Gala of the Stars: November 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available for the Gala of the Stars event hosted by community build Raise the Roof! Dinner, dancing, and a fantastic evening to support the construction of a Habitat home will take place on Friday, November 4 at The WoodWinds in Branford. Meet and vote for your favorite community stars prior to the event or vote on November 4. We hope to see you there!

Ground Breaking at 257 and 264 Russell Street: October 23 at 1 p.m.

Join the Ortiz and Wahidi Families as we break ground at 257 and 264 Russell Street in New Haven! The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at 257 Russell Street, the future home of Natale Ortiz and her three children, and then we will celebrate with Abdullah Wahidi, his wife, and their four sons who will be purchasing 264 Russell Street. All are welcome to attend. Thanks to community build Sleeping Giant Build for sponsoring 257 Russell Street and community build Raise the Roof for sponsoring 264 Russell Street. We look forward to seeing you on October 23!

Head of the Housatonic Regatta: October 8

Community build Sleeping Giant Build will once again be raising funds for their next Habitat home at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta in Shelton on Saturday, October 8. Volunteers will be needed for three hours shifts between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is a great outdoor activity for individual volunteers and for groups. Signups are open now in VolunteerUpContact Arnie Cary for more info.

Homebuying Program Pre-Applications Available September 12-23

Online orientation and pre-applications for our homebuying program will be available from Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 23. This is the only time this year that we will be accepting pre-applications so please mark your calendars! The link to the orientation, which includes the pre-application, will be emailed on September 12. Pre-applications will then be available to print on your own or you may request to pick one up at the Habitat office or have one mailed to you. Please review the information about the homebuying program on our website so that you are prepared to view the orientation and complete your pre-application.

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 amangles@habitatgnh.org. 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.

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.

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.