This holiday season, I’m reminded of how so many families’ holiday traditions begin and end in the home. Our new Habitat homeowners are in their homes for their first Christmas, and we are so excited for the new memories they will make there. Every family deserves a safe and affordable place where they can gather with their family and friends during the holidays.
For Stefan and Amy’s family, the holidays are all about giving thanks. “The volunteers amazed me by how much they put in,” explains Stefan. “Time, sweat, and hard work for families they just met.”
Bobbi and her two daughters will carry on old Christmas traditions in their new home. “We have a dinner Christmas Eve and attend candlelight service at our church,” says Bobbi. “My family will stay overnight so we all wake up in the morning together and share a nice breakfast after we open presents.”
Amanda and her two children, who shared a rental with roommates before moving into their Habitat home, are looking forward to celebrating the holidays in a home that is all their own. “I feel so blessed by this whole experience,” says Amanda.
Our staff and volunteers will take some much-deserved time off over the holidays to spend with their own friends and family. Our ReStores closed early on Saturday, December 23rd at 3:00 p.m. We will resume regular hours on January 2nd at 9:00 a.m.
Thank you for all of your support over the past year. With the construction of eight homes in 2018, this will be an amazing year at Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North. We are excited at the prospect of building in two communities this year for the first time in our history.
On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, our countless amazing volunteers and dedicated staff, best wishes and blessings during this holiday season.
Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North
ReStore and Office Holiday Hours:
Saturday, December 23rd: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 24th–Monday, January 1st: CLOSED
Tuesday, January 2nd: Regular hours resume (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday)