Feb 14, 2017 3:25 PM
Taken from our 2017 First Quarter Newsletter. Read it here.
What an amazing start to 2017. But before we talk about 2017, let’s celebrate our successes of 2016. Last year the goal of Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North was to build capacity and to ensure future growth through delivering on our core mission of building and selling homes to our homeowner families.
Well, I am proud to say that we delivered on our promises.
Our team worked tirelessly throughout 2016 to enhance processes, develop strategies and ensure the growth of our organization through excellence in planning and increasing our focus on the core mission. We served three families last year in Campbell River and Courtenay, and 2017 looks like it will be a year of considerable growth.
In order to deliver on the promise of growth the first requirement is land. I am so pleased that through our Board of Directors’ unwavering support we were able to purchase two properties which will each hold multiple units. If all goes as expected, we will be building in both the city of Campbell River and Courtenay this year!
1330 Lake Trail Road in Courtenay will provide for us the ability to build 10 homes over the next 3 years. The development permit process is well underway and we expect to put a shovel in the ground in September 2017. Stay tuned to our website as we reveal details.
Another wonderful piece of property supported through a Board motion was the purchase of an acre of property on 477 Hilchey Road in Campbell River. This will also be 3 year phased development, and will allow us to build 11 homes over a 3 year period. Construction will begin this March!
So, if you are scoring at home, these purchases will essentially double our collective homes in the next years, from 18 to 39. Can we do it? Time will tell, but a wise person once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
2017 brings us new relationships and old friends. North Island College, Rotary, CFB Comox and the collective municipalities in our affiliate region are excited to be partnering with Habitat. It will certainly take a team to build these homes and we are so grateful to the community for their support.
The strength of collaboration is so key to our growth. As you know, it takes money to build these homes. One side of a duplex costs approximately $150,000.00 to build on average. We benefit from donated materials, gift in kind, and the generosity of our community–but cold hard cash is still king. We are definitely excited about the municipalities support in development cost concessions and permissive tax exemptions but at the end of the day, building supplies still cost money.
We will continue to engage the community with events such as community dances, and raffles including our signature Pub Sheds and She Sheds, as well as WestJet tickets.
However, the greatest potential in raising more money to build more homes and serve more families comes in the form of monthly and annual giving.
The average Canadian gives $10- $20 monthly to any given charity. There are over 100,000 people in our affiliate region. Can you imagine if 1000 of those people donated $20 monthly to our organization? I can imagine that and, with everyone aligned in asking, I know we can achieve it. $240,000.00 annually towards our mission of affordable homeownership. Wow. And it is within our reach.
We spent the bulk of 2016 in planning and strategy. The combined ReStore’s lifted sales by 13% or $170,000.00. It was an incredible year for the ReStore teams. The Affiliate increased our overall revenue in fundraising by 64%. We purchased enough land to deliver 21 homes in the next 3-5 years. We are poised for a breakout this year.
Thank you to all of our staff, Board of Directors, donors, community supporters, and especially the tireless effort of our volunteers. We will all work together in 2017 to advance the mission of affordable housing. We all aspire every day to provide support for our own families and for the causes that truly engage us. We know that safety, security, stability and shelter grow a community. Everyone deserves an opportunity to better their future. Thank you for helping us everyday in providing that transformational message to our valued homeowner families. Thank you for changing people’s lives and for giving our families and our community a hand up.
– Pat McKenna
Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North