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June 28, 2013
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June 28, 2013
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You know, it's funny when CEO'S and higher echalon are reluctant to tell their salary. It appears that Mr. Johathan Reckford's salary must be too large to give to the public. Besides he probably has never donated any free labor to help anybody. Back in the 80's the United Way was exposed to high salaries and overhead perhaps Mr. Reckford's regime needs it also. Let's wake up and spend money where it is needed, not in millionaires pockets.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put everyone on hourly wages and make them donate their time to building a better America.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 13, 2012

People are losing their homes, older people. If you are younger, have a couple of kids+, you need a home, try for a Habitat home, you need an income, yes I understand this, but HOW does a single mother with 3 kids move into a H.H. pay $350.00 a month, have $900.00 a month left over and pay whatever it takes to raise HER Kids? I called Habitat today, asked if these people can be receiving any type of AID, WELFARE...yes, they can, so as I look at it once again the tax payers are helping these people get into a H.H. when a lot of TAX PAYERS are losing thier homes...I was told they can get food stamps...well where in the hell do people think food stamps come from???? TREES???? If this is a Christian ran organization why doesn't the CHURCH pay for these homes? I as with MANY other tax payers do not have medical insurance but becuase she has 3 kids, she gets free medical WE pay for? She loses her job as a lot of people are doing in this day and age, then what?

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 15, 2011

I read a factual accounting about the founder of Habitat, who pretty much donated his talents and time to the cause, and how the current administrators took control of the Board and he was ungracefully elliminated. The chairman and administrators then gave themselves heafty salaries. Shame shame on them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have helped to prepare and serve meals to volunteer workers.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

eliminate salaries, reimbursements given for expensis only.

July 17, 2011
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July 17, 2011
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I guess it's just me being cynical, but after looking at Habitat's financials---or maybe I'm just reading it wrong. But for a charity to be sitting on $201,579,376 in assets and doing nothing with it in the face of the housing crisis is...obscene.

IS there something in the bylaws that
PREVENTS your charity from stepping in, developing a program, to lend a hand to some EXISTING homeowners who are in crisis because the mortgage lending industry is taking full advantage of the low fed lending rates AND the depressed real estate market to DENY approving mortgages?

And here's another thing that keeps me from shopping in the Habitat stores.

At one time, long before the "net assets" topped $200 million, I suppose, the donations to Habitat's stores were also giving a helping hand to those whose budgets were under strain already by keeping prices on the donated material within the budget of the lower income segment.
Not so anymore.
The donated items are comp-priced by using the internet at the stores here in Charlotte, NC, and probably across the country? I don't actually know for sure, but I can't see one "district" operating outside the corporate line.
And I just realized I said CORPORATE...it just flowed into my head automatically. Uncomfortable, that.
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The prices in the Habitat for Humanity stores here in Charlotte, NC now are above what low-income families can afford, but are "bargain priced" for the upper middle-class. Their practice of pricing via internet listings have changed the demographic of the store, and eliminated a resource for lower income families.

All things considered, Habitat for Humanity seems to have morphed into a "charity corporation" resembling those "religious corporations" that also sit on their assets like King Midas of old.

Why would a charity need to sit on $200,000,000?
How can a charity justify sitting on $200,000,000?
Any CHARITY?


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This charity once benefited the buying public who struggled in the lower income bracket. No longer. The Habitat stores in Charlotte, NC are going for top price now.. ..checking prices on the internet. But we "economically challenged" people can't afford those prices. So now instead of a store where a young couple, or an elderly lady on Social Security could afford a nice cabinet, or carpet, it's a store for and better heeled---middle class Rather like "two Faces of Eve" charity, if you get my drift.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Lower the salaries of the executives. Develop a program to help current homeowners by perhaps underwriting loans that banks are unwilling to write because standards now are so high Make the stores completely transparent by writing the "SOLD price" on the ticket for others to see. Why should the price be private? I'd like to KNOW what John Jones who bought all 10 of the items I needed one of paid for them. i.e. Charge cost+ 10% to builders, decorators, etc by reminding them that Habitat is a charity.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

How did you learn about this organization?

When Jimmy Carter first broke ground.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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