Did you know that the month of August was named to honor the first Roman emperor (and grandnephew of Julius Caesar), Augustus Caesar? Use that as an ice breaker at your next summer barbeque.

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Welcome to August, the month that’s so hot this year, chickens are laying omelets! Want to know what Habitat Dutchess is cooking up this month? Read on!

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Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County Homeownership ApplicationBeginning August 1st, the Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County Homeownership Application period is open! Applications are available online or at the Habitat Dutchess ReStore beginning August 1, and will be accepted between September 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022. (Please note that applications submitted before September 1, 2022, or after October 1, 2022 cannot be reviewed, saved or held for future consideration.) Grab a Homeownership Info Brochure here, or pick one up at the ReStore, located at Nine Mall Plaza, 1822 South Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

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Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess ReStoreWhitney Houston. Michael Jackson. Danielle Steel. Martha Stewart. Andy Warhol. What do all these famous folks have in common? All were born in August. And all are considered some of the most talented and creative personalities in modern history. This August, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County invites you to show off your creative talents in the Habitat Dutchess ReStore ReDo 2022 fundraiser!

In this lively competition, we’re asking both novices and experienced Do It Yourself-ers (DIY-ers) to “re-do” or repurpose a designated item from the Habitat Dutchess ReStore. We’ll display the finished projects in our ReStore and on our social media—Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube—where visitors will be able to vote for their favorite. ReDo projects will also be put up for auction online, and all funds collected will go towards supporting the Habitat mission to build safe and financially sustainable housing in Dutchess County.

Interested?

Registration for ReStore ReDo opens August 8. For adult registration, click here. For youth ReDo registration (up to age 12), click here.  You may also download the ReDo flyer for more details and dates.

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Back to school shoppingAugust is National Back to School Month, a time when parents, students, and teachers prepare for the new academic year. According to the National Retail Federation, families are expected to spend an average of $864 this year for k-12 students returning to school, and $1,199 for college students. Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County hopes to help take a bite out of those numbers by offering 50% off all desks at the Habitat Dutchess ReStore throughout August! All done with school? Need a desk for your home office? Why not drop by the ReStore and see what’s in stock.

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Senior Citizen Day Aging in PlaceAugust 21 is National Senior Citizens Day. The purpose of the day—proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988—is to increase awareness of the issues that affect older adults, such as preserving homes so seniors are able to age in place. It is also a day to acknowledge the accomplishments of our seniors and show them our appreciation. Habitat Dutchess is proud to count the Dutchess County Office for the Aging among our partners, and to be able to share their resource guide, which has information about services and events for seniors. We hope our community finds it useful.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 on the conviction that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County is part of their global network, serving 11 areas throughout Dutchess County.

Since 1986 Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County has built 34 homes to provide a safe and financially sustainable place for families to call their own and has made more than 130 critical repairs and improvements for local homeowners, helping them to preserve their homes.

We believe that we’re stronger together, and that’s why we partner with local organizations to provide resources and outreach that assist eligible applicants in the home buying process and home maintenance and upkeep. We accomplish all of this through the hard work and dedication of our staff, our volunteers, our partners, and our donors. A special “thank you” goes out to all of them.