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The Chattanooga History Center has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga to repurpose an extensive array of fixtures and building materials from the renovations to its new home next to the Tennessee Aquarium.
“We are in the midst of our own renovation project to turn our Main Street location into the first LEED Certified Habitat ReStore in North America,“ says Tina Shaw Cox, Director of ReStore Operations for Habitat. “The History Center’s donation of fixtures, cabinets, glass, and other materials will save us thousands of dollars, not to mention help us outfit the new ReStore for the future. It is fitting that the ReStore will contain recycled items” says Cox. “The ReStore exists to give Chattanooga a way to recycle usable materials back into the community, rather than sending them to the landfill. By using used materials in our own renovations and by recycling any leftover materials of our own, we are hoping to showcase what can be accomplished when unneeded materials are given a second lease on life.”
“Stewardship of the environment as well as community resources is important to Habitat for Humanity,” said Cox. “In thinking about the ReStore, we want it to generate as much support for Habitat as possible and to use the funding we have as responsibly as possible. Incorporating recycled materials in the structure as well as advanced energy technology into the renovation of the store, will help us meet these goals.” Besides the savings and green aspects of using the materials donated by the History Center, the donation will also benefit Habitat’s efforts to serve more families. “While many items will be useable in the renovation of the ReStore location on Main Street, others will be sold to generate funds to support Habitat’s ongoing efforts in Chattanooga.”
“Creation of the introductory theatre and the nine exhibition galleries on the second floor necessitates stripping the building down to its outer walls,” said Dr. Daryl Black, Executive Director of the Chattanooga History Center. “The History Center renovation is designed for LEED certification, and it is gratifying to know that much of the material which must be removed will be reused to the benefit of our community through Habitat for Humanity, and that it will contribute to another LEED certified project. It is an ideal scenario, and we are grateful to Robert Smith of Morgan Construction Company for bringing the two organizations together and facilitating this partnership.”
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the History Center,” says Pete Palmer, Habitat’s Executive Director. “This partnership is a great example of how the product of one organization’s renovation project, becomes a tangible benefit to another. We hope that more people and organizations will follow the History Center’s example and consider partnering with Habitat to put their unneeded building materials back to work in our community.”
Two Men and a Truck have committed to move Habitat for Humanity families into their new home for free.
After all of the volunteers have left and balloons have been taken down from the dedication celebration, the Habitat for Humanity families are left with one major task, moving all of their possessions into their new home. Moving is more than just packing and unpacking, the majority of the families do not have access to a vehicle to transport furniture and large items.
“Moving expenses can be hard for any family to cover, but for Habitat for Humanity families, this additional cost many times is far out of their budget. It is an amazing gift to have a little extra money for those unexpected items that we all face when moving to a new home,” says Connie O’Neal, Director of Family Services at Habitat for Humanity.
The Zain/Abobaker family is the first of the Habitat for Humanity families to receive the free service by Two Men and a Truck and it couldn’t come at a better time. Fatemah Abobaker is days away from having their child. Thank you were the only words Fatemah could say when she heard the news about the assistance they were to receive. “I didn’t know how I was going to move all of those boxes with the baby coming so soon,” said Fatemah.
Two Men and a Truck Chattanooga is excited to help out with this wonderful cause. “We are very fortunate to be in a business, where we are able to give back. We are thankful that we can be of service to our community and this very deserving family,” said Amanda Jones of Two Men and a Truck.
About Two Men and a Truck
Started as an after-school business for two high school boys, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. has grown both domestically and internationally. The company strives to exceed customers’ expectations every time it makes a move. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® treats customer possessions with care and respect. It is the first and largest local moving franchise system in the United States and offers a full range of home and business moving services. For more information, visit www.twomenandatruck.com
To remember the community cooperation and to keep the giving spirit of this past weeks Big Hearts build alive, WRCB and ST Productions will present a commemorative DVD of the project with 100% of net proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.
The community rallied in February to build a new home for the Sharrock family in Rossville, GA for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show to be aired nationally on the ABC network sometime in April.
The commemorative DVD will feature our stories on build week as well as content never seen before and the special show on reveal day.
You can purchase the DVD for $15. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. You have two ways to order.
1. Pay with credit card by using PayPal.
2. Pay by check by printing an order form and sending that with a check.
While Michael, Cindy, and Patrick Sharrock are enjoying their new home Habitat would like to help other families. To date, they have built 225 homes in the greater Chattanooga area. Learn more about Habitat by visiting www.habichatt.org
This DVD is not affiliated with the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC, or the Walt Disney Company. It is a product of WRCB-TV and ST Productions.
“Habitat has opened up unprecedented opportunities for me to cross the chasm that separates those of us who are free, safe, financially secure, well fed and housed, and influential enough to shape our own destiny from our neighbors who enjoy few, if any, of these advantages of life.” ―Jimmy Carter
Today is Presidents Day, a day to honor the current and past presidents that have served this nation over its long history.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have been advocates for Habitat since 1984. He has changed many lives and fostered many partnerships for Habitat through his 25+ years volunteering with Habitat.
As president of the United States, Jimmy Carter was deeply committed to social justice and basic human rights. He and his wife Rosalynn left the White House in search of meaningful ways to contribute in these areas and they now lead the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity International one week each year.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity International began in 1984 when the former president led a work group to New York City to help renovate a six-story building with 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. That experience planted the seed for the Carter Work Project, which has been an internationally recognized Habitat event ever since.
“Habitat has successfully removed the stigma of charity by substituting it with a sense of partnership. The people who will live in the homes work side by side with the volunteers, so they feel very much that they are on an equal level.” ―Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter is a man who has used his experience and influence to change the lives of thousands of people for the better. Today we are thankful for him and for all the Presidents that have supported Habitat in the past. Join them and use your talents to support Habitat.
To see pictures of 2010′s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project click here!
Join us this Saturday for ANOTHER ReStore Design Workshop!
This week we will learn easy (& cheap!) ways to make our home more beautiful with Interior Design: 101 taught by Nicole Braden! Come learn about floor plans, stencils, using color, and so much more! All workshops are FREE and each attendee gets a 20% off coupon for the ReStore.
This Saturday, February 19th, 1pm, at the temporary ReStore Location on South Market Street past Howard Highschool!
Construction is bring down the roof today, the ReStore roof that is.
All of our metal roofing is being recycled and reused too! This is one green project that just keeps giving. Check out the pictures:
Speaking of bringing down roofs, get ready to attend our Raising The Roof for Bigger Hair 80′s Dance Party this May!