At the 200th home dedication on Tuesday, we will be honoring representatives of the pillars of support that have enabled our program to grow where it is today.
Mary Harp-Jirschele of the J. J. Keller Foundation will represent the more than 1,600 donors who give to Habitat. Nearly half of all our resources come from these donors.
Ethel Keller loved the mission of Habitat. Her son, Bob, volunteered on a project and started a 12 year relationship that has included 12 direct home sponsorships, support of a total of 25 homes and the donation of over $2 million dollars to our mission. There is a wall at the J. J. Keller Foundation with a plaque for every home they have worked with us. Please come to the dedication and thank the J. J. Keller Foundation.
Jon Goodman of Security-Luebke Roofing will represent all the businesses that have supported us with materials and services over the years. Business donations of materials and time are the fastest growing part of our program. Hundreds of businesses donate to us each year and are crucial for the success of our builds and sales at our Habitat ReStore.
Bil Ott will be representing our Senior Crew. Our Senior Crew is at a record 259 members. The Senior Crew donates over 10,000 hours of service hours to Habitat each year. This donation is the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars in resources. The Senior Crew are also our
ambassadors to all the general volunteers. Without the Senior Crew, our work would not exist.
Bill refuses to be recognized on his own but will say a few words on behalf of the Senior Crew. Bill is coming up on 5,000 hours of volunteer service to Habitat. Please congratulate Bi
ll and every Senior Crew member.
Judy Hooyman will represent the 20 members of our Golden Hammer Legacy Society. Betsy Pritzl will be recognized shortly after as our newest member of the Golden Hammer.
Judy will speak on why she and her husband, Ron, wanted Habitat to be part of their legacy. Betsy will be honored as our first Habitat homeowner to become a member of the Golden Hammer.
The Golden Hammer Legacy Society is being created by those who want to make our work last forever. Two of our recent home dedications were of properties donated to us through Golden Hammer gifts. Thank Judy, Betsy and all of those who want to ensure that our work continues. We will be recognizing all the Golden Hammer Legacy Society members each year at our Celebration of Partnership.
The 200th home dedication marks a milestone in our transition from building single home
s to helping whole neighborhoods. It took 22 years to build 200 homes. Next year, our strategic plan calls for us to help 200 families.
We will be working with over 1,000 people in 2016 engaging over 5,000 volunteers to do so. There is much to celebrate as we dedicate a home and dedicate thanks to all who are making transforming communities and improving lives here in the Fox Cities.