National Women Build Week: May 5-12, 2018

For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year’s National Women Build Week from May 5-12. In preparation for the build week, Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven and Lowe’s are asking women to get involved by signing up to volunteer and build.

During Women Build Week we will be working on home building projects in New Haven. Most volunteer work will be done at 45 and 47 Vernon Street, two homes right next door to each other. Our goal is to complete the construction of both these homes in June so all help will be greatly appreciated.

To sign up as an individual volunteer please go to VolunteerUp to create a profile and select your desired date. If you are part of a club, organization, or business that would like to volunteer as a group please contact Allison Mangles, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (203) 785-0794 ext. 110. No experience is needed and both men and women are welcome to join us on the site. All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older.

If you cannot volunteer but you would like to be a part of Women Build Week please consider making a donation in honor of a special woman in your life.

Update: Thank you to all of the volunteers and the Lowe’s Heroes who made the Women Build a success! Lots of sheet rock work was completed in the two homes and everyone enjoyed their time on the work site. Be sure to check out the pictures from this fantastic event!

Dedication of 13 Rock Creek Road, New Haven

Join us as we ‘pass the hammer’ on Saturday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the dedication of the Adopo family’s new home! Meet the family and other Habitat supporters who have joined together to continue Habitat for Humanity’s mission. No RSVP necessary, we look forward to seeing you at the celebration.

Update: The dedication was a success and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day! If you missed the event you can check out the pictures in our album on Facebook.

Groundbreaking Ceremony at 387 Lenox Street, New Haven

On Saturday, February 3, Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven held a groundbreaking at 387 Lenox Street. The future home of the Sanchez family may not look like a gem now but family members, friends, and lots of Habitat volunteers are ready to roll up their sleeves and make this home shine!

387 Lenox Street was built in the 1830’s as the home of Merritt Brown, an oyster fishing captain. The home is located within the Quinnipiac River Historic District of New Haven (in the Fair Haven Heights Neighborhood). The project is being sponsored by Raise the Roof, a community build within our Habitat affiliate. Everyone is looking forward to getting started on this restoration!

Support our Annual Appeal

We would not be able to build homes, revitalize neighborhoods, and help families in need if it were not for the generous contributions of people like you. We welcome all gifts at any time, but we solicit them in our newsletter and in a special appeal at the end of the year.

This year our appeal letter highlights the story of Waharietou Madougou and her husband Adjana Ouro Bangna, originally from Togo, and the proud owners of 585 Sherman Parkway, New Haven since 2016!

Read their story here.

Waharietou Madougou and Adjana Ouro Bangna with their three children.

Thank you, Bank of America!

Access to safe, decent, affordable housing is essential to our New Haven’s economic vitality. Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven is excited to put our recent grant from Bank of America to work in our community. #BofAGrants enables us to continue to build new homes for qualified, low income families who are first-time home buyers. Thanks, Bank of America and #BofAGrants for your continued generous support of our work!

6 Saltonstall Avenue & 119 Davenport Avenue nearing completion!

Our two current builds, 6 Saltonstall Avenue and 119 Davenport Avenue, New Haven, are expected to be completed in December!

Abdou Tchagouni and Zakiya Gafo are the future homeowners of 6 Saltonstall, which is being sponsored by Raise the Roof, a longtime Habitat supporter. It is their 13th Habitat house sponsorship!

Yolanda Matos and Axel Hernandez are the future owners of 119 Davenport Avenue, New Haven.

Both families have been doing their 400 hours of sweat equity regularly.

We thank the following groups for volunteering on the houses:

  • AAA Northeast
  • American Helicopter Society
  • Andriole Group
  • Bank of America
  • ChemWerth
  • Christ Church, Guilford
  • Congregational Church in South Glastonbury
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Connex
  • Essex Financial
  • Federal Managers Association
  • First Congregational Church of Guilford
  • First Congregational Church of Hartland, VT
  • Guilford Rotary
  • Guilford Savings Bank
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Lane Construction
  • Laticrete
  • Liberty Bank
  • Lord of Life Lutheran Church (New Jersey)
  • Madison Congregational Church
  • Medtronic
  • M-Pire & eMPRESS
  • Pfizer
  • Quinnipiac University Habitat Campus Chapter
  • Quota International
  • RSM
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon (University of New Haven)
  • Southern Connecticut State University Habitat Campus Chapter
  • Spring Glen Church
  • St. Peter’s Church
  • Target (Ansonia)
  • Temple Beth Tikvah
  • Travelers
  • University of New Haven Habitat Campus Chapter
  • UPS
  • Valley Regional High School
  • Webster Bank
  • Wildwood Farm
  • Yale FOCUS
  • Yale Habitat Campus Chapter
  • Yale ITS
  • Yale New Haven Hospital

Dedication of 99 Hampton Road, Hamden

Habitat GNH and Sleeping Giant Build (SGB) held a dedication at 99 Hampton Road, Hamden on Saturday, July 15. The house is Habitat’s second Veteran Build and SGB’s eighth Habitat home building project.

The new homeowner is Michael Doyle, a retired Marine, who works at the West Haven V.A.  Lie all Habitat home buyers, Mike volunteered 400 hours of his time to help build his house.

The dedication was attended by several of Mike’s new neighbors, members of Sleeping Giant Build, and Habitat staff and volunteers. Sleeping Giant Build presented Mike with a housewarming gift. The Southford Falls Quilt Guild donated a hand made quilt (their 13th donation to Habitat families)!

Additional support for 99 Hampton Road, Hamden was generously provided by Eversource.

Bill Casey, Habitat executive director, with new homeowner Mike Doyle (right). Also pictured is Antoine Claiborne, Habitat construction manager.


Arnie Cary, co-chair of Sleeping Giant Build, welcomes guests.



Allison Mangles, co-chair of Sleeping Giant Build, presents a housewarming gift from SGB to Mike.


Mike’s sister Kathleen being congratulated by Don Deloge, a long time Habitat volunteer and past Board president.


Antoine Claiborne, Habitat construction manager, did the traditional “Passing of the Hammer” to Mike.


The Southford Falls Quilt Guild donated this beautiful hand made quilt to Mike.


Volunteer with us!

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven invites you to volunteer with us!

We currently have two opportunities for groups and individuals (age 16 or older):

  • Construction volunteering on one of our current projects in New Haven. The workday is 9:00am-3:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday, with a short lunch break. (Limited availability on Saturday; call the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss alternatives.)
  • The Habitat ReStore, 286 So. Colony Road, Wallingford ( The shifts are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-6pm (half day shift 10:00am-2:00pm or 2:00pm-6:00pm) or Friday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm (half day 10:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm). There is a special student shift Tuesday-Thursday 3:00-6:00pm.

If you are not already registered as a Habitat GNH volunteer (this only needs to be done once), please do so here: or click on the Volunteer Up logo below. After registering, proceed to the Volunteer Up calendar to sign up for the date(s) you wish to work.

If you have any questions about volunteering or the signup process, please contact Ellen McNally, Habitat Volunteer Coordinator, at (203) 785-0794 or


Have you visited the Habitat ReStore?

The Habitat ReStore, 286 South Colony Road, Wallingford carries many new and gently used items, including furniture, cabinets, appliances, lighting, hardware, tools, and much, much more. New inventory arrives every week, so you never know what treasures you’ll find!

Store hours are Tuesday-Thursday (10:00am to 6:00pm) and Friday-Saturday (10:00am to 4:00pm).

ReStore-truck & tree

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