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Mission Statement of
Needham Interfaith Habitat
In response to the strong need for affordable housing in Needham, the faith community joins together to develop a Needham Interfaith Habitat for Humanity house.

Needham Times Article March 12, 2010 Needham’s Habitat for Humanity home to be done by late spring

Interested in volunteering?
For members interested in helping to build Needham House, there are 3 ways that you can get involved.
Volunteer through your Needham house of worship
Each house of worship has had the opportunity to reserve and host four build days for Needham House. Please contract your house of worship to get involved to support their build efforts.

Additional build days are available through Boston Habitat.

Become a super sub!
Are you flexible for late breaking requests. Willing to work on a variety of tasks! This is the area for you. Please send your name and contact information to us. Please specify any special skills that you have as well. When we have an urgent need for individuals to fill out group work teams, we will send a note and give you an opportunity to build! Sign up now and get in on the fun!
And no matter how you volunteer, details on required forms, what to wear, etc. are here

Building Update
Look out Needham, it’s finally happening. After many years of prayer and planning, this year the Needham House will become a reality. This spring we have completed the purchase of the lot and we have begun to build our first Habitat for Humanity home. Please drive by and check out our progress over the coming year.

Family Selection Update
The Family Selection Committee introduced our family at the Groundbreaking Ceremony (see article on this page). They are Manuel and Yocayra. This timing will allow the family to participate in the build process and fulfill their sweat equity commitment.

 

Join the community and NIH as we complete fundraising for a Habitat Home here in Needham!
Please become a part of this wonderful project by making a commitment to be a regular donor for the next year.
Click here for a printable Donor Card
We think you’ll want to add us to your list of worthy local charitable donations for 2010.
Click here for a FUNDRAISING LETTER
More information on our goals, activities, how families are chosen, and tax-exempt status, click the “About Us” and “FAQ” links in the black bar at the top of the page.

Needham Times coverage of Board of Selectmen approval of Habitat Home on Bancroft Street
From the December 1, 2005 article Habitat gets a home by Valentina Zic:

Children’s Wooden Playhouse Fundraiser!
The Olin College Habitat chapter built these colorful wooden playhouses as a fundraiser for Needham Interfaith Habitat. These houses are on display at Houses of Worship around Needham and are onsale now!
Click here for more details.

Looking for a special “home-made” all-occasion card that also helps build a home for someone in need?

NIH’s latest fundraiser is Notecards with “home” images created by students in Needham’s religious schools. The Notecards are available at Needham houses of worship and local businesses. Click headline or image for more info.

The house is almost complete.
Click here for your invitation to the Dedication Ceremony, June 27, 2010 at 2:00pm.
Click green headlines below for full details on each of our current stories:
House Plans Available. The image above alternates between a recent photo and the architect’s rendering for the home at 5 Bancroft St. being built by NIH and our affiliate Greater Boston Habitat; it was developed through the hard work of the Greater Boston Habitat construction committee with leadership provided by Norberto Leon, R.A. Click image or headline for more images! The house’s dimensions and elevations fit well on the lot. Needham Interfaith Habitat will build a 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath home of approximately 1300 square feet, an “entry level” home into the Boston suburban housing market.

June 1, 2010 Update:
Temple Beth Shalom Build Day
Click for photos from The Temple Beth Shalom Workday May 16, 2010
Roux Associates Build Day
Click for photos of Roux Associates Environmental Consulting and Management Habitat Home Workday May 15, 2010

May 2, 2010 Update:
Wellesley Friends Meeting Build Day
Click for photos from The Wellesley Friends Meeting Workday April 24, 2010
Joyce Excavating Jackhammers Trench for Sewer and Water Connections
Click for photos of Joyce Excavating Jackhammering Trench for Sewer and Water Connections April 10, 2010
The Harvard University Habitat Chapter Build Day
Click for photos from The Harvard University Habitat Chapter Workday February 27, 2010
The Congregational Church of Needham Build Day
Click for photos from The Congregational Church of Needham Workday January 9, 2010

December 13, 2009 Update:
Wellesley Friends Meeting Build Day
Click for photos from the Wellesley Friends Meeting Workday December 12, 2009
Temple Beth Shalom Build Day
Click for photos from the Temple Beth Shalom Workday November 19, 2009

November 18, 2009 Update:
Carter Memorial UMC Build Day
Click for photos from the Carter Memorial UMC Workday November 10, 2009

November 7, 2009 Update:
Carter Memorial UMC Build Day
Click for photos from the Carter Memorial UMC Workday September 5, 2009
Christ Episcopal Church Build Day
Click for photos from the Christ Episcopal Church Workday September 26, 2009
Christ Episcopal Church Build Day
Click for photos from the Christ Episcopal Church Workday November 7, 2009

November 4, 2009 Update:
First Parish Build Day
Click for photos from the First Parish Workday August 30, 2009

October 2009 Update:
Needham Exchange Club Build Day
Click for photos from the Needham Exchange Club Workday September 27, 2009
Temple Beth Shalom Build Day
Click for photo from the rained out Temple Beth Shalom Workday October 18, 2009
Temple Beth Shalom Build Day
Click for photos from the Temple Beth Shalom Workday October 22, 2009
Dedham Savings Bank Build Day
Click for photos from the Dedham Savings Bank Workday October 29, 2009
First Parish Build Day
Click for photos from the First Parish Workday October 31, 2009

September 2009 Update:
The Needham Clergy Association Build Day
Click for photos from The Needham Clergy Association Workday August 27, 2009

August 2009 Update: We Have Raised Some Walls
Click for photos from The Grace Lutheran Church Workday August 11, 2009
Watch the house get built in one minute

It’s a Lovely Day in the Neighborhood
Click for photos from the Groundbreaking Ceremony July 26, 2009

Tim McCleary, Needham Interfaith Habitat co-chair and Master of Ceremonies, opens the groundbreaking ceremony

In Preparation for Groundbreaking Needham Habitat Steering Committee Installs Silt Fence
Click for photos from May 16, 2009

The first Needham Interfaith Habitat for Humanity work team broke ground on Needham’s first Habitat for Humanity residence last weekend. Pictured above are members of the team (from left to right in the front row) Sheila Pransky (Temple Aliyah), Rev. Caroline Edge and Tim McCleary (Carter Memorial United Methodist Church), Michael Cohen (Temple Beth Shalom), Donna Vello (Christ Episcopal Church) and Leslie Nelken (First Parish Unitarian Universalist). Pictured in the back row are Olin Habitat students Dave Stamp and Morgan Boes, Bob VanSickle (Presbyterian Church), Stephen Earheart (Carter Memorial UMC) and Barry Weiss (Greater Boston Habitat Construction Site Manager).

Click here for the 05/21/2009 Hometown Weekly front page article “NEEDHAM: Volunteers break ground on first Habitat for Humanity home”

Habitat Closes on Bancroft Property
This spring we have finally concluded the Purchase and Sale agreement with Needham. The property is now ours and we can begin our construction plans. This agreement was officially concluded in early April. The signing of this agreement along with the grant of our building permit allows us to begin building the Needham House. We would like to extend a special thanks to Allison Driscoll, Stephen Nolan, Dave Tobin, Kate Fitzpatrick , Rich Gatto, Lark Palermo and all the Town Selectmen. This agreement would not be possible without their efforts, contributions and participation. Dig out those nail belts and hammers, it will soon be time to build!

You Still Can Contribute
In addition to cash donations, we will also be raising substantial donations for selected materials, supplies, and skilled labor donations.

You can make a contribution through your Needham Church or Temple congregation, or to the address below. Contributions to Needham Interfaith Habitat will be used to help a low-income family live in a quality, affordable home in Needham. All contributions are fully tax deductible.

Does your company do matching gifts for your donations to nonprofit organizations? We are affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. To maximize your gift for the Needham project, please, mention this to your employer and specify “Greater Boston Habitat – NEEDHAM HOME in the memo line.”

Thank you!