Summer 2017

Date: 07 Sep, 2017

Final Push on Valatie Homes

As of August of 2017, Habitat is in the home-stretch on two Valatie homes. These Passive homes, designed by BarlisWedlick Architects, are the first houses to be built as part of the 30 homes by 2020 campaign.Volunteers are needed for the final stages of construction. Work includes interior painting, flooring, doors, trim work, and landscaping. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out an application on our website.

Volunteer to build a home


Welcome Our New Board Member: Justin Goldman

Justin Goldman graduated from Colgate University in 2003 with degrees in English and Economics. He and his wife, Andrea, moved upstate in 2011 to pursue their love of the outdoors. They settled in Hudson, where Justin took the helm of Park Falafel. Justin left the restaurant in 2014 to pursue a career in banking with First Niagara. After a very successful year, Justin left to pursue the management training program at The Bank of Greene County, where he is currently a Branch Manager and Business Development Specialist. Justin also serves on the board of the Hudson Business Coalition and is a Good Work Institute Fellow. He and Andrea have a 2-year old daughter, Bessie, and live in Hudson, NY.


Service Spotlight: Frost Valley YMCA

We were very excited to welcome an energetic volunteer group from the Frost Valley YMCA the first week of August. Thirteen campers, including two supervisors, spent the week doing community service work with brief breaks for swimming, rock climbing, and other Hudson area activities. Hudson ReStore projects included landscaping, new gate posts, assembling furniture, and new displays. They spent a day on the Valatie house site installing flooring and sprucing up the construction site.

We would like to thank the Frost Valley YMCA volunteers for their help and support!


Now Accepting Copake Home Applications

The family selection process for a home in the town of Copake is underway! Situated at the corner of Mountain View and Farm Roads, this three bedroom house, on a corner lot within walking distance of the hamlet, is perfect for family living.

The deadline for applications is August 31st.
For more information, or for an application, call 518-828-0892.

Download an application below, or pick one up at:
829 Route 66, Hudson NY, 12534

Download an application
Copake home guidelines


Women Build to Begin this Fall

Co-Chairs Joyce Lapenn, Sara McWilliams, and Janis Smythe are pleased to announce the upcoming Women Build project in New Lebanon, NY. Back by popular demand, Women Build will provide an opportunity for prior participants and new volunteers to come together for a fun and fulfilling project. The rehab project will be the first Habitat home in New Lebanon. Work on the 3 bedroom home, located on County Route 13, will begin in later this Fall.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate, contact us at


ReStore Donation Truck Breaks 7,000 Miles This Year

Many of you have called to report a sighting of the Hudson ReStore truck we leased last year. At 16 feet, it has greatly increased the number of donations we can pick up and reduced the time-frame for pickups.

Averaging 30 donation pick-ups a month, our truck has covered an impressive amount of ground this past year. Congratulations to Bill Schneider, Paul Mossman, and Kathy Schober, our ambassadors, and champion volunteer drivers. We thank you for all of your energy and dedication.

Need a visit from the ReStore truck?
Give our Donation Coordinator, Paula, a call at 518-822-8300 to arrange a pickup!


Valspar Paint Comes to Valatie Build

Valspar recently donated all of the interior paint for the two Valatie homes and the upcoming Women Build New Lebanon project. We are pleased to be a partner with Valspar and to have their support for affordable housing here in Columbia County.

In 2015, The Valspar Corporation announced a five-year pledge of36 million dollars in paint and funding to Habitat for Humanity. Valspar donated more than 6 million dollars in paint and $350,000 to support Habitat’s affordable housing work in 2015. Valspar anticipates maintaining this level of support through 2019.

Valspar paint is available through local retailers.


Whirlpool Appliance Donations to Columbia County Habitat

As part of a national partnership, Whirlpool appliances, including Energy Star refrigerators and stoves, have been donated to 15 Columbia County Habitat homes. This year, we will receive our 16th, 17th and 18th appliance donations at our Valatie and New Lebanon homes.

Throughout 16 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Whirlpool corporation has developed active partnerships in 45 countries with a commitment of more than $90 million.


2017 Best of Columbia County: Best Non-Profit and Community Service Awards

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity is honored to receive both the award for Best Community Service Project, and the Best Non-Profit for the Best of Columbia County 2017 awards. Sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia Greene Media, these ‘people’s choice’ awards are given annually.

Thank you to our many volunteers, donors, businesses, and community groups for making our home, Columbia County, the best place to live, play and work.

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