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Habitat for Humanity in the news

Media Release: “Guelph takes action on housing market concerns” – March 20, 2017

Habitat for Humanity makes local news. Read how Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph is making a difference in our communities.

“‘Historic moment’ at City Council meeting”. Guelph Today article by Tony Saxon. Dec 13, 2016.

“Hurdles remain in Guelph’s plan to redevelop IMICO site”. Guelph Mercury article by Doug Hallett. Dec 13, 2016

“New plan for IMICO site great news for the Ward neighbourhood”. Guelph Mercury. Dec 6, 2016.

“IMICO site could become an ‘urban village,’ city hall says”. Guelph Mercury article by Doug Hallett. Dec 3, 2016.

“Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift campaign supports affordable home ownership”. Guelph Today. Dec 3 2016.

“Concrete plan for moving forward with IMICO site finally in place”. Guelph Today article by Tony Saxon. Dec 2, 2016.

“Guelph’s biggest Habitat for Humanity project starting to take shape”. Guelph Mercury article by Jessica Lovell. Oct 20, 2016.

“Habitat releases entertainment lineup for house party”. Guelph Today. Oct 19, 2016

“Kids’ contest supports affordable housing”. Guelph Today. Oct 2 2016.

Volunteer Spotlight – Winter 2016

We asked, “What do you like about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity ReStore?” And, here’s what our volunteers had to say;

mick-smith-john-ridder-and-david-heatherDave (right) has volunteered with ReStore for over 5 years! Dave likes that every day is different, “you never know what’s going to roll in”.  Dave says; “it’s nice to give back but it’s also nice to come in and have purpose, to get out of the house for a while and socialize with others”. Dave, John & Mick are more than just ReStore volunteers, they’ve become good friends.  Mick (left) has volunteered for over 6 years and John (middle) 6 months.


Don is a new ReStore volunteer and says he likes the variety of work.  He’s “apprenticing” under ReStore Studio volunteer Dave and is enjoying watching and learning a lot from Dave. The ReStore is a great way to meet new people and build friendships that will last a lifetime.


destiny_nov-2016Destiny is one of our ReStore co-op students. Destiny says she likes that she “gets to make a difference in the community” and that the ReStore is a “fun environment”.



jackie_nov-2016Jackie likes doing hands on work at the ReStore and has fun learning different things.  Jackie says that knowing she is helping out in a way that she never thought she could before is really interesting.



giacomo-brunelloGiacomo has been volunteering with Habitat for 10 YEARS! Giacomo says he likes to volunteer because he “likes to help and make people happy”.  He also enjoys talking to people.



Interested in volunteering? Contact the volunteer department today to learn more at

Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift at your local Habitat WDG ReStore!

Get into the holiday spirit early this year – and get your house ready for the festive season – with our ReStore Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift promotion.  The promotion takes place from November 28 to December 3 in Guelph, and from November 29 to December 3 in Mount Forest and Orangeville.

If you’re decluttering before the holidays, please consider donating to one of our three ReStores. For those who donate goods to the ReStores during the promotion, you’ll receive a coupon for $5 or $25 off your next purchase in one of our three ReStores.  This includes donors who use our free pick-up service and our kitchen tear-out service during the promotion week.

The ReStores are one of the major revenue streams funding Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph’s vision of safe and decent housing for all.  Current fundraising efforts are supporting Cityview Village, an upcoming build of a 30-unit condo development for families and seniors, as well as planning for a future Orangeville build.

ReStores also extend our commitment to environmental sustainability by allowing the community to recycle and reuse building materials and household items, including hardware, plumbing, lighting, furniture, appliances, kitchens and more. We also accept used electronics and scrap metal, including pop cans, for recycling. Last year, our ReStores diverted 400,000 lbs. of metal and electronics from landfills sites – enough to fill 28 garbage trucks.

For more information on the Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift ReStore promotion, contact Nancy Frazer at

DIY tips to make what’s old new again

picHome décor stores have great items in vivid colours and interesting shapes, but that unique custom-made look often comes with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores sell new and gently used home décor, furnishings, and building supplies at a fraction of the retail costs.

Don’t settle for drab instead of fab. Save hundreds of dollars on a new or gently used piece of accent furniture by repurposing them with some paint, a healthy sense of adventure, and these easy-to-follow tips.


  1. Consider the piece, not colour: If you’re checking out old furniture that’s collecting dust in your basement, keep an eye out for shapes that would work for you. Changing the colour of an end table is easy, but you can’t change its bones.


  1. Get out that sandpaper: If you want to paint anything that’s wood, always lightly sand it first. This allows the paint to stick better to that vintage chair or table.


  1. A little detail goes a long way: Making small changes, like replacing doorknobs, can instantly freshen up any item. Get as funky as you want for just a few dollars by checking out Habitat’s ReStores, garage sales, and vintage shops for one-of-a-kind finds.


  1. Think outside the box (and your own stuff): Don’t have something you can transform? Consider picking up a new-to you vintage treasure that may not need as much work as that dresser you’ve had since elementary school.

As a bonus, if you shop at Habitat’s ReStore between now and October 31, Swiffer will donate $1 to Habitat for every transaction to celebrate ReStore’s 25th anniversary!  As well, you’ll get a free Swiffer Duster, while supplies last.

Fall 2016 Volunteer Spotlight

Let’s Celebrate Habitat WDG Volunteers!

National Volunteer Week is a special time when we come together to honour our volunteers. And, here at Habitat WDG volunteers are the heart of our organization. As such, we would like to recognize the continual support we receive from all our volunteers. We are fortunate to have such caring and dedicated volunteers; like Rayleen who takes the time to mentor new volunteers; Wayne & Sulin who go above and beyond to ensure an excellent customer experience; or Dave, Mick, Ray & Wanda who acts as role models imparting years of experience to the next generation of volunteers.

Each day we are honoured to be supported by the volunteers that donate their precious time towards making a difference in our community as we provide new hope for low-income families; helping to end the cycle of poverty through our affordable homeownership program. On a daily basis our volunteers go above and beyond their role, to not only support our organization, but also our community. We would like to sincerely thank our volunteers for their continued support – You truly have the power to change a life!

Summer 2016 Volunteer Spotlight

Let’s Celebrate Habitat WDG Volunteers!

Heather_Guelph ReStore Customer Service VolunteerHeather is a Habitat for Humanity Guelph ReStore volunteer! You can find Heather every Monday and Saturday afternoon in the Guelph ReStore helping our customers find that special item. Every day she brings a big smile and a welcoming hello. Heather is also on our Ultimate Habitat House Party Committee! With the experience she’s developed as a local business owner and active member in the community, you can be sure that the event will be a successful one with her help.  When asked what her fondest memory with Habitat is, she said “every memory is a great one”.

photo 1Cameron is a Habitat for Humanity Orangeville ReStore volunteer! Cameron has been a ReStore volunteer with us for almost 2 years – amazing! You can often find Cameron in the ReStore sharing stories with our customers, staff, & fellow volunteers. Cameron’s enthusiasm for volunteering is contagious… stop by the Orangeville ReStore and see for yourself the excitement for volunteering.

paul c_June 7 2016_salvagePaul is one of our volunteer Kitchen Tear-Out Crew leads. With his help we are able to safely remove donated Kitchens for resale in the ReStore. But, that’s not all…Paul is a habitat volunteer extraordinaire! He has volunteered on our Habitat Build Sites, in the ReStores, with our annual fundraising event, & even helped us launch our Volunteer Skills Building Program.

Welcome to Our Newest Partner Family, the Horton’s

The Horton family of Guelph received as they put it, “a Christmas miracle” December 9th, as Habitat for Humanity WDG along with partners, supporters, and volunteers alike dedicated the newly completed build project at 327 York Road to its newest homeowners.

The Horton family, Simon (dad), Cyndi (mom), Kathy (grandma), Brenden (15), Taylor (12), and Liam (9), are overjoyed to be starting fresh in their new 4 bedroom, 2 bath, home. “We are so grateful to be able to invest in ourselves, to be homeowners, and to be able to stop dumping our earnings into rent” says Simon. Simon is a full-time employee at Linamar and Cyndi works part-time at Walmart. The family will be leaving behind a small, overcrowded townhome with complex rules prohibiting the kids to play in outdoor common areas and with repairs needed throughout.

Summer 2015 Volunteer Spotlight

Megan McCormick & Jon and Cheryl Hains

Megan McCormick

Megan McCormick taking promotional shots of 2015 Ultimate Habitat House Party celebrity, Becky Hood.
Megan McCormick taking promotional shots of 2015 Ultimate Habitat House Party celebrity, Becky Hood.

Running a photography business is no joke. With hundreds of photographers in our community, competition is fierce. And beyond the talent, the experience, and one-of-a-kind imagery McCormick Photography produces, there is one competitive advantage Megan McCormick holds like no other. Megan’s heart and generosity are unmatched.

In a serendipitous event back in the spring of 2014, Megan and business manager, Todd Hunt, came to Habitat looking to give back to the community. “Megan and Todd came in to the Guelph office and offered their photography services to us at absolutely no charge. We were overwhelmed by their kindness. What they were offering us was thousands of dollars worth of volunteer services” remarks Sharron Riley-Persson, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Resource Development. From that moment on, Megan became the photographer responsible for delivering the professional images for the Ultimate Habitat House Party, our 5-year, 25 more homes Campaign, and so much more!

Megan is seen here having a ball photographing the 2014 Ultimate Habitat House Party.

Jon and Cherel Hains

Jon and Cherel Hains picture perfect in the Orangeville ReStore.
Jon and Cherel Hains picture perfect in the Orangeville ReStore.

Jon and Cherel Hains joined Habitat for Humanity WDG in September 2014 and have both played integral roles at our ReStore in Orangeville since that time. When we asked them why they selected Habitat for Humanity as the charitable organization to which they wanted to contribute as volunteers, Cherel remarked, “we just returned from sailing our 36’ Catamaran exploring both sides of Canada and the US. We were gone for a year and were ready to come home!” They began volunteering their time at other local charitable organizations but found that there wasn’t that “rewarding” feeling. According to both Jon and Cherel, “we are not only having such great fun at the ReStore, but also know our support is making such a difference to families that need an important hand up”.

Cherel owned two Body Shop franchises for over fourteen years so business is her background. Jon volunteered as a firefighter for over 30 years while owning a General Store in Hockley Village for over 12 years, specializing in tool sales.

According to Jon, the ReStore volunteer work offers a variety of jobs and let’s both Cherel and him meet so many different people. Habitat for Humanity is so proud to have Jon and Cherel as a part of our volunteer network—they most certainly have the power to change lives!

Affect Change Locally to Globally with University of Guelph Students

Members of the Habitat for Humanity University of Guelph Campus Chapter gather in the University Centre, right outside of their Central Student Association Club Office.

Nicole Altobelli, President of the Habitat for Humanity University of Guelph Campus Chapter (HFHUG), has a passion for social activism and hopes to one day build a career in this field. Nicole and other members of her 2015-2016 Executive team are thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph. “Our partnership is allowing us to have more influence on change in our community, as well as globally” remarks Nicole.

On October 3rd, members of HFHUG showcased their passion for the Habitat for Humanity mission on the 327 York Road build site. “Not only does Habitat for Humanity fundraise for people in need, but also provides the opportunity to get hands on experience. Engaging people of all age groups to contribute to their community, we are able to reach a common goal. In this way, affordable housing is within reach for so many people that may had previously lost hope” explains Nicole. For most, this wasn’t their first time on a build site. Each year, HFHUG organizes a group of approximately one hundred students to take part in varying Global Village builds throughout the United States and Central America during their Reading Week break. Hannah, co-leader of the 2016 Global Village build to El Salvador says “being involved with Habitat for Humanity is such a rewarding experience. Knowing that someone now has somewhere to live because of the work that you did is such a great way to build meaningful relationships with people around the world.” “Teamwork is a crucial part of going on an international build. You spend an entire week with mostly strangers, but by the end you feel more like a family” adds Nicole.