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Welcome to November, the month we give thanks and go headlong into the holiday season!  Following are some key November events we’ll be celebrating.

*DECK THE HOMES! Holiday Decorating Contest Kick-Off—November 25

If you’re someone who goes all out decorating your home for the holidays, join your neighbors for the Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County Annual Home Holiday Decorating Contest and show off your stuff! Starting Friday, November 25, all residents and community members are invited to sign up to participate in some high-spirited holiday fun and decorate their homes in their holiday best.  Saturday, December 3 is the last day to register. Starting December 12, community members can vote for their favorite home. Voting ends December 16. We’ll announce the winners at the Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County ReStore on December 17. We’ll share more information about voting and the ReStore event here, so visit us again soon!

*Black Friday—November 25

Black FridayThe holidays can be hectic enough. This Black Friday, skip the malls with their crazy crowds and check out the bargains available at the ReStore, where we’re offering 20% off everything!  In line with the spirit of holiday giving, all proceeds all year round from ReStore sales help support Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County’s mission of affordable homeownership.  Every item purchased—from couches to knick-knacks—helps Habitat Dutchess build or repair the next house in our community.

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*Small Business Saturday—November 26

Small Business SaturdaySmall Business Saturday is an annual event that was created to encourage consumers to shop at local small businesses in person and online. For a small business like the Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County ReStore, this day is especially important because all proceeds from every sale in-store or online help support the Habitat mission to build or repair the next home in our program. This Small Business Saturday, the ReStore is offering 10% off everything whether you visit our store or shop online. Enjoy the savings and thank you for your support!

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* First Sunday of Advent—November 27

AdventNovember 27 marks the first Sunday of Advent. The word Advent originates from the Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming” or “arrival.” The month-long Advent Season is focused on preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ in all ways, from His birth in the past to His Second Coming in the future as the Messiah. Each of the four weeks of Advent has a theme, and a candle is lit for each: Advent Week One: Hope and Faith. Advent Week Two: Peace. Advent Week Three: Love. Advent Week Four: Joy. This Advent season, we wish you strong hope and faith, peace, love, and abundant joy.

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* Giving Tuesday—November 29

Giving TuesdayGiving Tuesday was created in 2012 with a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Join the movement and give – each Tuesday and every day – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.  If you are interested in donating your time, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County has several volunteer opportunities. Or shop our ReStore, where proceeds from every sale help us build or repair the next home in our program. To learn about other ways to support Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County and the communities we serve, visit the Ways to Give section of our Web site by following any of the links in the Ways to Give drop-down menu on our home page.

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* Cyber Monday—November 30

Cyber MondayMissed out on the Black Friday deals? Not to worry, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County’s ReStore Cyber Monday deals are here.  Shop the ReStore online at shopdutchessrestore.org and save 30% on all merchandise using the code CYBER. All from the comfort of your chair while you polish off that last bit of Thanksgiving turkey!

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SPECIAL NOTICE: As of October 1, 2022, the Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County Homeownership Application period is closed.  If you did not submit an application prior to October 1, please note that Habitat Dutchess cannot accept or save an application submitted after this date. An update about the next application period will be released in February 2023. If you would like to be added to our Homeownership Interest list, please complete our Homeownership Interest Form.

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 36 homes to provide a safe and financially sustainable place for families to call their own and has made more than 250 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 homebuying 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.