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Habitat Newburgh kicks off its Virtual Walk for Housing April 26th at Washington's Headquarters

Habitat Newburgh and Pathstone partnered to hold classes for homeowners about homeownership during financial hardship.

Habitat Newburgh needs funds to get us through the closure of the Restore and Construction.

Executive Director Matthew Arbolino's thoughts about the word "humanity" and Habitat Newburgh's mission during COVID19

Construction Update December 12, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, the City of Newburgh Housing Coalition hosted its first Who’s Who in Housing Community Forum.  The general public was invited to learn about agencies serving the City of Newburgh that assist people with their housing needs. The purpose of this event was to re-introduce and connect the residents of the City of Newburgh to its very own Housing Coalition, and to get agencies one to one exposure to the community outside of their normal offices.

Our Sr. Site Coordinator Brady visited Chiapas, Mexico on a Global Village mission.

One of the wonderful things about Habitat for Humanity’s model is the power to mobilize people in their communities to reach across cultural divides and celebrate our shared humanity. Our work is not done alone, and it takes commitment and time to see the impact. Our Day of Service and our day of advocacy are both vivid illustrations of the power of coming together to work towards a common purpose and of what we attempt to do here in Newburgh week in, week out; provide a bridge between people to build together, because we understand that it will take more than a day or a single organization to bring about change for our beloved community.

Susan can usually be found on site Wednesdays and Fridays, grinning and eager to get her hands dirty and learn something new. One of her favorite aspects of volunteering is all of the firsts that she has the chance to experience. From working with new tools to delving into different home improvement projects, the variety has an allure that has kept Susan coming back for almost 2 years.

Students from Gidney Avenue Memorial School fundraised $1389.92 and donated it to Habitat Newburgh! THANK YOU to these generous young people, their families, and their teachers—your gift will help a local family build a place to call home!

Very early on in our conversation Deb stated “Habitat has done more for me than I have ever done for it”. She also referred to her various volunteer duties as “ways to get out of the house” and her “nights out." Listening to her gleefully bound between all of the different selfless deeds she has participated in really clarified how deeply fulfilled and satisfied volunteering makes Deb feel. Deb has the power to lend a hand wherever it is needed, with a smile on her face and a laugh in her heart. And the crazy thing is at the end of the day, she would probably thank you for letting her be a part of it. Thank you Debbie, for being a part of the Habitat Newburgh Family.

Habitat for Humanity has a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We understand that if we don’t stop to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments along the way, we may lose sight of our mission that brought us this far. The opportunity to build more than just homes with our community is cause for celebration. We work hard at work worth doing, and give thanks for the joy we find along the way.

Lynn Brown’s guiding scripture is Micah 6:8.
What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
She says that to her, doing justice means working to ensure that everyone has food, clothing, and a decent place to live. That is why Habitat Newburgh’s work is an important part of how she puts her faith into action.

WOW. This #GivingTuesday, we had a goal to raise $15,000. You gave so generously that we more than DOUBLED that goal at $37,110.

It’s a dark reality in this season when, each day, the sun rises a bit later and sets a bit earlier than the day before, and when the hearts of many are dimmed with loneliness or the sorrow of loss.  It is also a time when diverse faith communities share ancient stories, songs and rituals of light that call us afresh into memory and celebration, community and service to others.

“From my perspective, the way to stabilize Newburgh is for residents to regain control of their city…Pride of homeownership would replace cynicism and neglect. Without the instability of frequent moves and the stress of dealing with housing that doesn’t meet their needs, families could finally put down roots and concentrate on their careers and their kids’ education. Neighbors could get to know one another and establish a stable community.”

Newburgh, NY (October 11, 2018) — The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Arbolino as the new Executive Director. Arbolino, a native of Newburgh, has served as Habitat Newburgh’s Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator for the past 2½ years.

Last year, Habitat homeowners and their neighbors formed the Broadway River District Neighborhood Association, and ever since they have been hard at work improving and advocating for the place that they call home. They were recently awarded a grant of $14,000 from the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) for beautification projects on their blocks.

Volunteering, generally speaking, is done in people’s free time. Our volunteer spotlight this month is Jamie O'Shea, a volunteer who on the surface shouldn't have the time to volunteer with us, given his profession as an entrepreneur. When asked about this, Jamie told us, "People feel they don't have the time, but I feel I can find the time if I'm being honest with myself."

Thomas Carlyle’s observation about permanence, perseverance and persistence is apt for Habitat Newburgh’s staff, volunteer corps and leadership—for those who labor on building sites and committees, who provide hospitality and counsel partner families, who serve graciously at the ReStore, who witness in the community to the permanence, perseverance and persistence of this “Affiliate of Distinction.” We who, in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities, remain Habitat Newburgh Strong.

“It satisfies my creative side,” Pops told us. “But the cherry on top is seeing the families and what it means to them to get an affordable, safe house. The conditions some of the families are forced to live in is atrocious.” Aside from the opportunity to help people better their lives, Frank also calls us his “second family” because, “the camaraderie is like being a firefighter again.”