Community Build Raise the Roof’s Build at Bishop’s: June 11

After a two year hiatus, the Build at Bishop’s returns on June 11 with a full day of building and community! Volunteers 16 years of age and older are welcome to signup to build exterior walls for a future Habitat home. Community members of all ages are invited to stop by to fill Raise the Roof Message Walls with wishes, blessings, and artwork. The walls will be built into the build’s next sponsored Habitat house with the messages tucked into the heart of the home.

Volunteers interested in building should register in advance. Build shifts fill quickly so don’t delay!

This event takes place at The Little Red Barn at Bishop’s Orchards in Guildford.

Dedication of 603 and 611 Middletown Avenue: May 7 at 10 a.m.

Join us as we celebrate with the Bailey Family and the Bayor- Loue Family, each the proud owners of Habitat homes located at 603 and 611 Middletown Avenue in New Haven. These homes were completed in December and we are looking forward to their dedication ceremonies, especially the traditional “passing of the hammer” to each family.. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, the event will be held outdoors and there will not be any shared food or drink.

Donate Through The Great Give!: May 4-5

The Great Give, New Haven’s 36-hour, online, community-wide giving event will take place May 4-5. This year our organization is raising funds during the event to offset the increasing cost of property acquisition. We are also inviting each of you to join us in engaging your own network of friends, co-workers, and family members in support of our work. If you would like to join us as a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser please email Allison at Thank you for your support!

We are hiring for a ReStore Manager!

The ReStore Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ReStore. Ro, the current ReStore Manager, is retiring (we will miss her so much!) and our organization is looking for someone with the right combination of personality and skills to replace her. Please view the ReStore Manager Job Description and let us know if you are interested in this role.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven Apparel Now Available!

We are excited to announce that we are piloting the sale of t-shirts, canvas bags, and re-usable grocery bags so that you can show your support for building affordable homes in our community! Both individuals and groups may place orders by emailing Allison at T-shirts and canvas bags are $10 each and re-usable bags are $2 each. Pick-up for items will be at our build sites and our office in New Haven. Thank you in advance for showing your Habitat pride!

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 All are welcome to bid in the silent auction at

For more information about Sleeping Giant Build or the Ninth Annual Chili Bowl, visit or email

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!