During our annual Hearts & Hammers celebration, we celebrate accomplishments of our affiliate and strive to continue to end poverty housing in the Ozarks. Please enjoy a note from Glenn Green, 2017-2018 Board President.
Celebrating Accomplishments and Achieving a Common Goal
Welcome everyone, and thank you for attending Habitat’s Hearts & Hammers for 2017. We are getting ready to celebrate our 30th year as a Habitat for Humanity Affiliate, so this is an extra special celebration for us! To help mark this special occasion, we welcome Jay Guffey and Keith Jaspers, who were involved in the early days of establishing the Affiliate here in Springfield. Accordingly, we especially thank them for attending today, and for their part in making our Affiliate what it is today.
Along those same lines, we honor the other 23 wonderful individuals, companies and organizations that have made special contributions to help our Affiliate achieve our Mission. As a reminder for everyone, Habitat for Humanity of Springfield is a diverse non-profit organization that has several prongs including:
- Construction, remodeling and rehabilitation of homes on a needs-based, non-profit basis;
- Offering nonprofit repairs and improvements to existing homes to those in need;
- Offering free “Tools for Life” classes for free to the entire community to assist people to become successful homeowners;
- Partnering with the Woodland Heights Neighborhood in North Springfield in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program to help work with other partners and assist Woodland Heights to accomplish the vision that the residents have for their neighborhood as a wonderful place to live; and,
- Operating one of the top ReStores in the nation, which enables us to use donations for our charitable purposes instead of operational costs, while providing a source of affordable construction materials, appliances and furniture for those who might not be able to afford to buy at retail (along with members of the public), and reduce the amount of those items going to the landfill.
It is exciting to celebrate what we have been able to accomplish as a Habitat Affiliate over the past year, and the past 30 years of its existence. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to today’s Honoree’s for your dedication to our Mission, and support for our programs. I would also like to personally like to thank the outgoing Directors being honored today for their guidance and inspiration.
I also would like to thank Larry Peterson, and our wonderful staff that we have at Habitat for Humanity of Springfield. The Board is constantly impressed with the dedication of our staff to our Affiliate’s Mission and operations, and their ability to accomplish our goals.
While we are celebrating past accomplishments and contributions, I would ask you to please remember that we still have a lot to do to improve our Community as we head into our 31st year. Please keep in mind how you might be able to assist Habitat in its mission to help people achieve a common goal of decent, affordable housing, guiding families in successful home ownership, increase our recently established Endowment, and expand our Woodland Heights Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
Glenn P. Green