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Habitat News and Stories

Sissy Blanchard, Tom Jackson, and Erika Sweet -- three of our wonderful volunteers!


Volunteer Grant Writers Raise Over Half A Million Dollars
for Sonoma County's Habitat!

During the last fiscal year, our team of volunteer grant writers raised over half a million dollars for our Habitat affiliate! We can never truly measure the extent to which volunteers support this organization, but this amount shouts out what our dedicated volunteers are able to accomplish. Read more below about Sissy Blanchard, Tom Jackson, and Erika Sweet, who we can not thank enough for their wonderful and supportive work. A big thank-you to all of you from all of us at Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County!

Sissy Blanchard — "I volunteered for HFH in when I was in school at Georgia Tech and then again when I lived in the Washington, DC area. I've always loved the concept of HFH and after the most recent election cycle in the US, I found that I needed to find a place where I could help make a difference. It was an easy decision to choose HFH. Because we are restaurant owners, my husband and I enjoy our "weekend" on Tuesday and Wednesday, so my "Monday" is actually Thursday. It is so fulfilling to start my week on Thursday morning at the HFH office. It sets a tone of gratitude that I can carry with me the rest of the week!"

Tom Jackson — "Throughout my career as a lawyer and manager I have always tried to help those with the least resources who are in the most need.  A little over a year ago I found myself with some time on my hands and wanted to do something in line with these principles.  It was clear from even a cursory glance at local media and speaking with people in the community that perhaps the most important issue facing Sonoma County is the lack of housing, and especially affordable housing.  We have seen from our neighbors to the south that whole counties can become virtually unaffordable for working-class families.  I saw in The Press Democrat that Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County was looking for volunteer grant writers and decided to apply for the position."

"From the time I visited the Habitat office for an interview I was struck with the dedication of everyone working there.  The office atmosphere is friendly and collaborative.  One of my first days at Habitat was spent visiting a build site.  This put a clear perspective on the work I would be doing.  Seeing the end results was inspiring -- professional builders, volunteers and partner families working together to construct a home.  These people are working to help themselves others achieve a life's dream of home ownership, stability, community involvement and a sense of belonging.  I am proud to be a part of Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County and to help fulfill its mission."

Erika Sweet — Erika Sweet has been volunteering with Habitat for 2 years. She has donated her time and her talent to our events and grantwriting. Her experience with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County and the Pikes Place Market Foundation has been a huge benefit to Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County. Erika is a native of Sonoma County. After living in Seattle for many years, she is now back to care for her father. In her "spare" time she volunteers at Habitat and we are so fortunate to have her talent on the team!

Come visit our new ReStore Boutique!


Introducing the ReStore Boutique!

Visit us at the Sonoma County ReStore, and you will find a newly redesigned room near the back of the store -- the ReStore Boutique! A cozy “store within a store”, the ReStore Boutique features a variety of home goods, both practical and decorative, along with unique furniture pieces. Whether you are looking for a new set of dishes, a good book to read or a unique painting to hang on the wall, ReStore Boutique has you covered!

Have home goods to donate? We would love to have them! Please consult the list of acceptable items below, or call 707/528-3228, ext 2 with any questions.

  • Books (no encyclopedias or magazines, please)
  • Dishes (sets of 4 or more)
  • Glassware (sets of 4 or more)
  • Silverware (matching service for 4 or more)
  • Bake/cookware (very good condition)
  • Small kitchen appliances (very clean/working order)
  • Wall Art
  • Garden Décor
  • Candles (never burned)
  • Vases, baskets, pottery

Donations are accepted at the ReStore, 1201 Piner Road in Santa Rosa, Tuesday-Friday from 10-5:00; Saturday & Monday 9:00-4:00.

“From Trash to Treasure” features Sonoma County Habitat’s Architect Greg Putnam.


Vote for Sonoma County’s Habitat for Humanity Film!

You can make a difference. Today. Right now. All you need is computer access and 3 minutes of your time. Click the link below and check out “From Trash to Treasure,” a film about Sonoma County’s Habitat for Humanity:

View "From Trash to Treasure"

If you like what you see (and even if you don’t) please vote for this film -- and ask your friends to do the same. Post it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever. We want this to go viral because winning the I Look Up Film Challenge’s People’s Choice Award would result in a $2,500 cash award for our Habitat Chapter as well as nationwide exposure for the film.

Now in its third year, the film challenge is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and was created to highlight how architects give back to their communities. This year’s theme looks at how the social impact architects and their work, in partnership with their clients and communities, creates stronger neighborhoods, towns and cites. 50+ Films, a local documentary film company, felt that this year’s theme was tailor-made for a short film about Habitat for Humanity. So they made one.

The film follows Sonoma County Habitat’s Architect Greg Putnam as he crunches numbers and works to remodel an existing home for a family of eight. The film also features longtime board member Jack Blankenship, who’d had this family on his radar. The film peeks into the remodeled home and meets the new homeowners, and discusses Habitat’s home ownership program with Habitat CEO Tamara Stanley.

We think it’s pretty good.


Habitat sends a warm "Hello!" to our two newest Partner Families!

The Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors approved two new Partner Families at their July Board meeting.

Amy Puckett and her two children, a 7-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter, are joining our Habitat Family. Amy works for a non-profit Health Center in West County, providing case management for high risk patients. When asked about how becoming a Habitat Homeowner would change her family’s life, Amy indicated that her kids would understand that homeownership is possible as part of their future. It would change everything. Amy will be part of the Harris Village Development in Santa Rosa.

Jennifer Dunn and her 18-year-old son will also be living in the Harris Village Development. Jennifer works in Accounting for a Wine Marketing Firm. Owning a home for Jennifer has been a lifelong dream. As so many of our partner families assert, being a Habitat homeowner will remove the constant worry about rising rents and whether they will be able to continue to afford their rent.

All partner families have been selected for Harris Village. We look next to selecting partner families for Duncan Village in Windsor.