December 2022 Newsletter

As we close out 2022, we’d like to express our sincere gratitude to all of the people and organizations that made this year possible.  Your ongoing support directly impacts our ability to continue helping eligible Bennington County families to realize their dream of escaping the increasingly unaffordable rental market by owning a home of their own.


Please take this opportunity to help us meet and exceed our fundraising goals for 2022, the children and families we are able to help will be forever grateful!

Metcalf Family Goes Home

After being accepted into our program in mid April of last year, Rebecca Metcalf and her family are going to be moving into their new home very soon now that construction is finished!  We are very proud of and excited for the family to start their new life as homeowners. The financial stability and independence of being a homeowner will allow them to focus on more important aspects of their lives, without housing being a stress-inducing worry. 

The house itself would never have been possible without the help of countless dedicated volunteers, of course BCHfH as an organization, but perhaps most importantly, Rebecca herself. Habitat for Humanity requires that those accepted into the program put in “sweat equity” and help build the house themselves. With over 330 hours of work from Rebecca alone, its safe to say she completely lived up to her end of the bargain. It is a common misconception that Habitat gives away homes, but really we work with people, to get them into a house that is simple yet elegant, energy efficient, affordable, and most importantly safe for the whole family.  

The Metcalfs mark the 32nd family that Bennington County Habitat has been able to help become homeowners, and the only feeling better than seeing Rebecca and her family happy and healthy in their new home, is that we get to start on number 33. 

Thank you to every last person who helped make this happen for the Metcalfs. Please know that every little bit of help we receive from donations or volunteering whether big or small, make large, lasting impacts on not only the homeowners in our program, but  the local community as well.

BCHfH Welcomes New Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator

Bennington County Habitat is pleased to welcome Tyler (Tye) Poquette to the team as the new office administrator and volunteer coordinator. Tye started a non profit at the age of 17 building homes in third world countries after a church sponsored mission trip to Jamaica. With a total of six mission trips under his belt (three of which being international) and well over 1,000 hours of volunteering all during high school, it is safe to say Tye has a passion for helping others. After high school Tye studied sustainability and theology at Baldwin Wallace University just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally he studied geology at SUNY Monroe, and culinary arts/ business management at SUNY Adirondack. After being a professional chef working in high end restaurants all over NYS, he went on to own and operate multiple retail stores and a wholesale warehouse. However while those are all good “jobs” they do nothing for the soul. “That’s why I’m so excited” he says, “This really isn’t a job to me, more akin to a calling, and I am very excited to hit the ground running, and to be in a position that will allow me to help others the best I can.” 

Tye is originally from Rochester, New York and currently lives in Hartford, New York on his mini farm equipped with a green house and 11 chickens, with his lovely wife Ashley, and their beautiful newborn son Sterling.  

Prouty Ramp Project in Bennington is FINISHED

Do you know of anyone one who needs help with outside

home repairs in Bennington County?

Have them contact the office at 802-367-1000 for an application.

We have grant money available for small home repair projects. 

 Shires ReSale Store

Open Thursdays and Fridays from 11-4 and Saturdays from 10-4.

Holiday hours: we will be closed 12/24

Location: 51 Memorial Avenue, Manchester.

Phone: 802-362-0964


Store Manager: Barbara Lappos

Donate, Shop, Volunteer

Do you love working with people? Keeping items out of the landfill? Helping customers and pricing goods?

Then we need you at our ReSale Store.

We guarantee you’ll have fun while making affordable housing

a reality in Bennington County.

Call our Store today about Volunteering!

Smile on Us!

Do you have AmazonSmile activated on your Amazon account?

AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice, at no additional cost.

How to set this up:

  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu ()
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation to us.


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