Atty. Rosa C. Rebimbas-Linares
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!
501 (c) (3) Not for Profit Organization
Directors Issue 2 Fall 2008
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
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
(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
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
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!!!
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
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