Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver Donor Story

Stephani Baker
Vice President Construction
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver

Evelyn was a very unassuming and delightful person. She was active in her community, had a large circle of friends and enjoyed making a difference. Her weekly visits to the Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver ReStore were a highlight for staff and volunteers. She greeted everyone with a cheery “hello” and genuinely wanted to know how everyone was doing. She would chat for a minute or two and then say, “I have to go and see the new and wonderful things that you have got in; this store always has nice items.”

During one of her longer chats, Evelyn commented on how much she liked coming to the ReStore as it had such a great atmosphere.
Angela, the store’s manager, recalls Evelyn saying that while the staff and volunteers were laughing while they worked, she could tell that they knew their hard work helped struggling families into safe homes.

Each time she shopped at one of the ReStores, Evelyn recognized the difference she was making in people’s lives. She was also keenly aware of the significant impact she could make by leaving a generous donation to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver in her Will. Evelyn supported nine of the charities that she loved in life with an amazing bequest. Her final gift to Habitat for Humanity provided the funding for half of a new home, which will see the lives of eight different families transformed over the home’s lifespan. Moving families out of economic quarantine – that’s exactly the kind of difference Evelyn wanted to make.

Rowena and her son are on the path to success thanks to the generosity of legacy donors.

“Evelyn’s thoughtfulness and generosity will be reflected in the faces and futures of hundreds of happy and self-reliant parents and children for generations,” notes Stephani Baker, Vice President Construction. “There really is no greater legacy that one could leave.”

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver has been fortunate to receive bequests from past volunteers and donors who were passionate about the cause and wanted to ensure that their commitment could continue long into the future. Most recently, a contract worker hired in January and subsequently laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic said, “I was so impressed with Habitat’s model that I was inspired to change my own Will to leave a legacy donation.”

Legacy gifts are not impacted by the economics of the day – they allow donors to give generously without affecting their current finances. These donations truly leave a lasting impact.

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