Habitat for Humanity NEK builds strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter in Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. We are the local project committee of Upper Valley Habitat (in White River Junction), an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. People in the NEK partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve the place they call home.
Critical Home Repair • Home Preservation • Aging in Place
All part of the overall work Habitat does in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties.
Getting Out and About
Jeanne could no longer get out of her home in Hardwick. Her illness had progressed, and she required a wheelchair. But the stairs at each entrance to her home meant she was confined.
The Habitat team of volunteers built a 40-foot ramp from Jeanne’s front door to her driveway. She now comes and goes easily. “The ramp has made all the difference in my life,” Jeanne said. Jeanne, who is a superb cook, treated Habitat volunteers to a remarkable feast, plus unlimited iced tea and soda throughout the day - her way to say “thank you” and to work alongside the team.
Water, Water Everywhere
Lisa in Albany had leaky pipes and water on her floor. She called plumbers and others, including the guy who built her log cabin. He assessed the problem but couldn’t give her the time needed to repair it.
When she called us, Lisa had been without water for weeks: the shower leaked, the kitchen faucet leaked, and both toilets leaked. She had no choice but to shut off the water line.
Our NEK Habitat team purged the water line from the house to the spring, replaced leaking parts in toilet and shower, and made sure all faucets were operational. Lisa could at last shower, wash clothes, flush the toilet without using a bucket.