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  1. 1. August News 2012 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF UTAH COUNTY SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN LAUNCH OF REPAIR CORPS PROGRAM Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has been selected to participate in Repair Corps, a veterans- support initiative of Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation. The Habitat for Humanity of Utah County affiliate is one of 84 Habitat affiliates selected to partici- pate in this program designed to support U.S. veterans in need of home repair. Repair Corps is designed under the same model as new homes built with Habitat families where the veteran will repay the zero interest loan necessary for these repairs. Newsletter “We are excited to participate in the launch of Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program and grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for funding this project,” said Kena Jo Mathews, Executive Director for the Utah County Habitat affiliate, “It is truly an honor to work in partnership with formerH A B B I T A T A B B I T A TM F O R T H UO FA N I T Y O FO U T A H C O U N T Y service men and women, and their families.” Hammer Time Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps is a project funded by The Home Depot Foundation with a $2.7 million cash and in-kind gift card donation. Home repair grants will be allocated in amounts up to $15,000 for each Repair Corps project. The program grants will cover the cost of a variety of repairs that could include roofing and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. NTY “We are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity International as we aim to ensure that every U.S. veteran has a safe and accessible place to call home,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps is part of a three-year, $30 million investment The Home De- pot Foundation is making to multiple organizations to help ease the burdens of military veterans by H FOR HU ANI Y M UTAH C repairing and renovating homes and public facilities for military veterans. A HAND UP TO A BETTER LIFE! AFFILIATE CELEBRATES SUCCESSES AND ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE TEAM AT ANNUAL MEETING! Community members and others joined the local Habitat affiliate as we celebrated our successes at our Annual Meeting at Riverside Country Club this past month. In addition to highlighting this years accomplishments, the affiliate introduced its upcoming theme, “A Hand Up to a Better Life,” and elected a new Executive committee. Johnny McCoy, owner of McCoy’s Flooring and Cabinets, will serve as President with Lo Nestman, Vice President at Zions First National Bank, as Vice Presi- dent, Jeanne Walker, Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at AmericanWest Bank, as Secretary, and Kevin Call, Branch Manager at AmericanWest Bank, as Treasurer. Special thanks to Val Hale, McCoy, Rosanna Ungerman, and Nestman for their outstanding service as the Executive team this past fiscal year. HABITAT, REDEMTECH PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES REFURBISHED COMPUTERS TO LOCAL FAMILIES Habitat for Humanity of International is partnering with Redemtech, a world leader in refurbishing large volumes of PCs from businesses, to provide computers to Habitat partner families in selected areas. The computers are being provided through Redemtech’s Microsoft approved refurbishing (MAR) computer program, including genuine Microsoft software and other initiatives. Locally, ten Habitat families will be receiving laptop computers as part of this program. What’s Up • Ancestry.Com Joins Home Team! Ancestry.Com recently joined the Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s Home Team and generously donated funding for the Brandon home. Company employees will also be volun- teering their time to help build the disabled accessible home in Pleasant Grove. We appreciate the company’s ongoing support of our affordable housing mission. • ReStore ReDo! – The Habitat ReStore in Orem will be sponsoring a ReStore ReDo Contest in the middle of August. Community members are encouraged to “ReCreate” something using materials from the ReStore. Entries will be judged by ReStore customers with the winning entry receiving a gift certificate to the ReStore. For more information, stop by the ReStore at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem or call (801) 344-8527.
  2. 2. 2 • Welcome New Board Member! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County would like to welcome local attorney, Randy Christiansen, to its Board of Directors. Christiansen will be helping Habitat jumpstart its local Neighbor- hood Revitalization Initiative program. • Pride in Ownership – Michelle Mariscal was selected for this quarter’s Pride in Ownership award winner for beautifying and maintaining her home at 764 West 600 South in Springville. For her dedicated efforts, she re- ceived a certificate and a gift card to Lowe’s. Additionally, the Shirley Ashby won the annual Pride in Owner- ship award and received a $150.00 gift card for her ongoing maintenance efforts. Congratulations! • Help Being Sought for Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz Build 2012 – Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is planning to participate in the Home Builders Blitz 2012 and blitz build a home in six days in Payson during the second week of September as part of the national effort to build, rehabilitate or repair more than 200 homes Habitat homes across the United States. The four bedroom home will be built with and provide safe and afford- able housing for Michael and Allison Fullmer and their four young sons. We are currently looking for busi- nesses and community members to support our efforts in the following areas: Contractors, Subcontractors, building supplies, breakfast for 40 volunteers, lunch for 40 volunteers, dinner for 20 volunteers, snacks & water for volunteers, sponsors for Adopt a Room, and general volunteers during the week (no experience or tools required). If you would like to help or need further information, please contact Nancy Mickiewicz at (801) 344- 8527 or • Summer Splash! Habitat will be holding its annual summer swim party at Seven Peaks on Monday, August 13, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Habitat partner families, homeowners, staff members, and board and commit- tee members are invited to come enjoy a “splashin” good evening. Please RSVP by August 10, 2012 to the Habitat office at (801) 344-8527. • Avoid the hassle of selling your old car! Donate it to Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and help to build affordable housing in our community! Details at • Need Tools? Stop by Habitat for Humanity of Utah County’s tool lending library and “check out” needed tools and lawn care items for free. The lending library, located inside the Habitat ReStore at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem, is open Monday through Saturday from 10-6. An application and proof of residency are required. Look online at for more information. • Check out Habitat’s New VP Deals Site! Habitat for Humanity has partnered with VP Deals to get all the lat- est bargains on local products/venues. Check out this week’s specials at A portion of your “deal” purchases will help Habitat further its housing mission in the community. • Help Habitat for Humanity of Utah County celebrate its 20th Year in Utah County! Join the new 20/20 campaign and give $20.00 in 2012! Five thousand $20.00 donations will allow us to build our 50th Utah Valley home in the coming year. Donate online at or mail a check to Habitat for Humanity of Utah County at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem, Utah 84058 • It’s a DEAL! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is offering a new Habitat Discount Card through Deal Dragon for only $30.00. The card, worth over $20,000, includes values, discounts, and freebies on food, cloth- ing, services, and much more. Proceeds will be used for local construction efforts. Cards can be purchased online at or at the Habitat Restore. • Life Insurance Options! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has teamed with First West Benefits to provide life insurance options for Habitat homeowners and partner families. Insurance payments can be included in monthly mortgage payments. For more information, please contact Ross Landon at First West Benefits at (801) 224-9600. • Save Money for Home Repairs and Maintenance – A new home maintenance fund has been established to help Habitat homeowners save for future home repairs and maintenance. Homeowners now can pay a little extra ($10.00 or more) with their monthly mortgage payment. The extra amount will be saved in an escrow like account and can be accessed for home repairs and maintenance. To sign up or for more information, contact Kena at (801) 344-8527 or Photo Gallery Keeping Cool! - Habitat for Humanity of Utah County joined BBSI to help keep community members cool this past weekend at the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Taste of the Valley event. Habitats new ReStore Committee Chairperson and BBSI Manager, Kiley Hix, and his family gave away over 700 snow cones to event attendees while promoting both companies.
  3. 3. A SAND-FILLED FOURTH OF JULY! - As part of the Freedom Festi-3 Photo Gallery vals Freedom Village, Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and Rural Housing Development Corporation teamed up to sponsor the annual “A Day at the Beach” event for both kids and kids at heart over the Fourth of July holiday. The event featured Staker Parsons gigantic sand truck, free balloons, fun prizes, and information about local affordable housing programs. CUTTING THE RIBBON! A number of family and community members joined the Price family as they cut the ribbon on their newly renovated Habitat home in Orem on July 2nd. The four bedroom home, located at 95 East 400 North in Orem, was donated to Habitat for Hu- manity of Utah County last year by Don Robertson. It is the organization’s 49th Utah Valley home and its sixth renova- tion project. CYCLISTS PEDAL TO END POVERTY HOUSING - Cyclists from all around the country pedaled into Utah County the last part of July to help Habitat for Humanity of Utah County roof and install blocking at a home currently being built with the Brandon family in Pleasant Grove. The cyclists are part of the na- tional Bike and Build program and are riding their bikes across the country to raise funding and awareness to end poverty housing. The 30 young adults started their long journey in Charleston, South Carolina in May and will log over 4,000 miles before they reach their destination of Santa Cruz, California in mid- August.
  4. 4. 44 GETTING AHEAD TO GRADUATE - Eight new graduates from the “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” program were honored at a graduation ceremony on July 18th at the Scenicview Academy in North Provo. Graduates were all local Habitat for Humanity partner families. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Habitat is seeking a part-time construction laborer. Habi- tat for Humanity of Utah County is currently looking for a temporary construction laborer, 24 hours per week, $12.00 per hour. Must have experience and be able to read house plans. For more information, please contact John Roberts at (801) 404-0232. HOUSEHOLD HINT (" Get rid of ring around the tub: Magic erasers! They are cheap and even generic brands work well! Cuts right through the dirt and saves hours of back pain from scrubbing with the standard brush and soap August Build Days Volunteers are currently being sought to help with construction, renovation, revitalization, and landscaping projects. Build days are generally held Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed especially during weekdays at the South Franklin Community Center and the Brandes/Patching Reno- vation Home in Orem. Sign up online at AUGUST VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Work in the ReStore Monday through Saturday from Man Booths – 10-6 • Classic Car Shows at Provo Towne Centre – Assist with Habitat Recycling efforts. Drivers needed throughout summer during the week and on Saturdays. • Provo’s Farmer’s Market –Saturday’s until Octo- Walk in City Parades throughout the summer ber • August 4th Santaquin • Utah County Convention Center Home Show – th September 27th-29th • August 11 Salem and Alpine rd • September 3 Payson VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO SERVE ON CREW LEADERS AND SITE HOSTS NEEDED COMMITTEES TO HELP GUIDE CONSTRUCTION Volunteers are needed to serve on all of Habitat’s local Volunteers with construction experience or those committees. Monthly meetings, limited time commit- wanting to improve their construction skills are being ment, no experience necessary, varying interests and sought to participate in the affiliates Crew Leader and skills. Look online at Site Host Programs. Orientations are monthly. For for more information, contact LeAnn at the number or email information and meeting times. below. For more information, look online at or contact LeAnn at (801) 368-2250 or You can also sign up online at
  5. 5. 5 Home Maintenance Tips ( Professional Painting Tips . . . Painting is one of the most affordable ways to give a big change to the look of a space. Don’t be afraid to play with color either. Navy, tangerine and a soft blue-green are all this year’s trends, and are all great colors to have around. Test colors: a great way to test colors is to paint the samples on the mid- dle of a large white poster board and hang it on the wall for a few days. By leaving white around all the edges of the poster board, it gives your eye negative space to see the true color of the paint. Accent walls: adding in an accent wall is fun. It adds interest, and is easier than painting an entire room. How- ever, many times accent walls are done incorrectly. If you are thinking red – don’t! Red accent walls are out. The current trend of an accent wall is to go with a medium hue such as olive green. The soft neutral color still adds interest to the space in a cohesive way. Look up: don’t forget about the ceiling. The ceiling should be considered the 5th wall; just because it’s above us, doesn’t make it unimportant so don’t be afraid to throw a color up there! Make Your House a Healthy Home! (EPA) How can asthma risks be minimized? Dust surfaces with a damp cloth, and vacuum carpets and floors often. SAVE ENERGY ( Water heaters and water usage • Purchase an energy-efficient model. The initial cost may be more but operating costs are less in the long run. Consider a tankless or instantaneous water heater, which uses energy only when hot water is needed, rather than maintaining 40 gallons or more of hot water all the time. • Purchase the correct size. Consider your family’s hot water needs. If your water heater is too large, it uses more energy than needed. If it is too small, you may run out of hot water. • Purchase a natural gas water heater. If you currently have an electric water heater, consider replacing it with a natural gas water heater. When it comes to heating water, natural gas is less expensive than electricity, and it heats more water faster during heavy use. Consider a sealed combustion or an on-demand water heater. Both types use less energy. • Install your water heater near the kitchen. The kitchen is where you use the hottest water. When the water heater is located near the kitchen, hot water doesn’t have to travel as far and less heat is lost. • Insulate water pipes. Use half-inch foam or pipe tape for insulation wherever pipes are exposed. On cold water pipes, insulate four to five feet nearest to the water heater. Pipe insulation can save you up to $25 annually. • Set the water temperature to 120° F. It takes less energy to heat water to a lower temperature. If you have an electric water heater, you’ll have to remove the cover plate of the thermostat to adjust the temperature. For safety reasons, remember to turn off the water heater at the circuit breaker/fuse before changing the tempera- ture. • Repair dripping faucets promptly. If the faucet leaks hot water, the energy used to heat it is costing you money. (One drop a second can waste up to 48 gallons a week!) • Install a heat loop or in-line trap. If you add a new water heater to your home, consider having a heat loop or in- line trap installed. These mechanisms can be inexpensive to install and keep hot water from moving into the piping system when you are not using hot water. Ask your plumbing contractor for details. • Reduce deposits and build-ups. Drain a bucket of water from the bottom of the water heater once or twice a year to reduce mineral deposits and sediment build-up. This increases water heater efficiency. Don’t drain the water heater, though, if you’ve used it for a year or more and have never drained it. The faucet may have cor- roded shut and could break if you force it open. Before draining the water from an electric water heater, turn off the water heater at the circuit breaker/fuse. • Install water saving devices. Use low-flow showerheads on all showers and faucet aerators on all faucets to reduce your hot water use. • Install a water softener. If you have hard water, install a water softener to prevent mineral deposits from coating the elements. This helps prolong water heater life and saves energy and money.
  6. 6. 66 SAVING TIP (The Simple Dollar) Cut back on the convenience foods – fast foods, microwave meals, and so on. Instead of eating fast food or just nuking some prepackaged food when you get home, try making some simple and healthy replacements that you can take with you. An hour’s worth of preparation one weekend can give you a ton of cheap and handy meals that will end up saving you a lot of cash and not eat into your time when you’re busy SAVE STRATEGIES (American Saves) Saving on a Tight Budget How can those who currently aren’t saving afford to save money? And how can those saving only a little save more? Here are our top ten tips for saving money when budgets are tight. Cut spending painlessly. Tip 1: To find small savings that add up to big savings over time, keep a careful record of all (and we mean all) of your expenditures for a month. You may be surprised to learn how much you are spending on such things as a daily latte or restaurant meals. Tip 2: For necessary purchases — such as food and transportation and insurance— comparison shop. The Consumer Literacy Consortium ( provides good advice from leading consumer experts on how to save money purchasing 28 types of major products. Tip 3: Restrain spending for birthdays and holidays, especially Christmas. A few well chosen gifts are likely to be more appreciated than a more costly pile of gifts chosen thoughtlessly in a shopping mall foray. Reduce High-Cost Debt Tip 4: Payday loans typically charge interest rates of 500 percent, and the interest rate on credit card debts can run 25 percent. You can save hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars a year by paying off these high-cost debts. For help, contact a credible non-profit credit counseling agency. Tip 5: Build an emergency fund to avoid having to take loans to pay for unexpected purchases. That fund is usually best kept in a savings account, despite the low interest rates such accounts pay right now. But do try to keep a high enough balance in the account to avoid monthly fees. Tip 6: Ask your bank or credit union to automatically transfer funds each month from your checking to your sav- ings account. Even as little as $10 or $15 a month helps. After all, that’s $120 or $180 a year. Tip 7: Put all your loose change in this savings account. For many people, that could add up to well over $100 a year. Take Free Money and Save It. Tip 8: Low- and moderate-income workers qualify, each year, for an Earned Income Tax Credit that can put over $1,000, and often more than $2,000, in your pocket. IRS Publication 596 explains how to apply, or you can contact your local tax payer assistance center for in-person help. Then be sure to save at least half of this wind- fall. Tip 9: Participate in a local Investment Development Account (IDA) program. In return for attending financial education sessions and agreeing to save for a home, education, or business, you typically receive $2 for every $1 you save through an IDA program. So, $25 that you save each month ends up as $900 at the end of a year. Tip 10: If your employer matches retirement savings contributions, be sure to take advantage of that. Some employers match up to 100 percent of your contributions. While we encourage letting this money build up until retirement, it can be withdrawn, or borrowed on, to cope with serious emergencies. BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP Housing accounts for more than 15% of the national Gross Domestic Product, a key driver of our national economy.
  7. 7. BE GOOD TO YOUR HEALTH BE CAREFUL! ( (SelectHealth Total Fitness) Potential Dangers of Prescription Pain Medications Choosing a Doctor – A Key Ingredient for In Utah, the illegal use of prescription pain medications Optimal Health has reached epidemic proportions. Since 2000, the num- The recipe to keep your family in good health can ber of deaths due to prescription pain medication overdose be simple: Start with a nutritious diet, mix in some has increased over 400 percent. In fact, more deaths daily exercise, stir in a healthy weight, and top it off were associated with overdose than from car crashes. with regular doses of sleep. But to make sure the The most common prescription pain medications involved ingredients blend together, you need a good doctor. in deaths are oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, and A doctor can take care of the physical, mental, and fentanyl. emotional health of your entire family. Over the years, your doctor can develop a relationship with Currently, the number one growing concern in Utah is non- each member of your family. While a family doctor medical use of prescription pain medications, due to their can oversee all your primary medical care, you may easy availability. The most recent 2009 National Survey decide to see a doctor who specializes in treating on Drug Use and Health reports an estimated 5.3 million people based on age, gender, or certain health persons used pain relievers non-medically in the surveyed problems. Other types of doctors include: Pediatri- month. cians, who specialize in treating children, Geriatri- cians, who treat older people, Obstetrician- The proper use, storage, and disposal of prescription pain gynecologists, who specialize in women’s health, medications can do much to correct the problem. For the and Specialists, who deal with specific body parts, safety of your family, neighbors, friends and environment, such as the heart or eyes, or treat specific diseases, please use, store and dispose of your prescription pain such as cancer. medications “only as directed”. RESOURCES Community Action Services offers Home Buyer Education Classes on a monthly basis. Classes in August will be held August 1st and 2nd from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or August 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register, please call (801) 691-5200 or go online to Save the Date! The Annual “Composing Your Life” Women’s Health Conference will be Saturday, September 8th. Find out more and register beginning July 1st at The Payson Family Health Center provides ongoing primary care for low-income, uninsured, and insured resi- dents in Utah County. Services include basic medical, obstetrics/gynecology, pregnancy & deliveries, immuniza- tions and well baby checks, vision and hearing screenings, physical exams and diagnostic lab testing, therapy and counseling, dental exams, and mental health services. Fees are on sliding scale based on income and family size. For more information, look online at or call (801) 465-1890. Home Maintenance Classes Check out Habitat & Community Action’s Free Home Maintenance Course. The next class will be August 28, 2012. The topic will be Basic Plumbing Repairs. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Habitat office at 340 South Orem Blvd., Orem • At HOME DEPOT – Registration is necessary. Call store or register online. Look online for the August clinic schedule at • At LOWES - you must sign up for How-To Clinics by calling 229-1485 or stopping by their store at 140 West University Parkway in Orem. Look online for August clinic schedule at • Free Gardening Classes at Central Utah Gardens! JUST FOR KIDS! To see full schedule and to register for classes, look online at Aug 08, 2012 11:00 AM Water Conservation To see full schedule and to register for classes, look online at • The Vineyard Garden Center in Orem is now offering free classes, gardening tips, and great discounts. Check out their Facebook page for more information at Center/279164291213.
  8. 8. 88 Alan Shurtliff Randy Christiansen Apple Spice Junction Randy Gibb BBSI Richard Gregory Bike & Build SC2SC Group Riverside Country Club Bob Stephens Ron Price CenturyLink Rosanna Ungerman David Harlow Rural Housing Development Corporation Freedom Festival Scenicview Academy Gene Libutti Staker Parsons Habitat Family Partnership Committee Station 22 Jason Talcott Stefanie Lodeserto Joan Dixon Sue Brandon Johnny McCoy Tauni Hardman Kiley Hix and Family The Bell Room Linda Walton ThermoWorks Inc. Lo Nestman Timpview 2nd Ward Lynn Hawkins Val Hale Mad Dog Cycles Value Pages of Utah County Oak Hills 4th Ward Vivint Old Navy-American Fork store Westland Construction Orchard 7th Ward YSA 171st Ward Pastor Garcia YSA 23rd Ward Pepsi YSA 4th Ward Provo Seventh Day Adventist Church Ancestry.Com, Bike and Build
  9. 9. 9 9 Habitat for Humanity Of Utah County Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 Site Selection Santaquin Committee Parade 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Development Family Alpine Parade Services Partnership Salem Parade Committee Committee 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Habitat Family Building Executive Swim Party Committee Committee 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Board Meeting 26 27 28 ReStore 29 30 31 Committee Home Mainte- nance Class Site Selection Committee Alpine Parade Executive Committee August 2nd, August 11th August 17th, noon, at Habitat office 7:30 a.m., at Habitat office Salem Parade Santaquin Parade August 11th Board Meeting August 4th August 22nd, Habitat Family Swim Party 7:00 a.m., at Habitat office Development Services August 13th, Committee from 4-8, at Seven Peaks ReStore Committee August 7th, August 28th, noon, at Habitat office Building Committee noon, at Habitat office August 14th, Family Partnership at 2:00 p.m., at Central Bank Home Maintenance Class Committee August 28th, August 9th, 6:30 p.m., at Habitat office 6:30 p.m., at Habitat office