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Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk Begins Renovation of Home for Long Island Family in Need in Partnership with Students from Xavier High School

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To commemorate the start of the demolition and renovations on a foreclosure-purchased home for Valley Stream resident Nickesha Medley and her daughter, Shania, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk hosted a “House Start Demo Day” on Tuesday, February 16 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at 610 Scherger Avenue. Ten students from Xavier High School used their vacation time to participate in the event, working side by side with the future homeowners, construction staff, and volunteers to begin the renovation. Rudy Sunderman, Suffolk County Legislator of the 3rd District was also in attendance and welcomed the Medleys to the community.

“We’re ready to start our new life together,” said Ms. Medley, who currently lives with her daughter in an attic apartment in Valley Stream. “I look forward to owning a safe and affordable home to spend more time with my daughter and to give her the stability to excel in school and further her education. We are overjoyed to be partnering with Habitat Suffolk.”

As part of Habitat Suffolk’s Home Ownership program, Ms. Medley will complete 300 hours of volunteer time building her future home and homes for other members. In addition, she will perform community service and learn about financial preparation and home maintenance. Ms. Medley says partnering with Habitat Suffolk and owning a home of her own will be her greatest accomplishment.

“This was a great event, and the start of another successful homeownership story” said Middle Island-based Habitat Suffolk CEO Lee Silberman. “Our mission is to strengthen communities by providing quality, affordable homes and we took another step in achieving that mission for the Medley family today.”

“We’re honored to partner with such a great organization,” said Dave Knapp of Island Outreach Foundation, a longstanding and generous partner of Habitat Suffolk and sponsor for the home. “We always love the opportunity to get students involved in these projects and show them the importance of this work.”

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk Recognized as Finalist for HIA-LI's 26th Annual Business Achievement Award

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September 29, 2020 - Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk was recognized as a finalist by HIA-LI at its 26th Annual Business Achievement Awards. The Business Achievement Awards from The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island (HIA-LI), "the Oscar's of Long Island Business," recognize extraordinary firms that distinguished themselves in areas of growth, leadership, and commitment to the Long Island Business community. Habitat Suffolk was recognized in the Not-for-Profit category. In lieu of an in-person reception, the program was held virtually.

Habitat Suffolk Earns 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency Rating From Guidestar by Candid

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Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County has earned the Gold Seal of Transparency Rating for 2021 from GuideStar by Candid. Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to the resources they need to do good, building on 88 years of dedicated experience.

The Gold Seal of Transparency is earned by nonprofits who demonstrate their commitment to transparency by providing up-to-date financial information for their GuideStar profile.

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Charity Sporting Clay Outing

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2021 IFMA Long Island & Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk Charity Sporting Clay Outing.
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Mastic Beach Homeowner Chosen to Receive Free Rooftop Energy System

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MASTIC BEACH, NY - November 19, 2020 - Despite eight surgeries and years of rehabilitation, Louis Fata requires a wheelchair and other assistance as the result of a robbery assault in the 1990s that left him with 18 fused vertebrae. His chairlift and other necessary equipment consume a larger than normal amount of electricity.

Mr. Fata now anticipates a much more energy-efficient future. On November 9th, he was presented with a certificate from Bay Shore-based Hytech Solar Inc., in participation with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, that entitles him to a free residential solar photovoltaic rooftop installation. Mr. Fata was chosen from more than 56 eligible Habitat Suffolk homeowners who qualified for consideration because their monthly electricity bills exceed $100 and they have been financially affected in some way by the pandemic.

Valerie Whelan, Hytech Solar's president, made the presentation together with Lee Silberman, chief executive officer and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk.
Selecting the recipient was difficult, said Ms. Whelan, "but we chose Louis because he relies heavily on electrical help with his mobility. I know how much electricity this equipment uses, and what he can save on his electric bills can be used toward food and other basic needs."

She added that partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk is "an excellent way to contribute to our community by doing what we do best - promoting cleaner and greener energy to preserve our environment and hold down energy costs. As a local, family-owned business, our interests and those of our community are the same."

Mr. Silberman said: "During these difficult times, it's great to see that companies like Hytech Solar have not lost their spirit of giving back to the community. We are so grateful for their generosity and support in helping our Habitat homeowner, Louis, have an even more affordable home this winter with the utility savings this solar system will provide."

Mr. Fata has been a member of the Habitat of Suffolk family for several years. His home, in Mastic Beach, was built by Habitat volunteers and sponsors, and acquired by Mr. Fata under terms of a partially subsidized first mortgage from a bank and a low-cost second mortgage from Habitat. He said that a home health aide helped him make contact with Habitat and that it opened a new chapter in his life.

"Becoming part of the Habitat family enabled me to become an integral part of society again, with a new house, in a new community, with lots of new friends and a new beginning," he said, adding that it has had an impact on his adult son: "It broke his heart to see me struggle with pain and life-changing transitions, but it also taught him the importance of social activism and the need to be more conscious of being of service to others."

As for the new solar energy system, he anticipates the monthly savings resulting from being off the grid for most of his energy needs will be of substantial help in making ends meet. "It's another blessing for which I am very grateful," he said.
Saturday, March 06, 2021