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Windows on the Work: September 2011 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Windows on the Work: September 2011

Glimpses inside Habitat happenings

ReStore-inspired décor: Ontario, Canada

When Geoff Zanetti decided to open a bistro this summer in Windsor, Ontario, he knew he wanted a classic pub feel. To create that backdrop, he went to the Habitat Windsor-Essex ReStore. “My light fixtures, moldings, a candle chandelier, light switch covers, and other odds and ends all came from the ReStore,” Zanetti says. “Add that to what we had, and it’s pretty magical in here.” Find the ReStore nearest you at

Piece by peace: Beius, Romania

Habitat Romania teamed up with Peace Corps Romania for a weeklong build in Beius this summer. More than 50 Peace Corps volunteers joined in the build, and the group raised more than $27,000 to sponsor the house. Habitat’s Beius affiliate invited the Peace Corps crew to participate as a way to celebrate Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary, as well as Peace Corps’ 20th year in Romania.

Age doesn’t matter: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Habitat’s “Tuesday Morning Miracle Workers” will soon begin work on their 40th build. For two decades, the group — 35 men, at an average age of 74 — has aided Tulsa Habitat by building cabinets in the winter and completing houses in warm months. “Their spirit of giving is very contagious,” says Jamie Cox, the affiliate’s director of volunteers. “These men have huge hearts, and they are a big part of why we are where we are today — serving 22 families a year.”

Silver anniversary: Detroit, Michigan

Habitat Detroit has bold plans for its 25th anniversary: serve 25 families in one year. To accomplish its goal, the affiliate added a pair of large-scale blitz builds with volunteers this summer. It also has opened a third ReStore in the area. At the same time, the affiliate’s getting a boost from a hometown marketing effort. Habitat Detroit is one of four nonprofits selected to receive merchandise proceeds from Chrysler’s national “Imported from Detroit” marketing campaign.

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