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					                                                                                                                                                           Board Officers
                                                                                                                                                       Atty. Rosa C. Rebimbas-Linares
                                                                                                                                                                  President
                                                                                                                                                                 Kate Clarke
                                                                                                                                                                Vice President
                                                                                                                                                           Robert (Bob) Behlman
                P.O. Box 1881, Waterbury, CT 06722-1881                                                                                                           Treasurer
                          Phone: (203) 596-0014                                                                                                               Michelle Esteves
                                                                                                                                                                  Secretary                               Building Dreams ... One House at a Time!
          www.waterburyhabitat.org
                  501 (c) (3) Not for Profit Organization
                                                                                                                                                               Directors                Issue 2                                                                                        Fall 2008
                                                                                                                                                                Bud Behlman
                                                                                                                                                              Theresa Gorman
                                                                                                                                                                                        GALA ‘08                                                                      Ron Tanguay was honored for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    his commitment and integrity,
                                                                                                                                                               Wayne Gorman             Recognizes                                                                  serving as the Construction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Committee Chairman and Project
                                                                                                                                                              Jeanne Kaufman            Outstanding                                                                 Manager. Pete Romaniello was
               Habitat’s Needs List                                                                                                                            Mike Madden
                                                                                                                                                                 Lola Palmer
                                                                                                                                                                                        Volunteers                                                                  recognized as a “can do” man who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    was the Construction and Site
                                                                                                                                                                                                 By Bud Behlman                                                     Supervisor on the first build. Both
            • Land • Land • Land                                                                                                                                  Tina Ploof
                                                                                                                                                                Feisal Sharif
                                                                                                                                                                                          (May 31, 2008) HFHGW’s annual                                             of these extraordinary volunteers
                                                                                                                                                                                        Gala fundraiser was held at                                                 donated an inestimable number of
        • Volunteers • Building Supplies                                                                                                                                                Heritage Village in Southbury.                                              hours to accomplish the building
                                                                                                                                                        Committee Chairs                The event was a festive evening of                                          of HFHGW’s first house; but more
      • Monetary Donations • Architects                                                                                                                                                 dinner, dance and music enjoyed                                             importantly they set cornerstone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    examples of dedication and hard
                                                                                                                                                                                        by more than 150 Habitat faithful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    work. Please refer to page 3 for
              • Speaking Opportunities                                                                                                                          Steve Zarrella          and newcomers. Deborah Wang
                                                                                                                                                                                        and     Fullsound      Productions                                          additional information about Ron
                                                                                                                                                               Communications
                                                                                                                                                                                        provided a wonderful mix of                                                 and Pete.
                                                                                                                                                       Paul Eckstrom/Wayne Gorman
                                                                                                                                                                                        standards and top 40’s that                                                   Habitat for Humanity of Greater
                                                                                                                                                            Construction/Materials      complemented the cocktail and                                               Waterbury extends its sincere
                                                                                                                                                              Richard Sheldrick         dinner hours; as well as filling the      Ron Tanguay and Pete Romaniello   appreciation to the generous
                                                                                                                                                                  Development           dance floor late into the evening.
City of Dreams ‘08                      comforts. He implored us to
                                        strive to make changes to ensure
                                                                              of Waterbury Parks Department,
                                                                              Tina and her crew for doing                     Events                            Elizabeth Rosa            Many special guests were in          Bartlett (Woodbury), Probate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    support of all attendees,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    advertisers and donors. Likewise,
                                        that the “t” in Tent City refers to   whatever was needed, Wayne for                                                                            attendance, including: Father          Judge Peter Mariano (Naugatuck),     HFHGW appreciates the hard
Area Youth Raise                        “temporary”.                          “dumpster diving” for cardboard,       “There’s no Place Like Home                 Faith Relations
                                                                                                                                                                                        Joseph Donnelly and Sister             Chris Goodrich (Habitat author),     work of the many volunteers who
                                                                                                                                                                 Marty Turley                                                  and Theresa Gorman (HFHGW
Awareness and                             Congressman Chris Murphy
                                                                              and Kelsey Dunn, Sara Ciarlo, and
                                                                              Deborah Torrice for organizing
                                                                                                                   for the Holidays” Gift Wrapping
                                                                                                                                                                Family Services
                                                                                                                                                                                        Rita Torre (Southbury’s Sacred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Founding President). One of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    organized this wonderful event.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The proceeds generated and the
                                                                                                                    Brass Mill Center, Waterbury, CT                                    Heart Church), Reverend Kristina
Funds through                           discussed pending legislation
                                        that affects those in our state
                                                                              large groups of students.                     Nov. 28 - Dec. 24                   Joe Bucciaglia          Hansen      (Woodbury    United        the most special guests was Ms.      new volunteers recruited will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Heather Britton, HFHGW’s first       allow the affiliate to grow and
Cardboard Houses                        whose immediate need for food          See you at City of Dreams 2009!!!
                                                                                                                        Upcoming Events
                                                                                                                                                              Finance Committee         Methodist     Church),  Majeed
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sharif (United Muslim Mosque of        partner family.                      build its next house.
         By Mike Madden                 and shelter are not being met.                                                                                      Atty. Leonard Caine
                                                                                                                           Save the date!                                               Waterbury), Mayor Mike Bronko            Emcee Tony Vallillo kept the        Gala ’08… Simply Great!!
                                        He asked us to be a catalyst for                                                                                          Site Selection
  On June 14, eighty-five students                                                                                        4th Annual Gala                                               (Naugatuck), Selectman Charles         evening moving with his usual
                                        change – “one house at a time.”
                                                                                                                    “There’s No Place Like Home”                 Doreen Ryan                                                   good humor. He welcomed
from the Greater Waterbury area
participated in the 2nd Annual            Through the “rent” that the                                                        May 9, 2009                       Youth Committee                                                 keynote speaker Chris Goodrich
City of Dreams Cardboard City.          students received in pledges, they                                              Youth Group Events:                       Kate Clarke                                                  who is a Habitat for Humanity
Despite punishing weather,              were able to make a contribution                                           Walk-A-Thon - Winter Break 2009                                                                             volunteer, and author of the
                                        to HFHGW of over $2,500 towards                                                    City of Dreams -                  Volunteer Committee
students       withstood       the                                                                                                                                                                                             book, “Faith Is A Verb”.
elements in makeshift houses of         our next build.                                                                Saturday, June 14, 2009                                                                                 Chris extolled the virtue of
cardboard, tarp, and duct tape            The success of this event, both
                                                                                                                   see http://buildingdreamsct.org/
                                                                                                                         for more information.
                                                                                                                                                             In This Issue                                                     volunteerism and the need for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               more affordable housing, as he
as a show of solidarity with those      this year and last year, is not
in our community who live in                                                                                                                                                                                                   reflected on his own experience
                                        entirely in the money that was                                                                                  Annual Gala                 1
substandard housing.                                                                                                                                                                                                           with Habitat and the growing
                                        raised. The true testimony to
                                                                                                                                                        A Generous Donation         2                                          pains of a young affiliate.
  Huddled under the alcove of           which this activity speaks is in
Municipal Stadium on Watertown          the commitment and enthusiasm                                                                                   Beacon Falls Congregational 2                                            Tony also introduced the
Ave., safe – or so we believed - from   of the youth in the Greater                                                                                     About Bud Behlman           2                                          Honorary Chairperson, Senator
the severe lightning, downpours,        Waterbury area, and their ability                                                                                                                                                      Joan Hartley, who joined us
                                        to step up to the challenge Habitat                                                                             Needed Tools List           2
and wind, we listened intently                                                                                                                                                                                                 via video. Senator Hartley is a
to Brian Gibbons, Supervisor of         for Humanity has proposed to                                                                                    Volunteers of the Year ‘08 3                                           champion of affordable housing
the DMHAS Homeless Outreach             them.                                                                                                           The Duck Race               3                                          and a good friend of Habitat for
Team, speak of the challenges                                                                                                                           IBM Charity Program         3                                          Humanity of Greater Waterbury.
                                         Many, many thanks go to
for thousands of people in our                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Senator congratulated the
                                        Dunkin’ Donuts of Watertown                                                                                     Phones for Good             3
city that live in “Tent City” with                                                                                                                                                                                             two Volunteers of the Year, Ron
                                        Ave. and Frankie’s Hot Dogs for
no electricity, no water, and no                                                                                                                        City of Dreams              4                                          Tanguay and Pete Romaniello.
                                        providing refreshments, The City
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ron Tanguay                                          him interested in Habitat for Humanity. Marcia
                                            A Generous Donation                                                                             Greater Waterbury Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               supported Ron’s tireless efforts and HFHGW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               will forever be indebted to her for sharing him                                                       IBM ECC
                                                                                                                                                                                           – A Man of
                         Habitat of Greater Waterbury was honored with a generous donation                                                     is in need of new                                                                               with us. “Marcia did the things that allowed                                                            Habitat for Humanity of
                       from First American Title Insurance Company in the amount in                                                              or used tools.                           Commitment and                                       me to see this commitment through.” Ron                                                               Greater Waterbury has been
                       excess of $47,000. First American Title’s commitment to helping put
                                                                                                                                               Please contact the office
                                                                                                                                                                                          Integrity                                            made Habitat a family affair, involving his son,                                                      added to the IBM Employee
                       families in homes in our community is sincerely appreciated.                                                                                                                                                            Thom, and relatives, George & Lynn Ubermuth                                                           Charity Contribution list which
                                                                                                                                            at 203-596-0014 and make                        Recently retired, Ron volunteered to               in our site preparation.
                                                                                                                                            a tax-deductible donation.                                                                                                                                                                               allows all IBM employees
                        First American Title has been in business for more than a century                                                                                                 coordinate our Construction Committee...,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ron Tanguay is a gentle spirit with a passion                                                      to    donate    their      yearly
                       and is one of the largest title insurance companies in the country                                                                                                 he ended up being the Project Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               for humanity. He generously shares his spirit,                                                        charity contributions to the
                       with offices and agents throughout Connecticut. First American                                                                                                     for the building of our first house. A Social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               his time and his talent. For that commitment,                                                         organizations on the list.
                       provides technology solutions, expertise and comprehensive title                                                        Pump Jacks/Planks, etc                     Worker by profession, Ron received quite                                                                           Ron Tanguay
                       and settlement services through its network of attorney agents in                                                                                                  a bit of on the job training with regards to         Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury                                                               In addition, we participated
                       Connecticut for real estate transactions.                                                                                        Generator                         construction….what he didn’t need training           is pleased to recognize Ron Tanguay as a                                                              in the Days of Caring Charity
                                                                                                                                                  Sliding Compound                        on was commitment and integrity.                     Volunteer of the Year for 2008.                                                                       Event on October 8, 2008 at
                         Each year Habitat of Greater Waterbury continues to advance in
                                                                                                                                                      Miter Saw                                                                                  Habitat Memories:                                                                                   the Southbury IBM campus
                       its mission of providing housing to families in need.                                                                                                                Ron brings his love of people into his                                                                                                                   where we explained the
                                                                                                                                                  Compressor/hoses                        volunteer work, stating, “What I like most             √ 12 week build schedule…where did that go???
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     mission of HFHGW and
                        Our goal is to continue to make a difference in the community.
                                                                                                                                                                                          about Habitat is getting together with other           √ Unloading shingles on an icy rooftop…                                                             answered questions in hopes
                       With the help of donations from supporters such as you, we can and                                                  Nail Guns (framing & finish)                   people seeking to do charitable work that              √ Rescuing a damsel in distress...                                                                  of increasing IBM employee
                       will continue to see improvements in our community and increase
                                                                                                                                                                                          produces a tangible result”.                           √ Heather’s Open House
                       homeownership among those families that otherwise would not                                                           Siding Saw Table and Saw                                                                                                                                                                                donations and participation
                       have the opportunity.                                                                                                                                                Ron is also a family man, with 5 children and        And most of all:                                                                                    in Habitat.
                                                                                                                                                                                          8 grandchildren. He has been married to Marcia         √ Moving “mountains” with Aldo…                               Ron & Pete on the jobsite
                                                                                                                                                                                          for 28 years; and, he credits her with getting

                     About Bud                                                 was in the process becoming an affiliate.
                                                                               Some of the founders included: Eileen
                                                                                                                                        Lindsey have also volunteered for Habitat
                                                                                                                                        over the years.                                   Pete Romaniello                                      that without him we could not have done it.
                     Behlman                                                   McKinney, John Cummings, Theresa & Wayne
                                                                                                                                          He also has considerable gratitude for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               For his “can do” attitude, Habitat for Humanity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of Greater Waterbury is pleased to honor Pete            Phones for Good Website
                                  By Steve Zarrella                            Gorman, Sharon Hallock and others. Bud
                                                                                                                                        the volunteers who have spent countless             – A “Can Do” Man                                   Romaniello as a Volunteer of the Year for 2008.           Habitat for Humanity of
                                                                               joined the Steering Committee and recalled
                       “Affordable housing is an issue of                      that the group thought “this will be easy” as            hours on everything from planning the               Pete brings all his construction management          Habitat Memories:                                     Greater Waterbury has signed
                     conscience and morality.” This statement                  they began their one year journey to become              build, providing support to build, and doing      skills to the small-scale Habitat project, as                                                                up as a participant in the
                                                                                                                                                                                          well. He is a direct, but affable person who has       √   Teasing from Tina
                     best reflects Bud Behlman’s reason for                    an affiliated member of Habitat. Little did              the things that nobody sees but need to                                                                                                                        Phones for Good program.
                                                                                                                                        get done. “Absolutely incredible” is how he       natural leadership and teaching skills. When           √   Auto-loading utility knife
                     getting involved in The Greater Waterbury                 they all know that it would take the full year                                                                                                                                                                          This program allows anyone
                                                                                                                                        describes them. “Every time someone or            asked about these traits, Pete just shrugs and         √   Sheetrocking and insulating around the furnace    to buy a new cell phone on
                     Habitat for Humanity. Bud’s first involvement             to complete the task. He recalls that the                                                                  says,” I just like to help people”. Pete sought
                     with Habitat was in 1998 when his church,                                                                          something was needed, a volunteer would                                                                  √   Suspenders and knee pads are more than            line at the Phones for Good
                                                                               group had a “sense of energy and purpose”                                                                  out Habitat following his retirement because, “I           a fashion statement
                     the United Methodist Church of Woodbury,                  as they got the new affiliate off the ground.            just appear. God provided these people” was       needed something to do”. And he does it all….                                                                website and a portion up to
                     supported the construction of 2 duplexes in                                                                        often heard during an opening prayer on a                                                                And most of all:                                      $50.00 will be donated to
                                                                               Never taking their eye off the fact that what                                                              he is the epitome of “jack of all trades”. On the
                     New Milford. Bud, a clinical social worker for            they were doing would provide a family with              build day or other function. This experience      build site, every “oh no” by a novice volunteer        √ Seeing Heather and her family enjoy their           HFHGW. This can be friends,
                     the State of Connecticut, had little experience                                                                    has “profoundly changed my life and caused        was followed by “get Pete”.                                own home…                                         relatives or Habitat personnel.
                                                                               a safe and affordable home.
                     in construction but fell in love with building                                                                     me to re-examine what I do with my faith.”                                                                                                                     The site offers multiple phone
                                                                                 Bud has also served on the Family Services                                                                 Pete is a family man. He has 4 children and 10
                     the houses. It wasn’t the manual labor, but                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       models and multiple carriers
                                                                                                                                          Bud’s goals for the future of Habitat include   grandchildren. Married for 44 years, his wife
                     the feeling of giving back to the community.              committee and as a board member before                                                                     Ronnie displays a wry grin when she thanks                                                                   which can be selected. We
                                                                               being elected President in 2005, a position he           building more houses, perhaps a couple per
                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat for keeping Pete busy and out of her hair.                                                           will be putting a link on the
                       It was shortly thereafter that the church               held through 2007. As Bud looks back on the              year. He also hopes to continue to “raise
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pete and Ronnie love time with their grandchildren                                                           Habitat for Humanity website,
                     discovered that Woodbury was not in the                   past 6 years, his passion for the organization           awareness in the community that all of God’s
                                                                                                                                                                                          and enjoy vacationing. They have travelled across                                                            www.waterburyhabitat.org,
                     New Milford Habitat’s area. So they looked                is what shines through the strongest. A                  children have a right to affordable housing.”     the United States by car.                                                                                    so that people can access the
                     for one closer to home and found a start up               passion that has been supported by his wife                                                                                                                                                                             Phones for Good site directly
                     group in Waterbury. The Waterbury Habitat                                                                                                                               It would be impossible to calculate the
                                                                               JoAnn and daughter Lindsey. JoAnn and                                                                      hours that Pete put into the building of the                                                                 from the HFHGW website.
                                                                                                                                                                                          first Habitat house...but it is easy to figure                       Pete Romaniello


                     Beacon Falls                                                 35     and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was
                                                                               distributed to anyone as he had need.
                                                                                                                                          I was struck by the warm reception of Rev.
                                                                                                                                        Jim Van Pelt and the entire congregation.
                     Congregational                                               Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit,
                                                                                                                                        The presence of the Spirit was evident in this
                                                                                                                                        active and prayerful house of worship.                                                                                                                        Habitat’s gone
Some images from
City of Dreams ‘08   Supports Habitat                                          Christian housing ministry that was
                                                                               organized in 1976 to build houses as a                     Habitat International reminds us that both                                                                                                                  Quackers!
                                   By Bud Behlman
                                                                               witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has            the church and Habitat for Humanity seek to
                       ACTS 4                                                  become a familiar name throughout the                    answer God’s call to serve the poor. Working                                                                                                                             By Mike Madden
                                                                               United States and in many other countries                from this common vision, Habitat and the                                                                                                                        This spring the Naugatuck River was filled
                      The Believers                  Share          Their      around the world. Habitat’s most famous                  church can form a powerful partnership to                                                                                                                     again with thousands of tiny rubber ducks,
                     Possessions                                               volunteer, former U.S. President Jimmy                   build houses. It is God’s work, and without                                                                                                                   each representing a chance to win a variety
                       32 All the believers were one in heart                  Carter, has had a lot to do with that. But this          the support of the faith community, Habitat                                                                                                                   of prizes. Habitat for Humanity of Greater
                     and mind. No one claimed that any of his                  is not Jimmy Carter’s work. It is God’s work.            for Humanity could not survive. Habitat’s                                                                                                                     Waterbury was one of many charitable
                     possessions was his own, but they shared                                                                           Faith Relations committee looks forward to                                                                                                                    organizations benefitting from this year’s
                     everything they had.                                        On June 22, 2008 the Beacon Falls
                                                                                                                                        engaging other local faith communities in                                                                                                                     Naugatuck Duck Race. Members of our
                                                                               Congregational Church presented HFHGW
                                                                                                                                        covenant partnerships to support Habitat’s                                                                                                                    organization sold more than 150 rubber ducks
                        33 With great power the apostles continued to          with a check. The generous donation was
                     testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much                                                            mission and ministry.                                                                                                                                         and raised just under $1000. We look forward
                                                                               given from the proceeds of their church fair.
                     grace was upon them all.                                                                                             Thank you Beacon Falls Congregational                                                                                                                       to participating in next year’s event, and
                                                                                 As past president, I was invited to attend                                                                                                                                                                           thank the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce
                       34     There were no needy persons among                                                                         Church. Habitat for Humanity of Greater
                                                                               the Sunday morning worship service and                                                                                                                                                                                 for continuing to support nonprofits through
                     them. For from time to time those who owned                                                                        Waterbury looks forward to building together.
                                                                               share the good news about Habitat for                                                                                                                                                                                  this annual event. For more information on
                     lands or houses sold them, brought the money                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Some images from
                     from the sales
                                                                               Humanity of Greater Waterbury.                                                                                                                                                                                         the event, visit www.duckday.org.                       City of Dreams ‘08
  Bud Behlman

				
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