Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties invites the community to their “Build Hope” Gala on April 11th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Hub 801 (3525 Riverdale Road, Ogden, Utah 84405). Since 2002 they have built 10 homes for local families in need – almost one home each year! They want to exceed that though, and build two homes a year. They also want to help 20 current homeowners per year with home repairs. They are currently working on a home on 27th Street, which they hope to move a family into by summer. They need your support to reach their goals!
How does our local Habitat for Humanity chapter build hope for Ogden families?
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Weber & Davis Counties, Alicia and Mark Thomas were able to move their family into a home in 2014. Previously, they lived in a rundown, unsafe apartment with their two young children just outside North Ogden. “You could pretty much shake the front door handle and it would open, even when it was locked,” recalled Alicia. They were struggling to afford their cramped apartment and electric bill that would be as much as $200 sometimes because of the apartment’s outdated heating system.
The Thomas family could see that Habitat for Humanity helps give honest and hard working families a step-up, when there are limited options and roadblocks in the way. They took the opportunity to apply to earn a home in August of 2013. Soon after they were found out they fit Habitat for Humanity’s requirements and started working toward a home. This meant the family needed to put in 500 hours of sweat equity to earn a home. Additionally, Habitat for Humanity requires educational courses in finances, home owning and home improvement.
In March of 2014 the Thomas family got the keys to a home they could call their own. They felt blessed to be able to give their children each their own bedroom and a safe backyard to play in. “It was nerve-racking to become home owners,” Alicia stated, “but Habitat for Humanity helped us through the process just like friends or family would.”
The Thomas family thanks Habitat for Humanity volunteers and supporters, “Thank you for your commitment, help, love and support. They have a dream of ours come true.” The Thomas family encourages the community to support the “Build Hope” Gala to be part of making a real difference in the lives of local families.
What to expect at the “Build Hope” Gala
At the spacious venue, Hub 801, community supporters will enjoy amazing catering, drinks, a silent auction, and live music. The social hour and silent auction of local goods will begin at 6 p.m. Then a dinner buffet will be provided by the delicious Union Grill.
The highlight of the night begins at 8 p.m. with Jazz recording artist Anna Wilson and her The Jazz your Azz Band. Anna Wilson is a critically acclaimed jazz recording artist and songwriter, with a timeless style. She has shared shared the stage with top acts such as Josh Groban, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Keith Urban, and The Mississippi Mass Choir to name a few.
Tickets include all the food, drinks and entertainment listed above at $100 per seat. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.
Contact Josh Stuart with any questions or to find out how you can participate in this life changing event at 801-475-9821 or Josh@habitatwd.org.
Haley Rodgers is a recent graduate from Weber State University, where she majored in Communication with an emphasis in public relations (PR) & advertising. Haley works for Legacy Retirement Communities, including Legacy House of Ogden, as the Community Relations Director. She loves volunteering for local organizations like Nurture the Creative Mind & Habitat for Humanity. Haley’s favorite hobbies are floral design & photography, which she does for weddings with her Weddings By Haley business. Her most recent project has been starting a PR firm in Ogden, Elevated Communication. If you want to contact Haley, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.