The April edition of the Chamber’s popular Business After 5 events was held April 18th at the Habitat for Humanity Huron County’s Re-Store in Goderich.  The event saw several first-time attendees from both our for-profit and non-profit communities. These monthly events, generally held on the third Thursday of the month, are an excellent opportunity for Chamber members – and future members – to gather in an informal setting, enjoy some refreshments, get to know their business neighbours, and hear a little bit from the hosting member about their organization.

Here’s what Habitat for Humanity had to say following the event:

The BA5 held at the ReStore showcased the impactful work that Habitat contributes to the well-being of families and communities across Huron County. Habitat’s belief is that everyone deserves a safe and comfortable place to live. To that end, Habitat broke ground on its newest build in Goderich this month.

Habitat’s mission to provide a hand-up and not a hand-out. Habitat does not give homes away. The Homeownership Program requires families to support Habitat Huron County with 500 Partnership Hours and be able to pay an affordable mortgage based on income.

Habitat looks beyond the build. Families are more likely to be involved in their community, become more financially secure while fostering their self-reliance and stability for the present and the future. It is estimated that for every dollar raised through the ReStore and from generous donors, it creates $4 dollars in social impact. The more money raised the more houses Habitat Huron County can build. With the current housing crisis, Habitat is part of the solution.

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Rewarding opportunities range from helping in the ReStore, lending a hand at a fundraiser or working on a construction site.

As the new construction project moves forward, Habitat will be offering Build Day. They are a quintessential Habitat experience. Team building opportunities for employers and organizations can make a real difference in the lives of future Habitat homeowners. On a build site, everyone rolls up their sleeves and gets to work to build a home and not just a house.

At Habitat for Humanity Huron County, we understand that the meaning of home is unique to everyone. It extends beyond bricks and mortar. In the words of eleven-year-old Olivia, “home is more than just your address. It is more than a building just to impress. Home is a community to which you belong, where love for each other continues to grow strong.”

For more information visit www.habitathuroncounty.ca. Interested in volunteering, contact Dave at d.morrison@habitathuroncounty.ca. To donate and learn more about Build Day, contact Heather at resource@habitathuroncounty.ca.

The next Business After 5 gathering will be hosted by Hyundai of Goderich on May 16th at 5:30pm