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Table of Hope
18 Jun
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Virtual Supply Drive through Saturday, August 15

Our Community Needs Your Support!

Help Table of Hope with our Virtual Supply Drive!

In this time of the COVID-19 crisis, you can help families in need while staying safe at home. Morris Habitat for Humanity has been helping families with affordable homeownership for 35 years in Morris County, and we have turned our immediate attention to helping those who need food now.

“As we expand to meet the needs in Morris County, we will need your support more than ever. I am especially grateful to be able to serve our communities throughout Morris County,” explains Rev. Dr. Sidney S. Williams Jr., senior pastor at Bethel Church of Morristown and founder of Table of Hope.

Table of Hope is located at 65 Spring Street in Morristown. In addition to their mobile food pantry, they serve more than 1000 meals per week and provide food pantry service every Thursday from 2:00-4:45 p.m. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has risen, and Table of Hope is seeking supply donations to help meet the needs of our community.

Table of Hope Mobile Food Pantry

TOGETHER we can do this!

It is so easy to DONATE HERE >>

1.       Click the Donate button on the upper right-hand corner.
2.       Make your supply selections to donate. A small blue arrow on the right hand side of the category indicates more products.
3.       Add to your cart and pay.
4.       Leave a personal note.

At the end of the Virtual Supply Drive on Saturday, August 15, all the donations will be delivered DIRECTLY to Table of Hope, minimizing contact with others.

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Parkway front elevation
17 Jun
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Apply for Home in Jefferson Township

We are building a new home on North Parkway in Jefferson Township. (more…)

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GAF Roofs for Heroes
15 Jun
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GAF Roofs for Heroes

 

GAF Roofs for Heroes

Beginning early June 2020, selected community heroes serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive a free roof repair, roof rehab, or complete roof replacement.

How the program works >>

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HopeBuilders
01 Jun
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Become a HopeBuilder

Hopebuilders is a group of exceptional donors who truly believe everyone deserves a decent place to live. Fitting a recurring, monthly donation into your budget will allow us to meet the growing needs of our community.

Learn how to become a HopeBuilder >>

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COVID-19 update
21 May
0

Closed Mar 15 until further notice

ReStore is now open along with our Construction projects!

Offices are open virtually to the public!

In an effort to protect our staff, volunteers, donors, customers and the families we seek to serve, we have taken unprecedented steps to have our office staff work remotely and to install all necessary precautions at our ReStore and our construction sites. Our priority is always to support the health and safety of our people — and to take a calm and informed approach to address this challenging situation.

With this in mind, effective Friday, May 15, 2020, Morris Habitat has taken the following actions –

  • Require all construction volunteers to follow health and social distancing protocols.
  • Keep our offices open virtually (only) to the public until further notice.
  • Institute stringent health and safety protocols throughout the organization, ReStore warehouse/sales floor, donation pickups and drop offs and construction sites.

RESTORE REOPENED on Friday, June 5, with new health and safety protocols

  • NEW HOURS: The ReStore will be open Tuesday–Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., with 10:00–11:00 a.m. reserved for elderly and immunocompromised shoppers.
  • Only shoppers wearing masks will be permitted to enter.
  • Online shopping continues with additional inventory added every day.
  • You may drop off donations, or you can schedule a pick-up in the local area by filling out the pick-up request form on the ReStore Donate page, by emailing ReStore.Donations@morrishabitat.org or by calling 973-366-3358 ext. 210.

If you have a question, please email our general mailbox at info@morrishabitat.org or leave a message at 973.891.1934.  All calls and emails will be returned within 24 hours.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will re-open our offices as soon as it is safe to do so.

This disruption to our workflow will most certainly affect our fundraising. The families we seek to serve are already vulnerable; many of them in positions at the forefront of the crisis — health care workers, civil servants, service sector employees; those to whom a missed paycheck can mean catastrophe. If you intended to volunteer, to visit the ReStore, or to donate – please show your support with a donation to keep us building a better place as we face down this pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support in staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. We will make it through this crisis, and it will make us stronger.

Blair Schleicher Wilson, Chief Executive Officer

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Macedonia
20 May
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Online Virtual Global Village Trip to Macedonia, Fri May 29

Let’s go to Macedonia! (virtually, of course!!)

Morris Habitat for Humanity is hosting a virtual Habitat Global Village Trip luncheon to Veles, Macedonia, on Friday, May 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m. You will be in your own home, participating in a Zoom conference on your computer, and eating food prepped by you.

We’ll spend an hour exploring Macedonian culture, food, drink and people, while learning about the families there who need safe housing.

Details and RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26 >>

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She Nailed It! logo
06 May
0

She Nailed It! Women Build Virtual Competition, May 2020

She Nailed It!” features an exciting ladies-only nail hammering competition, where you will compete to see who can hammer home the cause!

When:  The entire month of May 2020

Where:  The comfort of your own home! Post your video to your Facebook account and tag Morris Habitat for Humanity.

Who:  Women of ALL ages

See details >>

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Give Healthy Thanks a Ton
06 May
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Virtual Food Drive Goal Exceeded

Morris Habitat partnered with the Interfaith Food Pantry to hold a virtual food drive in April 2020 for families in need of assistance and raised 2,534 pounds of food—exceeding our goal of 2,000 pounds.

With business closings, layoffs and furloughs, family food insecurity is increasing every day. Morris Habitat for Humanity has been helping families with affordable homeownership for 35 years, and we have turned our immediate attention to helping those who need food now. Currently, the need is unprecedented.

The Interfaith Food Pantry is a non-denominational, non-profit organization helping families make ends meet by supplementing their monthly groceries.

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Don and Teeny Kuhn
04 May
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Remembering Donald H. Kuhn

Morris Habitat Mourns Passing of Friend Donald H. Kuhn

Morris Habitat lost a dear friend in late March with the passing of Donald H. Kuhn.

“Don was our own Renaissance man, a mentor, supporter and friend,” said Morris Habitat CEO Blair Schleicher Wilson. “He was someone we could always count on for advice and guidance.”

Don’s commitment to Morris Habitat for Humanity started in 1999 when he worked on a home under construction. Bitten by the Habitat “bug,” he built for several years, joined the Board of Directors in 2002 and served as president of the Board of Directors in 2006.

Morris Habitat is blessed to have many thousands of volunteers help us each year. And we certainly could not exist without their time and talent.  However, every now and then a person comes through our doors just when we need him or her. Sometimes we call them an angel, but with Don Kuhn, we called him our Renaissance Man.

Don Kuhn came to Morris Habitat at a critical juncture in our history—a time when we were asking ourselves how we could exponentially grow our homebuilding program to serve the urgent demand for safe, decent and affordable homes in a county with high land values, lots of zoning regulations and strict environmental laws.

It was a challenge not for the faint of heart, and it was Don, The Renaissance Man, a multi-talented, multi-faceted person who helped to position our affiliate to be able to make that leap from building one house a year to the 10 to 15 homes a year we are currently building.

Don led the board transition to a governance body; hired the current CEO in 2004; spearheaded the founding of our ReStore in 2007; raised thousands of dollars for our affiliate by painting artist-quality works; with his wife, Teeny, baked “Cake Boss” type wedding cakes; and, to keep fit, swam regularly at the YMCA.  All the while being a great dad and a wonderful husband to his cherished wife, Teeny.  And that is just the short list of his activities we know about.

Why did we call him Renaissance Man? Certainly because his multi-talents helped us to reach our homebuilding goals; however, it’s also because we were inspired by his profound concern for the community, his vigor envious to those half his age, his willingness to help where ever and whenever, and his delightfully optimistic attitude about life—all of which modeled the way for those of us contemplating the retirement lane of life.

Don was such a vital part of Morris Habitat’s success that we established the Donald H. Kuhn Inspiration Award in 2017—given annually at our Hearts & Hammers Gala—to honor volunteers who exemplify his spirit, dedication and compassion.

It is both an honor and a privilege to have known a man who was a role model of note, a man of distinction, our own Renaissance Man—Donald H. Kuhn.  Don leaves behind his wife, Teeny, six children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We will miss him terribly.

In honor of Don’s passion and commitment to Morris Habitat, we are establishing the Donald H. Kuhn Legacy Fund. For information, please contact Christopher Palazzi, Chief Development Officer, Christopher.palazzi@morrishabitat.org.

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Respirator mask donation March 2020
27 Mar
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N95 Respirator Masks Donated

On March 23, 2020, Morris Habitat donated over 4,100 respirator (N95) masks to the Morris County Office of Emergency Management. The masks, typically used at our construction sites to protect workers from dust and small particle exposure, are being distributed to those fighting the coronavirus on the front lines.

Click here to view CEO Blair Schleicher Bravo’s interview with WMBC-TV. (Video plays for 3 minutes 4 seconds.)

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