frequently have no extra income to pay for items beyond basic needs. Often their children miss exposure to various cultural events which can broaden a child’s view of the world and cause them to aspire to a better life. We know that children between the ages of 11 and 14 usually begin to make life choices that may last a lifetime. On our wish list are various items frequently needed by Habitat families. Please mark your donation for Family Services. If you would like to target a specific item on the list please let us know.

Wish List

• Gift certificates for school clothes, supplies, and backpacks • Book allowance (most children can’t afford their own books) • Lessons for dance, music, arts, and sports activities • Money for Summer camps • Art supplies • Expenses for college, applications, and tests • Tickets for family events, symphony, theater, and art exhibits • Educational funds for tutoring and classes

The Welcome Home Quilt Project

Volunteers are helping to build a legacy of caring for Habitat children.  Each child moving into a Habitat home receives a hand made quilt, crafted with love and support from Habitat Volunteers. The group is self sustaining through donations, sales of boutique items and a quilt raffle.  The group welcomes donations of fabric, thread, sewing notions and financial support. Quilt raffle tickets may be purchased at Habitat’s administrative office or at ReStore for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. The WHQ workday is the first Tuesday of the month, held at the Village Sewing Center in Coddingtown.  You do not have to be a quilter to participate.  We encourage everyone to join us. For more information call Ché Casul at the Habitat office at 707-578-7707 x105