9th Annual Chili Bowl: February 12

Community build Sleeping Giant Build is holding their 9th Annual Chili Bowl on Saturday, February 12 over Zoom! Please read their press release below for details on sampling restaurant-prepared chilies, bidding in the silent auction, and more!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven/Sleeping Giant Build

Announces Ninth Annual Chili Bowl – February 12, 2022

(January 5, 2022) Sleeping Giant Build’s Ninth Annual Chili Bowl is planned for Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 6:30-8:30PM. Proceeds from this virtual event will help raise funds for its thirteenth Habitat for Humanity home. This home will further Sleeping Giant Build’s mission to eliminate poverty housing by providing home ownership opportunities for low-income working families in the Greater New Haven area.

The upcoming Chili Bowl will feature chilis donated by five area restaurants. After guests pickup their chili sampler package, they will join the Chili Bowl on Zoom for a fun evening of music, games, a chili cooking class, and an opportunity to join the “chili showdown” and vote for their favorite chilis. The event will raise additional funds through an online silent auction. The auction will open on Friday, February 11.

Chili Bowl planning committee chair Teresa Nakouzi commented that “a variety of tasty chilis to sample, an opportunity to vote for their favorite chilis, great music, fun team trivia, hilarious party games, and tips from a top chili chef are sure to make this an incredible evening for our guests. Join us and help support a family’s Habitat for Humanity home!”

Admission to the Chili Bowl is $35 and includes chili samples, bread, dessert, and access to all entertainment. Tickets are available at bit.ly/sgbchili. All are welcome to bid in the silent auction at http://32auctions.com/chili22.

For more information about Sleeping Giant Build or the Ninth Annual Chili Bowl, visit sleepinggiantbuild.org/events or email info@sleepinggiantbuild.org.

Holiday Hours at the New Haven County ReStore

The holidays have arrived at the ReStore with everything you need for entertaining, decorating and spreading good cheer!

To allow our ReStore staff to spend time with their families this holiday season, these special hours of operation will be in place:

Wednesday, November 24: Open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 25: Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, December 24: Closed for Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 25: Closed for Christmas Day

Friday, December 31: Closed for New Year’s Eve

Saturday, January 1: Closed for New Year’s Day

Happy Holidays!

Meet the Tirado Family in Our Annual Appeal!

Every year we highlight one Habitat family in our Annual Appeal and this year the Tirado Family has kindly shared their story with us. We have just begun work on their new Habitat home on Weybosset Street and cannot wait to spend time on the build site with homebuyer Alicia, her extended family, and friends. Alicia has already completed over 200 hours working on other Habitat homes and is more than ready to start on her own. Please consider making a donation to support the construction of the Tirado Family’s home and other homes we will build alongside Habitat families and volunteers in 2022.

Thanksgiving Magic: November 17

Community build Sleeping Giant Build is holding Thanksgiving Magic -a virtual floral arrangement night- on Wednesday, November 17!

A talented floral designer from Forget Me Not Floral Shop in North Haven will teach participants how to create their own beautiful Thanksgiving arrangements from the comfort of their homes via Zoom. The arrangement is sure to add a festive touch of Thanksgiving to your home. Or gift your creation to a lucky friend or family member to brighten their holiday!

All proceeds from Thanksgiving Magic benefit the construction of Sleeping Giant Build’s 13th  home. You’ll be part of making it possible for a deserving family to become the proud owners of their Habitat for Humanity home in the Greater New Haven area!

Buy your ticket by November 7. The $49 registration fee includes instructions and all supplies.

Supply Pick-up:

Contact-free pickup is at Spring Glen Church (Hamden) on Wednesday, November 17 from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Signs will direct you to the pickup location.

Gala of Stars: November 12

Join community build Raise the Roof on Firday, November 12, 7:30 pm, to watch, celebrate, and support their online presentation of the 2021 Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause.
Local stars—community leaders passionate about making the world a better—will dance and compete for “votes” (dollars = votes) to raise funds for the building of Raise the Roof sponsored Habitat homes. Raise the Roof is grateful for the beautiful ways that the community has “danced with us” through our ongoing efforts to keep people safe and allow all to feel safe. 1700+ watched in 2020. 775+ donors and sponsors generously shared $104,000+ to help families build homes. Our community’s kindness is the music to which we dance. Join us!
Stay tuned for more info!

Head of the Housatonic Regatta: October 9

Community build Sleeping Giant Build is partnering with the New Haven Rowing Club to raise funds for their next home by assisting with parking at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta. Volunteers are needed to direct traffic and collect fees from participants in a no-contact manner.

Individuals and groups may help out during three hour shifts from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can sign up for one or more shifts on VolunteerUp.

Regatta volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and masks must be warn at all times during the event. For additional information please email info@sleepinggiantbuild.org.

Dedication of 136 Rosette Street: September 25

Join the Assiobo-Hudu family, their extended family, and friends to celebrate the dedication of their Habitat home! Farouz, Mohammed, and their children moved out of their apartment and into their house at the end of July. They are now settled in and ready to welcome you to their home.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 10:00 a.m. at 136 Rosette Street, New Haven.

Special thanks to community build Sleeping Giant Build for sponsoring this home and providing many of the volunteers who helped to build it. Thanks also to our dedicated regular volunteers, supporters, and donors who help us to build each Habitat home.

The dedication ceremony will take place outdoors and all current local, state, and CDC guidelines will be followed. Face masks are required at this event.

Dedication of 70 Woolsey Street: August 29 at 12:45 p.m.

We are excited to join Habitat homeowners John and Stephanie, their children, family, friends, and other Habitat supporters for a dedication ceremony on August 29 at 12:45 p.m. The event will take place at their home on 70 Woolsey Street in New Haven. Special thanks to Raise the Roof for sponsoring this home and providing several volunteer groups and individuals to help with its construction. All current CDC and State of CT guidelines will be followed at this event.

Ground Breaking Ceremony at 139 Weybosset Street: August 29 at Noon

Join Alicia Tirado, her daughter Dalilah, and other Habitat volunteers and supporters to celebrate the ground breaking of their new Habitat home! The event will be held at 139 Weybosset Street in New Haven on Saturday, August 29 at 12:00 p.m. Parking is available on the street. Special thanks to community build Raise the Roof for sponsoring this home. All current CDC and State of CT guidelines will be followed at this event.

Dinner at Solun to Benefit Community Build Sleeping Giant Build: August 14

Skip the cooking and enjoy dinner at Solun in Woodbridge on Saturday, August 14! A portion of sales from dinners ordered between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. will be donated to community build Sleeping Giant Build. These funds will support the construction of their 13th Habitat home. Outdoor seating is available and there will be live music.