Building strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter
Saying Goodbye to Susan Ohlidal
Our great friend and colleague Susan Ohlidal, who has been our Homeowner Services Coordinator since March 2019, has accepted a position within the Episcopal Church in Vermont. Some of you know she is an ordained clergy person and has had a community-based ministry for several years. A new opportunity --- a “call” --- has come from the Church, and she has said “yes.” No public information yet, but soon!
Susan’s last day at NEK Habitat is January 8, 2021. We wish Susan every success in everything she does and everywhere she goes.
Operations during COVID-19
Building projects are not occurring during this time to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission. During this time we are connecting homeowners with other organizations who may be able to assist them.
We look forward to restarting our Repair Program in the spring of 2021.
In the meantime:
We are working to update, refine, and streamline our processes and procedures as well as strengthen our volunteer base.
We are inviting new members to our committees and to our Board of Directors --- enthusiastic folks who will join us in directing the future of NEK Habitat.
We are seeking new ways to raise as many funds as possible so that we are ready to help as many homeowners as possible this new year. We are grateful to those of you who have continued to support us financially.
NEK Habitat is pleased to think that our careful efforts have contributed to the very low COVID-19 transmission rates in Vermont. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to prioritize the safety of our volunteers, staff, and our NEK neighbors.
Building It Forward: Homes, Communities, Hope + You
Now, more than ever, we need you.
As a result of COVID-19 over 300 million people in 42 states have been asked to stay at home through a myriad of shelter-in-place/safer at home orders. The scope and coordination of these orders are unprecedented and have led to a near halt of the US economy and over 16 million people losing their jobs.
In addition to the economic impact, these directives have also shined light on underlying housing issues that many Americans face.
Low income households are particularly at risk as a result of their economic instability and their concentration in service industry and other hourly jobs that are at risk as a result of COVID-19 disruptions.
In an estimated 12 million of these households, at least one contributing member work in an at-risk industry.
The economic crisis created by efforts to contain COVID-19 has placed unprecedented stress on the financial sustainability of Habitat affiliates, resulting in limited support for its homeowners at the time when they need it most.
COVID-19 has stopped everyone in their tracks:
Everyone has been affected by this global public health crisis and the accompanying economic shocks.
Everyone has been forced to consider the fundamental importance of home — of having safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Donating now to Habitat in the Northeast Kingdom can help ensure our ability, as well as our sustainability, to continue to serve our neighbors.
Donations can be mailed to:
Upper Valley Habitat in the Northeast Kingdom
459 Portland Street, Suite 2
St Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
“Home has rarely been more of a life or death situation.”
Leilani Farha, UN special rapporteur on the right of adequate housing