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.

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.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Update: May 20

The CDC and State of Connecticut updated their guidance for COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols this week. With these updates, we have changed our mask wearing policy at the New Haven County ReStore in Wallingford. Customers and donors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask in the ReStore. We ask that all shoppers continue to keep their distance from others and refrain from shopping at the ReStore if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

All health and safety protocols, including mask wearing, will remain in place on the build sites until at least the end of this month. We will evaluate our policies at the end of May and will update all volunteers of any changes when they are made.

If you have any questions about what to expect when visiting the ReStore or volunteering on our build sites please feel free to contact us at 203-785-0894 or email info@habitatgnh.org.

Community Build Sleeping Giant Build’s Spring Magic Floral Arranging Event: May 10

Community build Sleeping Giant Build is holding their Spring Magic event on Monday, May 10 from 7-9 p.m.! You can register here to participate.

A talented floral designer from Forget Me Not Flower Shop in North Haven will teach us how to create our own beautiful spring floral arrangements from the comfort of our homes via Zoom. The arrangement is sure to add a beautiful touch of spring to your home. Or, gift your creation to your favorite nurse to recognize their extraordinary care for National Nurses Week!

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

Supply pickup will be at 10selden (Woodbridge) or Spring Glen Church (Hamden)from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

For more information and a picture of the completed arrangement, visit Sleepinggiantbuild.org.

 

 

New Hours at the New Haven County ReStore in Wallingford

Beginning March 8, the ReStore will be open on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This will give shoppers 7 days to browse our fantastic selection of new and gently used furniture, lighting, kitchen items, tools, and décor for the home. Our operating hours at the ReStore are now:

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Donations of small items (dish sets, tools, art, seasonal) can be taken at the door. Other items must be scheduled for pickup or drop off. To coordinate pickup or drop off please send a picture of the item(s) you would like to donate to restore@habitatgnh.org or 203-800-5517. Our donation coordinator will return your message within 48 hours. Thank you for thinking of the ReStore, your donations help to fill our store and purchases help to fund the construction of Habitat homes in our community.

International Women Build Week: March 8-15

On March 8 we will kick off Women Build Week and we could not be more excited! Habitat for Humanity’s International Women Build Week, created in partnership with Lowe’s, highlights the global need for women’s access to safe and affordable housing. This year, more than 300 Women Build projects will kick off across United States, Canada and India on International Women’s Day (March 8), so we are in great company. Watch our Facebook page all week for inspiring stories from our volunteers and homeowners demonstrating the power of safe, affordable housing for women in our community.

2021 Board of Directors Announced

During the affiliate’s Annual Meeting on January 25, five new board members were elected to Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven’s Board of Directors. Candidates were put forth by the Board Selection Committee and the Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve the nomination. The newest members of the board include:

Miguel Almodovar (Travelers); Emma De Las Casas (New Haven  Bank); Louise Dembry (VA CT Healthcare System); Frank Montero (Knights of Columbus); and Victoria Verderame (Knights of Columbus).

The following individuals successfully completed their terms and have been integral in the work of our affiliate for the last six years. These members include Simon Etzel, Michael D. Holmes, Chuck Lindberg, Al Lorie, and John Parese. We thank them for their dedication and service.

The complete Board of Directors list can be viewed here.