Hosted by Adam & Catherine Tobey
(and newly renovated) house!
In lieu of a gift, please bring a donation to support the local work of Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties."
Ogden, UT (October 30th, 2018) — Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties is grateful for the partnership and friendship of the Tobey Family. Adam and Catherine Tobey plan to have a “Housewarming For Habitat” event on November 11th, 2018 from 3 PM to 5 PM. They are opening their home to the public in order to have a fundraising event for the affiliate. Please RSVP at habitatwd.org/housewarming before November 9th.
Catherine Tobey has been a great friend and leader to our organization. She is the newly-appointed President for Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties (HabitatWD), as well as the chair of Faith Engagement. She loves the city of Ogden and is inspired to make changes in her own community.
“I love Ogden, so I mourn the many things that we struggle with as a community. As Utahns, we have a way of pretending like everything’s perfect. But it’s not! Everyone talks about the great skiing and rock climbing and hiking, but no one seems to realize the crisis of teen suicide, poor education, and poverty all around us,” declared Catherine.
She believes that part of Habitat’s uniqueness is in recognizing both the needs of the community, and its assets. She became part of the Habitat Board almost a year ago and has been inspired to spark change. She wanted to gather the community as well as her own friends and family together to share Habitat for Humanity’s mission.
“My path to homeownership was a huge blessing, and I believe that we can come together as a community to pave that way for many other families,” Rev. Tobey stated.
Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties strives to create “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” HabitatWD provides the necessary services for homeowners to be proud of their home. Seeking to put God’s love into action, the affiliate brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Catherine aims to bring awareness to the community about the impact the affiliate can make and to help more families in need.
“Did you know that one-third of the houses in our city have one of four huge problems, including substandard living conditions? One of out every three houses in Ogden!” Catherine revealed.
Substandard living conditions can include lacking complete plumbing or kitchen facilities, severe overcrowding, and a high cost burden relative to income, as described from the Utah State Health Assessment 2016. These families may lack hot and/or cold running water, a flushing toilet, or a bathtub/shower, or it may mean they are missing a sink with a faucet, stove, range, and/or a refrigerator.
Rev. Tobey pointed to American Community Survey data that demonstrates 82% of those families living in substandard housing are renting. She expresses dismay that local landlords are profiting through the exploitation of those living in impoverished conditions.
Catherine’s hope is “that we can each find a way a to get involved – whether through conversations with our peers, advocacy, financial or gift-in-kind donations, or volunteering.”
Outside of HabitatWD, Rev. Tobey is a pastor who is committed to the city of Ogden through direct service, leadership, and hope, in order to bring its people together across all differences. She is very passionate about the work she does with local and national faith communities, and her involvement with Habitat for Humanity. She hopes she can spread the vision of what the affiliate does and raise awareness among all those she meets.