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New Books for New Homes October 30, 2011

Posted by lizyanoff in Uncategorized.



OCTOBER 25, 2011

New Books for New Homes: Capital District Habitat for Humanity partners with the Albany City Area Reading Council to provide new books to our new homeowners.

 Albany, NY – Capital District Habitat for Humanity (CDHfH) and the Albany City Area Reading Council (ACARC) announce a groundbreaking partnership to provide hard-working future homeowners of the “Morton’s Walk” on Alexander Street project with new books and a springboard for a lifetime of reading and learning. ACARC is working with The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, the Albany Public Library, and the Albany Walmart Supercenter Store #2152 to provide library services information, new books and bookshelves for each of the ten families moving into “Morton’s Walk” on Alexander. The books and reading materials will go to hardworking, lower-income families who will live in ten new two-story attached row houses currently under construction in Albany’s South End. The project will create broad transformational change in a neighborhood in need of revitalization and for families in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing. The donation of new, age-appropriate books and library information to Habitat homeowners further reinforces the positive impact that a safe, stable home has on educational attainment and success.

“Hammers and books, most people probably don’t see the relationship between these two items,” said Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of CDHfH. “In our world these tools are the foundation that leads our families to a better life. When asked, most children of our Habitat homeowners to be will tell you the most important thing about having a home of their own is the hope of getting a good night’s sleep and a quiet place to read and do their homework. This exciting partnership will ensure that our children will not only have that home and that room to call their own, but also the gift of knowledge to absorb in peace, comfort and safety.”

Liz Yanoff, President of the Albany City Area Reading Council notes, “Our members are teachers, librarians, and authors who love reading and want to share that passion with others.  This project is a natural extension of our mission”.

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is collecting books at their store (1475 Western Avenue, Albany NY) from Wednesday, November 23 through Wednesday, December 7. Book House employees will provide book suggestions for each family and are offering a 20% discount on all books purchased for this project. Gift cards will also be collected. “Book House is thrilled to be a part of this important community project,” noted Rachel King of The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor of the New Books for New Homes project, please contact Liz Yanoff at acarcny@gmail.com.

Capital District Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing partnership dedicated to building simple, decent and affordable homes with lower-income families in need.  Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labor and donations of money and materials to provide affordable homeownership to those people who would not otherwise have that opportunity.  Habitat creates systemic social change by giving the economically disenfranchised the tools necessary to break the cycle of poverty.  Established in 1988, CDHfH is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International serving Albany and Saratoga Counties, NY.  To date, CDHfH has built 50 homes. For more information, please visit www.capitaldistricthabitat.org.

The Albany City Area Reading Council is a professional, not-for-profit organization for educators in the Capital Region concerned with improving literacy instruction and opportunities for all children and adults. ACARC is a council of the International Reading Association and a New York State Reading Association affiliate. . Visit them at https://acarc.wordpress.com/.


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