Monthly Archives: May 2018

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Older Americans Month 2018

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Everyone deserves to live in their home with dignity.

This month of May is also known as Older Americans month. This year’s theme is Engage at Every Age. From the Older Americans Month official site, it states that this month’s theme was to “emphasize that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being”1. This month of May, we celebrate the many ways that older adults can make a difference in their local community, while also bringing awareness to those who are living in poverty and how our affiliate helps those in need.

In 2016, from Statistica.com, it showed that over 58.47% of Americans 55 years of age and older are in poverty levels2. Of that statistic, it shows the females are more likely to be in poverty. To show the immediate impact of poverty in our local counties, DataUSA.com showed data for Weber and Davis Counties in Utah.

From DataUSA, researched showed that there were roughly 583,609 residents in Weber and Davis Counties in 2016. 10.1% of the residents in Weber and Davis Counties were 65 years and older. 3.73% of the population living in Weber and Davis counties were in WWII and the Vietnam war and would be considered as veterans. To express the importance of poverty in our local areas in Weber and Davis Counties combined, 18.23% of men and women of all ages were living in poverty in 2016. 7.1% of the population in Weber and Davis Counties were men and women 55 years of age and older who are living in poverty. Females in Weber and Davis Counties seem to be prevalent to being in poverty. The majority of those in poverty are White, followed by Hispanic ethnicity in Weber and Davis Counties 3.

 

From the AARP foundation, “one in every five Americans will be over age 65 by 2030 and our nation will face a severe shortage in appropriate housing to meet their needs”4. The AARP Foundation did a study and reported it in their research report, “What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults”. From this research report, the foundation discovered that those 50 years and older want to be able to age in their homes and communities. One of the surveys the AARP Foundation conducted found that those 50 years and older ranked increasing police presence as a number one priority in their neighborhood, while implementing or increasing funding for affordable housing programs was ranked sixth. Building more stores and shops was ranked on the bottom of the list for those who were 50 years and older.

The AARP foundation discovered that there was a direct correlation between household income levels and ranking funding for affordable housing and home modifications as a higher priority. “As income levels increase, the ranking for housing-related funding priorities decreases”, stated in the research report. For those who had an annual income of 30K or less, implementing or increasing funding for affordable housing was ranked as the top three priorities. For those who had an annual income of 50K or less, implementing or increasing funding for home modifications for people with disabilities was ranked as one of the top five priorities 5.

Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties partners with volunteers and community members to make a difference in the local community.

We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to call home. We help people of all ages build and repair their homes while building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Mrs. Odessa’s newly painted home worked on by the IRS volunteers August 2017.

At our affiliate, we notice that we help a large majority of seniors and elder persons. From our reports, nearly 49% of our projects were done for persons over the age of 56 years old in 2017. These projects were from our A Brush With Kindness Program, which repairs the exterior of the homes in Weber and Davis Counties. Because many elders live on fixed incomes with few resources to make modifications or critical repairs to their home, this population faces very serious housing issues that pose significant risks to their health and well-being. At our affiliate, we make it one of our priorities to give these families a way to be self-reliant while being safe in their own homes. We have the ability to help those in need of being safe in their homes while providing them a place to call home.


Main Office
2955 Harrison Blvd. Suite 202 Ogden UT 84403 | 801-475-9821 | info@habitatwd.org

About Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties (HFHWD) is a nonprofit organization that strives to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Our affiliate has built over 14 homes since 2004. We build and repair homes for local low-income families. For more information, visit www.habitatwd.org.

About Habitat Ogden ReStore
Habitat Ogden ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement thrift store and donation center. Proceeds from the Habitat ReStore goes towards the affiliate, HFHWD. When you shop at the nonprofit store, you are helping families who need repairs and decent homes. Every ReStore is owned and operated-independently.

Media Contact:
Maria Rague | 801-475-9821 | maria@habitatwd.org

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WORKS CITED

1. Older Americans Month 2018. Administration of Aging; Administration for Community Living. https://oam.acl.gov/. Accessed 15 May 2018.
2. “Poverty Rate in the United States in 2016, by age and gender.” Statistica. https://www.statista.com/statistics/233154/us-poverty-rate-by-gender/. Accessed 15 May 2018.
3. “Weber County & Davis County.” DataUSA. Deloitte; Collective Learning; Datawheel. https://datausa.io/profile/geo/weber-county-ut/?compare=davis-county-ut. Accessed 15 May 2018.
4. “Improving Access to Safe and Affordable Housing.” AARP Foundation. Berne and Pan American. https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/our-work/housing/?intcmp=FDN-FTR-LINKS. Accessed 15 May 2018.
5. Harrell, Rodney, et al. “What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults.” AARP Foundation. https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/liv_com/2014/what-is-livable-report-AARP-ppi-liv-com.pdf. Accessed 15 May 2018.


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Pictures from the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

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Come check out the fun we had at our
1st Annual Recognition Breakfast

May 4th 9 AM at Jeremiah’s Restaurant

AWARD RECIPIENTS:

The Story Award:
Dixie Story
The Greger Award:
Paul Starkey
The ReStore Volunteer Award:
Gregory Bennet
The Most Volunteer Individual Hours:
“Pickleball” Patti Hancock
The Most Volunteer Group Hours:
Hill Air Force Base
Business of the Year Materials:
Wells Fargo
Business of the Year Volunteer:
UMB
Non-Profit Support Award:
Northern Utah American
Red Cross,
represented by
Madeline McDonald

PHOTOS


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Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

Category : Blog

First annual event to recognize those who helped
the Habitat for Humanity affiliate this past year.

Ogden, UT (May 4th, 2018) — Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties (HFHWD) is a nonprofit organization that strives to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” This affiliate decided to create an event that would recognize volunteers and donors each year.

The event for this year was held on May 4th, 2018 at 9 AM. Volunteers and donors met at Jeremiah’s restaurant for a morning breakfast. There was an opportunity drawing for a five-day cruise, donated generously by Ron Franklin from Larry H. Miller Chevrolet. In addition to this, there were over 16 different silent auction items.

Volunteers, donors, and staff were able to bid on items donated generously by businesses in the area. Gifts were donated by Black Bear Diner, Boondocks, Cold Stone Creamery, Cherry Hill, Dartside, Deer Valley Resort, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, The Great Escape, Great Harvest in South Ogden, Gina Gonzalez Group Realty, Kneaders in Ogden, Megaplex 13, Menchies in Ogden, the Natural History Museum, and Utah Jazz.

Jeannie M. Gamble, Executive Director of HFHWD, along with Tim Taylor, Vice-President of the Board, Sherri Jones, the ReStore manager, and Neyla Hadfield, Volunteer Coordinator, announced the individuals and groups that won different awards.

The first recipient to win the Story Award was given to Dixie Story. This award is named after her, due to the number of years being with the organization and being a big part of the Habitat family. The second award was the Greger Award. Jeannie Gamble wanted to award Paul Starkey, past Board President, as the 2018 Greger Award recipient. Paul Starkey was unable attend the event, and was represented by his wife, Gloria. Sherri Jones awarded the ReStore Volunteer Award to Gregory Bennet, who worked long and hard at the ReStore for many hours. Tim Taylor announced that Patti Hancock, better known as “Pickleball Patti”, would receive the award for the most individual hours volunteered at the Habitat affiliate. Neyla Hadfield gave the Most Volunteer Group Hours Award to the Hill AirForce Base. Wells Fargo was given the Business of the Year Materials Award by Jeannie Gamble. UMB was awarded the Business of the Year Volunteering Award. The American Red Cross was represented by Madeline Mcdonald and was awarded the Non-Profit Support Award.

At the end of the program, the silent auction items left with the different individuals that bid for them and the five-day cruise opportunity drawing was given out.

Jeannie M. Gamble stated that “the affiliate raised over $1500 at the end of the event”.

The funds are dedicated to the Guzman family and their new Habitat home. The Guzman family is a single mother with six children living in a small trailer in Ogden. Their new Habitat home will be built at 450 15th Street, Ogden, UT 84404. If you would like to donate funds to this family and their new home, please click here habitatwd.org/donate/

Main Office
2955 Harrison Blvd. Suite 202 Ogden UT 84403 | 801-475-9821 | info@habitatwd.org
About Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties (HFHWD) is a nonprofit organization that strives to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Our affiliate has built over 14 homes since 2004. We build and repair homes for local low-income families. For more information, visit www.habitatwd.org.
About Habitat Ogden ReStore
The nonprofit home improvement thrift store and donation center is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. The nonprofit ReStore is in affiliation and is operated with the local Habitat for Humanity (HabitatWD). The store accepts new and gently-used items. Located at 3111 Wall Avenue Ogden UT 84401.
Media Contact:
Maria Rague | 801-475-9821 | maria@habitatwd.org

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May 4th Donors and Sponsors

Category : Blog , Donor Recognition


No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted.


Thank you United Way for being our Award Sponsors for our upcoming event.

 

 

We would like to thank the following donors for participating in our upcoming event on May 4th:

 

Black Bear Diner
Boondocks
Coldstone Creamery
Cherry Hill
Dartside
Deer Valley
Hogle Zoo
Great Escape in Layton
Great Harvest in South Ogden
Gina Gonzalez Group
Kneaders in Ogden
Ron Franklin, Larry H. Miller Chevrolet
Megaplex 13
Menchies in Ogden
Natural History Museum
Utah Jazz

Our Volunteer Recognition Breakfast is held to recognize all those who helped us in the past year.


These are the following people who helped us with our Habitat Homes:

Automated Structures Inc.
Bennett’s Glass and Flooring
Boman-Kemp
Barnes Aerospace
Citi
CMI Insulation
Dominion Energy
Geneva Rock
Harristone
Hill AFB volunteers
Home Depot – Ogden
Howe Rents
Jolley Plumbing
Lansing Building Products
Lowes – Riverdale
Master Electrical
Master HVAC
McCoy’s Cabinets and Flooring
Ogden City Building Department
Questar
Rocky Mountain Power
Sergio Macias Sheetrock
The VAC Guy
United Site Services
UServeUtah
Wall 2 Wall Carpet and Flooring
Wheelwright Lumber
Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
Weber State University
York Engineering

We would also like to thank the following community partners for their participation in the last year:
Bill Phillips Fund
Community Foundation of Utah
Dennis Longfellow
George S. & Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation
GSH Services
Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Foundation
Herbert I. & Elsa B. Michael Foundation
James Green
Jared Gleue
Jay Garrett
Jeremy Jones at HHI Corp
Kapp U-Cart
Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
Master HVAC
Michelle Harline
Ogden City Permitting Department
Parsons Concrete
Ralph Nye Charitable Foundation
Richard K. & Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Tammy Ratliff
Two Men On A Roof
Units Storage
U.S. Bank Foundation
Valentine Construction & Steve Hopkins
Wheeler Foundation
WSU Athletics
WSU CCEL
WSU Engineering Technology and Construction Management students
WSU volunteers
All those who donated when our tools were stolen

AND EVERYONE WHO IS PART OF OUR HABITAT FAMILY!


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