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  Executive Perspective     Construction Update     Did You Know…
  Volunteers Rock!     New Clubs     ReStore
  East Trenton Center News     Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals     Upcoming Events

Executive Perspective

From the desk of Tom Caruso…

Excitement is building…

We are so pleased to announce the

Ground Breaking Ceremony for 7 New Homes


All are invited to join us on this momentous occasion—the beginning of dreams coming true for 7 new families!

We would also like you to join us in congratulating Angel Luis Rios and Anna Maria Rios of 220 Klagge for paying off their mortgage. CONGRATULATIONS on making your dream of home ownership come true!


Tom Caruso
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of Trenton
Serving Mercer County

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Construction Update



The 7 homes in the North Clinton Avenue build project being built by volunteers and staff of Habitat for Humanity of Trenton will be Energy Star Certified when completed. Dan Santa Lucia, Habitat for Humanity of Trenton Construction Manager, states that ALL new home builds will be Energy Star certified because the homes are more affordable, comfortable, durable and healthy. The process and materials used to build an Energy Star home controls air flow, thermal flow and moisture flow.

Energy Star homes are built to be at least 15-35% more energy efficient than standard homes and cost less to operate while reducing the impact of power generation on the environment. The homes include properly installed insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, energy efficient cooling and heating systems, and Energy Star qualified appliances, lighting, and water heaters.

Habitat for Humanity of Trenton believes affordable housing should be homes that: cost thousands of dollars less to own and operate; provide superior comfort; improve the health of the occupants; and are durable.




A draft of the architectural design of the handicapped home in Ewing is under a review process by the construction committee. We are excited to be working on this project. Look for an announcement about the ground breaking ceremony for this build in the next newsletter and website.

To join us in these build projects

Volunteer Now!

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Did You Know…

Housing needs exist all around you…

*It’s families living in dilapidated or makeshift shelters, with patchwork walls and poorly sealed windows and doors. Children growing up in cramped spaces that let in the cold and keep out the light. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, cousins crowding too much life into too few rooms.

*It’s living in a rundown apartment whose rent increases are as unpredictable as the streets that surround them.


*It’s not being able to keep your house warm, not having regular access to clean water.

*It’s not knowing “home” as a place of safety and joy.

*It’s everywhere—in small towns, smaller villages, big cities, OUR city.

*To fully understand the housing need that exists in communities around the world is to fully appreciate the urgency of Habitat’s work.

Your support and involvement help make a dramatic difference…

*It’s stronger families, freed from the worry and want of unacceptable living conditions.

*It’s a better place to study, a healthier spot to sleep, room to grow and dream.

*It’s better communities, neighbors helping neighbors, new lights shining in windows once darkened by blight.

* It’s a street reclaimed from abandonment. It’s a house built in joy and dedicated with love.

*It’s a world of hope where everyone has a simple, decent place to live.

*It’s waiting for you to get involved.

  Bank of America – Volunteers

With your help, Habitat’s response spans a spectrum of solutions…

*It’s a volunteer vigorously swinging a hammer, helping to build or rehabilitate a home. It’s a partner family investing sweat equity by working onsite or helping to staff a Habitat ReStore.

*It’s an advocate supporting the policies and systems and helping to raise the awareness that will make affordable housing a public priority.

*It’s people from all walks of life coming together to do their part in the fight to eliminate substandard housing.

*It’s fun, it’s meaningful, and it’s happening in OUR community.

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Volunteers Rock!


Put down the phone and pick up a hammer!

Take a day to get out of the office and get into the community! Sponsor for the Day is an exciting program that allows corporations and groups throughout the greater Mercer County area to join their coworkers in a day of service.

Benefits of Sponsorship Include:

  • Improved morale & enhanced problem solving skills of group members
  • Lunch provided
  • Habitat-led group reflection and discussion
  • Advertising on our website, newsletter, social media, and on site
  • Take-home packet for all volunteers, including a hand-written note from the child who will live in the home you worked on
  Brush with Kindness Project with a group from Home Depot.

Suggested Donations:

Up to 15 people: $2,500
15+ people: $3,500

To sign your company up as a Sponsor for the Day, or to simply learn more about the program, please contact Chelsea Naylor at volunteer@habitatta.org or 609-393-8009 x228

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New Clubs

Be one of the first to become a member of Habitat’s new Clubs, the Carpenter Club or Gold Hammer Club. It is easy to join, and brings you a sense of wellbeing knowing you are helping change the lives of hard working families.

Carpenter Club:

Carpenter Club Members are a reliable group of supporters who pledge to Habitat an amount for each completed home. Your membership will help further Habitat for Humanity’s mission to eliminate substandard housing in Mercer County by providing funds to begin the next house.

Membership levels:
Apprentice $50-$499
Journeyman $500-$999
Master $1000-$1999
Contractor $2,000-$3,999
Builder $4000-$6499
Developer $6500-$10,000


For additional information please contact the Development Director at 609-393-8009 X 226 or by email dev@habitatta.org.

Gold Hammer Club:

The Gold Hammer Club is a special group of supporters who make monthly, recurring gifts to support our affordable housing efforts in Mercer County. Gifts start at $20.00 per month, but all donations are appreciated. You can set up a recurring donation via Pay Pal by going to our website www.habitatta.org. For additional information please contact the Development Director at 609-393-8009 X 226 or by email dev@habitatta.org.

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Announcing NEW HOURS for the ReStore!

Now you can shop—

Monday—Saturday 9:00-4:00

We are filled with wonderful treasures and items for ALL areas of your home. Each day is new and exciting as additional items become available daily. If you are looking for a piece of furniture to refinish, cabinets for your garage or laundry room, furnishings for that student getting ready to go to college, or you just want to be creative, there is something for you at the ReStore! We look forward to meeting you at the ReStore.

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East Trenton Center News

March 16, 2015

I would like to start the year off by thanking the churches that have supported the East Trenton Center.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton—money donations for the pantry and activities, snacks for the kids in the Learning Lab and Norma volunteering in the Pantry

Princeton Community Church—gifts for the children for Christmas, sandwiches and cookies made for the clients in the pantry and Pastor Craig a member of our East Trenton Center Committee.

Peace to all,
Liz Leonard
ETC Program Coordinator

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Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals

  The group for philanthropically engaged
Young Professionals

Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals (HYLP) offers Young Professionals from throughout the region the opportunity to socialize, make a difference in their community, and grow themselves professionally through monthly events, including wine tastings, construction days, Happy Hours, and more. Visit www.habitatta.org/HYLP to learn more!

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Upcoming Events

Calling all leaders of faith based organizations…

Be a part of the Habitat for Humanity of Trenton “Faith Build House”. One of the 7 homes is designated to be a house supported and built by faith based organizations within Mercer County. Join us for a breakfast at the Nassau Club to learn more about how you and your members can be a part of a shared mission—God’s amazing love for us is shared with others through our ministries of helping those in need for we are called to give of ourselves to others. All leaders in faith based organizations are welcome. Call 609-393-8009 X 226 to rsvp or for more information.

Ground Breaking Ceremony
Thursday, April 23, 2015
500 Block of N. Clinton Ave
Trenton, NJ 08620

Church Breakfast
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Nassau Club
6 Mercer St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Community Church Choir Concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Trenton
May—check our website for more details

Alex and Ani Charity Event
May—check our website for more details

Trenton Thunder
Saturday, June 6, 2015
7:05 pm
One Thunder Road (aka Cass Street)
Trenton, NJ 08611

Insane Inflatable 5 K
Saturday, October 24, 2015—check website for more details
Mercer County Park

Fall Ball
Sat. October 17, 2015
Greenacres Country Club
2170 Lawrence Rd.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

What Habitat means to many people…

What does it mean to you?

Please join us.

DONATE NOW! Volunteer Now!

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