Dear Habitat Ambassador:

Like many of you, we spent the last week glued to the coverage of protests across the United States. In the eight days since George Floyd was held to the ground by a police officer’s knee for a fatal 8 minutes and 46 seconds, communities small and large across the United States have been rocked by sadness, anger and uncertainty.  These protests aren’t just about the killing of George Floyd. They’re about Breonna Taylor, who was killed in her own home during a no-knock raid in Kentucky. They’re about Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot dead while jogging in his own neighborhood in Georgia. They’re about Christian Cooper, whose safety was jeopardized simply for asking a white woman to follow posted rules in Central Park. They’re about Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Rodney King and Emmett Till. They are about Klan members in the 1960s burning down Clarence Jordan’s vegetable stand and firing guns into homes of families at Koinonia Farm outside Americus, Georgia. They’re about decades and centuries of individual and systemic racism that precede and infuse the founding and life of our nation.

We know, too, that so many of the Habitat family — our staff members, volunteers and perhaps most of all the people we serve — are impacted by these protests and the injustices they call attention to. And that as Americans, we are all called to face the difficult questions raised to the forefront of this national conversation. Habitat can help be part of the answer. “The way we approach our work at Habitat has been a vehicle for reconciliation and has broken down barriers between people. We work alongside those willing to partner with us, no matter their background or walk of life, and that will always be true.”

Habitat can be a vehicle for reconciliation. But it only happens if we make it so.  Habitat is more than a housing nonprofit. It’s a vision of a world where we share one humanity. Habitat for Humanity was born on a farm in South Georgia on the theory of radical inclusivity, at a time when inclusivity was seen by some as an existential threat. It’s a vision of a world we still believe in and fight to build every day.

In partnership,

Jonathan Reckford
Habitat for Humanity International

Adrienne Goolsby
Senior Vice President, U.S. and Canada
Habitat for Humanity International

Advocacy for Housing

Dear Habitat Ambassadors:

Please take a minute to email Senators Murphy and Blumenthal urging them to support nonprofits and housing stability.  With the House recently passing its proposal for the next COVID-19 relief bill, the process has moved to the Senate to respond. As senators begin forming their priorities, NOW is the time for them to hear from us to ensure our recommendations are included in any Senate proposal.

One way we can do that is by garnering strong bipartisan support over the next few weeks for Senate bills related to our priorities. We want senators to co-sponsor two key bills — the Housing Assistance Fund Act and the Work Opportunities and Resources to Keep Nonprofit Organizations Well (WORK NOW) Act.

The Housing Assistance Fund Act would provide $75 billion to boost foreclosure and eviction prevention efforts in all 50 states. A similar version of the bill was included in the House proposal for the next relief package (the HEROES Act). This policy is also directly aligned with the goals of the Cost of Home campaign.

The WORK NOW Act would provide $50 billion for the nonprofit sector to scale much-needed services and help unemployed individuals get back to work.

It is our hope that with significant support for these bills, they will be included in the Senate priorities and ultimately a part of the final relief bill passed by both chambers.

Senator Murphy:  https://www.murphy.senate.gov/contact

Senator Blumenthal: https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/gethelp

Rainbow Road-Windsor Public Hearing

On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank everyone for submitting letters of support for the Rainbow Road subdivision during the public comment.  The Planning and Zoning Committee will review and make a decision at the June meeting.   Please stay tuned for more information as we work closely with the town.

Thank you again!


Now is your chance to enter to win one of these playhouses built by Bank of America Volunteers!  All 5 Playhouses will be raffled off as part of the Gingerbread Build and Showcase Competition with all proceeds benefiting Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity.  Bank of America & Hartford Habitat’s partnership goes back over 20 years with BOA completing thousands of volunteer hours and donating over $500,000 in support of Hartford Habitat’s mission to eliminate substandard housing, revitalize neighborhoods and provide affordable homeownership opportunities for families in the Greater Hartford Region.  The five themes are Barn Yard, Snoopy, Incredibles, School House and Farmer’s Market.

Please note:  The Playhouse raffle winner will be chosen at random on December 15th at 12pm. Winners will be required to pick up the 4ft x 4ft playhouse at 26 Trumbull Street, Hartford on Saturday, December 15, 2018. 

Ambassador Training

Please join us in 2019 for one of our “Habitat Ambassador” workshop. This is an opportunity to partner with Hartford Habitat’s team. We will be hosting the event at the CT Non-Profit Center in Hartford at noon and a light lunch will be served. You will meet our leadership team and learn about the various ways to get involved, such as: becoming a family partner, crew leader, site host, internships, office support, ReStore volunteer and much more.

  • March 7th
  • June 6th
  • October 4th

For more information, please email volunteer @hartfordhabitat.org or call 860-541-2208 ext. 2201

Hartford Habitat: Best Place To Work

Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Connecticut, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut for the fifth year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first part consisted of evaluating each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Connecticut, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

This is quite an accomplishment for our affiliate because we have 19 employees.  Hartford Habitat has become the “go to provider” for employee engagement so this acknowledgement reflects our commitment to our employees as well as our sponsors.

For more information on engagement, please call 860-541-2208 or email info@hartfordhabitat.org